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Get to know Klose One, the Rinse FM resident mixing the sound of London

The 33-year-old's crates hold a wealth of funky house and techno to hardcore and progressive

  • James Ball
  • 6 November 2018
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Despite wanting to divide his DJ and producer pseudonyms, he likes his overarching sound to “represent where it comes from, while keeping it fresh and exciting” – something that was clear from the get-go. His moniker stems from slapping the word ‘one’ onto the end of his graff name, and fits perfectly with his daring style of mixing: “When I was younger and I was trying to mix as many genres as possible together, a lot of the mixes would come off like, ‘That was a close one!’”.

Considering his UK-orientated tastes, it makes sense that one of his favourite labels at the moment is Dext Records. “They offer a similar aesthetic to what I do”, he notes; “it’s techno-ey, but there are also a lot of UK sub-genres running through it”.

Unsurprisingly, Ruari has strong opinions regarding London nightlife, and particularly about Hackney’s latest batch of draconian licensing laws: “It makes you wonder who takes the risk of opening a club in London these days when they’ve got so much up against it”. In spite of this, he remains positive: “The London music scene is so important that I don’t think it will ever be fully defeated – but it does look like a hard battle.” One thing’s for sure: not many people are better positioned to lead the fight-back.

Klose One plays WHP Presents on November 10

James Ball is freelance writer, follow him on Twitter

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