The George Benson hit could be an anthem for DJ Knight. Recognised by his sartorial elegance and signature hat, Kwame Knight (his real name) is an internationally-renowned multi-genre DJ and event planner who has been making parties soar for more than 20 years. Running the gamut from award ceremonies and bar/batmitzvahs, to milestone birthdays, product launches and luxury weddings, Knight has also built up a corporate client portfolio that includes Mishcon de Reya, Reebok, Lulu Guinness and Stella McCartney.
He was the first DJ to host an event inside the Petronas Towers in Malaysia (421 metres above sea level), but is just as happy to spin at the Savoy, Dorchester, Claridges or your garden. This year, he has been hired to host in America, France, Dubai, Switzerland and Italy, although we’re still only in October, so who knows where he will be called to next? But he did have time to answer the following:
What’s been the highlight of your year?
“Being flown out to Cannes in the south of France to
DJ at a Jewish wedding that took place at Castellaras
Le Vieux, which has breath-taking views overlooking the city”
What has been the most requested song?
“Currently it’s Despacito (Remix) (feat. Justin Bieber) – guests request this song over and over again!”
What do you think makes a function great (apart from your presence)?
“All the various components of the event planned and
co-ordinated with precision and plenty of alcohol! Heh heh.”
When the audience is a mixed-age group, how do you keep the balance right?
“Research. Find out what the different generations are into and I always listen to music and keep my music collection up to date with all styles and genres of music. You never know what someone will ask for. So I’m always prepared.”
If a barmitzvah or batmitzvah wants to make a big entrance, what songs do you recommend?
• 24K Magic
• Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
• Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
• Drinking From The Bottle – Calvin Harris ft Tinie Tempah
• Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida
• Don’t Stop The Party – Pitbull
• Boom! Shake The Room – Will Smith
• Starships – Nicki Minaj
• Bom Bom – Sam and the Womp
• Instructions – Demi Lovato
• Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
Kwame Knight, event planner / producer: 07956 104 086, 020 3130 4040
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