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KDSML Is Music City's Secret DJ
In a city known for its deep country roots, DJ/producer KDSML has emerged as an integral part of the city's influential underground hip-hop and electronic community. At the recent GRAMMY Block Party & Membership Celebration hosted by The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter, KDSML sat down with GRAMMY.com to discuss his creative influences, the Nashville electronic music scene and the value of social media, among other topics.
"[My influences include] anything from skateboarding and art [to] turntables, electronic music and scratching," says KDSML, whose name is pronounced "Kids meal" and whose real name is Jesse Shacklock. "The whole emergence of electronic and hip-hop in the 1990s was a huge influence on me."
Born in the UK, KDSML ultimately found himself in Nashville at age 13. His debut album, Secret Recipe, was released in 2009. More recently, he partnered with brother and fellow DJ Sam Shacklock to release a six-song EP, Shack Attack. As a DJ, producer and artist, KDSML has been a fixture on the Nashville music scene for more than 15 years.
"The scene [in Nashville] for electronic and hip-hop has been coming up the past two years," says KDSML. "A lot more DJs and artists have wanted to come here because of our scene. It's been growing a whole lot and I've been proud to be at the forefront of it."