Interview with K90 ahead of Xstatic - 2nd May
|Mark Doggett, one of two original founder members of the then little known KA90, began making noise and upsetting the neighbours from a makeshift studio in his kitchen back in the summer of 1991!
Fast forward well over a decade and K90 is now an internationally recognized and highly respected producer, performer and DJ with a fan base touching many countries around the world.
Famed for his enthusiastic and energetic stage presence K90 has performed at many of the worlds premier dance events, in both live and DJ capacities including 'Godskitchen - Global Gathering', 'Creamfields', 'SW4' and 'Tidy Weekender' series (UK), 'Dance Valley' and 'Q-Base International Dance Festival' (The Netherlands), the long running 'Advent*jah' Festival (Australia), The Gallery (South Africa) and 'Checkpoint Charlie' (New Zealand) to name but a few.
Combine these performance credits with regular headline slots at some of the UK's biggest clubs such as 'Polysexual', 'Frantic', 'Slinky', Wildchild' and 'Goodgreef' and you are faced with what is now an award winning (ĎBest Live Actí - 2008 Hard Dance Awards) global brand.
Credited for his numerous productions, releases and remixes K90 is responsible for creating the clubland phenomenon that is 'Red Snapper' - arguably one of the most renowned harder dance tracks ever made!
Hi Mark, howís it going?
Yeah, not bad thanks although Iíve just returned from a tour of Australia and New Zealand supporting my latest album so Iím still a bit jetlagged!
You recently released your new album ĎCrashí how has that gone down?
Yeah, pretty good so far. Itís quite different to my other albums so it takes a while for people to digest a new sound. The album covers everything from electro, tech trance, trance and techno so itís kinda how I like the progression of music to sound at a club event.
Youíve also just recently launched a new monthly radio show, what can we expect from that?
The radio is a continuation of what Iíve tried to achieve with CRASH! in that it is a combination of genres building with some electro to get people in the mood then gradually ramped up over the two hours to anything from hard dance to full on techno!
So you will be performing at Xstatic in May, what can we expect? Any new tracks to look out for?
Iíll be playing some of the tougher stuff from CRASH! like Malaya and Hyper Intelligence along with of course, the favourites like Snapper and Breathe!
You always look like you are having the time of your life when you are playing live, do you still get the same buzz from it as you used to?
Thatís because I am having the time of my life and yes, I still very much get the same buzz! If I didnít I wouldnít do it anymore and not only that, people would see right through it, and me! Hey, Iíve always considered what I do to be a pleasure and a privilege so I never take anything for granted, and If all I have to do is play music and enjoy myself and along the way try and encourage other people to enjoy themselves, I donít find that to be too difficult!
You are responsible for arguably the greatest Hard Trance track of all time ĎRed Snapperí but what for you is the greatest Hard Dance track of all time (and you canít choose one of your own haha)
Does it have to be a hard dance track? My own personal favourite dance track of all time (if I have to pick one!!!) would be ĎVeracochaí by Carte Blanche.
Your DJ sets and your live sets are quite different musically, is this a conscious decision to stay away from the trademark K90 live Ďsoundí in your DJ sets? Also, which do you prefer performing?
Playing a DJ set gives me a bit more scope to change things around and experiment and as I never pre plan a DJ set, I never really know where Iím going to start or end up! Playing live is more rigid in terms of what I can and canít play because the audience will always want to hear the favourites. Which one I enjoy most would depend on weather or not Iíve got new K90 material to play because if I have, live would always come out on top!
You tour quite extensively around the world, where would you say is your favourite destination?
New Zealand without question. Iíve been travelling there for almost ten years so Iíve made quite a few friends there over the years. The people are so warm, the landscape is breathtaking so in all honestly itís kinda home from home for me these days.
Any scary stories from on the road you can share with us?
Yes actually, one from the AUS/NZ tour Iíve just got back from! I was waiting at the airport after my last show in Sydney and thought Iíd take a look at some of the photoís from that Iíd taken using my phone whilst on tour. I got about half way through and was horrified to see that some of my Aussie mates had got hold of my phone while I had my back turned and decided to take pictures of their genitalia and other nasty looking parts of their body! Not a lasting memory I want to keep I can tell you!!!
What is the strangest thing you have ever received from a fan or been requested from you by a fan?
Wow, over the years Iíve been asked to pose with all manor or weird mascots and been asked to sign bodily parts ranging from arses to boobs, faces to feet so I couldnít possibly pick out one thing!
If you were the Prime Minister for a day, what would you do?
Iíd get MI5 to find out who has been putting the promoís I send out from my label onto file sharing sites!
Finally hereís a bit of trivia for you. If there are 365 days in a year, 52 weeks in a year and 7 days in a week, why is it that when you times 52 by 7 you only get 364 days?
Man, youíre asking a numbers question to a bloke who scored an impressive ĎUí (stands for ungraded) in his Maths exam at school!
Xstatic & Deprivation Present
'The Early Summer Marquee Party'
Saturday 2nd May 2009
The Custard Factory Complex. Birmingham
This history making event is the first in its kind ever @ the Custard Factory. On Saturday 2nd may we restructure the layout of the club by transforming the pool into a massive dance floor, draining the water and installing a gigantic marquee. To add to that we are throwing in a full on festival sound system and fully professional staging, sound & lighting as well as the very best in fire eaters, pyrotechnics and dancers to accommodate the live acts!.
Thatís not all though! The rest of the club will be open with over 50 DJs including house, trance & electro.
Oh!!!! And did we mention, when buying your ticket for this event, you will also get free entry to a very high profile event & also a free CD that you will love forever and money could never buy!!
See you on the 2nd may
Xstatic & deprivation team
Mainroom - Hosted by Contagious
K90 classics live
Guy Macffer live
JP & Jukesy
The Trance Arena - Hosted by Nu-Depth Recordings
Garbo b2b Steve Arnold
Gio vs Neil M
Danny Powers vs Stu James
Dav Gomrass vs V-I-C
Ash Preston vs Disco Pete
Sam Rushton vs Ingy
Tom Green vs Jonny Burg
The Funky Kitchen - Hosted by Funkee
Pimmo vs Chris Ward
Russel James b2b R.A.W
Sonik vs Beat Junkies
Filthy Fusion vs Rusty
Joe Napier vs Fanatik
Vegas b2b Normous
Kriss b b2b Disc Junkie
The Up & Coming Arena - Hosted by Blessed
Caz Wood vs Wain Johnstone
Lusty & P4n1x
Kirsty Lee James v Craig lee
Louis Fernio vs Kieran Browne
Jrdj vs Swanny B
Rich Halpin vs Carl Hood
Dave Spitz vs Kirkdj
Ant J vs Joe Mansini
Date: Saturday 2nd May 2009
Venue: The Custard Factory Complex . Gibb Street . Digbeth . Birmingham . B9 4AA
Time: 9.00pm Ė 6.00am
Very limited Supersavers: £10 +bf *be quick*
Savers: £15 +bf
Advanced: £18 +bf