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Friday, October 16, 2009

Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: El Kool Kyle of El Superrritmo

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 7:39 AM

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If you've ever packed it into the Make-Out Room on a Saturday night, you have El Kool Kyle to thank for making you sweat. The El Superrritmo DJ goes crate digging across continents to bring back the best the barrios have to offer (and over Halloween weekend, you can take advantage of his sonic travels by grabbing a free El Kool Kyle mix at his club night).

Kyle tells his story better than we can sum it up, though--especially if you flip to page two of this interview, where the dude tells his tale in rhyme.

DJ Name:
  El Kool Kyle

Club Nights: El Superrritmo @ The Makeout Room, Soul Fyah @ Lukas, Baylando! "Your Bay Area Latin SoundSystem", and a whole bunch of underground parties.

Styles of music you spin: funky ghetto, dance music from the past and present that simmers out of  the many barrios of Planet Earth (especially Colombia, Jamaica, Africa, The Balkans & The USA)



So what's your story in 100 words or less?

I've been loving music

since a very young age.

In my youth I made beats

& rocked the local stage

at the black & white ball

I rapped with Joan Baez

did Woodstock '99

and turned a lot of heads.

Everywhere I went

I bought vinyl galore

worked at Amoeba up in Berkeley

'93 -'94

then the word got out

through some he say she say

that I had thrown a couple parties

and had started to DJ,

Ghetto Music From The Planet

Hip Hop was the beat

Funk & Cumbia Breaks

would always turn up the heat

Inspector Double Negative

Hip Hop On The Moon

Baylando Latin Sound

and Saturdays - Makeout Room


(It's a few words too many, but I used lots of small words?)

Name of a track you can't get out of your head?
"Mi Lowrider," an obscure title by a 5 foot tall Tejano artist out of Texas by the name of Wally Gonzales. It's the funniest song and it gets stuck in everyone's head immediately. It's featured on my lowrider mix CD (on Halloween I will have many free mix CDs to give out).

Name of an artist you are currently championing in your sets: Deuce Eclipse, Santero,  and Cassidine (from Oakland)

Name of current favorite track for the peak of your set? Pacho Galan - "Gaita Numero Uno" on DISCOS TROPICAL

Musical mantra:
Having fun to the native drum, making money sharing music, while we orbit the sun.

Favorite DJ experience:
My favorite DJ experience is when everybody is dancing.

Worst Request: "I Love Rock & Roll" by Britney Spears

Worst club faux pas you have commited:
I got kicked out of the Mezzanine on my birthday for allegedly spraying beer in the direction of Lady Sovereign when she would not battle M.C. Jelly Doughnut..

Most treasured vinyl score: I was In Cameroon, Africa, when I was led to an old guy sitting out in the sun in the center of the market in the capitol city, Yaounde. He had multiple wooden boxes full of old African makossa & Colombian salsa LPs. I had a hard time at customs explaining why I was leaving the country with a trunk load of old African records. I ended up trying to explain that I am a DJ, and I like the old African funk music, but they looked at me astonished until I started singing different Manu Dibango lyrics. Then they looked at me puzzled and let me go through.

Other music related projects you are currently working on? Another Inspector Double Negative album, some Hottub collaborations, and a long awaited cumbia album of my original tracks .

What is something happening in the local music scene that should be getting more attention? I would like to see the rock, hip-hop, and Latin music radio stations play more local artists in the hourly rotation. And Bart needs to be 24 hours. Both of these things hurt our music scene tremendously.

What elements would your fantasy club night Include?
A big sound system, ice cold drinks, and lots of girls dancing next to a heated pool of fresh water.

Describe the best El Superrritmo! night you've have had so far: The night when Mexican Institute of Sound performed was especially fun. They killed it and then kicked it while we DJ'd till after closing. That night was definitely extra hectic, but it was a lot of fun and I won't forget it.

A question we didn't ask you that you always ask yourself?
Will I ever meet Rick Rubin?

Next time to catch an El Kool Kyle set: You can always catch me at El Superrritmo! every Saturday night (including Holloween) @ The Makeout Room S.F., alongside Roger Mas, Toby @ the bar, and Humberto @ the door.

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