Catching up with Kazell
by Brett Abramson
Kazell is a DJ that has made a name for himself over the years through hard work and perseverance. Starting in England, then moving to Atlanta, and currently residing in Los Angeles, he has consistently worked with world-class promoters such as Liquified and Spundae. No matter where he plays, Kazell always seems to work a crowd into a frenzy. Aside from being a great DJ, he is a stand up guy and a tremendous asset to the dance music community.
Lunar:Where did the name Kazell come from?
Kazell: It's a combination of my first and last names, Kevin Bazell
Lunar:How would you describe your sound and style in terms of DJing?
Kazell: I like my sets to be a mission on the dancefloor. I prefer a tough, funky vibe that is heavy but uplifting at the same time. Anything with rhythm, soul, and punch.
Lunar:Considering its ever-changing nature, where do you see the sound of dance music heading?
Kazell: As much as dance music trends come and go, I still see the root elements of the various styles remaining constant. In the future I see the DJ incorporating more live musical elements in the mix as well as using technology to process cool edits of tracks.
Lunar:Being so popular in Atlanta, what made you decide to make the move to California?
Kazell: Even after establishing my first solid base in the US and having so many brilliant experiences and friends, I came to realize that I had to keep experiencing and move on.
Lunar:Do you miss living in the ATL sometimes?
Kazell: Yes. It's a magic city with a great music scene.
Lunar: How did you become involved with Liquified, and why do you think your relationship has remained so strong throughout the years?
Kazell: I met Damian, the main man behind Liquified over 10 years ago in Manchester. We had a lot of the same musical experiences in the scene there. Damian wanted to take what we had been a part of and develop it further in the US, and I loved the idea and joined up. Meeting with Devin and later Julie really helped solidify things in Atlanta - we're a very close family based on our mutual respect, musical ideas and friendship.
Lunar: How did you become involved with Spundae?
Kazell: Through my gigs in LA I met Neil, Peter and Guiv from Spundae. I admired their production style and the crowd energy at Spundae events. It was a great moment when they asked me to be their resident.
Lunar:How did the guest spot on John Digweed's Kiss FM come about?
Kazell: Years of bribery and carrying his records finally paid off!
Lunar:Do you have plans on producing in the near future?
Kazell: I have a small studio at my house in Venice Beach. I hope to have at least one of my tracks released this year.
Lunar: What tracks are huge for you right now?
Kazell: Anything by LA locals Amani and Teapot - It's brilliant; some of your mates can be your favorite producers. When I was in ATL I pickled up a couple of CDR's from Luis (DJ Logic - Rockwell) and Habersham & Numinous (Lunar Magazine), both really cool and forward thinking.
Lunar:Who have been your biggest influences outside of dance music?
Kazell: My Family and Friends, Comic Books, Reggae Music, Cool Films, Sunsets, God.
Lunar:Do you have any advice for aspiring DJs?
Lunar:What is something we may not know about you?
Kazell: I always whistle when I'm feeling guilty.
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