As August ends and fall approaches, plans for Halloween weekend are floating around in the heads of music lovers who are waving a sad goodbye to the summer festival season. Suwanee Hulaween has been a staple in the Halloween festival circuit since its inception in 2013, and with a lineup including Bassnectar, The String Cheese Incident, and Claude Von Stroke, we get the feeling that this year’s festival will be no different. But besides for having a more than impressive list of headliners, Hulaween prides itself on including eclectic mixes of genre spanning artists that may not be on the main stage, but are certainly not worth missing.
Among the 50+ artists in the lineup’s phase 2 (which is more a numbers game than a measurement of talent) is the French producer FKJ – a.k.a French Kiwi Juice – a.k.a Vincent Fenton. You may or may not have heard of FKJ, but that’s just because his debut album only came out 6 months ago. Since then, Fenton has performed his signature brand of synthy, jazz influenced funk at festivals from Coachella to Electric Forest. The basic formula for an FKJ track includes loops of hypnotic vocals, buttery smooth synthesizers and disco-derived beats all produced to perfection – but his live performances take it to the next level with improvised instrumentals with the power to wrap around an audience and pull them in deeper with every chord.
Despite that his premiere album is still a baby in the timeline of electronic music, Fenton is no newcomer to production. Producing his first song at age 13, he then began training as a sound engineer and worked in the cinema industry before beginning his experimentation in music. After releasing the single “lying together” in 2013, Fenton swiftly put out two more EPs, Time For A Change in 2013 and Take Off in 2014. The rest as they say is history, and we can’t wait to see what comes next.
Sit back and vibe to his live session with Masego below and hear for yourself why your Suwanee diet needs to include some French Kiwi Juice.