An interview with DJ Kaito

An interview with DJ Kaito

Simon Bohnsack, better known as DJ Kaito, started living out his creative musical side right from his childhood in Hanover, Germany. His love of music prompted him to use the YouTube platform in 2011. There, he took over the channel “superconan4ever” (today “Vier Sterne Deluxe Records”). Countless cover songs and mixes appeared on the channel. The mix tape “DJ Kaito Nr.1” (2012) saw the release of “6. October“, an independent and solo-produced single. In 2013 Simon released the concept mixtape “Das Vermächniss der RST” which consists of syllables without meaning. Due to the interest of the fans in this kind of music, which from now on is known as RST, songs of this kind by Simon have been released until today. In 2015 the RST music video “Don’t wanna be a Quader” from the Best of Album “Best of DJK” became a viral hit. After the success of the single and album, Simon set out on realising a lifelong dream: An own tour. Hamburg, Braunschweig, Düsseldorf and Hanover were the stops on the “Mahnwachen Tour 2016”. One year later, the “STOPP RAMSTEIN Tour”, which was also advertised on TV, continued the success of the tour. 1 In Music e-met the musician for a quick talk about the musical foundation of the artist following his latest release.

1 In Music: First, just to help define and introduce your music to new listeners, what makes your music unique?

DJ Kaito [DJ K]: The overall style of it. I do Rap Lyrics with sense on the one hand. Thats one thing not many musicians do here in Germany right now in the Rap genre. It’s all about autotune, who can take the biggest amount of drugs and so on. I, sorry no, WE – me and other musicians are trying to get the listener back to a rap time where its normal to see people rapping about problems they have or there are in the world. When my new album “Signal kommt” was released a few days ago, someone messaged me with the words “WTF are you N* please stop this C*”. On the other hand, I use a style I call RST. This is music without sense. Its a bit like K-Pop, you know? The music sounds good but you don’t know exactly what it is about, and when you try to translate it, it doesn’t make sense.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

DJ K: Personally I listen to Rap and Rock artists. At the moment, there are 2 EPs from Qult that are every day in rotation due to the fact that they combined Rap and Rock perfectly.

1 In Music: What/who shaped your music?

DJ K: My music in general was shaped by so many artists I can’t list them all here. Some are Eamon, MaximNoise, RAZE, Kilez More, Owe Schattauer, Qult, the one and only Advanced Chemestry that started the German Rap movement Fünf Sterne Deluxe (which I only knew thanks to the fact that we called our Label Vier Sterne Deluxe Records), and so many more.

1 In Music: Who supports you in all your musical endeavours?

DJ K: The big question is who supports me now. The answer is my fans, my friends and everyone who found me in the last weeks. The next question would be maybe “and your family?” Let’s answer this too before you ask: Not so much at first. For a long time, they were against it. Now they accept it.

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

Music was my life in school. I didn’t have many friends but I had the Internet and my music. I started in 2011 without knowing anything. I stood up to a camera and sang. At first it was a hobby but in late 2011 YouTube contacted me and asked if I would come into their partner program – yes, YouTube had to invite you back then. That was the point where I realised that I could make money with music. Later, I wrote my own songs and my equipment got better. In 2015, after my second local viral hit, I thought about getting my music to iTunes and co. At that time I searched sites that promised to do that but many of them were to expensive (some sites were up to 50€ per month and release) after a year my label and I found two partners with whom we could release my music. From that point I did music professionally.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

DJ K: At the moment, I think the Rap Duo “Vereinigte Arroganz” from the 90s, just beacuse they had one of the undervalued albums I know of from one of the big record labels. By the way, a region banned their first single because they thought that love song violates women.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

DJ K: Before a concert/gig, I calm down, talk to people and get a list of songs I play down.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

DJ K: I love to cycle. I got myself a Brompton after my last tour. Best thing I have ever done. I don’t have a car and I don’t need one. I can do everything with the bike. 10-15 miles are no big deal.

1 In Music: Success to you is…

DJ K: … to be lucky with yourself.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

DJ K: I wish someone told me that I must got through bullying in school just because I make music. The first 3 years were the hardest of my life. When you read “Kill yourself” on Social Media every day, it’s a thing you can’t stand for long. I was at a point where I wanted to die but I got myself out of that. For all the people who read this and have similar problems: Please get help! I have enough friends that have depressions or want to take their own lives. That’s not worth it. Bullying has become a crime for a few years now, least in my country. Please go to the police when you get bullied!

