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Detroit techno, European progressive, IDM, and psychedelic ambient were my early influences. At the same time, I was in a dub reggae band playing keyboards, mixing space-dub, with hip hop... it was a lot of fun!

After university - I moved to San Francisco, and started my label and released my first EP: "Illusion", which went on to be released with the top label Bedrock in the UK.

Quotation my first EP: "Illusion", which went on to be released with the top label Bedrock in the UK. Quotation
At the same time, I was invited to join the trance group Medicine Drum, which gave me the opportunity to pick up my violin again, but this time, playing free-style, and middle eastern/gypsy melodies and scales, giving me a whole new world of violin again.

After leaving Medicine Drum, I integrated the violin into my live performances as a solo 'Kenji Williams' artist, and recently have now integrated my visual skills as a filmmaker - producing music videos, documentaries, and multimedia theatrical live events... My aim these days is definitely to integrate my audio and visual expression, and just keep creating more art and release them through my label, ABA Structure.

 How do you approach the world of acoustic sounds as an electronic artist?

 Kenji: One of the things I loved most about electronic music when it first came out, was that there was a broad range of analog synthesizers being used. These days, they are hardly used, as digital has taken over. What electronic music lacks, is this analog soul - and the violin is a perfect instrument to balance the coldness of digital music. I try to keep a balance with the highly emotional expression of the violin, and the driving power, and sometimes dark worlds evoked by electronic music.

 What are your hopes and intentions for your recent work "Faces of Epiphany"?

 Kenji: I guess my greatest hope is for it to get out there to the public, - and for people to listen to it with, what I call 'delicate attention'. There is great detail and storytelling in my music, and a lot more time spent on composing and producing it than other electronic music producers. So much music these days sounds the same, and this is because it has become so easy to make sounds with the computer, keyboard, and sampler. My intention is to elevate the listener through delicately moving mountains within the soul, emit the vibrations that connect the mind and heart, bring healing through journey-work in music.

 Could you say a few words about ABA structure? How can we apply these concepts?

  Kenji: Well, apart from being the name of my label, ABA Structure, to put it simply, is a tool of self reflection for the purpose of evolving the self. Think of it as a mirror that allows you to find a different perspective of yourself, your life, your evolution. In classical music, and even in storytelling, you have an opening motif, or an 'A,'.Then a derivative, or 'B,' which is kind of a journey or conflict.

To end the piece in conclusion, you come back to the original motif, or 'A.' I started seeing these patterns of going from point A to B and back to A, and noticed it was a form of evolution, a tool of self-reflection in my life. If you notice these patterns, you can better understand what you're doing and what sort of quality 'B' experience you're having.


 


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