Kevin Blake

County Cork

Kevin Blake is an electronic music producer from Limerick who moved to Cork to pursue a degree in music. He has always played in experimental rock bands since a very young age but an explosion of inspiration from the discovery of labels such as Warp Records, Rephlex and Planet Mu inspired him to start making electronic music.

In early 2007, realising that there wasn't much of a platform in Cork for people to perform their music live, he took the initiative to start up his own night called 'Electric Underground'. This focused on giving left-field electronic producers a stage to perform on, and pushed innovative djs as well. Popularity caused the night to expand to a bigger venue and EU started to bring artists from abroad over to play. Over the last five years they have had over 100 international guest from some of the finest labels in electronic music today and the clubnight is still going strong with residency in the Pavilion, Cork.

In 2009 Kevin released his debut EP 'You Are What You Hear', which received much critical acclaim from various media sources and a distribution deal with RMG. Ireland's most well respected music reviewer Jim Caroll of the Irish Times described it as being "Smashing, You Are What You Hear is the go-to release for fresh, engaging minimal electronic grooves". Donal Dineen and Cian O'Cíobháin pushed it onto the airwaves, with Donal picking Kevin to be one of the featured Irish upcoming artists to do a live set and interview on Today Fm for the Fresh Air Festival. In 2010 Donal featured Kevin as one of the artists to play on the Fresh Air Festival Tour, along side the likes of David Kitt, Katie Kim and Patrick Kelleher.

Kevin's live sets and productions led him to play gigs all around the country, and have even brought him to play sets in France and the Uk. He has also played at Ireland's most prestigious festivals including DEAF and the Electric Picnic. The live sets are aimed towards moving people on the dancefloor and his eclectic and melodic sets are known to bring people from a rock and an electronic music background together. In 2011 he spent the year in Canada working on sound design projects for film and continuing to build on his own musical portfolio. Over the last couple of years he been focusing most his energy on his post rock band 'Private Underground Residence', whose debut album 'Dynamics of Idealism' is due for release soon. He has also had the pleasure of warming up for such luminaries as Luke Vibert, Prefuse 73, Venetian Snares, Bonobo, Mu-ziq, Blawan, Lone and Boxcutter.

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