So, how did it all begin?
For 23 year old Denver Ochieng, popularly known as Dj No ID, his love for music started when he was young but his passion for deejaying came around when he was 16. His career began at Kenya’s first ever music week at Sarit center. “I can remember being at one stall where DJ equipment was being sold and i happened to just jokingly scratch using equipment on display and i was immediately hooked”
Hezron Maloti, also 23 started his career around the same time as Deejay No ID. Hezron goes by Dj Niche when he’s behind the turntables. Hezron would play around with Virtual Dj shortly after he finished primary school. He looked up to a number of Deejays in the industry and recalls feeling challenged by the likes of Dj Rillance and Dj Young Moha.
Where did the names come from?
Deejay No ID: Many have asked few know. All i can say is i wanted something that stuck with people and so far it has worked
Deejay Niche: Well the name was a blend into what the society is like and how everyone need to create a space for themselves at times success doesn’t come easy so Niche means creating a space for yourself, in the beginning friends used to make fun because they assumed it for sheng’ but overtime it has gotten traction I guess.
You have to grow and expand, yes? Dj No ID has played in Naivasha and Machakos and has intentions of going international. Dj Niche, even after misunderstandings with club managers, has played in Mombasa. Hezron’s first event was at Santa Fe, Denver’s was at Skyluxx.
Best events performed at:
Deejay Niche’s favorite is the 2014 Mr and Miss USIU-A Pre-Judging. This is because he was playing for a diverse crowd. Deejay No ID on the other hand has no specific event but he loves to play for the USIU crowd. “It’s crazy to experience how music cuts across different cultures and I’m lucky enough to get a first-hand experience at the effects of music in different culture. I’m blessed”
When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?
Deejay No ID: My ultimate chill out is either listening to music or watching movies
Deejay Niche: Well that’s easy I am a foodie, gamer, movie/series lover so most of the times after the party is done this are my three comfort zones.
What do you think about MC’s and their role in hip-hop/dance music culture?
Deejay Niche: Well M.C.’s have been there as part of the movement and I believe in one way or another they have earned their keep in the industry
Deejay No ID: I think Emcees are the mouthpieces to the culture, however due to corruption of then art through commercialization, Emcees have seized their role of mirroring and bringing positive change to society instead all that is talked about is drugs, money, girls etc.
If you could stage a rave anywhere, where would you choose?
While Denver (No ID) would do Diani anytime, any day, Hezron would like to tour the world. “That is my end game.”
How do you see the Dj scene in Kenya 5 years from now?
Deejay Niche sees a revolution, following the steady rise in the number of Deejays in the country and how they all have something great to offer. “I see it as an interesting time for the Kenyan entertainment scene.” Deejay No ID also thinks the industry is growing at an encouraging pace. He foresees more diversity and professionalism as we progress.
If you had a time machine what year would you go back to and why?
Deejay No ID: Early 2000’s when Kenyan music was at an all-time high and we as Kenyans loved our own content
Deejay Niche: 2006, to revisit when my true love for the art came about.
What sets them apart from their competition?
Both self-confident Disc Jockeys don’t see other deejays as competition. Deejay Niche sees them as a fraternity and as a family and he says that given a chance, he would work with anyone who wants to perfect themselves within the art to make sure the profession grows. Deejay No ID likes to take risks and says he is not afraid of failure. He adds that he has taken his own time to perfect his art.