Why I’m Not Laughing at DJ KiddLuke

This video of a kid acting like a DJ in his basement might make us cringe a little, but he’s a kid. He’s not harming anybody, right? Anyone with any sense will laugh and shrug this off. But I have no sense. This has been shared around way too much to be random. So I decided to dive deeper.

DJ KiddLuke has 20 followers on SoundCloud, with less than 5000 plays on it. He has less than 1000 likes on Facebook, but somehow feels that he can call himself the “#1 Teen DJ Worldwide.” Maybe he hasn’t seen video of A-Trak in his teenage years competing in the DMCs?

He also calls himself “Founder ATL’s Largest Teen Club,” which seems to be a night where he has his parents buy out a roller rink for his friends to come party at while he plays songs. He boasts being booked at “birthday parties and private events.” He has testimonials on his website, but no production, information on the “club” he “owns,” past events, or credibility. His video has been hosted everywhere from Reddit to Worldstar and the comments on his Facebook fan page are nothing short of hateful. He’s just a kid trying to hustle from his basement, right? And this wouldn’t be a story if he didn’t somehow land on one of the biggest festivals in Atlanta last weekend.

It gets better. He has 40,000 Twitter followers. Someone who has less than 5000 results on Google when you put his name in quotes has 10 times amount the Twitter followers as I do. I have nearly 100 times as many results when searched. As we talk about paying for position (Twitter followers / bookings), this kid has management and a PR firm. And we’re trying to figure out why. He hasn’t DONE anything.

What I’m not going to do is slam this kid for his DJ skills. I personally don’t understand what he’s doing, but he’s playing for kids. Maybe it works. I am not going to slam his personality. He’s kind of quirky and I actually like his enthusiasm. What I am doing to do is question how this kid landed on a GIANT music festival. How does this happen? In the legit grind of the music industry, we can tell you who the top producers under 21 are. And this isn’t a name that’s ever been on our list. But when you’ve got 25,000 more followers than DJ Sliink (who has toured numerous times around the world, released an EP on Fool’s Gold, has an arsenal of amazing original songs, and a track with Flosstradamus sitting well over half a million plays), it’s easy to put together a press kit to look legit.

But whoever booked this kid should be removed from the music industry. Something outside of skill landed him on that lineup at Magnetic in Atlanta. The outright hate for this teenager is misguided, but he is being pushed and supported by adults, and landing on festivals that he has no right being on. There is something undeniably wrong about this.

  • LIGT

    Damn, how is it possible ? Don’t understand at all…

  • http://twitter.com/DJDarylNorthrop DJ Daryl Northrop

    What’s the problem? EDM is now just a “grab the cash” game like top 40.

  • NeckBraceBflo

    alright this review was at a 9.5 we got like 0.5 more to go

  • http://www.facebook.com/isaac.rheinbolt Isaac Rheinbolt

    I still don’t understand how he claims to be the #1 teen DJ

  • http://www.facebook.com/weskane Wes Kane

    i played magnetic (Bad Robotz) and from what i was told his dad payed for his spot…

  • http://www.twitter.com/urbanfabricfm urbanfabric

    How could you not see this happening? His video went viral so fast that it was only a matter of time before someone booked him on the “gimmick” factor the he provides. It’s pathetic, but it’s happened before.

    • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

      that video is barely two months old – he’s been getting booked before the video.

      • http://www.twitter.com/urbanfabricfm urbanfabric

        Having his dad rent out skating rinks and pay for spots at events so he can “dj” is not getting booked.

        • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

          you’re confusing HOW he’s getting bookings with the fact that he’s getting bookings. even if you’re paying to play, you’re still playing.

          • http://www.twitter.com/urbanfabricfm urbanfabric

            OK agreed. As the end of the story states, “There is something undeniably wrong about this.”

  • Dee

    Just please steal his mic.

  • http://twitter.com/3nd0fLine Let it Flow

    This is his brother speaking. Please do some fact checking, this article is way off. My dad never bought out “the cooler” iceskating rink for him. The venue just took a percentage of the money made. The teen night club is called “Club Flash” and is huge in the ATL area. He has been booked at clubs in Florida, Atlanta, and California. The reason Magnetic booked him is because he drew a lot of teens to the event.

    • http://www.facebook.com/discjockeynappy Michael DjNappy Abernathy

      So you’re saying he DOESN’T own a club? It’s a skating rink, not a venue. He is calling himself a club owner and doesn’t own or rent any property. Club Flash doesn’t show up as a venue in Georgia. The address links to a warehouse lot with nothing listed as Club Flash. I talked to DJs that have been booked there. If you feel like submitting financial statements proving I’m right (that no Club Flash actually exists, and that the location in question is a skating rink), feel free and I’ll kindly edit this article. The agreement made isn’t what’s up for debate. Nor did you explain how he has 40,000 twitter followers and no Facebook or Soundcloud following. Shit doesn’t add up.

      • http://www.facebook.com/discjockeynappy Michael DjNappy Abernathy

        …and isn’t this what he has a manager for? ;-)

      • http://twitter.com/3nd0fLine Let it Flow

        the skating rink was only booked for 2 shows, that is not where the club is located. https://www.facebook.com/clubflashatl

        • http://www.facebook.com/discjockeynappy Michael DjNappy Abernathy

          and when you google that address, nothing comes up besides a warehouse district. add “club flash” to that google search and nothing comes up besides your facebook page. there was a re-opening video http://youtu.be/6UxL3bEH690 and the only indication that there is a club flash is temporary paint on the glass of the front doors. i spent 2 hours poking around on this. again, if you can PROVE any of these facts, I’ll surely edit the article. if you want me to dig deeper and contact the local chamber of commerce for LLC and permits, I’ll be more than happy to. and you aren’t his manager… i’m not here to debate with family members.

    • Ben Alonzo

      Your brother needs to learn to be humble if he really wants to make it in this industry… and how to really mix music, cuz he’s terrible. I think i can teach my 3 year old chihuahua to dj better than that.

    • John Davidson

      I know him since he was young and he is a joke the only reason I’m looking at this is because I heard he was going to be on tosh.0

  • brogus

    aw man CONTEST WINNER is playing too? sounds like a great festival.

  • stalin

    i think he means #1 dj for teens still gay still sucks hate him

  • dick

    DJ Sliink has not toured around the world…at all. He’s barely played at all in comparison to other artists his size.

  • X

    If you breeze through his Instagram, there are a bunch of pictures of him hanging out at a recording studio ( Waka Flocka Flame, Travis Porter, Mr. Collipark ) and a b 17th birthday party invite that says people like 2 Chainz, Roscoe Dash, Gucci Mane & Sean Kingston are official invitees. It seems like he must have family ties to the Hip Hop recording industry in Atlanta along the lines of one of those “My Super Sweet 16″ kids.

    But he’s 17 and seems to be working on a regular basis in a top level recording studio ( how ever gets in there ), so by the time he’s 21… he might not be something to laugh at.

    http://instagram.com/p/VQPlgGyWho/

    http://instagram.com/kiddluke/#

    • khal

      1) I could make a flyer and invite celebs to my party as well. doesn’t mean they’d show up, right?
      2) the title of the piece is “Why I’m Not Laughing at DJ KiddLuke,” so we’re already not laughing at him.

    • Bird

      Big difference between invitees and special guests. I officially invited Obama to my party. Guess how that turned out?

  • Joshua

    fuking haters!!

  • Robert

    I wish I could just share the virtue of patience with this game. “Fake it til you make it” is so more counterproductive that people realize:

    http://youtu.be/ZZJ1uZkJknk