301 // Kieran Apter

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Rising through Edinburgh’s underground to become one of Scotland’s most exciting talents, Kieran Apter’s light is burning bright. Since founding esteemed club night Tweak_ in 2015, where he would warm up for artists like Mano Le Tough, Seth Troxler, Moodymann, San Proper, Fort Romeau and Dorisburg, he has since elevated his profile as both a DJ and producer, releasing on key imprints like Stereo MC’s Connected and Braunbeck’s Sol Eterno while demonstrating an impeccable knowledge of house music with carefully curated DJ sets across landmark European venues such as Wire Club Leeds and Sisyphos Berlin, whilst also holding down a monthly open-to-close residency at Cabaret Voltaire.

Raised in a musical household, with his father playing in various bands, Kieran’s early musical explorations ranged from rock to samba, while developing a love for hip hop in his early teenage years. From a young age, Kieran would make the journey from his rural hometown of West Calder to Edinburgh, indulging himself in all the city had to offer, heading to raves and falling in love with dance music while still in school. Moving to the city when he was 18, he soon became a face on Edinburgh’s underground scene, with his real breakthrough moment coming in the form of his “Sophomore” EP, which was released on Chapter 24 Records in September 2017. The “All I Want” EP featured two original tracks by Kieran, including a collaboration with vocalist Leon Power which was remixed by Innervisions artists Aera and Manuel Tur. These tracks found their way into the sets of Dixon, Rampa, &ME and Andhim and were aired by both Pete Tong and B.Traits on their BBC Radio 1 shows.

With his productions hailed by DJ Mag as “warm, cosmic and deeply emotional,” and Mixmag deeming it “so sweet it’s hard to look beyond it,” Kieran’s ability to seamlessly flit between genres while offering profound and thoughtful components that bring a rawness to each track makes his records as suited to the dance floor as solo listening. Consistently receiving DJ support from the likes of &ME, Theo Kottis and Konstantin Sibbold have meant his records soundtrack dancefloors at clubs like Panorama Bar and DC-10, with a number of tracks in the works for 2022.

With a growing catalogue of enchanting dance floor gems, Kieran’s artistic output continues to grow. With high-profile gigs and an acclaimed Boiler Room for FLY Club at Cabaret Voltaire all under his belt, Kieran has now started an independent record label showcasing his work and the work of various friends and artists who share the same love for quality underground dance music: CB90 Dance Recordings is a passion-driven project, inspired by youth culture and a deep-rooted heritage of dance music in Scotland.

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