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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?

    Timeless favorites include

  • 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.

Favorite restaurants:

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:

Bar Pilar.

What are your five desert island discs?

  1. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  2. Talking Heads Remain In Light
  3. Curtis Mayfield Roots
  4. DJ Mickey Finn & MC GQ Live @ A.W.O.L.
  5. 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.

What clients are saying on Wedding Wire:

“KC did such an amazing job!! Out of everything involved with planning my wedding, the music was pretty high on the anxiety-causing list – I can be pretty picky about it and was worried about having songs that were too cheesy, too “party-like”, too weird for the group, etc…. take it from me that you do NOT need to worry about it if you use KC as your DJ! He chose such a great mix of songs based on the suggestions I gave and I got great feedback from both the young and older crowds. Everyone was happy and found something they were happy to dance along with.

I had a deviation from the schedule and he was so flexible that it felt like nothing had even changed from the plan. He says just the right amount to keep things flowing smoothly, while also not being the center of attention for the event. He’s a really nice person who you feel like is there to help you any way he can and just be part of the fun.

For the planning, he provides a spreadsheet that is super helpful for planning out the timing and where you can put all your “must have” songs and other things like wording for announcements, etc. It is a great tool. He is also very responsive to messages and phone calls.

With all that said, I would definitely recommend you book with him for care-free planning and a great party! Thanks for making our night so fun, KC!”


“DJ KC was a true professional and got every butt out of their seats and onto that dance floor! He was wonderful to work with from our first meeting to the last song of the night. He worked with our style and kept things high energy throughout the evening. Would recommend him to anyone who prioritizes the dancing portion of their big day!”


“DJ KC was a true professional and got every butt out of their seats and onto that dance floor! He was wonderful to work with from our first meeting to the last song of the night. He worked with our style and kept things high energy throughout the evening. Would recommend him to anyone who prioritizes the dancing portion of their big day!”