[TMN Exclusive Interview] Kenton Slash Demon On Recreating Moments in their Music

Kenton Slash Demon

Danish production duo Kenton Slash Demon didn’t first appear on the pages of TMN until about a month ago, but they’ve been making waves in electronic music for over half a decade now. Across a series of EPs, Silas Moldenhawer and Jonas Kenton, the artists behind KSD, have displayed a versatility fueled by a passion for dance music of all kinds. Regardless of styles employed or influences evoked, there remains a distinct emotional power across their catalogue even with an often minimalist approach–using stark undertones as a powerful point of contrast. Perhaps some of that dynamic range also stems from Silas and Jonas’s work as half of successful indie-electronic outfit, When Saints Go Machine. Their latest project, the Harpe/Syko EP, sees the Future Classic-signees continuing their sonic evolution with two lush and textured, albeit vastly different, compositions equally appropriate for a festival sunrise or an at-home chill session.

We had a chance to catch up with Silas of Kenton Slash Demon about growing up in Copenhagen, their production approach and the emotions that fuel their creativity–check out the interview below. You can grab a copy of Harpe/Syko now here and check out KSD’s upcoming US tour dates here.

TMN: How did you and Jonas first start making music and were there any memories from early on that stand out?

Silas: I think it was around seventh or eighth grade when Jonas started listening to electronic music and I had an older friend who had been DJing who got me into it. Jonas had been listening to some Danish artists like Future 3 and Bjørn Svin—he bought those CD’s and played them for me. We were not really good friends at that point, even though we were in the same class. We kind of bonded over the music.

At some point, my dad bought an old school sound module with standard MIDI sounds and hooked it up to our PC with, I think, Cubase 1.2 or something, in black and white and with no effects. We had no idea about equipment, programs or synthesizers. We had never even heard about synthesizers at that time, so we just started trying to make electronic music from these standard MIDI sounds. At that point, it was psychedelic trance we were trying to copy and it sounded really weird because we didn’t have any of the sounds you needed to make that kind of music.

TMN: How important has the Danish music scene been in forming your sound?

Silas: We never thought about how the scene affected us, but looking back I think it had a massive impact–just getting inspired by what’s close to you, what’s going on when you’re growing up, when you start to go out to clubs and you experience your first rave. For us, the scene we were first part of was like shitty trance music in a club called Gorgeous and it was only on Wednesdays. I remember we had fake IDs to get in and we were not really participating in the party. We were just standing in the corner looking at the DJ and all the dancing, just trying to learn. We were really curious about the whole thing.
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[Chicago Giveaways] Kaskade – 10/17 + ZEDD & Dillion Francis – 10/29


Chicago ninjas! We’ve teamed up with our friends over at React Presents to give away some tickets to a couple of amazing shows during the month of October. You’ll have the opportunity to either see Kaskade on his Automatic tour with Louis The Child and CID at The Navy Pier Festival Hall on October 17th or  Zedd on his True Colors tour supported by Dillon Francis and Alex Metric at the UIC Pavilion on October 29th..

Here’s how it works. Submit your email address below, and choose from the dropdown menu which show you’d like to attend. It’s as simple as that. The Kaskade show at Navy Pier is only open to entrants 18 or older, while the Zedd show at UIC Pavillion is open to all ages. Winners will be notified in advance of each show. Please bring a photo ID with you to redeem your prize. If you would like to find out more info about any of these shows or purchase tickets yourself, make sure to head over to reactpresents.com/events, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud to keep up with all the latest news and announcements as well as hear what they’re listening to at the moment.

Enter To Win Tickets

Love Is Blind (Radio Edit)
Louis The Child
Its Strange (Ft. K.Flay)
We Dont Stop
Alex Metric
Always There
Dillon Francis
Bruk Bruk (I Need Your Lovin)
Beautiful Now Feat. Jon Bellion
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Khai Introduces Himself & His Upcoming Octal Sound EP [TMN Exclusive Interview]


Last month we had the pleasure of sharing two amazing records with you from a new artist who goes by the name of Khai. Octal Sound is releasing his If You EP, which both previous records are taken from, this Friday October 16th. As an instrumentalist and singer, Khai takes charge on the project that takes from several styles of music, resulting in intriguing sounds that are sure to mesmerize. We had a little chat with the Austin resident, who got to introducing himself, along with his upcoming solo EP, If You, which includes a collaboration with the Chicago singer CYN that we, and the Hypem charting Justin Abokhai, are super excited for. So, without further adieu, here is the exceptional musical talent we call Khai.

Do You Go Up

TMN: How did you originally get into music?

Khai: I’ve been listening to and playing music since I was a little kid. I started out playing the piano, moved onto the guitar, and eventually started singing as well. I didn’t start producing music until I moved to Austin. I was living with my brother, and a producer friend of mine and I was using an old PC to produce these simple melodic beats in Fl studio. Eventually that evolved into me meeting a few Austin electronic producers and getting more involved in the scene.

TMN: What artists did you grow up listening to?

I actually grew up listening to a lot of English Rock. I used to teach myself a lot of older music on guitar. Bands like: Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Who, The Clash, etc. Towards High School I started listening to more electronic music and a lot of Hip Hop. I was influenced by music like Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Coldplay, and The Gorillaz.

TMN: What artists are on your radar right now? Any people you’d want to collaborate with?

Khai: I’m watching a lot of music right now. Way too many to list, but I really love BAILE’s project. His EP was really amazing. Lucian has been consistently putting out fire tracks. I love Manila Killa’s sound, his tracks are always so melodic and well executed. As far as people I’d like to collaborate with, I’d love to work with Flume, Porter Robinson, or Odesza.

TMN: When did you feel you really had something special, and wanted to break away with your solo project?

