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From Burial to Rashad, Kode9 has facilitated some of this century’s most innovative music with his Hyperdub label. We hooked up to see if we could crack the Kode

  • Seb Wheeler
  • 30 October 2015
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Is there any other dance music that's interesting you right now?

There's lots of interesting stuff but what pisses me off is that there's a lot of stuff that's clearly not dance music and is super interesting, but people talk about it like it's some new revelation. There's a lot of stuff that's splintered off the side of grime and it's interesting but I wish people would stop saying it's posing something radical to dance music. There's always been non-dance music, it can be played in a club, but stopping people dancing isn't really that interesting and is very easy to do.

An increasing number of artists like Machinedrum and Egyptrixx are making music for a world they've invented. Why do you think that is?

Obviously the world's in a pretty fucked up place right now, so there's an impetus for people to imagine alternative situations and environments or to speculate with things we already have, try and twist them in other ways. Certainly what seems like part of the idea for the ' Nothing' A/V project is to speculate what a fully automated, luxury hotel would be like if rich people disappeared and it became fair game. On 'Black Sun' we did a developed thing but we never took it into visuals: it was all in the lyrics and the album art. We were interested in sonic fictions around the music; the story we made for that album was basically about Spaceape's fight with cancer, but we didn't want it to be personal. We preferred to depersonalise it and place it in a global context, make it more about a global condition. The nothing thing is similar. Essentially, the project has come from something that's very personal, but I'm not interested in doing biographical projects. It's become something much more general, and hopefully has some ideas in it that everyone will be able to understand.

'Nothing' by Kode 9 is out on November 9

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