Through the Wire: Keeno & Whiney
How did you get into producing music?
Keeno: I got into producing as part of a natural progression of listening to all kinds of dance music. I wanted to try it myself and found drum and bass a particularly inspiring genre at the time.
Whiney: Pendulum’s ‘Vault’ really got me into the genre when I first heard it in 2005 at the age of 11, it got me wanting to produce
myself so I searched around and found out that Pendulum were using Ableton at that time, downloaded a copy and it began from there!
We both met over SoundCloud, commenting on each other’s tunes before getting to know each other better and realising we both were striving for similar, fresh new sounds which quickly developed into a fruitful partnership.
Is there a story behind the name?
Whiney: I wish I could say I had some deep, meaningful background to my alias, but it’s quite simply my last and first name put together.
Keeno: Same for me really, Keeno is just an old nickname from my childhood.
What was your first ever gig like?
We’ve not in fact had our first gig (at the point of writing this), however our first is lined up on 3 May at Concrete Space, London on behalf of Discus Records. We’re playing alongside Hybrid Minds and our good friend and frequent collaborator Louisa Bass.
Funniest things that’s ever happened at a gig?
At Hospitality Brixton 2013, our mate Dan disappeared and fell in love with a random girl in the crowd. We hardly saw him for the rest of the night until closing time at 6am when he came back with a ring on his finger and a lack of chest hair.
Who are your musical influences?
Anything from Beethoven to Burial. Mostly, we just write the music we enjoy listening to most, whilst keeping bang up to date with the drum and bass scene. Apart from that our favourite artists have to be Busted, Take That and S Club 7.
What’s on the card for 2013?
The rest of 2013 is set to be an exciting time for both of us, with a wealth of new music we’ve been working on that we hope to release into the world soon. Over the summer we hope to be playing at a number of gigs, writing a load more music together and individually, and sorting our transition to university.
And finally, any advice for upcoming producers?
Just keep going at it. Write what you enjoy writing and don’t let others dictate to you what your sound should be like, however don’t refuse constructive criticism. Start a SoundCloud profile and get your music heard, then once you’ve built up a decent repertoire consider sending your productions to labels and DJs on the circuit.