DJ Kayper is currently one of the hottest female DJs in London; with her own radio show on BBC Asian and residencies at clubs du jour The Box and The Rose Club. She’s made her name with her eclectic music collection and her slick DJing style - which recently caught the attention of Jay Z, who invited her to provide the soundtrack at his private London party.
Kayper (whose real name is Kaajal) began mixing in her brother’s bedroom aged 12 and her ability to play the drums led to a flair for mashing up tunes. The name comes from her childhood nickname ‘Caper’ as she was always getting into pranks.
Early club sets in her late teens got her recognised and by the age of 17 she had a regular slot at Ministry of Sound and was promoting hip hop nights in Cambridge (where she was at University).
Kayper tells of her life ‘,I got into music from a very early age. There are quite a few DJ's in my family... I grew up during the time that UK Garage was popular and dominated the charts so I had a lot of different musical influences growing up. In 2004 I decided to become a promoter and started a club night called Ebonics. I got to book all of my favourite DJ's like Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier, The Scratch Perverts, etc. I joined The BBC Asian Network in 2006 and have been doing my radio show ever since…’
Kayper DJs Stateside regularly also – you’ll find her at The Box in NYC and April saw her touring coast to coast, finishing up at Coachella. She describes it ‘, I’ve done Coachella two years in a row and this year was definitely the best for me. I was asked to play at Neon Carnival which is an outdoor party in an airport hanger next door to the festival grounds. Even though it was freezing cold and my hands were cramping up, I think I did well. Half way through my set a bunch of people jumped on stage including Paris Hilton who was raving next to me! ’
At London’s wacky freakshow The Box, Kayper tries to get the crowd hyped up before the shows. ‘I'm constantly watching the crowd and seeing what they react to. I try to play everything from House, Hip Hop, Dubstep to Rock and avoid playing top 40 hits.’
Of The Rose Club – with its jewellery box décor and celebrity crowd - Kayper enthuses ‘, the energy is always good there. They have ballerina dancers that come out and dance on podiums throughout the night; it looks amazing and helps to create atmosphere. I play a lot more house music at The Rose but I try to mix it up with mashups too.’
She’s clearly talented behind the decks. DJ Jazzy Jeff said of her ‘Kayper is the best female DJ I have seen in my whole life’. Kayper smiles ‘,I often get people coming up to the DJ booth to tell me that they have never seen a girl play like me before which is nice to hear because it means I'm doing something right and obviously it's nice to be appreciated. I think the first thing that people are shocked about when they see me play is the fact that I don't really look like a DJ so when I get on the decks they are even more impressed. People obviously notice that I'm not an ipod DJ either, I put a lot into my sets even when I don't have to and I think people appreciate that.’
Kayper is also producing and writing her own tracks at the moment.
Find out more at http://www.kayper.co.uk/