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KJ Sawka: 5 Reasons He’s The God Of Drum And Bass (Exclusive Interview)

KJ Sawka Foundation Seattle

From Pendulum to Destroid

After completing an album and touring all over the world with Pendulum, the group decided in June of 2012 to go on hiatus and take a much-needed break. This left KJ with an opening and opportunity to expand his diverse musical talents. At the time, the combined forces of Excision, Downlink, and Datsik were the original formation of Destroid, finishing their first full album before KJ got another phone call. After a brief stint, Troy (Datsik) moved on from the group and in came KJ on the drums to take on his new role.

As most already know, Destroid has an extremely elaborate set up. KJ noted for everything to come together just right was a big process of several months. It consisted of programming the set, drum sets, getting the midi guitars and costumes made, and all the different aspects coming together, a majority of which KJ himself was responsible for bring to life on the stage. They all had crazy concepts for costumes that eventually culminated in those almost alien-like get-ups you see them in now. After going through several prototypes and as brands started growing, everything finally was cohesive. Needless to say, a live Destroid show was nothing short of a workout.

“I can’t lift my arms because I have these shoulder armor pieces… and there’s a chest plate. And playing with gloves on took some time to get used to. Especially playing the drums which takes a lot of movement of the arms.”

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Lover of all things electronic. As a previous lead singer her music roots run deep and appreciation for all genres and artists runs high. She can be found dancing and singing along to the likes of Alesso, Hardwell, and Dash Berlin. Most awkward EDM moment? Watching Borgore sing karaoke.

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