Kinesis Productions, I Love FL House, PMD and We The Plug Presents: KEOKI at Myth Nightclub Friday 01.25.19
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SUPERSTAR DJ KEOKI
“The undisputed first and most legendary DJ of all time, this Superstar boasts a resume that other DJs can’t even dream about. A visionary turned iconic pioneer, Keoki spearheaded the movement and spawned the growth of electronic music around the world..
Superstar DJ Keoki arrived on the mainland with forty records, a bag full of clothes and $200 in his pocket, without the slightest idea he would become a key figure in a groundbreaking social movement. An artist whose music would shred the sonic spectrum for a digital generation, jonesing to transcend the old ways, Keoki was destined to make a name for himself.
Born in El Salvador, raised on Maui and nicknamed for the mysterious bastard son of a legendary Hawaiian king, Keoki arrived on the mainland US in the late eighties. Landing a job with TWA in New York enabled Keoki the opportunity to travel the world for free, but it was while moonlighting as a busboy at Danceteria, a hot Manhattan nightclub, that Keoki saw the sights and heard the sounds that would change his life and perhaps the future of pop music.
Fascinated by the powerful connection a DJ could make with a crowd, Keoki himself began to play records, putting his own distinctive spin on other artists music. Flamboyant as hell, he dubbed himself “Superstar DJ” Keoki. “…I wore a jeweled crown, big furry collars and gold chains,” he recalls with a laugh. “It was a gimmick, but the fun of it really caught fire”.
Though it started as a lark, “Superstar DJ” Keoki quickly became sought after by Manhattan’s underground trendsetters and socialites alike, Keoki was now known as “The DJ to the Stars!”. He worked legendary parties for the likes of Lou Reed, Deborah Harry, Drag Queen icon RuPaul and The B-52’s. “…All the glamorous stars and creatures of New York were there”, he says.
The former baggage handler soon became a jetting-setting commodity, performing to capacity audiences across America and overseas. His was a sonic sleight-of-hand in which funk could meet punk, and where a barking Scooby Doo would mix perfectly with a ranting Jimmy Swaggert. He continued to discover dramatic new ways to keep a crowd in the palm of his hands. “…New York really showed me that I could draw on anything around me and make something of it”, he says. “There were just no limits”.
By the early nineties the underground dance music scene had swelled to a critical mass. The rave scene in America was born and as one of the first traveling DJs, Keoki was propelled into the limelight. Through his numerous performances at Los Angeles raves, Keoki caught the attention of Steve Levy, president of Moonshine Music. Keoki’s personality, flamboyance and glaring musical talent led to Keoki and Moonshine joining forces. Although signed as a recording artist, his immediate skills lay in his DJ-ing ability, and as a result, a series of top selling DJ mix albums including “Superstar DJ Keoki –All Mixed Up” and “Disco Death Race 2000” were released.
Between discs and sold out performances, Keoki began crafting original material. Keoki’s message began to shine as brightly as a welder’s arc. “…This generation, this rave culture is so highly intuitive, that communicating to them through pure sound is absolutely possible”, he states. “…but since I had their attention, I figured why not take it a little farther and give them a story, a theme?” Keoki the pied piper was born.
For his first single, Keoki teamed with co-producer Dave Aude for what has evolved into an incredible artist and producer journey; it was then that “Caterpillar” was created and released in early 1996. It featured the catchy “I just can’t cope without my dope” hook that made a playful mockery of drug abuse. Blazing to #3 on the Billboard Dance Chart, the song earned Keoki a spot on that summer’s Lollapalooza tour and was even featured in an episode of The Simpsons.
The follow-up single, “Majick” was released in January 1997 as a precursor to the almost finished “Ego Trip” full length LP. With lyrics suggesting that the communal euphoria which his audience sought, could only come from the “magic” within themselves. It too, rocketed up the charts. Having moved from New York to Los Angeles (via Denver), Keoki’s album was now in motion. Three months later,“Ego Trip” was completed. It was nothing less than a stunning leap, even for someone whose name is already synonymous with breathtaking invention.
From the harrowing, multi-layered track “Madness” to the stellar hit singles “Caterpillar” and “Majick,” to the aural sex drive of “Space”, Ego Trip’s 10 songs are a seamless musical excursion that carry the listener effortlessly from one hook to the next. With its trance-inducing synth-lines, mega-ballistic breakbeats and carbonated vocals, Ego Trip crackles with energy. Ego Trip was the first full-length album of original material by Keoki, a performer who, until then, had been mainly recognized as one of America’s premiere electronic music mix masters.
Whether you’re a longtime fan or completely new to the form, this is an aural experience the likes of which you cannot imagine. Built from the underground up, Ego Trip is like a wild and wonderful funhouse ride, an album in which Keoki injects everything he has.
Ego Trip is the culmination of Keoki’s unique audio odyssey that began decades ago. the Superstar DJ pouring everything he has ever learned about sound and its ability to captivate into the album’s very core.
Every generation produces a key performer who, by the sheer force of their talent and personality, pushes a new artform into mass acceptance. For the increasingly influential realm of electronic music, Keoki is that key, and Ego Trip his breakthrough. “…This is the beginning”, he says, “of a whole new kind of musical expression”.
With over two million records sold… (Limelight, Party Monster, Ego Trip) and regular listings on the top of the dance charts, Keoki has evolved into a record spinner of international renown, the charismatic Bad Boy of Techno, a figurehead of the vital and often controversial Rave movement, and can even claim Bart Simpson (who enjoys his music on one of the episodes) among his fans.
Along with special guests in the main room:
JON KINESIS (Birthday Set)
VIP Bottle Specials All Night Long:
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Myth Nightclub: 333 E Bay St. Jax FL 32202 | https://mythexperience.com/ | 904.438.5173
Myth Gates Open at 9:PM | 18+ Welcome
Element Bistro Open for Drinks and Dinner Starting at 6:PM