Kornél Kovács ••• JuiceGig
15 February 23:00 - 16 February 02:00
First up on 2018s hit list is former tea-making record store jester and Studio Barnhus supremeo Kornél Kovács.
Born 1985 in Stockholm to Hungarian parents, Kornél Kovács' perambulations in music began early and have continued at pace ever since. Raised on that classic, enviable diet of “proper” music training plus parents with killer music taste, Kovács' daytime lessons were given texture at night as everything from Kraftwerk and Art Of Noise to King Tubby and Boogie Down Productions wafted through the house.
Applying the Stakhanovite work ethic of his heritage to all he had learned so far, Kovács started knocking on as many of Stockholm's musical doors as possible, teaboying in the city's finest record stores, stalking its best DJs, working his way through the local library's excellent selection of dance music records. Kovács, then a “clumsy nerd who got to hang around the older cool kids because they found me funny”, even managed to wangle a few DJ gigs on the back of an intense early teenage love of mid-90s drum'n'bass, turning him into “Stockholm's youngest former jungle DJ” by the age of 14.
An unsurprisingly important stint at Red Bull Music Academy in 2008 was followed by the formation of Studio Barnhus with his best friends Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist . At first a studio space and DJ trio, and a year later a record label, Studio Barnhus has now charted 50 releases and counting – the initial Good Children Make Bad Grown Ups EP was Kovács' first appearance on vinyl.