Forget Dennis, there's a new Menace on the scene and boy is he Kinetic. We ask Brandon Hunter about his influences, heros and what's in store...
Hi Brandon! Good to meet you!
You're a Kinetic Menace - tell us more…Can you describe your music for us?
Well, its electro of course haha. Its kind of like Feed Me meets funk meets my own groovy influence. It's bass at times with sometimes a heavy drop but its a collaboration of sounds that makes your ears tingle and you just bob your head as soon as it starts. I create intro's at times but I really like to have a short intro and then straight into the song with a decent groovy chorus that just flows in to more of a bouncy, groovy song. I like my sounds to really stand out from the rest but also keep it inline with whats new in the music scene. I sometimes infuse a bit of techno with my electro creations as it tends to really give it a whole new feel. It is a complextro type style but I keep it under the lines of the electro genre as it really is just electro. I'm not really into laser type sounds but you might hear something close to it. I do incorporate a lot of sounds together so it might be different to people's ears. Over all it's music and it's meant to make you groove. I like the word groove haha.
What styles influence you?
Oh man! I can seriously talk your head off with this. I've been into music since I was 8 years old with experiencing every type of genre you can think of. Michael Jackson was probably the first artist I could recall listening to at that age but before that it was blurry. Influences are from blues, rock, alternative, metal, dubstep, electro with underground and mainstream artists. Mainly, it's electro and techno as from when I heard The Prodigy in the movie Hackers in 1995, it just gripped me. I've been searching for that sound that I could fall in love with and know that's my sound and what I want to always do. I love guitar but blues guitar, which I want to incorporate in a production soon. I love the blues but that deep Mississippi type blues ,like 1922 type. I would say that's my biggest influence as it's just crazy deep, soulful music. Really cant do that with electro, well not with the sound I'm achieving but I will use the guitar for an intro or chorus.
Where did your love of music come from?
AC/DC!!! Hahahahaha! My godfather got me into them and I have never regretted it. Music comes from the soul and I've got just that, well I hope I do, haha. I've experienced music deeply and I've travelled because of it. Across the nation of South Africa, to the UK, to Europe. I've been punk (still there a bit), goth, a skater punk, alternative, a raver but now I'm an electro punk. Now punk was, in all honesty, my beginning - where I seriously feel deep into music. I went on a full punk rage, if you want to call it that, and just opened myself up to that scene. I was the punk guy you knew in a small town. The hardcore punk hahaha. I used to do rave parties as punk was not seen from where I was. I did enjoy them as I was young and really did not know who I was and I am an open minded person with music. I just don't like crap music. My love comes from being exploited to every genre you can think of and then knowing exactly where my heart lies.
Who are your heroes in the scene? Who inspires you?
I really don't have heroes like I'm a die hard fan or I'm that groupie type. I respect everyone even if I don't like the music they make. I started with Datsik, Excision, Downlink and some others and from there, progressing in edm, I have found that my artists are Figure, Helicopter Showdown, Shreddie Mercury, Koan Sound, Feed Me and Calvertron. People know them but the reason I like them is cos they are all different. None of them are the same. Oh, let's not forget Speaker Of The House, some damn good stuff right there. I listen to loads of artists and iIve taken some inspiration from Deadmau5, Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Knife Party but I don't chase after them. I'm very picky with music. I really don't like the same style constantly. You meant, as an artist, to have a certain style but I don't. I make what I want to and feel. I have influences from every angle but right now Feed Me blows my mind.
Where do you see yourself in 12 month's time?
Honestly. I have no clue! Hahahaha. I want to be doing live shows. Please know I am not a DJ. I am an artist that plays his own music. I use DJ equipment to do so.
I really dislike that name. DJ. Disc Jockey. It categorises people that spin vinyl or cdj's or whatever. DJ's are people that play other people's music. I am a performer, let's call it that. I would like to be touring and playing all over the globe. Headlining and jamming it up with some big artists. I really would like to open up for Feed Me in the future and collaborate with them. I would like to be on the cover of DJ MAG and Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone would be a major accomplishment. I'm in your mag which an accomplishment, hahahaha. I'm bladdy nobody but here I am hey. I want to be where Feed Me is. I want to be where Figure is. I want to be a damn good act like Daft Punk. I loved their song Around The World and still do. Yeah… I want to be somewhere at least. Right now I'm just another face in the crowd waiting to get noticed.
How has the scene changed in the past 12 months (good and bad)?
Indeed it has hey?! It has progressed since Skrillex went boom. It's a good thing but electro or complextro is still to be acknowledged. It has changed a lot with taking your usual electro type tracks and integrating a lot more into it now. It's more edgy, more clean compared to raw productions. David Guetta is what people think electro is. I respect that he is out there doing his thing but that is not electro. Feed Me is what you call amazing electro. Integrated, melodical sounds that really are well structured - exactly what I'm trying to achieve. I'm getting there and with hard work I will get there. Nothing is done easily. There is no easy route. It takes time to get places and get noticed. Some people get it faster than others because they copy but change it around. I think dubstep has become monotonous and the new scene is electro (complextro). I've stepped into the scene at the right time with the sound I've created. It's how it's going and hopefully I'm there when it takes off.
What is/are your gadgets of choice in the studio at the minute and why?
My laptop, hahahaha. Headphones, laptop, midipad, Ableton, Steinberg Nuendo and my skills. I'm working on getting Pioneer cdj's and a DJM Mixer with an amp and a travel bag so I can start my live artist career. I want to do epic shows that you will never forget. Planning has gone into this and so has progression. I need my equipment cos I want to do producing and live performances also. Only my music though and mixing it up with other artists.
Any releases out soon?
I have one on Ohhellyes! Records which is an amateur label. Another with Anarchy Audio on a compilation album. My start into the sound I'm now achieving.
Kinetic Menace - Risky on Ohhellyes! Records ( I have no idea when they going to release it )
Kinetic Menace - We Will (Electric Dreams Compilation) Released
My start to my adventures with these 2 tracks
My free e.p.
Have you got an exclusive's for Core? ;o)
2 releases that will be out soon:
Kinetic Menace - A Windy Day on Anarchy Audio (Dubstep compilation)
The last dubstep song I ever made
Kinetic Menace - Get Funked on Audio Animals
My personal website:
Why not have a listen?