Raised in Morehead, Kentucky on a diet of deep cuts by Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, he was lured to the dance realm by crossover acts such as The Prodigy and Chemical Brothers, whose influences show in his debut LP, Came Along (2010), a 13-track adventure awash in post-punk influences and indie dance charm. From there, he branched out even further with Hey There Kiddo (2012), an all-sample opus with deep disco roots inspired by one of his favorite albums of all time, Since I Met You by The Avalanches; and his 2012, The Scheme, explores underground deep house vibes with dark, funky rhythms. Most recently he has released his single “Those Days” featuring a Stevie Wonder vocal was released on highly respected dance label Toolroom Records.
But as impressive as his original works may be, one can’t discuss Cornett’s body of work without mentioning what may well be the calling card of his career: the remix. An Amtrac remix has become a coveted commodity in today’s music business – from Majors like Interscope, Warner Bros, Def Jam & Sony to tastemaker labels like Fools Gold, Kitsune, Toolroom, Defected and Ministry of Sound, along with a host of popular artists including Ellie Goulding, Alesso, Elliphant, Axwell, Ingrosso, Two Door Cinema Club, and Kaskade have all requested the Amtrac treatment, and each time he’s delivered (and then some).
Never content to settle, Amtrac’s musical mood and influences change with each passing season. His ambition and curiosity keep him locked on the edge, always happy to experiment with new techniques and sounds. His music is what he feels in the moment. Simply put, his constant evolution comes from a hatred of boredom and a love for his labor. It’s just not in his nature to stagnate.
Passion is the artist’s calling card, no matter the medium, and that’s a truth Kevin Durante recognizes above all else. Perhaps his Italian roots push the producer/DJ to seek a higher beauty, but with more than a decade of creation, experimentation, and discovery behind him, his personal journey has taught him not to fear honesty. He’s put all his cards on the table and thrown caution to the wind more than once for his work. He knows to embrace his perspective and bare himself openly and honestly in his music and his mixes, because audiences can tell real from fake, and he didn’t come all this way to paint by numbers.
Durante learned to work with soul in his father’s kitchen. A chef and restaurant owner in South Florida. Durante saw first-hand how experience, tradition, and a willingness to experiment can transform raw ingredients into sublime manifestations.
As a producer and DJ, he’s drawn to the edge and intersections of house and techno. Raw rhythm and bass under tonal melodies resonates with his version of musical honesty. His style isn’t built on contrived pop formulas or lyrics about eternal youth. Instead, he starts with time-honored four on the floor, elaborates with thumping bass, builds mood with melodic chords, and garnishes with tribal percussive textures. Equally inspired by the compositions of Duke Ellington, synth-heavy Italo-disco, and mid-2000s Cocoon records, Durante strives to create a body of work as versatile as his experiences.
It’s a worldly sound, a fusion of his travels and global past. It’s rich and romantic, like his early childhood spent in his birth country of Italy. It’s tropical and vibrant, full of Latin color like his formative years in Florida. It’s daring and adventurous, like when he moved to Los Angeles without ever having seen the Pacific coast, but it’s also mature, refined through the past five years as he’s learned from missteps and opportunities alike how to synthesize his influences and surroundings into something both personal and relatable, danceable but poignant, comfortably familiar but distinct from the pack.
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