DJ Kamal Sunker
I hope where ever you’re reading this from you’re having a happy day/night or in-between. I’ve been pondering on the idea recently of the ‘little local’ which was largely inspired by attending this Bespoke Dresser event
. It’s important to support local creatives, shops, events – anything that helps not only to build local culture but to boost local economy as well as creating local jobs (key word = local).
So every Sunday, I am going to bring you a profile on a local person who is doing cool shit and making cool shit happen (hence the title). I’m hoping this will be a great way for you, reader, to get to know what is happening around Auckland, and if you’re not from Auckland, then you might read about someone who inspires you to go out and create and add something or simply support your local community!
My very, very first feature is the affluent Kamal Sunker. Kamal is a bit like myself, in that he does a million different things. He is hosts the Infrequent Flyer
show on Kfm
(Wednesday nights from 10-12) DJ and manager of the collective Uptown Rachet Society AND works as a fundraiser and digital communications at Greenpeace New Zealand! Phew! A Man of many talents.
I was lucky enough to be invited on Kamal’s show last Wednesday night, where we talked some smack and played some tunes, have a listen below to the full show.
In turn of Kamal interviewing me, I interviewed him and took some behind the scenes pictures.
SP: So you’re a bit like myself in that you have many different things happening at the same time, DJing, Greenpeace and the radio show – plus a never ending amount of local collaborations. How did you get into that style of thinking and working?
K: Everything I do is fundamentally because I want to see it happen. If I can’t see it happening anywhere than I do go and do it myself. I get a little bit worried though, I’m afraid I’m just going to be a master of none.
SP: Yes! Jack all of trades and master of none? I sometimes think that too.
K: Exactly. Which is also the new Aziz Ansari show.
K: Yeah, he’s great. The show is fucking cool. I dunno, maybe I just have a short attention span. I used to make beats for ages…. I think the one thing that has sort of stayed consistent is
K: No. Computer games.
SP: (Laughing) Oh! I did not expect that!
K: Yeah, that’s where my creativity has been going. I like to organise things and putting things together. Like linking artists up. Actually I manage some local DJs and Producers and stuff. It doesn’t take too much time, they’re just like “hey I need this stuff or read over this contract”or something.
SP: Awesome! Do you get paid for all of the stuff you do? It can be pretty difficult being a creative to actually get paid for what you do.
K: Yup. I get paid for everything I do. Every show we have put on we have made some money from.
That’s really, really good. I know for a lot of people in this sort of industry, it’s so hard to make an income from it – especially blogging. It took me forever. And even now, so many of my friends are like “Woah! You get so much free stuff!” And I’m like “yeah, it’s cool but I don’t actually get an income from this”.
K: Yeah, If only Countdown could give you free stuff.
SP: Yup. So another thing I wanted to ask you was how do you define your personal sense of style?
K: Hit and miss.
K: Earthy, yeah, I’ll take that. I just like a whole bunch of shit. I like gansta stuff, I like hard-core.
SP: Who would be your style icons then?
K: I like Travis Scott and Ian Connor.
SP: Who are they?
K: Ian Connor is a dude that just dresses up really well and is famous on Instagram. Travis Scott is a musician. He pretty much wrote the whole of Kanye’s last album for him. And Deathgrips and skateboarders. And the (Nike) Cortez and long socks – that’s a thing that a gansta’s do in Compton –
SP: Really! See to me that’s early 2000s punk rock.
K: Cool! See, when I went back to South Africa, everyone was wearing them. That and 501 Levi’s. My neighbourhood in South Africa all did that. And then when I came to NZ it was something me and all my South African friends did. No one had them here, but then Footlocker got them in and we were gutted and they stopped being so cool….but I still love them, the original shoe from 1972. And that’s my style.