Focus was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. This urban metropolis awarded him access to all styles and genres of music, which he soaked up like a sponge. Eventually, his obsession with music led him to the early house and rave scenes. As Focus entered university, he was too young to enter clubs and bars. Not deterred, Focus discovered that DJing awarded him access to these clubs, and with his vast array of musical knowledge, Focus quickly developed a talent to read a crowd.
His admiration of the intricate technical elements in electronic music led him to produce and DJ Drum & Bass, as well as establish the duo Basic Operations. After university, Focus met early chart success on labels like Bingo Beats, Good Looking, and V Recordings. This was followed by a rigorous worldwide tour schedule, allowing Focus to pursue his obsession with music full time.
In late 2009, an inner ear disorder rendered Focus incapable of air travel for nearly a year. While grounded, Focus had time to explore a wide variety of music and revisit his inspirations. Reinvigorated, it was time to start anew, and with every new beginning comes a new name. His entire career he had either been called Kevin or Focus, so in a moment of unbridled creative brilliance he settled on the name Kevin Focus.
Through Focus’s network of industry peers and friends, he was introduced to artist relations at Nervous Records, which subsequently lead to the first two original singles under the name Kevin Focus, Cat5 Cable and Zeros and Ones. These two releases met with early success, appearing regularly in the sets of Gareth Emery, Markus Schulz, and many more. Markus Schulz and Armin van Buuren’s Armada Music took special interest in Focus and picked up his first EP, Stuck 7/Brock Out.
Both Stuck 7 and Brock Out reached their respective genre’s top 10, with Stuck 7 breaking the number one position on Beatport, Sirus XM, and other outlets. The EP also received massive support from a long list of top tier DJs, as well as seeing continual playtime on the iconic Radio 1 and BBC broadcasts.
Kevin Focus has often been referred to as a “DJ’s DJ.” The art of working a room from beginning to end as well as reading a crowd has been a passion of Focus’s from the start. The enormous success of his first EP was matched by the increase in quality of his bookings. Focus was presented with support roles on multiple dates of Tiesto’s Club Life & College Invasion Tours, Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy Tour, and over twenty dates for Life in Color (previously Dayglow). He was privileged with the opportunity to play to tens of thousands of people at festivals such as the Electric Daisy Carnival (Orlando), Nocturnal Wonderland (Texas), Sun City Music Festival (Texas), and more.
Focus has continued the success built by Stuck 7/Brock Out with several chart topping releases as well as receiving the privilege to remix Gabriel & Dresden’s first post-reunion release, No Reservations and Marcus Schossow’s top 10 hit Helvete.
Today, Kevin Focus continues his evolution as an artist. Despite Focus’s unrelenting passion for DJing, this year found him mainly in the studio, working to refine his inimitable musical style. His latest release Less is Snore embodies Kevin Focus’s musical paradigm. Less is Snore is the end result of six months in studio and a three-year relationship between Focus and Dim Mak label head Steve Aoki. Focus’s modest behind-the-scenes work ethic coupled with a remarkable ability to excel on stage and in the studio have landed him the hearts of fans, DJ’s, and producers alike.
Standing on the precipice of electronic music, 2013 continues to be remarkable. Several original productions and a diverse set of remixes from a wide range of artists, including tracks like State of Wonder from the band the Scanners, are just the beginning for what’s sure to be a immense year for Kevin Focus.