A legend of the studio and DJ booth talks tech.
François Kevorkian arrived in New York in the mid-'70s as a young drummer; these days, he'd easily make any list of the most influential producers, engineers, mixers and DJs of all time. How did he get from Point A to Point B? Part of it was good timing. When he auditioned for his early DJ gigs, for example, the form was so new that he hardly had any competition. But Kevorkian also had an uncommon curiosity about music and how it was made, and he had a methodical approach to studio work that helped him nail the jobs and gear that came his way. From early experiments in tape editing to mixing records by the likes of Depeche Mode to eventually running Axis Studios, a technologically advanced recording complex in Manhattan, Kevorkian came of age as a studio hand during one of recorded music's heydays. Then, in the '90s and 2000s, he watched the floor fall out from under the industry with the rise of music software. When Kevorkian sat down with Jordan Rothlein in New York recently, that's what he wanted to talk about—this wouldn't be a biographical interview, but an extended conversation about four decades of music technology as only he could see it.