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Kenneth Scott

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Raised in rural Iowa, Kenneth Scott nursed his obsession with dance music while exploring his hometown's tiny scene. His earliest DJ gigs were house parties with a cobbled together set-up consisting of his father's old turntable, a portable CD player, and a Radio Shack mixer. Something must have clicked for him because over time he trained himself as a multi-instrumentalist and started taking his musical cues from early WARP Records releases, Matthew Dear's acid experimentation as Audion, and minimal-minded composers like Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt.

Scott has since relocated to San Francisco to continue honing his skills as a successful promoter, DJ, and producer. His clever use of techy snares, reptilian synths, and subtle layers of melody has helped to define him as one of the city’s brightest stars. His list of accomplishments are many but some highlights include running the successful Binary parties and DJ'ing alongside a list of international standouts such as Pan Pot, Martin Landsky, and Touane. He's also managed to create a powerful string of releases with collaborators like Emilio Orlandi as Moniker, with Jason Short as Eutactic, and [KONTROL]'s Alland Byallo alongside his own solo material.

Kenneth Scott's music has been described as "an active resurrection of the melodies surrendered in the great minimal techno takeover". One reason for this is his preference for song structures: basic elements perpetually changing as they progress as if played by a band. The results are unique, rife with the shock and awe of a Murakami novel, evoking the feelings of yearning somewhere between joy and melancholy. "I'd like to think that in my music you could find all the different emotions that you find in a novel, the important thing for me is to avoid being overly didactic", says Scott of his production approach.

There is definitely more to come from this hardworking San Francisco producer as he carves new intersections into rhythm and melody, busily discovering new and uncharted musical turf. It’s this mindful form of musical evolution that not only propels his definition of house but also allows him and his music to continue developing. A stark contrast from his innocent, humble Radio Shack mixer beginnings.

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