- ArtistKai Alcé
- GenresFunk – Soul
- CategoriesRadioshow – Discogs
- File Size54 Mb
- File FormatMp3
There’s a humble power about Kai Alce.
Perhaps it’s a combination of his Haitian roots, his youth spent in St. Croix, and his New York City upbringing. It is evident when he steps behind the turntables or CDJs, where he is at once clearly comfortable and believe it or not, just a tad bit nervous.
After more than 20 years in the business, yes, “The Kaizer” still gets butterflies.
That’s probably what makes Kai Alce (pronounced al-SAY) such a force: He doesn’t settle down, blend in or go along. That integrity comes through in every gig he’s worked – from his early days at Detroit’s Music Institute when he was just teenager, to the 10-year-long DEEP legacy at MJQ that he co-founded, to the production company, NDATL, that he created in 2008.
With his mother’s soca and his father’s jazz providing the soundtrack to Alce’s youth, hip-hop would open the next chapter of his musical education. These were the formative years for the genre – think Kurtis Blow – and the genesis of Alce’s sense of musical independence.
But as a child of the ‘70s, there was no way to escape the groove-laden, vocally harmonic and musically lush sounds of disco. This would become part of the basis for Alce’s track selections and productions to come.
He moved to Detroit in 1980, landing a job at the Music Institute in 1987 that gave him access to such would-be house luminaries as Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, D. Wynn, Alton Miller and his cousin Chez Damier. Already tuned in to the sound, Alce couldn’t help but be inspired as the Institute became critical to the development of techno and house, with the studios churning out classics such as Innercity’s “Goodlife” and Rhythim Is Rhythim’s “It Is What It Is.”
Next stop: Atlanta. While Alce’s formal education would advance with a degree in psychology from Morehouse College, he’d be schooling the city about house music. Simply put, his importance to Atlanta’s international renown as a city that holds down the house can’t be overstated.
He first took to the decks at Club Velvet, but would move on to play at every venue that welcomed (or was warming up to) house, including Traxx, Kaya, 688 Madhouse, Oxygen, Nomenclature Museum, Ying Yang Music Café (home to then-nascent artists such as India.Arie and Donnie), and culminating with his weekly residency at MJQ.
DEEP was instrumental in bringing Atlanta’s house scene international attention. Along with Alce and co-residents DJ Kemit and Cullen Cole, DEEP hosted DJs such as Chicago’s Steve “Silk” Hurley, the U.K.’s Phil Asher, NYC’s Joe Claussell, Atlanta native Tedd Patterson, the Windy City’s Peven Everett and Philly’s King Britt, just to name six of hundreds of top-notch DJs that played over the years.
From DEEP, Alce jumped into Deep Detroit House Sessions in 1997 aiming to strengthen the link between the South and the Motor City by welcoming guests such as Damier, Alton Miller, Brett Dancer, Moodymann, Mike Huckaby and Theo Parrish to lofts and venues that were willing to harbor the late-night antics.