KosmetiQ to play in Dubai

How do you connect Iron Man to Frankie Foncett, pianos and crop circles? Time Out finds out

Interview

First off, where’s your name from?
I like to think my music has a very clean sound, so that you listen to it everything really stands out – it’s cosmetically clean. So the name was born there. And I’m also very fond of women and a lot of women get cosmetic surgery done to make themselves ‘perfect’, so I took something from there as well.

What got you into music? And who are your main inspirations?
I’ve been playing the piano since I was seven years old. I don’t remember this, but my father bought me a tiny Casio keyboard and he says that I started playing along with the music on the radio. So it’s something I was born with. When I was older I went into the army and every Saturday night I used to sneak out of the barracks to go to Ministry Of Sound and hear Frankie Foncett play. He brought house to England back in the ’80s, and seeing him make people happy on a massive scale was really inspiring. He used to mix three or four decks at the same time. Seeing the crowd crazy for him is what gave me the bug.

How would you classify your music?
I’m in the electronic bracket, but I suppose it’s my own take on deep house. I wouldn’t categorise it really. I cross all genres of house music, so there’s everything in there. My sets obviously depend on what the crowd like. But you can expect very uplifting, very bouncy music with big bass lines.

What are your other interests, off the turn tables?
I love BMXing. Also, I’m still a big kid so I collect lots of comics – everything from The Incredible Hulk to Iron Man – and I’ve got a two-metre Transformer in my studio. I’m also complete vinyl junky – I have 16,500 records. In fact, I’ve actually made a TV stand out of some of them.

Are there any new things you’re working on?
I’m making a track called ‘Crop Circles’ – this is, I think, the first fully orchestral piece of house music. It took me two-and-a-half months to write, working 10 hours a day. And I’m going to play it for the first time
in Dubai.

Where do you get your inspiration from for your productions?
Every one of my records has a story behind it. For instance, a friend came over to mine once and he saw the music magazines that were lying all over my studio. He said to me, ‘You know what? You’re never going to get a girlfriend with all this stuff lying around, you geek.’ That was the inspiration behind my track ‘The Geek’. It’s about this woman that fancies this geeky guy. There’s a story in everything. Just watching people being themselves can inspire you to do something.

What’s your greatest accomplishment?
I’ve released 52 records by myself on my own label. But I think the best was when I did the Powerstock Festival. People were singing my music back to me – I think, as accomplishments go, you really can’t get much better than that, really.

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