Ibiza Club News Radio has been bubbling around in the background for quite a few weeks now. Testing, plotting, dancing to ourselves, preparing for a long winter of great music leading into hopefully the return of summer in 2021. As we celebrate our official launch, it’s time to get to know the residents. This time around, we chat to Keith Hunter…
Hey! Nice to meet you. What’s your name?
What made you want to be a DJ?
A group of turntablists called the scratch perverts really got me into learning the art of the DJ. I then went on to watch the DMC World DJ championship whenever I could in London. The sad thing is, I never quite mastered the technical dexterity that they made look so easy. To my defence, trying to become a master of the turntables on belt driven drives, did not really help!
What are your top 5 tunes EVER? We’ll be secretly judging you, so they better be good.
205 gti – Tom Demac
Lora – robag wruhme
I am an arms dealer – Andy Rojas
Minimal to India – John wolf (Everdom remix)
Number 33 – nachtbacht
What’s your favourite club and why?
Without a doubt Phonox in Brixton, everything about this venue works for me. The setup, the crowd and location. Its everything you want from a nightclub. The fact its local to me and I can walk home in 10 minutes is an added bonus. The line up never disappoints and the Saturday residencies with Jasper James and Haai were highlights for me.
Tell us your favourite thing about being a DJ?
My favourite thing about being a DJ is genuinely being able to do something you love and by doing this, you are able to make other people happy and enjoy themselves. Something we could all do with right now! Looking back at videos of events I played last year still gives me goosebumps today!
The most amazing experience I have had is when people tell you at one event how much they enjoyed seeing you play at a past event, it makes all the hard work worthwhile! Its also one of the greatest feelings being able to live out one of your dreams.
What advice have you been given in life that you found useful?
For me it has to be ‘be true to yourself’. With so many DJ’s in the scene scrapping for not many gigs, its quite easy to fall into the trap of compromising on your sound and the reason you got into this in the first place etc, in order to get that booking. However, if this is something you truly love, then the enjoyment levels rapidly decrease when you are forced to play music you do not truly enjoy. When I first started out, I have had promoters in the both with me, trying to dictate the tunes I should play. I have also had another actually try to interfere with a live mix? I never played for them again, not sure why 😊
Lockdowns have been awful for dance music, if you had to make a bet – how do you see 2021 playing out?
If I had to make a bet, I would say all bets are off in regards to club nights and possibly festivals. I can’t see it being any better than this year. Especially If there is no solution to this pandemic. Socially distanced parties just don’t do it for me. I would rather wait for the return of parties in the format we know and love! Although that could be a long wait.
Where is the best place for people to check out your music?
Tell us about this months mix?
I put a lot of thought into every mix I make and I try not to be restricted by genre. I like to go where ever the mix needs. In the first mix for my Ibiza Club news residency I have featured artists I look up to for their productions and DJ skills, Alex Arnout and DJ Sneak being two examples. There are tracks on here that I can’t wait to play out, for example, Can Can Wingspan by Desert Sound Colony and some I caned last year like, Venq Tolep (Hit Club Version) by Robag Wruhme. For now, online is my outlet!!
Check out Keith’s first show below…