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DJ spins his way to success

PHUKET: Internationally renowned British DJ Kensho is the new resident DJ at Cudos Restaurant and Bar in Surin.

By Claire Connell

Saturday 7 April 2012, 02:14PM

DJ Kensho makes his moves.

DJ Kensho makes his moves.

DJ Kensho, also known as Mat, is originally from the United Kingdom, but has been based in Phuket for the last seven years. His last 19 years working as a professional DJ have seen him perform across Europe, as well as in Macau, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambodia, and extensively across Thailand.

He has performed alongside the likes of DJ Cut Killer, Kid Massive, Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols) and Bruno from Ibiza. In Phuket, he’s played at the likes of Siam Supper Club, the former Red Room, Vinyl Cafe, White Box, Pavilions, Taste, Stereolab, Silk, and Brush.

On the music scene in Phnom Penh, he says: “People living in Cambodia are more switched on musically than what you’d think. There is a big music scene with local expats, I was completely blown away.”

Now based at Cudos, DJ Kensho hosts the Vinyl Revival night every Friday, and Starlight Sessions on Saturday evenings, but also performs around Phuket and has an international gig about once a month.

While he sometimes still plays vinyl, most of the time he uses his high tech equipment, which replicates the record experience by using a needle to control MP3s.

“I’ve got a massive collection of original records, I still look for them even if I don’t use them when I DJ – it is
an addiction for me.”

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He grew up around music, admitting his mother was an ‘old school raver’.

“She was a nurse but went raving to let her hair down. From the age of 13 I used to sit in the DJ booth just watching, listening and learning.

“I love so many different kinds of music, I love music from the 1920s and 40s, plus electronic music – when I DJ I try to mix everything.”

As well as being an accomplished DJ, he’s also a semi-professional skateboarder, and a runs a graphic design, events and multimedia solutions company (Asia Creative), alongside his partner Shell.

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