I read with glee the following item by Humberto Guida in Ocean Drive magazine about DJ Keoki’s antics at the Winter Music Conference. I’m so glad my old club-kid cohort hasn’t lost his punchy, punk-rock attitude and continues to stir things up.
In a sad way, the most gut-busting WMC episode of all occurred on the final night of the conference. Keoki, the exotic-looking rave DJ/producer who was the first to coin himself “Superstar DJ” and was portrayed by Wilmer Valderama in Party Monster, the campy flick starring Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green based on the club-kid chronicle Disco Bloodbath, took a stack of his wax to Rokbar. (A member of his entourage confessed that Keoki had been on a three-day binge). Promoter Mykel Stevens was presenting legendary electroclash DJ Larry Tee on the decks, but Keoki, who came out with an electroclash album himself called Keokiclash, promptly told Stevens he wanted to spin. Told to wait, Keoki lost it, climbed Rokbar’s ladder to the DJ booth/VIP floor and proceeded to poke Larry with his finger over and over: “I want to spin now.” Larry relented, but with a few choice words for the prima donna. Once Keoki started spinning, however, it was clear he was zooted. His records spun in reverse for three minutes until the audio absurdity was interrupted by the DJ cracking a record over his own head.
Wait, there’s more. He then shut down the music and yelled into the mic, “Party’s over – get the fuck out,” to a packed house of befuddled fans. And if that wasn’t the last straw, Keoki maniacally punched out three of the fluorescent bulbs on Rokbar’s ceiling with his bare fists. Absolute chaos ensued: DJ Stuart started throwing bottles and a lamp at Keoki, whose own crew battled with Rokbar’s bouncers and Stevens. The mayhem didn’t end until Keoki was dragged through the dance floor with his pants around his ankles and his bare bum mooning the crowd on the way out. Oh the depravity.
I called Larry Tee for a quote. Larry, always the diplomat, said that the incident was “slightly disconcerting.”
“Look, Keoki is a rock star” he continued, “The Winter Music Conference is a mainstream kind of thing. Keoki didn’t feel he was being handled properly by the staff and the promoter. And the staf was very, uh, how shall we say, ‘tense’ (if you know what I mean).”
Oh, I think I know what you mean.
– James St. James