Kloke

Kloke

When Andy Donnelly was ten years old his uncle gave him a drum machine. The kid who would become Kloke has been making beats ever since.

 Tuning into Kiss FM, he'd immerse himself in the pioneering evening broadcasts of Colin Dale, Colin Faver, Gilles Peterson, Kenny Ken and Fabio & Grooverider. The young Kloke would religiously tape these shows and then track down the music they featured, and it was the artists that he heard here who would go on to shape his sound:

"I was really into the otherworldly-ness of techno, deep house and early drum & bass... artists like DJ Crystl, LTJ Bukem and Photek. At the same time I was getting into old funk & soul, dub, jazz, labels like Ninja Tune, but what really got me interested in making electronic music was what I heard on those Kiss shows."

A sampler was added to the drum machine, and Andy began experimenting with his own drum & bass tracks. He moved out to New Zealand in 2005 for a change of lifestyle and it was whilst living there that he came across a mix by Kode 9, and discovered dubstep in the process:

"For a long time it felt like there was this big hole missing where drum & bass used to be - with regards to an underground, UK style of music that I could identify with. But when I came across that Kode 9 mix it just clicked straight away. There was a bunch of Digital Mystikz and Skream tracks on there, which just nailed it for me".

Revitalised by music that he found fresh and exciting - but that also harked back to his DIY, alternative roots - Andy found his creative juices flowing once again. He launched back into production and began creating his own take on the dubstep sound.

Now living in Melbourne, Australia, he is signed as Kloke to Entrada Recordings - the label set up by fellow English expatriates down-under Leo Moyza and Ben Wijay. His debut release Suspended Animation received rave reviews and his second release Aquarius became one of the big underground tunes of 2009, winning strong support from DJs like Mr. Scruff and Martyn.

With DJ Magazine describing his production as "the sound of the year 3000, now" and ‘Mixmag labeling him "a talent to watch, without doubt", there is still plenty to come from Kloke.