Interview with DJ Kade B
Dj Kade B a Syrian DJ and producer residing in Kuwait. He started his music career at the age of 18 in 2005 playing old school, pop, hip hop and electronic music. He later on shifted his focus towards Deep House, Tech House, Techno, Progressive and Indiedance. Later becoming one of the well known DJ’s in Kuwait. We took a few minutes to get to know the man behind the decks.
How did it all begin?
To be honest I never imagined that one day I would become a DJ ,because since I was a kid my dream was to become a computer engineer. After high school I went to a music shop that was close to my house where a man was working there and asked him how is it working with music. That is when it all began, I learned how to remix and edit through him and he also gave me a simple music software to practice on. I started to edit different songs and make my own music which I later gave to the man to give me his opinion and he said that everything was done wrong so that gave me the push to learn from my mistake and work hard to learn and understand the music to become a DJ.
Where did the name come from?
Actually it comes from my real name AbdulKADEr Baghdadi
What gave you that initial push to become a DJ?
It wasn’t only about the love for music but also the passion and the way the people reacted to the music while I play.
What genre would you describe your tracks?
Progressive house, Techno, Tropical….its all genres of music that are filled with groovy beats and emotional elements.
Who is your biggest inspiration? Who do you have a lot of respect for?
I respect all musicians and listen to all genres of music. I never limit yourself when it comes to creativity because every singer, producer, DJ and musician teach me something. My biggest inspiration though is Life itself.
What subgenre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
In Middle East electronic music in general (house, deep house, underground, techno). Not many people listen to these genres, because most usually love music that consists of lyrics or are commercial.
What was the first event you ever played at?
It was a small event in Kuwait, where I was working in the background as a sound engineer while an arabic band was performance and was given the opportunity to DJ in between breaks.
When you play is it a pre planned set or live?
I always play live sets.
Which other countries have you played?
I never played outside Kuwait, because I’m usually busy with work and improving my music production skills in the studio.
What single night out has been the most memorable for you as a DJ?
KTL Festival and the Color Festival in Kuwait.
What is the best event you’ve played at?
The Color Festival that happened in Kuwait, the energy and atmosphere was amazing.
Funniest thing that ever happened at an event?
It was 5 years ago, when I was playing an instrumental house song and someone kept on asking me when the singer will start singing.
What do you love about the scene?
It is not usually about loving the scene but in loving what I do, because I find that music completes and is a part of me and these days it’s not easy to turn a hobby into a job.
What is something that bugs you about the DJ scene?
When jealousy starts arising between DJ’s, that is one thing I witnessed a lot.
What was the first record you brought?
It was a CD for Tiesto.
What is one track that got popular that you can’t stand?
If we were talking about new tracks between (2015-2016) I would say (Maejor – Me And You) and (The chainsmoker – don’t let me down)
What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
Hotel California for sure, it’s a classic and amazing. I can listen to it all the day.
Out of all the tunes you have, which one “never fails”?
There is special tune, but I love using oldies song to remix, like ABBA.
What is your favorite tune of all time?
I love Oldies.
Are you able to share any of your secret tricks with me?
Sure! One of the tricks I love using while DJing is looping, because I find that it helps make the mix more groovy and lets the tracks blend smoothly.
(Perhaps a little bit deeper of a question) What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing where everything was restricted to vinyl and modern DJing where most tracks are never put on any physical medium before or after release?
No doubt old school DJ’s have all my respect. IT is basically like driving a manual car or automatic theres a big difference between them. I find learning the old tricks in DJing and infusing it with the modern technologies used when DJing help produce a beautiful sound. To me 75% of DJing is about the taste of the music, understanding it and learning how to read the crowd.
(Follow up) Do you think this has hurt exclusivity of having a certain sound? A DJ’s ability to have a “unique” style? Is having your own style separate from all the other DJs out there even important in modern DJing?
Like I said before 75 % of DJing is learning how to read the crowd, then mixing the exclusive songs and songs that I previously edited to make it them more groovy and get the crowd dancing.
When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?
Go to a coffee shop in the evenings and spend my nights in the studio.
What do you do outside the dance music scene?
I work as a sound engineer so I’m never really outside the music scene.
Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now?
I believe that people will start o understand the music more than before, because gradually more people are being open to listen to different genres.
What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJ’s making?/What advice would you give them?
One of the biggest mistake its having a big ego thinking they are better than the rest. My advice to upcoming DJ’s is that they should be more down to earth and friendly with the crowd, where fans gain respect for them because the when playing a set you feed off the energy from the crowd.
It was a pleasure to have DJ Kade as part of Kingdome.
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