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Nordic Playlist #74 – Kenton Slash Demon, Denmark

Kenton Slash Demon

If you’re looking for a perfectly hand crafted soundtrack to guide you into the summer months, then you’ve come to the right place – Nordic Playlist curators Kenton Slash Demon have got a very special playlist in store for you.

Jun 2015
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Their faces may well be familiar to you already, as when they’re not producing mind-bendingly engrossing electronica as Kenton Slash Demon, the duo moonlight as members of iconic Danish outfit When Saints Go Machine.

Kenton Slash Demon has been a project that the pair have revisited and reignited sporadically over the past few years, injecting a fresh lease of life into the project with the release of their brand new EP Skydancer, launched through a specially self-created label entitled WAA Industry.

The duo is formed by Silas Moldenhawer and Jonas Kenton, two long time friends and collaborators who released their first EP Khattabi back in 2009. Critical acclaim swiftly followed, and the pair went on to launch a further succession of EPs into the world including 2010’s Sun and the unmissable 2011 release, Daemon.

Returning with their first fresh sounds in three years, we caught up with Kenton Slash Demon to find out more about the way that they work, the music that inspires them and to hear tantalising hints about the future release of a much anticipated Kenton Slash Demon album.

Find out more at the Nordic Playlist, and press the ‘speaker’ button just above to tune into the pair’s favourite Nordic sounds!

If we’re not mistaken, the Skydancer EP release marks the fifth EP from Kenton Slash Demon, and the first in 3 years – should we get our hopes up for a full length release in the future?!

Yes at some point we will release an album. We’ve been putting stuff to the side for some time now and when it feels right to compile 10 or 12 tracks we’ll do it.

Can you tell us a bit more about the two tracks on the Skydancer EP?

Some of the parts in both I and II actually go back over five years to when we played our first live show. We always meant to finish the track but the initial idea never seemed to work so we left it on the side for some time.

At some point we got the idea to split it up in two parts and make it kind of a journey through our experience with club music. We feel that we’re somehow stuck between making really classic club tracks and songbase music, and Skydancer is kind of testament to that.

You’ve released the EP through a new label that’s described as “an audiovisual label collective” – can you tell us more about WAA Industry and why you decided to create the label?

WAA is a place where we can release the music we like in the way we want to without having to discuss it with other people. It’s a playground where we can combine different genres in a way that we feel is interesting, there are a lot of amazing Danish artists that we think more people should listen to.

As well as making music as Kenton Slash Demon, you’re also of course a part of When Saints Go Machine – what do you feel the two projects give you the space to do, creatively?

We’ve learned so much working together with Simon and Nikolaj and they are some of the most talented people we know. I think we helped each other to develop new technics and opened our minds for different ways of creating and thinking music. When you work so closely with people for many years, you adopt ways of doings things and I don’t think KSD would sound the ways it does if it weren’t for WSGM.

You have some festival dates lined up for the summertime, so what can your audiences expect of your upcoming performances?

We’ve learned so much working together with Simon and Nikolaj and they are some of the most talented people we know. I think we helped each other to develop new technics and opened our minds for different ways of creating and thinking music. When you work so closely with people for many years, you adopt ways of doings things and I don’t think KSD would sound the ways it does if it weren’t for WSGM.

You have some festival dates lined up for the summertime, so what can your audiences expect of your upcoming performances?

We recently played our first live show with our new setup. It’s something we’ve been working on for a while. We’ve gotten rid of the computer and tried to make it as much of a live experience as possible. We’re only playing a few shows this summer.

Can you tell us why you picked each of the songs in your Nordic Playlist? What is it that you like about them and these particular artists?

It’s a combination of older songs that we still love and new artists that we’re listening to at the moment.

Which are your all time favourite Nordic artists and influences, and why?

Bjørn Svin – his album Benene På Nakken was one of the reasons we started to make electronic music. It’s so ahead of its time and especially there are so many incredible tracks on that album. We still play songs from it and they still sound fantastic.

Are there any new and exciting Danish artists/DJs that you would recommend we keep a close eye on – or do you have any old favourites that we should check out?

CancerDJ HvadMischa PavlovskiApeiron Crew, DJ Mads, Age Coin, CommunionsTaragana PyjaramaUkendt Kunstner.

And finally, what are you most looking forward to in the coming year?

Releasing more music.

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