rkss makes contemporary computer music, exploring the politics and aesthetics of club culture, technology and queerness — ‘DJ Tools’ is made entirely from a sample pack called 'EDM Kicks Vol 1' - rkss has manipulated the packs ‘off the shelf’ sounds using computer music processing techniques and formed it into something perhaps not wholly anticipated by the packs creators..
“DJ Tools was recorded at a turning point for me as an artist & person as I came into the aesthetic and social limitations I was finding in contemporary dance culture. I started to change how I thought about myself as an artist in terms of changing the way I created music, instead of writing the music at home and later arranging it for the club, I started writing music for live performance first. I wanted to be able to arrange these pieces/excerpts/sketches live. I was beginning to re-arrange how I thought about my gender / self and placing, exploring and finding the language to point to my sense of difference as a trans person. DJ Tools was where I began to formulate my own relationship to club culture as a mostly sober, transgender person, what version of club music did I want to engage with in that social space? Fluid, dynamic and reacting to audience. Highlighting the social. Sharing & connecting through my difference rather than erasing it.” - rkss
Music by Robin Buckley
Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy
Design – Dave Gaskarth
Web Work – Sam Keating-Fry
Press Photography — Alessia Gunawan