Kris Akner from London is one half of Audio Bits, who have been around the scene for over 10 years now. The duo started collecting records in the late 2000’s and each got a pair of technics 1210’s that same year. Surrounded by an older crowd, Audio Bits were lucky enough to have a few DJ and producer friends around them that showed them a few things along the way.
Kris and Liam started collecting early hardcore, house & jungle records hailing from 1991-1996, this was the era where dance music was branching out into individual genres and combined now have a collection of over 5000 records!!
Audio Bits started listening to early rave tape packs such as Dreamscape & Helter Skelter where he discovered the legends Carl Cox, Dj Hype & Ratpack to name a few. Through these recordings they found love for the underground scene.
By 2006 Audio Bits had their own radio show on one of Londons pirate radio stations ‘Originfm 95.1’, every Thursday 4-6 with a 2hour show and sometimes bring guests on too.
After being on radio for some time, Audio Bits gained the respect and trust from many producers from around the world, they would then send tracks straight from their studios and people would listen to the Audio Bits show to hear new and unheard dub plates, and this got Audio Bits many gigs around the UK. Kris went on to studying ‘music and media management’ at university in London and used his spare time at uni to network with promoters and artists within the music scene, whereas Liam went on to becoming a Graphic designer and working with one of London’s most famous clubs, Fabric.
Audio Bits have finished a couple of EP’s which are still being tested and they have a side project called ‘Mind Tricks’ which was released in August containing remixes from Australian producers Akta, Shuttersound and Happily Stranded. The two have also not long ago an EP signed by a Bulgarian record label called ‘Secret Jams’ which is now available to buy online via iTunes and listen to on Spotify.
Being the avid producer, how do you motivate yourself? Do you set yourself a timetable or build a strategy for working, or is it a purely on inspiration?
My days are filled with listening to other talented producers and getting inspiration from various genres of music, not just techno, but I do limit my ears to electronic music. When I’m in my studio, it’s very hard to force myself to make music if I’m not in the emotion and mind state that I’d ideally like to be in. I set myself aside approximately 20 hours per week but sometimes those hours are not filled with being productive. It’s also hard to produce when doing the normal 9-5 job. If I could produce music full time I’d do it in a heartbeat. My passion for music keeps me motivated and I am not going to stop experimenting new ways of music making.
How would you describe the sound of Audio Bits from an objective point of view?
Audio bits was a concept I created a few years back when I was studying music at university and house sharing with a good friends of mine Liam Conasir who is also the other half of Audio Bits. Our combined minds and musical interests led us to realising what music people actually want to listen to. Growing up in Europe I spent many years travelling to parties and festivals across Holland, Germany, Poland, Switzerland and the U.K. Being at Timewarp in Mannheim and attending Ibiza and the Zurich Street Parade I got to hear and touch on various bpm styles of music and from this created out very own branding which we’re still slowly working on to find our unique sound.
Do you have any specific musical highlights from any of your traveling experiences that has made an impact in your DJing or production?
Yea, this ones interesting because I grew up on jungle and drum and bass, and I got to meet most of the leading DJ’s & MC’s in the genre. A good friend of mine from V-recordings (Jordan V) got me to play with him in the main arena at the world famous SE1 nightclub which is just under London bridge station in London back in 2010. I got to play to approximately two thousand people and it was definitely a highlight of my career and from this opportunity I made a decision to begin making music and have been ever since.
Have a listen to Audio Bits mini-mix for our 6th Mini-Mix Series. Chugging, deep and dark – this is a sonic journey you don’t want to miss out on!
KONTRAST is a collective of creative spirits who loves to combine raw sounds, dark, thumping beats and intense, edgy musical experiences with extraordinary visual elements in an experimental and innovative way. We want to build something new, colourful and unforgettable and to explore how sounds, shapes and visual imprints together can create something bigger than ourselves, and a different state of mind. The sixth series of the KONTRAST mini-mix series will run from November 9th to 30th, and there will be an exclusive podcast from each artist with a short interview to get to know them better.
Mini-Mix Series #6: