Why are you so f**cking cool? That’s honestly the only question I wanted to ask Kid Fonque when the opportunity to interview him arose. I’m still waiting for the answer.[one_half last=”no”]
There’s a generation of music connoisseurs who live amongst us who you’ll seldom see on your television screens or even hear on the radio. At times it’s been said that perhaps these are the people Gill-Scot Heron spoke of when he said the revolution will not be televised for what they do often goes without merit and yet gives sustenance to a starved underground realm of music. Kid Fonque is part of this league of musos.
While some know him as Kid Fonque others simply refer to him as Allan Nicoll, the label manager at Soul Candi. These however are the only two times you can successfully ‘define’ the man for beyond that it is outright impossible to stick him in a box. His music alone traverses across genres and he is just as comfortable dabbling in soulful house as he is residing on the far side of the scope amongst dub-step tunes and broken beats.
His unique penchant for music is no surprise though considering notes and chords had always been a part of his life. “Music was always around me growing up and my dad was a big fan of all sorts of stuff. I took to everything at an early age but when I was about 13 I found Acid Jazz and that’s when I found what I was passionate about.” Even his chosen stage name serves as an ode of sorts to music. “There is a concept a famous sax player started called ‘Buckshot le Fonque’, he released 2 albums under the moniker. The concept was all styles of music from soul to D&B, House, Hip Hop and Jazz all by one artist. I loved that so I adopted the Fonque and the Kid just naturally followed.”
Now in present day, Kid Fonque is currently riding the wave of his latest album Kid Fonque and Friends. What may unassumingly seem like another twelve-track house album is in actual fact one of the most sincere bodies of work to come out of this land of house in recent times. Carrying fan favourites like Be, 2sides and Usangikhumbula, Kid Fonque and Friends successfully takes a collaboration with nineteen other music creatives and weaves it into a first-rate sonic offering. It’s no wonder the album took a year to complete and yet Nicoll reveals there’s more still to come! “I have 1 or 2 more singles that still need to go out to the public before I can say we have completed its cycle.”
Beyond the studio, Kid Fonque also recently headed to Amsterdam as a part of the South African delegation that attended the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).[/one_half] [one_half last=”yes”]
Alongside the likes of Black Coffee and Goldfish, Kid Fonque not only spun his records but also took part in sharing with the larger house music fraternity insights into what’s really happening within the local house music industry.
He proudly exclaims, “Our scene is so amazing right now! All the big international guys crave our music and love our scene. We have something extremely special in South Africa that we should be very proud of.” His sentiments form a much-welcomed vote of confidence from within the industry and more so from an individual who’s literally been a part of it from the start.
When all is said and done there is no question about just how deep Kid Fonque’s love for music runs. His ability to effortlessly and consistently deliver beautifully honest music, both behind the decks and in the studio, firmly cements him as one of the greats of our time. And essentially it all really comes down to his purist nature and that’s why he’s so f**king cool![/one_half]
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