A Journey Into Future Sound
Xpect ( Peter Kerre ) is a New York City based multi-genre electronic music composer/Turntablist, who is known for coining the term Afro-Electronic in the early 2000s to describe remix compositions of his that infused East African musical elements/arrangements into various types of electronic music, and which has now evolved into original composition of futuristic beat driven sounds which incorporate the same elements.
American born but natively from Nairobi Kenya, his family moved back to Nairobi, Kenya in 1984 after his parents completed their postgraduate studies at The University of Minnesota. He returned to the US in 1998, living and schooling in Champaign, Illinois before moving back to Minneapolis/St Paul a year later.
In the Twin Cities, he picked up on deejaying after lacking resources to constantly hire deejays for parties he hosted. This began a career that landed him as a radio mix show deejay on FM89.9 KMOJ after his mixtape were discovered by a former musical director. He founded one of the pioneer promotion companies “Mezesha Entertainment, which built the Twin Cities AfroCaribbean nightlife scene, hosting a legendary Reggae Sundays Night at The Lounge Nightclub, downtown Minneapolis and several high profile reggae concerts over the 2000-20100 decade. During this period he also deejayed for hiphop artists as well during concerts, after parties and more.
Being that his fan base ranged from an American audience via radio mix shows to the AfroCaribbean crowd, in order to create a middle comfort musical zone for all, he began creating his AfroElectronic music and rocking it in clubs and after the remixes began gaining popularity, he then began distributing to other deejays. All through the Dj career, behind the scenes, he built and maintained a music production studio where he would also dabble in production skills and creating soulful music mostly for self -therapy. In 2009, he took a chance at leaving the Twin Cities, where he had established a name in the night scene to venture into New York City to chase his music production dreams.
He continued to Dj , gracing turntables among greats like Questlove, manning turntables live in concert for legends like KRS One, while also producing AfroElectronic music under his name, and electronic chill-out music under the moniker “Dream Slo” .In 2015 fall, he released an Album and self produced/directed film under Dream Slo.
After several years of challenge in getting his production work visible , 2016 has proven to be a breakthrough year for Xpect after he was first invited to showcase his AfroElectronic music at SXSW,and later in June after Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, and Sony/RCA records called upon him as one of only four producers for a remix EP album for Alicia Keys’ ‘In Common’ hit single.
The ‘In Common Remixes” EP Album was released on Friday July 1st and despite being the least known of producers on the album, with some of the rest being signed to major record labels and with followings of millions worldwide, Xpect’s remix version of the single has been a hit among music listeners worldwide and in a Twitter Poll Posted by Swizz beatz , emerged victorious with 57% of the vote endorsing his remix as the best of the four, with the next closest being well known dj/producer Black Coffee at 30% , Legendary Dj Kenny Dope at 7%, and popular UK Producer Lil Silva at 6% . He also maintains a very strong support base from his native country Kenya.
On the same date, Xpect also released his debut Album titles “Nomadic Soul”. An AfroElectronic Soulful Beat Driven album he describes as a journey of juxtapose….due to its ironic inclusion of opposing elements of sound, structure, and composition between traditional East African and urban electronic sounds
Xpect is now working towards future projects as well as plans to tour, introducing his AfroElectronic sound at more festivals, while also studying towards a visual arts degree through Harvard University’s Distance Learning Program