As part of the Wavezoo DJs, Kelevra Kidah has been making waves with his dynamic sets and unique style that blends elements of techno, house, and more. Motivated, creative, loving and enthusiastic, in this In Session interview we get to know him on a deeper level, exploring his background, music style, and what inspires him to create.
1. How did you start DJing? Tell us about your origins
I was bartending my friend’s 21st birthday party. As a longtime raver, I had put together the perfect playlist and began mixing using iTunes and Zune. A friend chuckled and suggested I download a dedicated DJ software, so I did, and began learning the basics from there.
My first piece of equipment was a Numark Mixdeck, and I learned the ropes on it. Eventually, I upgraded to full Pioneer CDJs and started DJing at clubs and festivals in the DMV area.
2. Who would you say are your influences?
Oh geez, there are so many. In no particular order: Deadmau5, Wolfgang Gartner, Mark Knight, Dom Dolla, Block & Crown, Armin Van Buuren…, the list goes on.
3. What do you think about the future of DJing? Where we are headed?
I honestly worry about advances in technology; it’s gotten to the point where it takes very little to no skill. I hate the sync button and never use it. I feel that 65% of current DJs wouldn’t know what to do or be able to spin without it.
4. What can people expect from your shows?
I bring super high energy and animation to my sets, whether it’s a cocktail hour or a raging house party.
I’m highly communicative and always gather as much info, song requests, and do-not-plays in advance as possible.
I look forward to partying with you soon let’s have some fun.
5. What would be your ideal party? Let people know what would be your top tracks
If you want house, electro, techno, or trance plus sub-genres, I got you covered. As for top tracks, I have too many to name, and I let the audience decide that based on their response. Just because I love a track doesn’t mean they will.
6. Help other DJs to level up, give the community a tip that will improve other DJs performance
I’d say play it like you’re playing a big festival. Just because you have a virtual audience doesn’t mean you can’t dance and enjoy yourself too. Interact with the virtual attendees by using a mic, just be sure to EQ it before the show and not talk over or during vocals on a track.
7. Let the people know what is going on in your life
I recently started a track that’s going well, and I’m planning to shop it to some labels once I’m done. My currently signed music is available on Beatport and Tracksource for download. I also lead a House music DJ collective called The Kindred Effect, based in DC. If you’re in the DMV area, come check out one of our shows. All of us are top-notch.
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