Be Creative Or Die
Kenneth Keshavan Maslak was reared in the steamy jazz clubs of Detroit. The son of Ukrainian immigrants, he played saxophone and flute with the likes of Roland Kirk as a teenager. He went on to become part of New York City’s 1970s avant-garde, playing and mingling with the Phillip Glasses and John Cages. He’s toured the world, he’s seen some shit.
Maslak moved to South Florida in the late 80s, and since then has become a consistent and frothing fixture of the noise and free jazz scene. His nom de guerres include DJ Fucked Up and the apropos Loved By Millions, but his dominant handle has been Kenny Millions, under which he’s produced an aggressive, sexually charged, imbecilic stage presence. When I first saw him play, he was launching expletives and telling the audience to go home to their mommies.
While his performances may seem inane and offensive – and they may in fact be – there’s no denying his virtuosity, the ability and will to shock. And lurking beneath his crude, nearly violent posturing is a sincerity and kindness, a genuine desire to express himself, impact his audience, and grow a community through music.
Kenny Millions has been hosting a bimonthly concert series called “Be Creative Or Die” at Churchill’s Pub, for which he invites musicians and performers to engage in anti-genre sonic experimentalism. On December 10, 2013, he will host the 22nd edition[.]
Video by Ricky Vazquez and Rob Goyanes
Text by Rob Goyanes