With Mysteryland USA fast approaching, we're digging into their stacked lineup to highlight our favorite artists who will be performing at this year's festival. One name that clearly stands out, is that of Kerri Chandler, an influential figure who has pioneered the rich genre of House music and is still pushing the culture to new heights today. So naturally, we jumped at the chance to get to know this iconic producer.
Kerri Chandler is a name synonymous with dance music. He's a class act who has steadily supplied the scene with countless gems, whether that's with his own original productions or through his label, Kaoz Theory. His musical knowledge is unparalleled, so we thought it fitting to understand his persona by having him supply us with tunes that shaped his vision. Having been immersed in music for decades, Chandler is bound to share an eclectic batch. Ranging from the music he would play while relaxing on vacation, to the music that inspired him to pursue his career, he gets deep to reveal various influences.
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The track from my childhood that I’ll never forget:
Weather Report - 'Elegant People'
The track that inspired me to pursue a career in music:
"Early Kraftwerk and Kool and the Gang."
Kool & the Gang - 'Get Down On It'
The track I’d play during peak-time at Mysteryland USA:
"I have to feel out what I think is appropriate, I never go in with a set in mind. I feel every place out I play, but play as its my last time DJing, all the time 110 percent energy and love.
"Anything that makes people remember and get happy."
The best track from my favorite new artist:
"I have too many to mention, I never say what's best. I want all the selections I make to be great and the timing is key."
The track I wish I made:
Kraftwerk - 'Numbers'
The track that best represents my personality:
The Clark Sisters - 'You Brought The Sunshine (Into My Life)'
The track I want playing as I walk on stage:
"I hope one of mine, lol"
The track for relaxing on vacation:
"Anything Sergio Mendes."
Sergio Mendes - 'Never Gonna Let You Go'
The track I hope to be remembered for:
"I hope they all get remembered!"
Kerri Chandler - 'Turn Off The Lights (Who's Afraid Of The Dark)'
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