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."
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'
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
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
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
here to subscribe.)
Also, don't miss www.djkeoki.com
which is as interesting as the artist
-- written by Jennifer Warner
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