R.E.C. DJ/Model Keiya
DJ Keiya is nothing short of a phenomenon. His live performances showcase his musical mastery with a combination of instruments, drum machine and turntables. Like any true artist, his creative approach is that of a storyteller: "I think of myself as a writer but instead of using words to tell a story I use different sounds."
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Harlem, NY, DJ Keiya exhibited an interest in music at a very young age, experimenting with beat patterns as his aunt played music. By the time he was three years old DJ Keiya fell in love with the song “My Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder, singing the song repeatedly with such intensity his aunt knew he had something special.
Soon after, based off his ability to arrange an entire list of songs that would blend with the current songs playing on the radio, DJ Keiya’s aunt enrolled him in a local NYC DJ school. The young protégé explains his passion, “I like the way music makes people feel. When my grandmother hears one of her favorite songs she stops whatever she's doing and she snaps her fingers and bites her lip. When I first saw her do that I thought she hurt herself but then I realized that it was a good hurt. That's how I want people to feel when they hear my songs." DJ Keiya counts Michael Jackson, Prince and El Debarge among his favorite artists, citing their command of stage and emotional effect on listeners as chief sources of inspiration.
DJ Keiya began his professional career spinning records all over NYC and at the age of eight he produced his first track. Since then, he has produced tracks for gaming applications and TV advertisements. In addition to his upcoming mixtape, look for DJ Keiya on your TV screen in an upcoming HBO documentary in which he will be featured.
Humble yet confident and extremely motivated, DJ Keiya dreams of one day opening his own DJ school for inner city children, stating, "I am very lucky and blessed to be able to do what I really love and I want to give the same opportunity to other kids."
Without a doubt, this ten year old DJ proves why he is destined to Reign!