Karl Kamakahi is one of the gold standards of house music in Seattle. Founder of Seattle’s De La Creme crew, Karl learned to DJ in 1989 in his home Pearl City, Hawaii, taught by legendary Hawaiian DJ James Coles. He began experimenting with freestyle, transitioned into techno, and eventually felt the most at home with house music in the early years of the house movement in 1992. Playing parties and residencies Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, Portland, Madison, and St. Paul, Karl’s latest efforts in Seattle caught the notice of Brian Lyons and Wesley Holmes of the world-renowned Flammable crew. Karl was asked to join as resident DJ several years ago, and released the first ever mix CD to represent Seattle’s flagship house music party, now the longest running house music night on the west coast, nearly 20 years of house magic.
In Seattle, Karl has played and created terrific parties in venues such as Re-bar, The Woods, The Cuff, Electric Tea Garden, Expansions on KEXP, The Underground, The Baltic Room, Havana, The Monkey Loft. In addition to Flammable Sundays at ReBar, Karl is the creator of Seattle house pillars like Proper at Baltic Room and Soft Option at Monkey Loft.
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BIO: Almost 20 years in the DJ booth doesn’t lie, and neither does the dance floor…which is where Xan Lucero has spent the last two decades playing house and techno music. He has spent the better part of the last 15 years traveling America exploring its DJ booths and dance floors playing a global brand of underground dance music, both on solo adventures as well as with his partner Atom Bryce as The Control Freeks. Together with Atom and on his own, Xan has held residencies all around America, made parties, thrown raves, run record stores, started discos, helped with various record labels and has generally lived his life playing music for people that want to hear it.
Xan has recently relocated back to Seattle and is enjoying a packed schedule of holding down resident duties for legendary west coast house music institution, Flammable, and has been picked up by the northwest staple brand, De La Creme, as well as hosting his own monthly and weekly parties. He continues to guest and tour around America.