Jakkin Rabbit are Danny Kane and Marc Spence, a pair fully versed in the history of house, a duo that releases on labels like Mexa and Hot Creations and an unstoppable force in the DJ booth. Their infectious, floor filling sounds have had support from DJs like Solomun and Art Department and is what makes them so in demand in top clubs everywhere. This Saturday the duo will be appearing at Audio Rehab, who make their much anticipated return to Ministry of Sound following a sell out first party there earlier this year. Here we speak to the duo about how they met, their production process and more besides…
How are you both? With 2015 fast approaching, what have been some highlights of 2014?
Both very good thank you. Well apart from some of the amazing nights we’ve had this year I think the consistent energy we have shared in the studio has been more of a highlight for us than anything. The vibe has been great and lots of ideas have come together so well and so quickly on our own stuff as well as with a lot of the collaborations we have started with other artists this year.
Musically, what goals have you achieved?
Doing what we love is an achievement in itself… Maybe it would be cool to have our music played round the world then putting a band together and touring it.
How did you two first meet, why did you decide to work together and how did it go at first?
We met through DJing really and, after a conversation, discovered that we both grew up in the same area just at different times and that Danny had was actually close mates with some of my family members when he was growing up, so for us that was an instant connection and then progressing on to chats about music production it seemed almost natural for us to decide to get in the studio together.
Do you each bring different skills to the table, or can you both do everything? I hear one of you is an instrumentalist, how helpful is that in making original tracks?
As well as our Jakkin Rabbit collab we both make music individually so even before we get in the studio together we already have our own vibe and ideas of what kind of track to make. It’s really just about jamming and throwing ideas in, not really concentrating on who’s doing what, more about getting the ideas down and enjoying yourself until we both feel the balance is right.
Musically, Danny is far superior to myself, with over 25 years of musical experience and the ability to play possibly every instrument made – that’s always going to be an advantage in the studio! I’ve been very lucky to have been shown so much knowledge by him because believe me Danny does not give things away lightly.
You say you marry the old school with the new school – can you explain what ways you do that? What old school values do you bring to the table and why do you like those older sounds?
Well Danny comes from a time of Ataris, 8-tracks, hardware and musicians where I come from a time of arrangement screens, virtual instruments and laptops so when we work together it’s simple, if you have an idea ‘jump in’ and try it out.
Does it take you a long time to make a track or are you guys who work quickly? Do you have a proper studio or can you work on the road on stuff?
It all depends, mostly ideas can come together in no time at all but when it comes to finishing the track, then each track is individual to what it needs, which in turn is always going to vary the amount of time until we’re both happy that it’s finished. We use Danny’s studio more than anything, which is a great space and kitted out with loads of hardware he has collected over the years, we do start ideas at home but all tracks will be finished at the studio.
You’ve released on Hot Creations and Mexa before now – do you write with labels or mind or do you just do your thing regardless of who it is for?
I don’t think we have ever purposely tried to make a track for a label, one of the greatest things in the studio is you never know what’s gonna happen. The most important thing is making sure the vibe of the tracks right, we’ll decide what direction we think it should go when it’s finished.
Do you think house music should have a social and political conscience in any way, like it used to when it first emerged, or has it changed into something else now?
Well music is probably the most powerful language on Earth that has the ability to control so many emotions so along as that power is used to spread good vibes then we’re all for it.
As DJs, what’s your aim, your vibe, your style? Do you like long slow building sets or lively ones full of curveballs, for example?
Our main aim is to enjoy what we’re doing and to get as many people as possible in the room dance, it’s quite funny actually as we’re very secretive with each other over our new tunes and then drop them out in a sort of friendly competition to see who’s got the freshest bangers, keeping each other on our toes and our sets exciting.
What should people expect from you at Audio Rehab in London? How do you like playing the capital? Is it better than playing anywhere else?
Expect to have fun and dance. It’s always great playing in London, so much appreciation for good music and after hearing some of the reports from the other Audio Rehab nights we’re very much looking forward to playing the next.
Are you tight with Mark Radford and the Audio Rehab crew?
Yeah, we know Mark and get on really well so looking forward to finally working alongside him.
What else you got coming up/are you looking forward to that you can tell us about?
Over the next couple months we’ve got some more EP releases coming up on No.19 and Audio Rehab with some really good remix packages and currently working on collaborations with No Artificial Colours, Sonny Fodera, Cause ’n’ Affect, Low Steppa and Robert Owens so looking forward to getting those finished off.
Audio Rehab tickets here: http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?631947
Also catch them on New Year’s Day at Day One Festival in Brimingham – tickets here: http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?652949