Present yourself to my readers! What's your name, where are you from and how old are you?
> Yo yo! Without sounding like a personal ad – I'm Kane,19 and from England.
Is n3k4 only you or is there any other person?
> n3k4/neka is just myself.
"n3k4" or "neka" is a very unusual name. Does it has any background or is there any story behind this name?
> I don't see why many people don't notice this, but it's an anagram of my name. I've used it as an alias for years now but thankfully noone actually calls me it. There is some graffiti tagger from round here who keeps getting up everywhere so I expect a call from the police sometime soon.
Fuck... You are right... But probably some people don't realize that because of the numbers in the name and (this could have been my explaination) because of they don't know your real name!
What do you do when you're not mixing songs up or go to "school"?
> Climbing things I shouldn't be climbing, drinking things I shouldn't be drinking and listening to stuff I probably shouldn't listen to.
That's interesting! What are you climbing and what stuff you probably shouldn't listen to are you listening to?
> Trains, cranes and rooftops mostly, whilst listening to the kind of music you don't want your mum to find out about.
Let's have a look at the beginning of your carriere:
When did you begin with DJing and why did you?
> Haha it's only just started! I got my first set of decks not too long ago (which came with some amazing Daniel Beddingfield vinyl) but being a student I don't have the best selection of vinyl to choose from, so I turned to being a typical laptop DJ.
My main reason for making mixes is that I can't be bothered to choose songs to play, so I make mixtapes of them. Plus it's a good way to showcase a genre, I have a wide taste so I'm starting to work my way through a couple of genres and making mixtapes of them.
I've never understood how people can be a DJ without any records (maybe this is the right word...). Okay, I've not made very good experiences with laptop DJs... IN my hometown there is one I know personally and... he just produces shit... But your stuff is great! Maybe you want to tell me and us something about being such a great laptop DJ? ;-)
> I guess seeing as you're not using vinyl you have to make up for it in other areas. If you're recording, you need to know your software (whatever you're using, I prefer Ableton) like the back of your hand, add something new to your mixes, with being a laptop DJ you're at a great advantage to produce something new. It's a relatively new field as opposed to vinyl that's been around for decades.
For live performances, throw your arms about, look like you're having a good time, there's nothing worse than seeing a DJ stood staring at his screen. Use various midi controllers to make your performance a bit more visual.
Have you learned DJing on your own or was there any helper?
> I have quite a few friends into DJing whether it be vinyl, cd or laptop from different backgrounds, all with different ideas, beliefs and tips. Although I learnt most of the techniques myself as I went along, most of what I was told of the roots and beliefs was taught by the friends who had been around in the DJ scene for a while know and knew what to expect.
A very interesting question:
How many ... er... disks do you have? (I don't know wether disk does mean what I want to say... You know... Vinyl and so...)
> Haha I have the worlds worst vinyl collection and don't have much at all. A lot of the stuff I mix isn't even out on vinyl anyway, that's my excuse.
What different kinds of music is in your music collection? Give some famous artist as examples!
> Well let's begin with some breakcore artists like end.user, Ladyscraper and Aaron Spectre fused with some drum and bass such as Skynet and Ram Trilogy. Plus some UK and Dutch hiphop like Kano, Sway, Foreign Beggars (UK), Opegzwolle and Cmon and Kypski (Dutch).
Funny... I only knew Ram Trilogy of those artists... And I only know Ram Trilogy because of your Drum and Breaks mix. Probably you have forgotten Pendulum who are very famous.
> Yeah Pendulum are legendary there's no doubting that, but I feel the music that they've produced is very limiting. Although almost every DJ set of theirs I've heard is heavy!
If people hear something like "breakcore" they do not have any idea what this means.
So: What does mean "breakcore"?
> Breakcore is anything you want to be as long as it has a 300 bpm percussion track over the top of it!
It's really a sort of mix of a lot of styles like electro, gabba, jungle, hardcore, drum and bass, IDM and breakbeat etc although the sound is more about speed and presence. There's a documentary about the genre that's just come out which will answer all your questions;
300 bpm? This sounds nice! And the video is very interesting... I will recommend it.
What is your current number one song or album?
> Kano's set in Amsterdam intelligently called 'Live in Amsterdam' is sick, so different to his current album and the freestyle tracks are amazing.
Also, check out Skream's (Dubstep) essential mix from a couple of weeks back.
There are some very famous and popular artist that come from Germany.
Do you know any of them? You know... There are some VERY famous... For example the "World's Best DJ"... Do you know who I'm talking about?
> I hope you're not talking about Paul Van Dyk? I'm not really into trance and that's all that seems to be coming from Germany recently. Although thankyou for Flying Steps!
Yes, I actually was talking about Paul van Dyk. Okay, I haven't really expected you to like his music. I think Digitalism got hyped very much the last weeks.
Something else – not really from Germany – but you do like hip hop, too. What about The Streets and Lady Sovereign?
And: What to you think about The Prodigy?
> I don't like Lady Sovereign at all, I feel she's just marketed to fill a gap in the music scene, rather than having a heart in it. The Streets are good, I'll give them credit but they can be a bit too relaxing for me.
The Prodigy are amazing and always will be, from back in the rave days with 'Charlie' to their 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' remixes their sound is slightly ever changing but always for the best. If you haven't seen them live you must go now
Are you currently working on some new stuff? When will we be able to listen to a new mix?
> I've got a nice ambient mix lined up but I've got a hectic couple of weeks coming up so sometime soon after that.
Although Drum and Breaks is up at http://www.n3k4.com/neka-drumandbreaks.mp3
Oh, that's good news! I hope the weeks will pass quickly.
In about three weeks there is a very nice festival close to my hometown: The MELT! festival. Have you heard of it?
> Yeah! My friend is going and apparently it's gonna be a good lineup, even Autechre is playing I think.
And: I do really recommend the Drum and Breaks Mix. At the first moment I heard it I was a bit confused but now I do relly like to listen to this mix. There's nothing better to get woken up in the morning!
At last you can say anything you want. Some greetings, wishes... ANYTHING you want my blog readers to have read.
> Thanks for listening/reading and all that. Shouts for BlackCloud, Nerk, DJ Habibi and Joe from Sustain.