Kray: Kray. New York. Chances With Wolves Radio.
Kenan: Kenan Juska, Brooklyn Born, Detroit Living, DJ @ CHANCES WITH WOLVES
Kray: Hip Hop is number one. It was the entry point for all understanding of music. Figuring out the beats were made out of old records led to the quest for records to sample and that lead to listening to all these old records and appreciating them in their own right.
Kenan: It’s such a big question! My older sister had a really cool record collection when I was a kid, she put me on to a lot. Honestly, my partner Kray is one of my biggest influences as far as my taste and understanding of music. He’s always going a little further down the rabbit hole, and bringing back the strangest most beautiful things. As far as DJing live, my man Cosmo Baker taught me so much about getting loose and breaking out of the confines of “genre” or whatever, and just playing records you love with passion. On the collecting tip, Edan is my hero.
Favorite Records at the Moment:
Kray: Crazy about cumbia records right now. There’s so many different styles. Definitely learning a lot.
Kenan: Man, so many. I’ve been playing that Sonya Spence “Let Love Flow on” out a lot and it kinda gets better every time I hear it. At home I’ve been listening to this Mamman Sani joint a lot, and this white label Alice Coltrane thing I found that is like other joints from the Ashram Tapes that didn’t make it onto the Luaka Bop comp.
Best Digging Story:
Kray: My best digging stories are tormenting regrets about boxes I went through before I knew anything about the kind of music that they contained. Now that I know something, I have visions of the labels I used to see and skip past. All the ones that got away.
Kenan: First time I went to Bob Mays’ house in Detroit to dig my mind was completely blown, on so many levels. I’ll just leave it there.
Favorite Mix and Why. Any Genre, Any DJ.
Kray: Mixtapes on cassette from girls I used to be in love with.
Kenan: Another hard question, but I’m gonna say Soul Boulders by Matthew Africa and DJ B Cause is top 5 all time. Also, any and all of the mixtapes I used to cop in the village when I was like 15 ha.
LP, 12”, or 7” format?
Kray: I love the little guys.
Kenan: I mean, all. But living in Detroit has turned me into a 45 Guy for sure.
Junk Food You Can’t Live Without:
Kray: Regular old NY slice.
Kenan: I’m a cookie monster. Try to run like 30-40 miles a week to offset cookie intake.
Most Memorable Gig Played:
Kray: We did the flooded art party in Red Hook after Sandy. It was a fundraiser for artists whose studios got washed away in the storm. The space was filled with beautiful art that had been damaged. Sculptures made of caved in roofs, water logged watercolors, smeared oil paintings and warped wooden frames. The bar set up was “pay what you want – but don’t be a jerk” and there was some cathartic post-tragedy euphoria. People danced so hard and it was the closest a gig came to sublime.
Kenan: Kray mentioned the Flooded art party…that’s probably number one. But we also played to like 1500 people on a giant boat the night after Trump was elected. It was surreal, people were all sad and weird and reeling from the election, and then the boat started moving out to sea in the middle of our set. There was a kind of release from the crowd, and everyone just let go and danced hard. It was pretty cool. We all got back to the mainland a few days later and had to deal with reality, but for a couple hours that night , we felt ok.
Record That Never Leaves Your Record Box:
Kray: Man I really love the Linda Laurie answer record to run-around-sue, “Stay At Home Sue” – but Kenan is sooo sick of it now. I played it out, big time.
Kenan: I have played the Charlie’s Roots version of “Pastime Paradise” in most DJ sets I’ve played in the past 2 years.
Shout Outs, Last Remarks, and Gig Info:
Kray: God bless all the sensitive souls in the world. All the artists. All the empathetic visionaries, all the radical thinkers, all the stoic strivers & survivors.
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Kenan: Shouts to music and music lovers and all CWW listeners, and my wife and kids of course. This is actually the 10th year of CWW, so we are toying with the idea of a 10 year party where we invite all our favorite DJs to play and maybe get a special live act and there will be food and beer and sunshine. We’ll keep you posted 😉