“Would You Like to play at one of my parties?” Lyor Cohen, CEO of Warner Music Group approaches DJ Kofi after a performance. This was the Fela Kuti Vs Run DMC mash up, live at the World Economic Forum – a party were the likes of Lyor Cohen are not the biggest fish in the pond; That year Tony Blair and Bill Gates attended.
Liverpool, 1990, Kofi buys his first DJ set up and starts mixing at small parties in his hometown and London. Five years later, he is crowned Technics UK Mixing Champion and the international DJ star is born. He recalls: “Literally the day after the UK final my phone was ringing off the hook with all sorts of job offers, from production to DJing.”
The events that followed saw him holding guests spots on Radio 1 and Kiss FM before he found a permanent slot with Choice FM. This is where he spent seven years (1995 to 2002) showcasing one of London’s most popular mix shows. To welcome in the millennium, Kofi relived one of his earlier DJing styles, the mash up, he saw in the noughties with the release of mix album, “It’s Been a Long Time”. This album has since become a blueprint for the genre.
Soon, Sony Music asked him to do a mix for the late Michal Jackson’s “Invincible” European album launch. After seeing the finished product as an audio-visual mix, Kofi’s mind was opened to the unlimited possibilities of AV mixing. With this inspiration he added an AV to his live show repertoire.
Kofi has now travelled to over 40 countries over the course of 10 years, showcasing his turntable tactics and innovative style. Residencies in Russia, Greece, Switzerland and Bungalow 8 in the UK have brought audiences, fans and friends to his global music and energetic sets.
The sole DJ at the first MTV Africa awards, Kofi is a favourite among crowds and known as ‘the entertainer’s entertainer’. His repertoire is endless; Coldplay’s ‘End of World Tour Party’ at Wembley Arena, Blur’s Hyde Park comeback after party, Jay Z after party and the Williams sisters Wimbledon Championship parties. An eclectic array of gigs to suit eclectic and diverse music and visuals.
When the Gorillaz integrated Kofi’s audio-visual experience into their Sound System, he remixed their many classics to stun tens of thousands at festivals all throughout Europe. Rapidly distinguishing himself as one of the most sought after DJs – he was snapped up by Kelis as she put together a DJ band for her ‘All Hearts’ world tour. Kofi featured on the US leg of the tour as well as the European festivals.