From Marseille to Marquee

French-import Keidy brings that je ne sais quoi

His hands fly across the mixer and CDJs with an agile dynamic rarely seen in a house-music set. The DJ/producer simply known as Keidy has a heart that’s essentially been pounding at 128-beats-per-minute for a marathon weekend of gigs. “Music is what makes me feel alive,” says Keidy (pronounced Kay-dee). When he’s not in the booth, he’s developing a new sound for electronic music and still gets chills when he hears a good song. “I’m always looking for a track that touches your feelings, the track that has the sound of something different, that isn’t the regular format, something you’re not expecting. And when you hear it, you’re like, ‘Whoa.’”

Keidy’s interest in dance music began around age 10 in his native Marseille, France. Rock and hip-hop also dominated his stereo as a youngster, artists the likes of the Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, Guns N’ Roses and a bit of Rage Against the Machine, plus Michael Jackson and his grandfather’s disco records. “In 1996 I was 16, and when I heard Daft Punk, it was something that I knew. Something between every music that I heard before—but it was big, new and something like the future,” Keidy says. “It was totally a shock. I went crazy on it! When I found out it was Daft Punk and they were French, too, I totally became a fan. I had never known or put my interest in the DJ thing, but when I found out who they were, two French DJs, I was like, ‘That’s what I want to do.’”

Keidy’s dedication to eat, sleep and breathe electronic music only grew from there. “I used to play keyboard before,” Keidy says. “My mom bought me a keyboard and I played, but I never wanted to learn things at school. I’d always done it my own way. I couldn’t read the notes. We’d play a mini-concert at school, and I did the whole thing just by ear—actually, I still can’t read a note. When I discovered DJing, it was not about just playing an instrument—like flute or piano or just one thing—it was about creating all these sounds and a whole song together. That’s why it fascinated me, and I totally put my life into it. I thought only of DJing all the time.”

After buying himself a set of MK2 model Technics turntables, Keidy trained at home as a teen, honing his skills in the South of France.

“You learn a lot being a DJ in Marseille and managing a really, really difficult crowd,” Keidy says. “They’re really demanding as to what they want in a club—they know and like quality music.”

Since moving to the U.S. in 2007, Keidy has finely polished his skills and worked his way up the ranks of the Miami scene, playing nearly every hot spot there before Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub nabbed him for its roster. Now a featured resident at Marquee, you can next catch him creating a journey for the masses weekly (including the Dayclub on April 12, 19 and 26, and typically Friday at the Nightclub as well).

“Marquee is—first of all—an amazing club, but it’s the first time in my career that I’ve played on a stage situation, not just a DJ booth.” Keidy says the festival atmosphere heightens the energy even more—not just for the dance floor, but for himself during both his pool parties and nightclub sets. “During the day you have to bring a pool energy, a refreshing energy—I want them to feel good and enjoy the whole day,” he says. “At the end of the night, you have to make everyone happy. You have to play the right song at the right time, read the crowd very well and manage the whole night to not be boring, to always bring excitement.”