Kiino Villand is a modern day renaissance man — toggling between being a skilled fashion/lifestyle photographer, a moving director, and an inspired DJ. The Standard, Hollywood is lucky enough to have him DJ on Wednesdays Pool Side and in the Purple Lounge. Here’s a few other things about him…
What is your DJ name? Why?
DJ Kiino Villand. Because a certain crowd already knows me as Photographer Kiino Villand (portrait & fashion). I figured, “stick with it.”
What genre of music do you spin?
I’m your classic genre-hopper. I prefer that descriptive over “eclectic” for some reason. I play everything from Soul, Indie, Ska, Electro, Synthpunk, Brazilian, Dubstep, some Funk, 60’s/70’s pop. But I do love to sneak in my fave hyphenates…post-punk, disco-rock and such. Somehow I make it all flow. It’s all about solid transitions. And I love being able to play music that doesn’t necessarily work for the dancefloor…you know, listening music. Not just downtempo, but brilliant mid-tempo mellow stuff.
Tell us the top 5 jams right now on the dance floor?
I Follow Rivers by Lykke Li
Toy Money (Inst) by A.i.
When I Grow Up (Lissvik Mix) by Fever Ray
Every One’s A Winner by Conquistador
Somebody To Love Me by Mark Ronson and The Business
and one for apres dance floor…
Miles From Monterey (L’arsen Rmx) by West Indian Girl
What is the stupidest request you have been asked?
“Here’s a CD with my music on it. Can you put it on?” To which I usually respond, “I’ll see if I can work it in.”
What year did you start dj’ing?
Laptop? CD? iPod? Vinyl?
Serato…laptop + 1200s.
What are your feelings about drinking and working?
All things in moderation. Don’t want to get too wobbly.
What is the 1 old-school classic you still bust out every time?
Sorry, it’s a three way tie: Moody by ESG, Gangsters by The Specials, & Black Gold of the Sun by Nu Yorican Soul
Do you have a special closing song of the night?