My first exposure to DJ Kenoy came by way of a stroll down Hawthorne one winter night earlier this year. As I walked past Metro, the store's speakers called to my electro-loving ears. Not knowing who exactly was sounding from those speakers, I stepped in to find out. While the woman working inside didn't know the name of the band, she pointed me DJ Kenoy's way as he'd made the mix CD that the store was playing.
I still don't know who that act on the mix was (I'm leaning towards Digitalism), but I do know quite a few things about DJ Kenoy thanks to his Hang the DJ answers. The man that's opened for many an act including Whitey and Thrill Kill Cult took a bit of time to fill us in on Xotica Go Go, obscure requests and give us the most electro playlist yet.
How did you decide on your DJ name? What's your real name?
It's my birth name.
As the Rapture say, "People don't dance no more, they just stand there like this" - how often do you encounter this?
Not very often,people seem to feel the energy that I'm putting into my sets, but it does happen and you just keep chugging along.
Electro indie hip hop
How do you feel about requests?
As long as the person's cool, I'm cool with them asking.
Do you have a story about a particular request or requester?
Well, there was this guy who came up to me and kept asking me to play something that I didn't have. The people who try to think up the most obscure bands or what ever and then looks at you like your crazy when you don't have it. Well, this guy at the same time was about to spill his beer on me and I just looked at him and said "Is this Gods way of playing a sick joke on me?" He didn't get it and it just made me laugh!
Do you DJ full time? / What do you do outside of DJing?
Yes, I DJ for a living. I also like yoga, running, vegetarian resturants, writing music ,buying music and traveling.
Where can we find you?
XOTICA GO GO at Dantes every Thursday and I'm in the papers under the DJ listing too.
How'd you get your current main gig?
I think a willingness to go beyond and above. If you hire me I will make flyers. Flyer the people and try to do something cool and original. Plus I'm a party DJ so your going to have a good time if you come hang out with me.
As far as the whole Xotica GO GO story, it was a night at the cobalt for about 5 years about 15 years ago. They brought it back and put me in charge of the DJs. I hired Tony on and we've been trying to push the envelope at Dantes showing that it's just more than a rock venue.
How long have you been spinning?
What drew you to DJing originally?
Well, I've been in the electronic scene forever. I focused on being in bands, I was an MC for a couple of years and I also worked at a record store. It just seemed like a natural progression of how to express myself as an artist.
How did you meet Mr. Mumu?
At 360 vinyl where we both worked.
What are your thoughts on vinyl vs CDs vs laptops?
It's all in your style and not what you use. There is a slight quality difference in vinyl that sounds a little warmer,but really it's how your putting your sets together.
What songs will we find ourselves dancing to with you?
"No Biters" - Miss TK & The Revenge
"Thrilla" - Villians
"Let's Make Out" -Does It Offend You Yeah?
"The Girls" - Calvin Harris
"Sensual Seduction" -Snoop Dogg
Metro on Hawthorne mentioned you did a mix for them. How did that start?
Oh, I just give CDs away to everyone that I know everyday. I gave them like 5 and they just play them.
How would you describe yourself in five words or less - complete sentence or not:
Always looking for more gigs.
How do you describe the genre you play?
Who are your other favorite Portland DJs?
A: Beyonda/ Vera/ Joei I. / RAD!/ Zita/ Nathan from the Gossip/ Mr. Mumu and if forgot any other DJs, you know I love you all.