Kevin Bazell, known more popularly in dance circles as Kazell, has infected the American club scene with his unique brand of electronic dance music, stimulating crowds everywhere with his tough, funky and soulful grooves.
A UK native and LA transplant, Kazell first arrived on US shores in 1991 and began infusing elements of the Mancurian acid house movement into the fledgling dance music scene on our side of the pond. He first gained notoriety in Atlanta as a favorite local resident at Liquid Groove. Kazell then relocated to Los Angeles in 1999. Kazell quickly established himself with residencies at the largest events in the West Coast, the legendary Liquified events and LA’s mega-club Spundae.
He has become a tremendous asset to the dance music community, always working the crowd into a frenzy while pacing his music to complement the guest DJs and their time slots. In a short time, Kazell has set the bar for resident DJs across the nation. He has consistently been handpicked to perform with massive headliners including Sasha, John Digweed, Deep Dish and Sander Kleinenberg. Recently, the LA Times dubbed him as the “hottest thing in warm-up,” a testament to his special ability to manipulate the energy of the music in ways that are always exciting, innovative and intrinsically intriguing to the fans. After first working with Sasha & Digweed on their U.S. Northern Exposure Tour in 1995, Kazell was also chosen by John Digweed for a guest spot on his prestigious Kiss FM radio show. In addition, Kazell was requested to be the opening DJ when John recorded his Global Underground 019 album at the historic Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles.
Over the years, Kazell has been credited as a master of setting mood and building suspense in his DJ sets. He has earned the loyal support of DJs and fans alike – garnering a nod as one of the Top 5 DJ’s in LA Weekly’s 2002 Music Awards. Kazell’s sound blends various styles with a tough, uplifting and funky vibe of soulful percussive beats, angelic melodies and rhythmic waves of Electro-funk, House, Tribal-trance and Breaks. His eclectic mix and unique infusion of sound has drawn clubbers back to the club from one weekend to the next.
Kazell is now bringing his keen understanding of the organic relationship between the music and the clubbers on the dance floor into the studio. His recent collaborations with production partner Mike Hiratzka will soon launch a series of 12" releases, beginning with “Reaction” followed by “In Your Eyes” on Alternative Route Recordings. Their work has such strong appeal and creativity that Vanguard Records took notice and asked Kazell & Hiratzka to remix Sinead O’ Conner’s “My Lagan Love.”
Kazell is widely recognized as one of America’s brightest talents and his popularity has been growing steadfast. Kazell will release his debut mixed compilation CD “Driven” with Velocity Records. “Driven” had such a great response from the press and music fans, Jive Magazine named the compilation “Best DJ Mixed CD for 2003”. With DJ tours in the UK, Japan, Germany, plus an extended US tour in support of the album release, it’s easy to see why he has drawn the attention of the world’s top jocks, promoters, critics and clubbing fans alike. Keep an eye on Kazell – his music and passion for the dance music scene guarantee that he will constantly be driven to new heights.
“One of Los Angeles’ finest DJs” – John Digweed
“L.A.’s best kept secret is out in a big way” – BPM Magazine
“Kazell is moving with the momentum of a freight train” – Xpander.nl