Dave Kent is a sound engineer who first collaborated with Toucan artists as long ago as 1997, helping to produce a couple of tracks. Dave didn't try writing any music himself until 1999, producing Freak Show, a sample based big beat track in the style of Fatboy Slim. The track proved more popular than Dave thought it would, so he embarked on another crazy breakbeat outing in 2000 with Monkeys Ate My Fish Tank, joining forces with Psychadelik Pedestrian.
Dave's name became more well known after his remix talents were discovered by Toucan. Between 2000 and 2004, Dave produced fast and funky house remixes of Redmann's So Sublime and Zero Gravity, and Psychadelik Pedestrian's Against The Grain among others.
Dave has also collaborated with other Toucan artists on several Phish Funk tracks and as Online Funkstream. In 2007, Dave wrote his first solo track for several years with Stimulation, a funky house track which featured on the re-release of his track Pump It, and later in the year collaborated on his most unusual project to date with Prism producing two UK hardcore tracks in a funky style which Dave reckons are "funky house, just at 170bpm"!
Dave works as an engineer in a recording studio in Bedfordshire, and has helped produce all kinds of music, from classical music and church choirs, to Latin American funk and metal. Dave enjoys working an music of all styles, but claims he is at his best when someone a bit different comes into the studio: "I like working with bands who have a style all of their own", he says, "but they've got to be funky!". Dave still drops in at Toucan from time to time, though his remixes and productions now take a back seat to his studio engineering career and family life.
Latest Dave Kent News
21st August 2015 Blastculture and Dave Kent remix Phish Funk
Two remixes of Phish Funk tracks feature in our August release out today, with Blastculture and Dave Kent on editing duties. Lava Lamp is tackled by Blastculture, who combines slick house beats with a laid back e-piano groove, pops and glitches to create that late night dancefloor vibe. Dave Kent tweaks The Squelch, adding even more acid grooves. As usual, both remixes are released free of charge under a Creative Commons licence and are available for free download – listen and get those downloads from our release page.
16th March 2015 Counting down our top downloads of all time – part 2
Continuing our countdown of the top 20 Toucan tracks of all time, today we reveal 10 – 14:
10. Pump It (Beat Doctor remix) – Dave Kent
11. Move Harder (Beat Doctor remix) – Redmann
12. Against The Grain (Beat Doctor v Dave Kent remix) – Psychadelik Pedestrian
13. The Piano Tune – Beat Doctor
14. Pattaya Boom Boom (dub version) – Risey
26th April 2013 Dave Kent podcast now available
Dave Kent’s live podcast, originally broadcast in January, is now available to download from our podcasts page. Dave’s podcast features over 40 minutes of acid, house and breakbeat tracks from 2000 to the present day seamlessly blended together in Dave’s own unique way.
Releases by Dave Kent
26 July 2012
Hardcore Funk E.P.
25 November 2007
8 April 2007
Fish Ate My Monkey Tank
29 September 2006
Remixes by Dave Kent
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Download “The Squelch” by Phish Funk [Dave Kent remix] tou313
Download “Lava Lamp” by Phish Funk [Dave Kent mix] tou276
Download “Beast” by Beat Doctor [original mix feat. Dave Kent] tou256
Download “Phenomenon” by Phish Funk [Dave Kent remix] tou250
Download “Search The Soul” by Redmann [Dave Kent rocks on!] tou231
Download “Action Sequence” by Psychadelik Pedestrian [Dave Kent’s rockin’ break] tou215
Download “Against The Grain” by Psychadelik Pedestrian [Beat Doctor v Dave Kent remix] tou204