DJ Kayper became a student of the hip hop movement at a very young age. She would later show the world that females have a rightful place behind the decks. Given the nickname Kayper in high school because of her mischievous reputation, she channelled her naughty behaviour onto the turntables and has become one of the most talented DJs in the urban music arena.
Heavily influenced by legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, she mastered the art of turntablism at a young age and artfully merged beat juggling and scratch techniques with prime time club DJ sets. Her skills caught the attention of Jazzy Jeff himself who is quoted saying “DJ Kayper is the best female DJ that I’ve ever heard in my life!”
Kayper began deejaying at the age of 12. Kayper practiced hours behind the turntables to develop a unique sound that is all her own. Blending classic and current Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae/Dancehall, 80's, Rock and Soul with an expertise of Bhangra and Bollywood, she has achieved an unmatched level of versatility. “I’ve always been a person that set trends rather then followed them; combining my roots with my passion for hip hop and turntablism has allowed me to stand out from most DJs in the game today.”
By the age of 15, she began her climb to the top playing in bars and clubs around South London. Her keen sense of crowd control and music choice made her the most sought after DJ by club promoters in London, Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester and other major cities in the UK.
This continued hype caught the attention of international urban promoters and led her to rock crowds globally in Switzerland, Greece, Ibiza, Mauritius, Canada, Dubai, South Africa, Austria, New York and India. In 2003, she achieved an enormous milestone in her career after becoming the first female ever to win the Vestax Juice DJ competition.
Kayper flexed her blossoming DJ reputation to secure her weekly club night dubbed “Ebonics” in the heart of Cambridge at The Fez Club which has become legendary in the east of England. She also showcased her talents at the UK Asian Music Awards back to back in 2004 & 2005 representing one of the only South Asian females DJs in the game today. Headlining at London’s Ministry of Sound and Fabric along with New York City’s famed SOB’s and Joe’s Pub, Kayper’s worldwide takeover has already begun.
In May of 2006, Kayper signed to the BBC Asian Network to present her own radio show. Dubbed The Hype Show, it quickly became one of the flagship music programs within the BBC Asian Network. Her show is aimed at the connoisseurs of Urban and Desi music and highlights the roots of her turntablist culture. She has interviewed some of the biggest names in urban music, including artists such as Common, Questlove, Lupe Fiasco, Nelly Furtado, Chamillionaire, Xzibit, Kelly Rowland, Omarion, Amerie and The Game.
Catch DJ Kayper every Friday night, BBC Asian Network from 10pm – 1am GMT.