DJ Kai Song (age 12) is an industry role model. Most kids at the age of three were riding bikes with training wheels, Kai was learning how to scratch and spin on turn tables. His father passed on his expertise. Kai’s apt learning ability opened up many doors for such a young age.
Kai began his live mixing at house gigs. From there it is history. At nine years old the young superstar was performing big arena events. Daybreak, the MLS games at the Red Bull Arena (NJ) as we’ll as Good Morning America are just a few.
Kai has achieved remarkable success. He just finished his first summer tour, performing 18 dates in 8 different states. Kai has also released his first single, ‘I Just Wanna Dance’, on Ultra Music this month. The tropical melody makes this premier single a summer anthem. The production is flawless. We cannot wait to see what the future holds!
How old were you when you first began to DJ?
“My first gig was when I was 3 years old.”
What surrounding influences led to your interest in dance music? Friends, Family?
“My parents mostly listened to dance music, especially my dad who’s been a DJ for 25 years. I used to listen to mostly pop music and then discovered dance music through artists like Lady Gaga and Madonna.”
How would you describe your music style?
“As a producer I would describe my music style as tropical/future house. When I DJ, it really depends on the audience, for example when I play for kids I play a lot of dance remixes of pop songs, but when I DJ for an older crowd it’s more underground.”
Where was the first club or event that you performed at?
“The first event was at the children’s Museum for the Arts in Manhattan when I was 3. My first club gig was at Room Service when I was 5, it was a kid’s birthday party.”
Was your first summer tour what you expected?
“It was really fun and I learned so much about performing for a crowd, but it was a lot more driving than I expected. We did 18 shows and drove probably 4,000 miles.”
Has all the touring and producing become overwhelming?
“No, I’m having a great time. The touring was sometimes tough, because I didn’t always get enough sleep. But I love traveling, so it wasn’t a big deal.”
Are you thinking of another tour? If so, when?
“Yes, I would love to do another tour next summer.”
Do you have any time for sports, watching movies, hanging with friends?
“I play soccer, sing in a choir and have a huge Lego Star Wars collection. And my gigs are always fun, because many of my friends show up (or I make new ones).”
Do you attend school and if so is it tough to balance your rising career in music and your education?
“I go to school, and yes sometimes it does get tricky when I miss school because of gigs and then have to catch up, but for the most part no.”
Are you planning on a music video for your newest single, ‘I Just Wanna Dance’?
“Yes, we just released a re-cap video from my tour set to “I Just Wanna Dance””.
Motivation seems to be crucial as a producer. Is their anything specific that keeps you motivated?
“I just enjoy making music and trying to create my own twist on sounds. The main thing that motivates me is hearing great productions. That’s how I learn, I take a song I really like and then try take it apart and understand how it was built.”
What is your most memorable moment so far?
“The Thank You Festival in Maryland, where I got to open for Cedric Gervais, Krewella, Above & Beyond and Tiësto.”
Do you have any tips for other aspiring dj’s or producers that are trying to get their name out?
“Networking is important. For example, I met Morgan Page at DJ Expo the other day and gave him my track and a week later he played it on Sirius XM.”
If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be?
“I would say Oliver Heldens, he’s been a big inspiration to me.”
Lastly, whats your favorite snack before a show?
“I really don’t have a favorite, I don’t like to eat right before a show.”