ARIA DJ Of The Week: Kid Kenobi
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ARIA DJ Of The Week: Kid Kenobi

June 3, 2019

Get to know the veteran Sydney DJ.

Accolades, awards, records, and firsts have been the hallmark of Kid Kenobi’s illustrious 20-year long DJing career. His achievements include being named Australia’s favourite DJ for a record number 3 years from 2003 – 2005, receiving an award for his first remix ever (of Green Velvet’s 'La La Land'), an ARIA nomination for ‘The Bump’ with Hook N Sling, knocking up over 80 remixes for some of the world’s biggest names in dance, pop and rock and being the first DJ ever to have a CD series named after him by Ministry of Sound. Having an itinerary that reads like a Lonely Planet guidebook to the best nightclubs around the world, Kid Kenobi shows no sign of slowing down - far from it. With breakbeat making a resurgence both in the US and the UK, it seems he couldn’t rest on his laurels even if he wanted to.

Back in 2016, the Kid produced the soundtrack for the Cancer Council’s ‘Pretty Shady’ campaign. The year also saw the launch of his brand new 90s-inspired breakbeat side project Original Rude Boy, as well as a celebration of his 20th year behind the decks with a national tour and mixtape series dedicated to his history.

Outside of his own productions Kid Kenobi has also been hard at work with his own label Klub Kids which has been busy pioneering the sounds of bass, electro house, deep house, and trap (plus any genre of ‘forward thinking party music’ in between). The label has given rise to the likes of Spenda C, Paces, Phetsta, J-Trick, Conway (Motez & Rubberteeth), and more!

Despite his talent as a DJ perhaps the Kid's greatest triumph is his ability to keep on evolving and growing as an artist. Music trends come and go, clubbers retire, scenes change, and awards gather dust but Kid Kenobi, it seems, is here to stay.

Kid Kenobi's Top 10 this week:

1 Halycon Dayz Everything's Gonna Be OK
2 Circa 92 Rock the Disco
3 Halycon Dayz Rock, Rattle, Roll
4 Jolyon Petch & Mind Electric What Do You Feel
5 Magnifik Clarity
6 Death Ray Shake To The Top
7 Stacie Fields Good Loving
8 Lowdown Control
9 Kloake & Nightfall Oil & Fire
10 J Cannons & Steve Hart Tell Me