I love house, tribal, tech house
breaks basically Anything with soul
||So many to list, Dub
Reggae first inspired me to want to
make music instead of just listening.
I love Pink Floyd, Stone Roses, old
School Hip-Hop but I?m also very inspired
by my environment and friends and
KAZELL "One of LA's finest DJ's" - John Digweed
With our whole dance music scene separated
by different genres, Kazell is at the
forefront of DJ/producers striking ahead
with a fresh original sound. Blending
his love of funk, dub, techno, house,
tribal and breaks; Kazell has created
his own sound dimension on the decks that
people never forget. Hailing from Manchester
UK, this 30 something roughneck has been
causing a storm throughout the US since
1991, he's the resident DJ at Los Angeles
superclub "SPUNDAE" and plays with John
Digweed and Sasha on a regular basis at
"LIQUIFIED" events across the country.
John Digweed requested his presence to
set the tone for the recording of the
Global Underground CD in Los Angeles and
aired a mix on his exclusive UK-KISS FM
radio show along with Anthony Pappa, Sander
Kleinenberg and Deep Dish to name a few.
Kazell has played throughout America over the last 10 years building a solid
foundation wherever he plays as well as representing internationally. Off
the decks Kazell has been busy with studio partner Mike Hiratzka, and the
pair have 5 tracks to be released this year and have recently finished a
remix for Sinead O'Connor.
Kazell is recognized as one of America's brightest new talents, his popularity
has been growing and is no longer a LA
secret. With tours scheduled for the UK,
Japan and Germany it's easy to see why
he has drawn attention from international
talent, record executives and critics
Annalee: How did
U get started?
Kazell: I wanted to DJ in a hip-hop
group, but really first got my break playing
Dub and Hip-Hop at an event called "The
Trout Farm" in Manchester.
What was the 1st record you ever
Madness - One Step beyond at 10 years
What/Where was your 1st gig?
"The Trout farm" Manchester UK and 1st
American gig was "Raindance" rave in Miami
How did you end up in Los Angeles?
I was part of a DJ collective in Atlanta
called "Earthtone Sound System"; we decided
to take a US tour in a huge reconditioned
yellow school bus 4 years ago. We called
it "Summer Caravan" it comprised of 6
people, a full sound system and two dogs
and we took it across America with the
idea of it culminating at the "Burning
Man Festival" in San Francisco. After
2 months on the road and a few breakdowns
but loads of fun I decided to get off
the bus and chill in LA for a bit.
Do you currently have any residencies?
Yes, Liquified (LA) and Spundae (LA).
Do you currently have any albums
No, but I?m in the process of making one
with my partner Mike Hiratzka we hope
it will be finished by the end of summer.
Are you in the studio now?
Mike and I have just put a studio together
in Venice, and we have four tracks finished
Prime, Reaction, Things can only get better,
and a remix of Sinead O'Connors "Lagan
What do you think about all this
mainstream techno on the radio these days?
Do you think it is good for the scene
or are you 100% against it selling out?
That is the one million dollar question
right about now, I personally think its
great that our music is on the radio and
people of all walks of life enjoy it.
I started regretting the popularity of
the music when DJ?s and Producers became
too focused on the "Industry" and pleasing
the masses instead of keeping it underground
What are your thoughts on the scene
right now locally?
The Local DJ?s are Great I think LA couldn?t
be in a better position as far as musical
talent goes, I wish there were more smaller
clubs with good sound systems to promote
quality underground events though.
What type of music do you listen to
when you are not spinning?
Still mostly dance music its really
everything to me, I?ll slip in a bit of
Reggae or chill stuff like that occasionally.
Have you ever worked on a Movie Soundtrack?
Not yet, watch this space!
Do any favorite moments in your career
come to mind?
A couple of favorites would be playing
after Sasha at Liquified @ Loretta?s Atlanta
about 6 years ago. I was just a very special
night, Sasha was amazing and I kicked
it after him with a bit of an old school
classics set, I had a blast scratching
and enjoying those old tunes. Also closing
out Spundae LA after John Aquiviva recently
and getting to bang it out for all my
mates and a very packed house.
In the many places you have performed,
which venue is your most favorite?
That's easy - The Mayan theatre Los Angeles
How has your creativity changed over
the last 12 years?
I really have not changed my style in years I play what I love and even
though it comprises many ever changing forms of music the vibe and feel are
always the same.
What is your current Goal as a DJ?
I'm really excited to finish the album
we're working on and put together a live
show that incorporates the Djing with
studio effects and vocal performers.
Where do you see yourself in the
next 10 years?
Working in the studio making music, touring
occasionally and living comfortably with
What would you be doing right now
if you never bought that 1st record and
became a DJ?
Scary thought - probably computer programming
or social work.
OK: Last question and the silliest
of all! What, in your opinion, is the
greatest aspect of being a DJ?
interviews!!! and playing the music I
love to people that want to listen.
-- written by Annalee Stone