Rupert Parkes is a pioneering force in electronic music. Achieving both critical and commercial success over the last two decades, he remains an elusive figure with an ever-changing sound. I remember first meeting him in the mid-'90s, and at the time he had an outspoken interest in martial arts as well as high performance automobiles. His music seemed the perfect calculus of these interests - an incredibly meticulous brand of Drum & Bass with rapid fire snares and bone-rattling basslines. Almost inadvertently, Photek has had #1 singles on the dance charts as well as multiple Grammy nominations, and his latest album Ku:Palm shows a further evolution in style and tempo. I sat down with Photek recently for our Electrospective interview, and we talked about his early inspirations and direction moving forward. Electrospective is Produced by EMI Music in association with KCRW. Select "listen" below for a stream of an Photek-inspired music mix leading up to the conversation with Rupert, or choose "download" to podcast the interview-only version of Electrospective.
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