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  KEOKI

   

 

  

 

In the top of a church, hung on metal catwalks, a DJ booth. From its perch above the writhing dancefloor, a painted, tattooed, dark apparition spews mixes left and right. This is my first vision of Keoki. Fast forward thirteen years and I'm on my cell phone driving in circles around West Hollywood. "Meet me at Fantasy Dresser... no, wait, at the leather shop down the street with the chaps in the window. I'm shopping."

Click to watch our exclusive Keoki interview

Keoki hasn't changed a bit. Or actually, he's changed completely while remaining the same: dramatic, completely compelling, stealing the spotlight wherever he goes, charming the pants off everyone he meets or at least shocking them into submission. With his latest mix CD, Keokiclash, he takes a hot genre and makes it completely his own. How Keoki. You probably have heard his story by now: born in El Salvador, raised in Hawaii, he escaped as an airplane luggage handler to New York City, where he moonlighted as a bus boy in the notorious Danceteria nightclub. His good looks caught the eye of James St. James, the original club kid, who tutored his way into clubdom's upper ranks. Or at least, that's how the movie version (based on James St. James' book) goes.

The reality isn't too far from the "Party Monster" cinematic version. Keoki did land on US shores with 40 records and $200 to his name, he'll tell you that himself (or it might be 20 records and $40, depending on the night). He get his start DJing in NYC, donning fantastic outfits and dubbing himself Superstar DJ Keoki, playing the Disco 2000 parties at the church-turned-nightclub The Limelight and soon was jetting all over the US. It was the heyday of the US rave scene in the early 90s, and Keoki was riding the glowstick swinging wave. His showmanship and immense crowd draw caught the ears and eyes of Moonshine Music's Steven Levy at a gig in London at Universe, and a long relationship was born.

All throughout the '90s Keoki released numerous mix CDs and his full length artist album, "Ego Trip." He amassed a massive fan following, a body covered with tattoos, free downloads (see weblinks box at left) and priceless experiences. Now, after more than two years since his last full length release, Keoki returns with "Keokiclash." A new label, a new sound... a new Keoki? One can only listen and see!!

We will reveal two Keoki rumors that didn't make the cut to our video interview, one true, one false... in fact, we'll make this THE CONTEST to win one of THREE AUTOGRAPHED KEOKICLASH CDs!

Which rumor is NOT true?
1- Keoki passed out on the turntables in the middle of DJing
2- Keoki once cued up a slipmatt once instead of a record

To enter, email your answer, your name, and where you live (city and state) to contests@raves.com and we'll draw the winners from all the correct answers on September 15th, 2003 and we'll tell you the answer and who won in that week's newsletter. (Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe.)

Also, don't miss www.djkeoki.com which is as interesting as the artist himself.

-- written by Jennifer Warner

 

Mark Lewis Mixology
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