Kissy Sell Out


As an influential British DJ and producer – and a key figure in the East London electro scene – Kissy Sell Out isn't afraid to take on an audience. In 2011 he took to the podium at the Cambridge Union Society and debated the relevance of classical music to today's youth with British institution Stephen Fry. It was a heated event – however, if debating chambers aren't your thing and getting down and dirty on the dancefloor is, then no worries. Kissy Sell Out can stir up a crowd in other ways too.

Kissy was a big name on the electro scene back in 2006, renowned for high-energy performances and charismatic, interesting productions that blended different genres. The big-time came in 2007, when he got his own show on BBC Radio 1 in the UK, Kissy Klub, and began broadcasting weekly tracklists. Then, 2009 heralded the DJ's first album, Youth, which gathered wide praise for its joyful use of synth and fun, indie-electro sound, featured on singles including This Kiss and Garden Friends.

With the UK at his feet, Kissy became popular for his eclectic range. He regularly dropped old-skool vinyl records on the Kissy Klub, and through continuous live touring developed a style of blending electronic beats with classical music. The classical genre remains a personal passion for the DJ, who names Luigi Boccherini as his favourite composer.

For the duration of Kissy Klub, he became a trendsetter and collaborated on the show with names such as Hervé, Skrillex, Diplo and Felix Da Housecat, as well as producing more than 1,000 unofficial remixes known as the Kissy Klub Versions (however, CDs of his remixes are not available due to complicated copyright issues). His third and latest album, Wild Romance (2011), retains the general style he's become known for, with even bigger and bolder beats – reference rap-infused single Homesick or the ridiculously catchy Turn It On. This is one show that's worth the ferry ride. Anna Cummins

Club Cubic Sat May 25


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