Tweed necktie by Bull & Moose; suit is model’s own.
DJ KC is a native Washingtonian who works as a research manager by day, and moves hearts and backsides by night. KC has lived in New York City and Kathmandu and traveled to every continent except Antarctica but friends, family and a love for DC keeps bringing him back home. Music is KC’s passion and he’s been blessed by success just doing what he loves best: DJing with friends here in Washington. As a founding member of the Fatback DJ crew he co-hosted a large monthly event playing soul, funk, and disco grooves for five years to packed rooms on U Street (finishing up at Liv nightclub). He is also the resident DJ at La Boum and Speak Easy at L’Enfant Café in Adams Morgan, all of which are award-winning events.
Passion for music, deep knowledge, and an unabashed love for DC; that’s KC.
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How often do you get on the mic?
I keep my use of the microphone to announcements and the occasional call and response song. I let the music do the talking.
How long have you been DJing?
From 1993-2003 DJing was an occasional hobby. Since 2003 I’ve been DJing in a professional capacity.
How long have you been DJing weddings?
I started DJing weddings in 2007.
What are some of your all time favorite wedding songs?
- Tommy James & The Shondells “Mony Mony”
- Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels “Devil With The Blue Dress On”
- Prince “Kiss”
- David Bowie “Let’s Dance”
- Wreckx-N-Effect “Rump Shaker”
- Paul Simon “I Know What I Know”
- The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
- Diana Ross & The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love”
- The B-52’s “Rock Lobster”
- George Michael “Faith”
- Bob Marley & The Wailers “Could You Be Loved”
- Giorgos Provias “Zorba The Greek”
What kind of music do you DJ when your not at a wedding?
I DJ a monthly funk and soul party that attracts over 700 people and a weekly pop music event that regularly sells out four months in advance.
When I host my own events just for fun funk, soul, disco, afrobeat, Balkan and house are favorites.
What is your philosophy on weddings?
Weddings should be fun. I like to work with brides and grooms starting months ahead of time to get a sense of who they are and what they want the event to be, not just the music. That way on the day of they can enjoy time with friends and family not have to think about the DJ or the music.
What size wedding do you prefer to DJ?
The community of people at a wedding is more important than the number of people, but it is always fun to look out over a huge dance floor in full swing.
What makes you different from your competition?
Personality and experience set me apart. There aren’t a lot of people out there with the necessary combination of creativity and responsibility to be a great wedding DJ. A lot of creative types are just plain rude, and most “wedding DJs” will not push the envelope beyond the lowest common denominator. I also find myself grooving along in the DJ booth and having as much as the guests, which tends to be infectious.
What do you do to motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Switch it up! I like to keep things moving and keep people guessing. Give them what they want but don’t be predictable.
What training have you received?
To become a successful DJ you have to undergo a lot of on the job training. Over the years I have put on hundreds of events both for others and for myself. You learn from each success and each challenge.
What problems have you encountered at a wedding and how have you solved it?
A common problem is the friend or relative who has been asked to play an acoustic instrument at the wedding but didn’t realize that they needed amplification to be heard by hundreds of guests. I always pack extra microphones and cables that can turn a DJ monitor into an emergency PA system in minutes.
Preferred DJ gear manufacturers:
Technics, Rane, Serato, Ortofon, Ecler.
Favorite record labels:
Peoples Potential Unlimited, BBE, Ibadan, Get Physical, Mr. Bongo, Z Records.
Preferred clothing labels:
Clarks, Levi, custom T-Shirts.
Favorite DC nightspots:
Bohemian Caverns, Marvin, Black Cat, Montserrat House, 9:30 Club, The DC Loft, The Dunes, ESL, U Street Music Hall, Paradox [Baltimore].
Best DJ moment of your career (so far):
Playing for 1,800 people at the Hirshhorn Gallery with the Fatback DJs and looking up to see that even the security guards were dancing.
Favorite live show(s) (strictly as a member of the audience):
Kraftwerk live. Any Ultraworld event in the 90’s. Jónsi from Sigur Rós at the 9:30 Club.
Acqua al 2 on Capitol Hill, Bucks Camping & Fishing in NW and Eden Center in Seven Corners, VA.
“I can’t hear myself think in here!” Favorite spot for a quiet cocktail:
What are your five desert island discs?
- The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
- Talking Heads Remain In Light
- Curtis Mayfield Roots
- DJ Mickey Finn & MC GQ Live @ A.W.O.L.
- Rolling Stones Hot Rocks
What’s your dream DJ gig?
Fatback [was] really the manifestation of my dream DJ gig each month. A big room full of friends and a sea of dancers who love good music. You can’t ask for anything more than that.