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Jon Kennedy


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Jon Kennedy’s music came to light when he was twenty four and Mr Scruff played his track ‘Tell Me How You Feel’ on the Unfold radio show in Brighton, Tru Thoughts snapped him up straight away. He released three 12” and in 2000 his debut album ‘We’re Just Waiting For You Now’ came out. Two years later he was snapped up by Grand Central. This time Aim, who was a fan of Jon’s ‘Chocolate And Cheese’ track approached him to remix ‘The Girl Who Fell Through The Ice’.

“I dropped the remix off at the office and Mark Rae was there. I had some of my own stuff on mini disc, he listened and said he had to get a copy sent to Kate Rogers - the track on my last album ‘Secrets Of The World’ was the result.”

His second album, ‘Take My Drum To England’, came out on Grand Central in August 2002, just 6 months after the ever prolific Jon had dropped off that Aim remix.

I-DJ said “‘Take My Drum To England’ is a wonderfully multi-faceted album of finely honed instrumental beatscapes….proving that Jon Kennedy is maturing into one of Britain’s more discerning beat makers. His time has surely come”.

“The move to Grand Central has had a massive impact on my music making and playing, definitely. The compilation ‘Central Heating’ was on rotation at the skate park where I used to work. I remember in 1997 when I lived in Canada seeing Grand Central stuff in a record shop in Vancouver and associating it with my hometown and the type of music I wanted to make” says Jon.


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