Who is Keenhouse? Is it a person, a collective, a musical reference? Can it
be defined? The beginning of the answer lies with one man, Ken Rangkuty.
Keenhouse produces music that can best be described as a hybrid. It’s music
with organic roots yet synthesized parts, making producer Ken Rangkuty
somewhat of a musical scientist. From two opposing musical ideas, the music
of Keenhouse is musical evolution.
The songs do not lie in the realm of present day pop nor could they be classified as traditional electronica.
The music consists of elements from the past as well as elements from the present. To Ken, this kind of music is the future.
Born of German descent, this half German, half Indonesian producer began his production career at the age of 14. Coming of age in Germany, Ken was directly influenced by electronic music, specifically focusing on the post rave scene in Hamburg and Berlin\'s darker techno scene.
As a young producer, both the striving, funkier Brokenbeat of the UK as well as the
downbeat and Nu Jazz scenes in
Germany heavily influenced Ken.
Underground German labels such as Sonar collective and South Germany’s Compost Label also gave inspiration.
Yet, even though Ken had a vibrant musical scene at his fingertips in Germany, he knew as a child that he would one day move to the United States.
As a kid, he listened to music crossing over from America to Europe. He heard everything from 70’s disco to 80’s pop.
For Ken, American music possessed the fruit of the forbidden, the foreign, the exotic. At age 22, Ken made his pilgrimage and settled in the US.
As a new producer to the United States, Ken sought out the diverse music that he heard as a child. He worked with musical gamete, turning out productions of rock, jazz, bossa nova and various independent artists. At the same time Ken worked closely with artists connected to the US Deep House scene such as DJ Halo Varga,
DJ Kemal, Marquis Wyatt, Mr. V and
These musical relationships led to releases on Om, Large, Jellybean, CityDeep Records and Seasons Recordings among others.
During this time, Ken became an
integral producer behind the L.A. producer-collective, The Sidestreet Players.
Ken was satiated musically and felt the need to produce himself. He found
that the music he was creating on his own sounded like a blend of the electronica of his adolescence and the new music he experienced in the States.
Through his vast and varied musical experiences, Ken found that music is really just a huge, moldable mass of sound that can be formed into anything.
In his music there are, without a doubt, influences of French House, disco and electro. But, there are also the influences of jazz and its mutations, a focus on melody and the accessibility of a song.