Carl Kennedy is a name synonymous to house music, 2010 boasting a year of many new heights. Early in the year Carl teamed up with Tommy Trash and Rosie Henshaw to deliver “Blackwater”, a seminal house classic. Carl’s first release on Subliminal records after releasing on Stealth, Toolroom, Cr2 and MOS. “Blackwater” has received massive support from house music’s elite with the likes of Tiesto, Axwell, Roger Sanchez, Pete Tong, David Guetta, and Erick Morillo adding this summer hit to their sets and radio shows.
The success of “Blackwater” has lead to Carl joining the Subliminal family with head honcho Erick Morillo proclaiming Carl his new “protégé”. A bi-weekly residency at Pacha Ibiza, the Holy Grail of house music for Erick Morillo’s Subliminal Sessions one of the longest and most successful nights in Ibicenco history has seen Carl perform with some very special guests and dj’s alike notably the opening with Steve Angello, a classics night with Little Louie Vega Em and most recently with P. Diddy – Dirty Money for what was surely one of the busiest nights at Pacha for the summer of 2010.
With two forthcoming releases on Subliminal and the re-incarnation of Carl’s label Wasted Youth in conjunction with Strictly Records, the next year looks to be bigger than the last.
In October 2003 Pete Tong, of BBC's Radio 1, proclaimed Carl Kennedy 'one the world's best undiscovered DJs.... Tong hosted his world famous "Essential Selection" show live from Centro-fly in New York City. As resident and promoter of GBH (Great British House) he was clearly was able to see what vast numbers of club goers were soon to discover; that Carl was destined to become a big name in dance music.
Born in Birmingham, England, Kennedy made the bold move to New York when he was 20 with his eyes set on the bright lights of big city life. No one could have imagined, least of all him, the extent of excitement life had installed for him. If one man was responsible for inspiring Kennedy to take the DJing path, then it would be dance music icon Roger Sanchez, when he played a set at Ibiza's Privilege (the largest club in the world) in front of 10 000 people in 1997. Carl was there to witness the mayhem and it will forever be etched in his memory. As if fulfilling some kind of pre-determined destiny, Carl was to play the famous club 5 years on and turn it up in the same devastating fashion that his hero, the blazing 'S Man' did all those years prior.
In the late nineties GBH later went on to become one of New York's most prominent and longest running Friday night events. During his time at GBH, Carl entertained more than a quarter of a million people and, on his own terms, did his bit to revitalize New York's house music scene, all the while building his profile and reputation as a major player on the DJ circuit. GBH was housed inside super club Centro-fly (voted America's no.1 club in 2001/2002), which saw him perform alongside every major heavyweight at the time like The Chemical Brothers, Roger Sanchez, Dimitri from Paris, Mark Ronson, and Erick Morillo. After the "Essential Selection" (First time ever from the U.S.A) people on both sides of the Atlantic had a chance to hear Carl at work, as he pieced together his own blend of sexy beats and soul-satisfying sonic's. Ironically, after that performance, his popularity began spreading the world over, and it has been growing steadily ever since.
A man's whose sound holds an undeniable far-reaching appeal, Carl tours regularly throughout every continent across the globe and is a firm favourite from Ibiza's famous Pacha, Space Terrace, Ultra Music Festival in Miami to the Budapest Love Parade in Hungary, where eight hundred thousand music mad people danced up a frenzy. The Fort parties in St Petersburg Russia to Headlining in front of 50,000 at Romania's Liberty Parade. It's Australia though, where the DJ-producer has called his second home over the last few years. After mixing the critically-acclaimed Onelove vol.2 compilation CD in 2005 with local gun Grant Smillie of TV Rock fame, and mixing Australia 's no 1 Festival "Future Music"' s album alongside Robbie Rivera, then going on to tour nationally with the event to over 100,000 people headlining along side Sven Vath, John Digweed, The Chemical Bros, and Laidback Luke to name a few. Kennedy has become a firm local favourite and last year followed the likes of Carl Cox, PVD and The Crookers at Stereosonic.
Having held residencies at Sydney's Home nightclub, Melbourne's Onelove and Queensland's Platinum,he also tours the country stopping in at regional towns and the other major cities along the way.
Kennedy might be a devastating vinyl stroker in his own right, having been nominated as 'Best Breakthrough DJ' at 2004's Dance Star Awards in Miami, but his devastating skills don't end when he exits a nightclub. His productions have been on every major independent record label from Stealth, Toolroom, Cr2 and Pacha recordings. The stunning debut 2004 cut 'The Love you Bring Me' still remains the highest ever selling vinyl single on Roger Sanchez's prestigious Stealth imprint, having been an Essential New Tune on the UK's Radio 1, and 'Tune of the Month' in Tong's Essential feature in Mixmag. 2005's 'Right Before My Eyes' offering on Mark Knights Toolroom was also picked up by Ministry of Sound's behemoth off-shoot Data Records. Likewise 2007's soulful gem 'Ride the Storm' Feat Roachford had been causing a stir making it one of the biggest tunes of the WMC and the Ibiza circuit. A highlight being a live PA by Roachford on Radio 1 weekend from the most glamorous club in the world Pacha, Ibiza, for the biggest night of the season Pure Pacha and David Guetta's " F**k me I'm Famous". Pete Tong said it best, when he proclaimed "Life is beautiful when you find records like this." Most recently Carl's remake of Baby D's 90's rave anthem "Let me be your fantasy" could be heard almost anywhere & everywhere with Judge Jules claiming "done a million times but this is by far the best". Carl shows absolutely no sign of slowing down any time soon and has signed the next 3 releases to superstar Eric Morillo's Subliminal records adding to his impressive CV of labels and setting up for an interesting 2010. Always planting new seeds for future prosperity, Kennedy has also stretched his dance industry wings out to start up stellar new imprint Wasted Youth. The label's philosophy is simple; a 'label run by artists for the artists'. The Wasted Youth label scored a global smash with Marco Demark's 'Tiny Dancer' which was supported across the board by the likes of Pete Tong (who named it as an Essential New Tune), and the worlds biggest DJ, Tiesto then achieved a number #1 slot on DMC's Mainstream and Club charts, Music Weeks's Club and Pop charts and Italy's national chart. The label looks set to grow now being backed by the famous and ledgendery Strictly Rhythm records.
Carl is currently locked down in the studio in preparation for an imminent relocation back to UK, ready to administer a taste of what crowds, the world-over have been flocking to experience.
A man whose passion for house music is only rivalled by the hoards of clubbers who flock to catch his exquisite DJ sets, the spinner maintains a distinctive style all his own incorporating sounds across electro, tribal, soul and funk. Carl Kennedy is a man with a sixth-sense for what makes dancefloors move and possesses an uncanny ability to hit the sonic sweet spot time and time again. Indeed, it would seem that music aficionados across the globe are too, discovering his innovative style and not wanting to let go.