Khai: Very shortly after I decided to get more serious about production. It gave me the ability to create my own sound, which isn’t always easy when working with other artists.

Into The Dark

TMN: How did you get connected up with the people at Octal Sound?

Khai: I was actually featured on a Bronze Whale track “Love To Feel”, that they released. I sent my EP to Dexter Palmer (one of the partners at Octal) and he really liked it, so we started talking about the future. My manager has a pretty great relationship with them as well, so it made a lot of sense for us to work together.

TMN: What can we expect from your upcoming If You EP?

Expect to hear a lot of different sounds. It’s an eclectic EP that showcases minimal production. Personally, I’m really excited to release my collaboration with CYN. It was amazing to work with her. Most importantly expect a stepping stone. These are my first steps as a creative.

TMN: How was performing at SXSW for the first time this year?

Khai: I did a session with Samuel Proffitt for Daytrotter, which was fun. SXSW is a fantastic opportunity to network. Especially for new artists. At a time when the internet is such a fundamental part of our lives, as an artist you tend to build these relationships with people via web. It’s amazing to meet groups of those people in one place. I love SXSW.


TMN: Has living in Austin shaped your sound at all?

Khai: Living in Austin definitely made a lot of impressions on me. I have some amazing friends there, and it’s where I first experienced music on that scale. Austin has so much live music and culture. It’s truly an amazing place.

TMN: What are some of your goals for next year?

Khai: I really want to start releasing visuals. Hopefully we can deliver some music videos next year. I hope to also give a much broader picture to listeners of who I am.

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[House] option4 – Vibe On ft. Michael O/Say Woo

option4 cover photo-4

One of our favorite beacons in the Denver dance scene is back after a long hiatus with two freshly delivered originals, and we frankly couldn’t be any happier about it. For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Late Night Legend, aka option4, now’s a perfect time to start bolstering up your catalog with his always soulful, often groovy, and unfailingly dance-inducing tunes. Also, we should note that the aforementioned nickname was completely fabricated for this post. While it certainly has a ring of truth to it, you might get a strange look if you address him as such on social media, or face-to-face.

“Vibe On” is the first track on this newly released EP, and it features singer/songwriter Michael O, who you may recognize from Pitch Perfect 2. Positive, uplifting, and inspiring, the iconic lyrics glide along a sexy-as-hell bassline effortlessly, giving listeners something to both dance and sing along to. As the song progresses, well crafted and placed vocal samples and chops add to the memorable persona, leaving us wanting to hit the replay button a few more times.

“Say Woo” leans a little more to the lighthearted side, boasting vocal samples that shouldn’t come as any surprise. Coupled with those playful “woos” and “yeahs” is a very organically derived house style, which goes heavy on the kick and well-accentuated percussion. It’s not overly complicated, and still perfectly maintains that soulful experience we’ve come to know and love from this Denver-based Producer/DJ.

“Vibe On” will most assuredly be a great addition to a long, arduous day, and “Say Woo” is the perfect fit to a rowdy after-party. You can pick both up on beatport, via Nurvous Records, and have both on hand for when those occasions arise.

Vibe On ft. Michael O
Say Woo
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 10/7 – 10/10


Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over two years now. We know you’ve had some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 9PM on Sundays.
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)
– Make sure you bring some legit dance moves.

See you on the dance floor.

SNBRN - 10/7

Raindrops feat. Kerli (Original Mix)
Caked Up - 10/8
Lil' Jon - 10/9
Cassy - 10/10
Cassy 100% Vinyl @ Hard Wax, Berlin
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CID Signs To Big Beat & Releases New Single, “Love Is Blind” [TMN Premiere]

Love Is Blind (Radio Edit)

The New York Grammy winning producer CID, who has been on tour with Kaskade, recently signed to Big Beat/Atlantic Records. As if that Music Ninja exclusive announcement wasn’t enough, he brings an original single along with it called “Love Is Blind.” This bubbly deep house record is a collaboration with Glenna that just released today.

“Love Is Blind” starts off with the monumental vocal that spearheads the introduction. Subtle percussion and a synth background build up into a climactic release into the groovy drop. He uses a wubby stab synth as the main melodic phrase, but he fills out the rest of the spectrum with various sounds, including bringing the vocal back for dancers to sing along to. Both clubs and festivals are going to be rocked by “Love Is Blind,” which is one of our favorite CID tracks to date. Press play, and expect some more big releases from him soon on Big Beat! If you would like to add the song to your Spotify, then you can do so below.

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 167)


Let’s forget the week, it’s Friday. Let’s focus on the weekend and what activities are going to go down tonight, tomorrow night, and on the recovery day Sunday. Hopefully, you’ll be getting out and having some fun with friends and good music. Maybe you’ll be at show, maybe a party, but no matter where you are, you can bring some Music Ninja music to the table from the playlist this week. Whether you’re streaming, or download all of these free downloads, we have you covered on some of the best tracks released this week. We start off slow to get you into the mood, and then the real fun begins. No matter what happens or where you go, make sure to #danceirresponsibly.

Yesterday Will Float Away (feat. Carly Jaquier)
Bees Knees
Love Will Never Do (Janet Jackson Cover) Feat. Scavenger Hunt
Mark Morrison
Return Of The Mack (Autolaser Remix)
Francis Preve
A Night At The Opera (Original Mix)
Hey Mr. DJ (∆ trentino ∇ & Marc Adams revision)
FreeFall & Swage
You Know (Original Mix)
Turn Me Up (Original Mix)
Party Killers & Syskey
King Peanuts
Black Flowers (Original Mix)
Peanut Butter Jelly (DUDEnGUY Remix)
Alexander Lewis & Dabow
Travi$ Scott
3500 (Havok Roth Remix)
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