With industrial techno really making its own headway leading into the new year, genre staples such as Ansome, Bas Mooy, Ossian and more have all paved solid paths for many newcomers looking to make a name for themselves with harsher sounds along the techno spectrum.
One of those who has been blazing a trail for the past while has been Auckland, New Zealand native, Keepsakes, who has released on both Ansome and Mooy’s South London Analogue Material and MORD labels respectively.
With the respect of his European peers in tow, along with a brief stay in Berlin, the southern hemisphere resident turned his attention to setting up solid roots in his hometown of Auckland where harsh, distorted techno is still alien to a crowd more accustomed to more accessible sounds within house and techno.
With the first release on his new label HAVEN AKL due this Friday, we thought it was ample time to catch up with the young gun in order to provide us with a clearer image of the landscape down under and how his sound has developed as he moves back and forth between NZ and Europe.
Kieran [Ansome] hit me up about doing something for S.L.A.M. pretty soon after I did my releases on Sequel One and Green Fetish – both of which I got lucky with through posting my tracks on social media.