Stop. Everything you thought you knew about Kid Koala? That was yesterday. And Kid Koala doesn’t do yesterday. Sure, he made his name with turntablism, became beloved to this city for his Recordland crate digging, set high water marks for what a DJ-as-producer-as-musician could do. And yes, he has been heralded with awards, showered with acclaim, received props from around the musical universe, crossing genres, making beats and blowing minds, setting headphones aflame and inspiring leagues of kids to sell their guitars and buy turntables (with apologies to James Murphy). And he still can do that, still gets that, still HAS THAT. Now, however, he requires more hyphens: illustrator, theatrical producer, ground-busting and inventing new genres like creating a live, animated, graphic novel. Mixing more than just beats now, creating more “new” “stuff” while remaining happy to remind you of just how hard he can hit you with the old stuff. Kid Koala: more than a DJ, more than an artiste-with-an-e, more than a national treasure, always more.
Biography by Derek McEwen