Gerard Roberts / Kidkanevil

Somewhere between growing up on his father’s jazz and folk collection, and the hip-hop and sound system culture of the streets outside, Kidkanevil has developed a distinctive and unusual sound over the years. He counts the likes of Bonobo, Daedelus and Wire Magazine amongst his fans, and progressives Om Unit, Blue Daisy and Illum Sphere amongst his contemporaries.


I was born feet first
Grave of the Fireflies is really really sad
Seals make amazing lazer sounds


What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
I’m not sure, I just go with whatever the vibe dictates. The cosmos and cinema definitely have a role.

How and when did you get into making music?
My father is a musician so I guess it just happened naturally. I think I was about 11 when I started playing guitar and stuff. I started collecting records, DJing and then making beats in my teens.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
They change all the time but today I’ll go with…

Arvo Part – Alina
Slum Village – Fantastic Vol 2
Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury
Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto
Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain

What do you associate with Berlin?
Cold temperatures, uncompromising music, crazy art works, that weird aband oned spy base on the hill, and my friend Amenta.

What’s your favourite place in your town?
My room.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Animation, draw pictures, play a lot of computer games, wonder why there is no music. I’d go crazy actually.

What was the last record you bought?

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Sufjan Stevens

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
From my perspective maybe one of my sets at Hoya Hoya, Tempo Clash or Syndicate, I like doing shows with friends most. Both as a performer and spectator.

How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s essential to be honest, I couldn’t make this music without it. Thank you geeks.

Do you have siblings and are they proud or jealous of you?
I have two brothers and a sister, and we’re all far too Yorkshire for such nonsense as pride and jealousy.

Our Favourites:

Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe “Ghostgirl (KRTS RMX)

Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe “Frogs In A Well”

Links: Soundcloud / Facebook / | Interview with Kidkanevil / Gerard Roberts by Digital in Berlin