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Senior making his mark as DJ

Senior Kemon Holmes recently DJ’d at the school pep rally.

About four years ago, Senior Kemon Holmes was watching performances in his dad’s nightclub. He would see DJs come in and out and watch them excite crowds. Holmes felt a connection to this career choice and it was at that moment he knew what he wanted to be.

Now, Holmes is a 17-year-old DJ and business owner going by the name “DJ Super.” He’s also the same DJ that had the crowds on their feet at the recent Pep Rally.

Holmes has always wanted to go into a career entertaining people. Becoming a DJ is the career path that ultimately could help him achieve that goal.

“I knew growing up, there were a lot of things that I wanted to be. I wanted to be a wrestler, I wanted to be a rapper, I wanted to be a singer,” Holmes said. 

“I couldn’t even sing, I couldn’t even rap, couldn’t wrestle. But, I just wanted to do that because I wanted to get attention from crowds, so when I saw a DJ get this kind of attention from a crowd and the crowd is dancing because of the DJ, it made me think, ‘This is me, this is cool, I can be this crowd’s favorite.’ This is something I know I can actually do, which is, share music.”

Over the numerous gigs Holmes has done, there is one particular aspect of being a DJ that is his favorite.

“It’s the crowd. It’s doing the parties and just vibing with the crowd,” he said. “If it’s an old party, they like to step and I’ll step with them. If it’s a teen party, I like to go out there and have fun. Each party has its own different vibe and that brings me a lot of excitement.”

Holmes said that his favorite moment of every party is what he does at the end.

“I share who I am, I share that I’m DJ Super, I say that I’m 17 years old,” Holmes said. “When I say that, the crowd just gasps like, ‘Huh? He’s 17 and doing this?’ So, that’s really my favorite moment. 

“At the end, when everybody figures out I’m 17, they come up to me like, ‘Man, you’re killing it. You’re killing it more than these older DJs.’ They tell me how good I’m doing and it really makes me feel great.”

Holmes’ title, “DJ Super”, once started out as a nickname; however, he decided the name had a deeper meaning.

“When I chose my name, I had to think about what I wanted to be. So, when I say ‘DJ Super’, it reminds me of superheroes in the neighborhood,” he said. 

“It also stands for Above Over Beyond, which is what I call my business as well, A.O.B. – Above Over Beyond. People don’t really know that, but that’s how I want to come to every event – above over beyond. That’s why I call myself Super.”

It took Holmes two years to get his first gig. Since then, his career has taken off.

“I would say around 100 because I’ve done a lot,” he answered when asked how many jobs he’s done. “I’ve done them all, any kind of party you can think of.”

Holmes enjoys the fact that most of his gigs come from adults.

“They (adults) want to support us, but sometimes they don’t take us seriously as a kid and as a teenager,” he said. “So, it’s great to be taken seriously and get looked at like a professional, which is what I’m trying to be.”

Holmes believes the key to starting a successful business and following your dreams is not stopping even when the odds are against you.

“I know I said it took me two years to get my first gig and it could’ve taken another two years to get a second one, but it didn’t,” Holmes said. 

“I never stopped and as a DJ, everything won’t always come to you. Sometimes, you have to go get it. . . . As a DJ, sometimes, you’ll have to do charity and that will get your name out there. Sometimes, you might have to tag along with other DJs to get your name out there. But, you have to do what you have to do to follow your dreams. It’s not always going to just come to you, you have to go get it.”

Holmes’ dreams for the future don’t just involve continuing his own career, but uplifting others’ as well.

“This is a dream/goal to build my own company where we support DJs. We’d support artists, rappers, singers, any type of artists,” he said. “We’d support photographers, journalists, and just everything. [It’ll be] like one big lake that supports on each other”

Holmes believes that music resonates within in everyone.

“Music is everybody’s happy place. You might not even know it, but it is.”


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    Amarion WilliamsOct 14, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    Really good DJ get everyone in the right mindset to vibe