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KANT: Life On The Edge

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Apparently KANT translates to ‘edge’ in Danish.

In English, meanwhile, it translates simply to this: exciting house producer who’s set to blow up.

Proof? This massive remix of Klingande’s already huge club-jumper Jubel is a good place to start…

I never picture my music on the dancefloor. I make it because it sounds good. It’s as simple as that! I think this is what makes me a bit different; a lot of producers make music with only the dancefloor in mind. I’ve gone about it in a different way entirely.

There are heaps more reasons why KANT won’t budge from your radar. Two recent cases in point: he’s just been anointed with a broadcast big up from Pete Tong, and his 2012 track Ey Yo has just been snapped up by Warner for a major re-release.

“I wrote it almost two years ago but it keeps on coming back,” he exclaims. “We’ve had a lot of label interest so we had to buy it back off the original label! I sampled Busta Rhymes on it and I didn’t think any label wanted to touch it! Apparently Warner spent a long time clearing the sample. I’m really happy with that!”

Two year old re-visitations are just the tip of the deep house iceberg, though. As well as an imminent killer remix of Thomas Azier’s Ghost City, KANT’s sitting on so much new material his sets are currently 100 per cent unreleased exclusives and hinting – in the vague way only producers know how to nail – at some really big plans.

“We’re just waiting for the right label to help us on our way,” grins the man whose life-in-beats began as a hip-hop producer and a guitarist in a pop band before eventually falling in love with house music three years ago.

“I just fell in love with vibe and feelings, I had to get involved!” he grins. “Sitting in the studio is where I can express myself most happily. I just completely get in the zone and lock myself away.”

It’s here where we discover KANT’s true edge… While his productions do have serious dancefloor impact, his studio expressions are much deeper than mere club fodder.

“I never picture my music on the dancefloor,” he reveals. “I make it because it sounds good. It’s as simple as that! I think this is what makes me a bit different; a lot of producers make music with only the dancefloor in mind. I’ve gone about it in a different way entirely.”

Going about things in a different way seems to be a theme in KANT’s work… Not only was his latest outing on UKF Never You Mind the first track he nailed the lead line on the keyboard (instead of programming it) but the video has had a serious impact on his profile and delivery, too

I’ve never seen so many crazy reactions to a heart. We were cruising around with this heart and people were going insane.

“The guy who did the video is a very talented video maker. He was so inspired by the tune that he told me he had to make something. I was really into his idea of the video so we did it,” he explains. “In fact we want to implement the heart in all videos now. I’ve never seen so many crazy reactions to a heart. We were cruising around with this heart and people were going insane. I’m definitely using it again!”

Something tells us we’re definitely going to hear KANT again, too.