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

DJ K: In 2021, I’m going on a tour and I am starting to plan it. The 10 Years DJ KAITO Tour – stations are planned in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. If the UK stays in the EU, I will also play there.

1 In Music: Thank you for this interview. Where do we find you and your music?

DJ K: The newest album called “Signal kommt” is on every platform you know of. A full List is on
The CD is limited to 150 copies and availeble at CDBaby, Discogs and Bandcamp. You can buy all the other albums in one of 10.000 partner stores. You will dine a full list on the Label site

I Write the songs #129 Hozier

I Write the songs #129 Hozier

I Write the songs #129 Hozier

I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

Andrew Hozier-Byrne

I Write the songs #129 Hozier – part 1

  1. KD Lang, Wash me clean, 1992, Ingénue, 1994, Canada
  2. Hozier, Work Song, 3.47, 2015, Ireland
  3. Sandra Nkaké, La mauvaise réputation, Mansaadi, 5.38, 2008, Cameroon
  4. Ba Cissoko, Loumo, 2.49, Nimissa, 2012, Guinea,
  5. Alicia Keys, A woman’s worth, 5.03, 2002, USA,debut album, Songs in A Minor released: 2001

I Write the songs #129 – part 2

  1. Hozier, From Eden, 3.40, 2014, Ireland
  2. Me For Queen, Leaves, 3.24, Fatea Showcase Session Summer 17 Burning
  3. Steamchicken, Gypsy, 4.26 Fatea, UK, Fatea 36 thawing
  4. Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby, 01 Calling All Angels, 38 changing
  5. Hozier, Someone new, 3.41, 2015

I Write the songs #129 – part 3

  • Suzanne Vega, Tom’s Diner (feat DNA), 3.47, 1990, US, Solitude Standing, 1987
  • Ben Harper, Ashes, 3.51, US
  • Jo Bywater, Chopping wood, 4.13, 2013
  • Marvin Gaye, I heard it through the grapevine, 3.10, 1969
  • Maya Yianni, You and I, 3.43, One In Two In Four, 2017
  • Hozier, Take me to church, 4.00, 2014, Ireland
I Write The Songs #128 Jo Bywater / Sting

I Write The Songs #128 Jo Bywater / Sting

I Write The Songs #128  Jo Bywater (website, review, interview) / Sting songwriters of the week

I’m not a man of too many faces
The mask I wear is one
But those who speak know nothing
And find out to their cost
Like those who curse their luck in too many places
And those who fear are lost

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (Sting)

I Write The Songs #128 Jo Bywater / Sting – 1st part

  1. Carla Bruni, Lady weeping at the crossroads, 3.36, W.H. Auden/Carla Bruni, No Promises, 2007, France/Italy
  2. Dark Green Tree, Skin and Bone, 3.48, Secret Lives, 2014, produced by Boo Hewerdine
  3. Fiona Apple, Every single night, 3.20, The Idler Wheel…, 2008
  4. David Masson, Show Me Down (with Jo Bywater), 04:04, The Dark Corner
    what Jo says of it
  5. Sting, Englishman in New-York, 4.25, 1988 dedicated to Trisha

I Write The Songs #128  Jo Bywater / Sting – part 2

  1. Maurane, Sur un prelude de Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, 1992, Belgium
  2. Stromae, Formidable, 3:34, Racine Carrée, Stromae, 2013, Belgium
  3. Jo Bywater, Riches to rags, 5.12, 2012
  4. Sting, It’s probably me, 5.00, 1992
  5. Karine Polwart, Follow the heron, 3.04, 1998, Scotland

I Write The Songs #128 Jo Bywater / Sting – Part 3

  1. David Bowie, Changes, 3.33, Hunky Dory, 1971/1972
  2. Lily Gonzales, You Can’t Stop The River, 03:53, Opening old wounds
  3. Armik, Reflections, 4.37, Reflections, 2012, Armenia / Iran
  4. Jo Bywater, Woolen Hearts, 4.30, Chasing Tales EP, 2013
  5. Sting, Shape of my heart, Ten Summoner’s Tales, 1993
I Write The Songs #126 Paolo Nutini / Fatea

I Write The Songs #126 Paolo Nutini / Fatea

I Write The Songs #126 Paolo Nutini and special Fatea via their Fatea Showcase sessions

Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken 

Leonard Cohen

I Write The Songs #126 Paolo Nutini – part 1

  1. Suzanne Vega, The Queen and the Soldier, 4.51, 1994
  2. Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby, Calling All Angels, 4.53, Fatea ShowCase 38 Changing Autumn 2017, Jack Licitra,
  3. Fly Yeti Fly Shine A Light, 4.20, Fatea ShowCase 38 Changing Autumn 2017,
  4. Christy Scott, Potion, 3.48, Fatea ShowCase 38 Changing Autumn 2017 
  5. Paolo Nutini, Million Faces, 3.40, These Streets, 2006

I Write The Songs #126 Paolo Nutini – part 2

  1. Willie Nelson, Valentine, 3.36, Across the Borderline, 1993
  2. Amelia Coburn Song of the Sea Rover 4.53 Fatea ShowCase 38 Changing Autumn 2017
  3. Donald Byrn Wheatley, Hand Me Down Leopard Skin Hat, 3.34, Fatea ShowCase 38 Changing
  4. Jeanes, Smiles with Her Eyes, 3:06, song by Russell Jeanes, vocals by Emily Grace Zornado
  5. Paolo Nutini, Candy, 4.57, 2010, Sunny Side Up
  6. The Civil Wars, Billie Jean (Live), 4:09 Barton Hollow, 2012, Michael Jackson

I Write The Songs #126 Paolo Nutini – part 3

  1. India.Arie, Beautiful, 4:06, Acoustic Soul, 2001, Karesha Hicks/Blue Miller/India.Arie
  2. Ladysmith Black Mambazo Iphel’ Emasini, 3:50, Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu, 2007
  3. Katherine Jenkins, Bring Me To Life, 3:47, Believe, 2010, Amy Lee/Benjamin Moody/David Hodges
  4. Paolo Nutini, Rehab (live), 3.39, Radio 1’s Live Lounge – Volume 2
  5. Ange Hardy I Wish 4:35 Windmills and Wishes Folk 160 kbps 2010 Ange Hardy
  6. Jeff Buckley, Hallelujah, 6:54, The Jeff Buckley Collection, 2011, Leonard Cohen
I  Write The Songs #119 Stromae

I Write The Songs #119 Stromae

I  Write The Songs #119 Stromae and Joan Baez first aired on Canalside Radio 102.8FM on the 13th of June 2017.

“Mais oui on se connait bien
T’as même voulu t’faire ma mère hein
T’as commencé par ses seins
Et puis du poumon à mon père
Tu t’en souviens ?”


I  Write The Songs #119part 1

  1. Nancy Sinatra, These Boots Are Made For Walking, 2:42, 1966, Lee Hazlewood
  2. Stromae, Formidable, 3:34, Racine Carrée, Stromae, Belgium
    The drunken singing of this song pours out the pain of love lost in separation and showcases in this young Belgian the complete understanding of the character drama in French chanson appropriated by the chansonnier and chantauteur and brought to the 21st century by the infusion of his generation’s music style
  3. Joan Baez, 3:32, Diamonds [Disc 1], 1996
  4. Frank Yamma, A Blackman’s crying, 4.00, Songlines 2016, Australia (Pitjantjatjara, English)
  5. Emeli Sande, Clown, 3.38, 2012

I  Write The Songs #119 part 2

  1. Joan Baez, I Shall Be Released, 2:15, Diamonds [Live] [Disc 2], 1976, Bob Dylan
  2. Blick Bassy, Wap do Wap, 2:19, Akö, 2016, Cameroon, 01:28
  3. Punch Brothers, I Blew it Off, 3:12, Songlines Music Awards 2016, 2016
  4. Loretta Lynn, Crazy, 2.23, Willie Nelson
  5. Charm of Finches, Fossil in Stone, 4:31 , Fatea Showcase Session Summer 17 Burning, 2017
  6. Stromae, Moules Frites, 2:39, Racine Carrée, 2013, Stromae

I  Write The Songs #119 part 3

  1. Manic Street Preachers, Umbrella (acoustic), 3.28, Christopher Stewart, Terius Nash, Kuk Harrell, Shawn Carter, 2008
  2. Me For Queen, Leaves, 3.24, Fatea Showcase Session Summer 17 Burning
  3.  Cherry Head, Cherry Heart, Brambles Farm 4:11 Fatea Showcase Session Summer 17 Burning 148 2017
  4. William Awihilima Kahaiali’i, known as Willie K, Hoe Taime Haumauru, 1:59, Kahaialiia serenade from the romcom You May Not Kiss The Bride (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), 2012
  5. Joan Baez, In the quiet morning, 2.56
  6. Stromae, Quand c’est?, 3:01, Stromae, Racine Carrée, 2013