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In 2016 I had a chat with Henry Kicken a.k.a. DJ Kicken about the start of his career. “With two of my friends we were responsible for the music at the goodbye party from alimentary school."
“My first real gig was in the last class of my alimentary school in Stein, in the Dutch province Limburg. That was in the eighties. At that point, I was twelve years old.”
“Together with two friends I was responsible for organizing the saying goodbye party of our alimentary school. This too place in the basement of the gym. I was pretty nervous, but all those nerves evaporated as soon as I took the microphone.”
“I already hosted my own radioshow in those days (see picture above). I got inspired by AVRO’s Toppop and the Veronica Drive-In Show. Both had been hired in the past for the partytent of the local carnival club. In those days tracks were connected by talking, There was no mixing involved and the audience was encouraged to dance their butts off.”
“Two years later, I was allowed to to my thing during carnival at a youth center in Stein. No-one told me that I wasn’t supposed to play Dutch music. I remember very well that I played Wat Ruist Er Door het Struikgewas (old Dutch song by Toon Hermans, red.), when someone from te organization came up to me and said: ‘On Limburg soil no Dutch carnival music will be played’. The man in question was subsequently escorted out of the youth center, hehe.”
“I’m an allround party-dj who is allowed to play somewhere every week. These days I also vlog. Funny thing: I am always the brother of Veronica-dj Patrick Kicken. Sometimes people confuse me with him.”
This article is originally published on DJMag.nl on Thursday March 3 2016.