Being part of the new generation and coming up in the era of EDM, how did you land on house music? I read you were into Dutch house and electro early on so was it just an age/maturity thing that led you to this place? Were there any specific records, DJs, producers or shows you attended that helped expand your repertoire?

I mean for me, it was a maturity thing. As I grew older, I found myself delving into more sophisticated, stripped back sort of beats. But, I think a lot of it boiled down to my environment. Growing up in San Bernardino, I was never really exposed to proper house music apart from the obvious classics and some disco house records. But even though I didn’t have that initial exposure at a young age, I knew it was something that I have always really liked because a lot of the more electro, bass music that I liked the most was the tracks that were most often made by UK producers that had the jackin old school drums, house chords, etc.

People get too caught up in what other people around them are doing and end up cutting corners or doing things with a half-assed approach. Put 100% into everything.

One of my first proper shows I went to in the UK was when I was like 17 and managed to get backstage for Mark Knight and Sebastien Leger at Cliff’s in Southend, Essex (2012). After seeing those two absolutely smash it live and hearing the bangers that were being thrown down all night by them and the other support DJs, I realized how much I was missing out on and from then on I just completely delved myself into the scene.

Who’s your all-time favorite mad villain?

Plankton.

What does your studio setup look like?

At the moment my home setup is 2x Yamaha HS7s, Akai MPK25, AkaI XR20, Korg Volca Sample, Korg Volca FM, and a NI Komplete Audio 6 interface. Nothing crazy, but more than enough to get the job done!

How would you define or characterize your sound?

Well-seasoned and marinated!

Talk about your first record and your latest record.

My first proper record was an absolute trainwreck pieced together in FL Studio. My latest record is something myself and Rai Knight (Detroit) wrote together called “Baby.” I got her to re-sing some parts of an old Ashanti track and from then on we just sculpted and finished the track together and put it out on MadTech!

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned recently – musically or industry-wise? Whatever sticks out.

I’ve learnt the importance of spending time to try and get things right. People get too caught up in what other people around them are doing and end up cutting corners or doing things with a half-assed approach in order to keep up. Patience is key, and always put 100% into everything.

Any producers on your radar that ought to be on ours?

Cal Johnstone, Tommy Vercetti, Del-30, ItaloBros, Jey Kurmis, Elliot Adamson, Dennis Quin, Understate. There’s so many more but this is a good handful of producers who are freshly up-and-coming and whose music I really dig.

Do you have any dream collaborators on your wish list for the future? Labels you’d like to work with?

Dream collaborator: Tom Misch. Labels I’d like to work with: Dirtybird, Relief, SlapFunk…

What’s coming up next for you?

I’ve got various shows coming up around the UK, Germany, Amsterdam, etc. over the coming months. Two 3 track EPs dropping on Strictly Rhythm and Underground Audio as well as some dope remixes in between. Also keep an eye out for my first Mad Villains sample pack release. I’ll be announcing the deets for that very soon.

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Dustin Kinney is a passionate, opinionated house DJ and writer in Austin, TX. His friends will tell you he hates everything, but it’s a LIE! Don’t believe them.