DJ / PRODUCER
JULY 23RD SHINE, EDEN IBIZA
Driven by a deep-seated desire to follow a dream, Stephen Kirkwood has been working tirelessly over the past decade to perfect and hone his sound, building a global fanbase and releasing on some of the biggest labels in the industry. His early triumphs lead to signings on Spinnin’ Records, Subculture, Reload Black, Naked Lunch, Yoshitoshi & many more. Now firmly established within the electronic music scene and noted as an extremely talented engineer, his sought-after productions have been snapped up by A list techno artist Spektre’s Respekt recordings whilst gaining regular support from global superstar DJs Carl Cox, Alan Fitzpatrick and Dennis Sulta. Kirkwood has remixed officially for trance superstar Ferry Corsten and found his way onto BBC Radio One with his remix of the classic ‘On a ragga tip’ being selected for Will Atkinsons Residency show.
Kirkwood has a penchant for dark, driving drum sections married with emotional melody lines and textures which has fuelled the evolution of his sound from uplifting trance inspired productions that propelled him into the limelight into a more warehouse, techno-influenced vibe. Kirkwood grew up surrounded by the throbbing beats of Glasgow’s vibrant Techno scene, spoken of many times to rival Berlin, it is part of his musical DNA and, as he continues to mature as an artist, so do his productions. His latest techno alias ‘Kunky’ is a testament to this well-crafted sound which is both completely unique and highly versatile. Kirkwood’s tracks are powerful, instantly distinguishable and designed for peak-time, main-stage dance floors.
Alongside his production and engineering duties, Kirkwood regularly secures sets at some of the biggest festivals and vibrant clubs across the globe, including performances at Luminosity Beach in the Netherlands and dropping huge sets four years running in Ibiza for Cream Amnesia, Connect Ibiza and most recently Paul Van Dyks’s Shine events at Eden, together with a long list of the world’s best-loved spaces including Privilege (Ibiza), SWG3 (Glasgow), o2 ABC (Glasgow), Heineken Arena (Amsterdam), Venus (Manchester), Club69 (Paisley), Sub Club (Glasgow), Grotesque Festival (Netherlands), plus many, many more. His sets continue to push genre boundaries, and his ability to adapt and evolve to his surroundings, as well as intuitively read the dance floors has earned him rave reviews from everywhere he has performed.
Parallel to his artist career, Kirkwood is also founder and CEO of SKapade Studios. Launched in 2015, the studio is the only accredited PioneerDJ school in Scotland which offers music production training in various electronic music genres, engineering, mixing, mastering and DJ lessons as well as helping artists understand many music business-related questions they may have. A strong advocate within the music community, Stephen also works tirelessly with the SKapade team delivering engaging workshops to the youth across Scotland, ensuring that there are provisions in place to provide tomorrow’s upcoming talent with the vital resources they need to progress in the creative industries. A pinnacle moment in 2018 was the culmination of years of hard work, with Stephen and his business partner Steven Galloni presenting a motivational speech and performance to over 10,000 young people at Scotland’s premier entertainment space and Europe’s second busiest venue ‘The SSE Hydro’.
Forever inspired by the world around him, Kirkwood continues to flourish, maintaining razor-sharp quality across all his productions, performances and business ventures. Kirkwoods clinically tight mixing coupled with diverse set lists, from warm-up to peak time driving, continue to light up dancefloors wherever he goes. Nurturing new talent whilst catching the eye of the scenes biggest labels, clubs and DJs, Kirkwood is living his dream and will continue to push himself, and others, forward into the future.