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Kweku Saunderson was born and raised in New York and if you think the last name sounds familiar, you would be right, as Kweku is nephew to DJ/Producer and KMS label owner, Kevin Saunderson.Unlike his two young cousins (Damarii and Dantiez), Kweku started producing music at 13. He fell in love with the arts at the age of 5 and when he was very young he witnessed a man being shot, whilst he was playing outside. For one so young, it was a surreal moment for him. He felt there was so much negativity on the streets of New York that he would just stay indoors and create music.Growing up, he was influenced by a wide array of music. His father would play songs of every genre (in the home). From George Michael, to Bob Marley, to T he Beatles and to Earth, Wind & Fire, to name just a few. Although Kweku himself was into hip/hop and rap, he realized that there was great songs in every genre of music. His early musical influences were taken from producers such as; Timbaland, Earth Wind & Fire, Quincy Jones and Dr.Dre. But take a closer listen to his productions and you catch glimpses of Jamie Principle’s “It’s A Cold World”. Kweku describes the song as having “that catchy, dark vibe to it”! You can certainly hear what he means, when you listen to the tracks that he’s producing now. They’re dark, spacey and ambient with funky percussions and grooves. He just loves music and he can be influenced by anything at different times.As far as which DJs have influenced him the most, it goes without saying that it is none other than his ‘Uncle Kev’. He says it was his uncle who taught him the difference between each genre of dance music. He goes on to say that if a track had a 4/4-drum beat, he just thought it was techno... He learned he couldn’t be more wrong!At 23 years old, Kweku, has been lucky enough to have toured Europe a few times with this ‘Uncle Kev’. He’s also been fortunate to have released a few tracks, Dj’ed at his first gig at House Clubbing in Torhout, Belgium in 2011 and his release “The Orb” charted on Beatports Top 100 Techno Chart. To add another feather to his bow, he’s also done some remixes.So, what does the future hold, for this budding DJ/Producer? “I just want to continue to create music and have fun with it. Creating makes me feel good. I do not know where it will take me but wherever it is, I’ll be grateful”, he says.Kweku’s next release ‘Half Man, Half Machine” and “Purist {Simple As)”, are forthcoming on KMS on the 3rd June 2013. T he catchy piano riff in “Half Man, Half Machine”, will be buzzing around your head, once you’ve heard it and “Purist (Simple As)” is dark, deep and moody...

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