Welcome to my blog post about Supaset 15 and Kikwear. For those of you who are not interested in any sort of explanation, here is a link to download the set:
For those of you who are interested in an explanation, here it is!
Kikwear is a clothing company that is very involved with the rave scene in the USA, supplying much of the rave fashion, and sponsoring events and Djs. I am pleased to announce that I am now officially sponsored by Kikwear, which is great because I always like to work with people who are invested in the rave scene. Also, free hats! lol.
Some of you, especially the US residents, will know who Kikwear is. Some of you, especially the UK residents, might not. This is because the history of rave music, and therefore rave fashion, is different in the USA to the UK. I did not know who Kikwear was until I moved to the USA, although that might be because I spend a lot of time with my head in the sand lol. Over the years, much has changed in the music and the fashion in the rave scene, and since I moved to live in the USA, I have learned that the roots of rave style are quite different. In the UK, old skool ravers were all dungarees, bomber jackets, baseball caps and baggy clothes. In the USA, it was similar, but the pants were wider – much wider, often covering the feet entirely due to width, plus there is the “candy” thing as well – coloured beads made into bracelets and necklaces and all sorts of things. Obviously, these things vary by place, and over time, and the styles have merged as the years have passed, but while I remember seeing very large pants in the UK and in Europe, I was unaware of who made the clothes.
Kikwear sponsors many raves in the USA on a regular basis and its great to see a company that puts their money where their mouth is and that is actively involved with promoting the rave scene. I am unlikely to wear the gigantic pants – I am, after all, over 40 years old, a terrible dancer, and also British, which means I am a little more…hmmm…reserved? However, I do like and wear the shirts and the less huge pants etc. You all know me well enough to know that I would not join forces with a company that I could not promote honestly.
When an announcement is made for a new Dj joining the Kikwear roster, the DJ supplies a mix. And this is what I have done. However, when asked for a mix, I was a little bit stuck as to what I should do. I could have done a standard Dj mix, but that would be a little weird after all these years of releasing Supasets. So I wanted to do a set especially for Kikwear. As the announcement date approached, I was busily working on Supaset 16 – Timewarp – and sort of working on Supaset 15, which was likely to be a new Luna-C FM. However, I could not finish both SS15 and SS16 in time for the Kikwear announcement and my upcoming tour. And once a Supaset is released online, I no longer play it live.
So instead, I have moved the idea of a new Luna-C FM set to Supaset 17, and made something that is unique for my Kikwear set. And I have called it Supaset 15 because otherwise it would just get very confusing for everyone involved, including me lol.
Supaset 15 is unusual because it is three sets in one. It is a mix showcasing the sort of music KFA releases and that I play when I play live. It contains many unreleased brand new forthcoming KFA tracks. And it has a section of Supaset 16 – Timewarp – as well, which, as it touches on the old skool vibe (understatement) makes it perfect for a mix by one of the oldest surviving hardcore labels and a clothing company with an equally long rave history.
So go ahead and download it. It contains a lot of very new material, and I think you will enjoy it very much. I expect there will be questions about the Timewarp section, which I will answer in my next blog post, next week.
But for now, grab the mix, check out Kikwear’s site while you do so:
and leave comments below and on the Kikwear FB page 🙂 Its the least you can do for a free mix, right? 🙂
Chris / Luna-C