KCC & the Rocking Crew

Located at Warnington Road

a history of house music production

The KCC sound system was formed in 1991 and has become one of the major party attractions at the the Notting Hill Carnival. The KCC site is an institution, attracting large crowds, along with hosting international DJ's from around the world (such as DJ Disciple, Roger Sanchez, Mousse T, Pete Heller, Matt Jam Lamont, Dj Spoony, etc). They have also been a winner of the BASS "Best Alternative Sound System" Award (1995).

The sound system is managed by Keith Franklin and his brother Mel. Keith started DJing while still at school and had his first professional gig at the infamous 'Jean Pierres' In Greek street back in 1979. However, he was introduced to house music during the 1980s whilst DJing at one of London's premiere 'New Romantic' nights (The Lift).

Keith also started DJing on London pirate radio stations, meeting up with with Kid Batchelor to form the infamous Bang The Party in 1986.  They released two hit singles and moved on to form SLF (producing one of the UK's first Acid House tracks). KCC were also busy on the warehouse party scene at the time playing at Translantic warehouse parties alongside the biggest Djs of the day.

As his music production skills deepened, Keith KCC started working as a sound engineer/programmer with the likes of Shut Up And Dance, Femi Kuti, Rose Windross (Soul to Soul), Dj Hype, Double Trouble, Derrick May and many more. KCC have remixed tracks by Whitney Houston and sealed their mark by producing tracks by Ann Nesby, Marshall Jefferson, Boris Dulugosh, Kenny Thomas, Maceo Parker and Seal (to name but a few). They have been associated with some of the UK's biggest underground dance music labels such as Azulu, Nice & Ripe,

KCC soon became internationally acclaimed and have played at some of Europe's premiere nightclubs. On the UK club circuit they held residencies at a variety of hotspots including the Ministry of Sound, holding their own when billed with top DJs of the time.

KCC Keith's radio presentation portfolio is also pretty impressive. Originally starting out on pirate radio, success can be measured by KCC's association with various mainstream stations accross the globe including Kiss Fm, Galaxy Fm, Paris FG, Swedish National radio and CyberJamz Radio (New York).

The Covid period saw KCC performing Virtual Mixes for the likes of, Ministry Of Sound, BBC 1Xtra, Youtube & LavaBear, as well as interviews with The NY times. Daily Telegraph, Radio London & Radio 5 Live and a feature in Time Out Magazine.

The US producer Tyree Cooper once expressed that 'House music is a feeling” and that he'd "like to give props to the DJ's that started the movement". We at BASS are just happy to know that KCC are out there to ensure that the British house music movement remains just as we like it.   Alive and kicking.






British Association of Sound Systems

The BASS member sound systems are predominantly made up of the Sound Systems that you will find located at the annual London Notting Hill Carnival (Europe's largest street festival) which takes place every year over 2 days, during the August Bank Holiday weekend in London. 

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