Disco Royale Deejays
Disco Royale owner and chief DJ Kevin Olson was active on-air and behind the scenes at KCMU (now KEXP) from the late 80's to the late 90's, honing his skills and expanding his musical horizons for the better part of a decade.
In 1997, Kevin made the leap to the clubs, landing a residency at the legendary Backdoor Ultra Lounge in Pioneer Square, hosting “Soul & Tonics”, a Saturday night dance party that was part disco, part soul revue, and where the line to get in regularly stretched around the block. Disco Royale was launched in December of that year when the owner of The Crocodile Cafe invited Kevin to spin for that Club’s Christmas Party. More club gigs and private parties followed. Before too long, the demand for his services had turned deejaying into a full-time concern. In 1999, Kevin was the first DJ to be invited to spin at the Experience Music Project (MOPOP), where he played for the employees of that museum and Paul Allen's Vulcan crew. Events for Getty Images, Microsoft, The University of Washington and The Denise Louie Education Foundation populated the ensuing years. In 2012, Kevin was hired by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide music for their Visitor Center’s Opening Reception.
For 20 years, Disco Royale has provided immersive dance music and spot-on MC services for over 500 weddings, private parties, and corporate events, each one a uniquely celebratory experience. Whether it be a wedding reception of 100, a Navy Submarine Ball of 1100 or a birthday party, anniversary or high school prom, you can find Kevin and company "up in the party" when folks get together to dance and have a good time.
Associate DJ Lauren Ball has been working closely with Disco Royale since 2012. Starting as a DJ's assistant, Lauren's attention to detail, amazing work ethic and natural musicality helped propel her to the rank of full-fledged DJ in 2014. This is a much shorter timeframe than it takes most assistants to reach that goal. Lauren has since overseen the musical flow of dozens of events, including many splendid wedding celebrations. Though young in years, her depth of musical knowledge has helped her succeed with all age groups, including a 60th birthday party at a private residence on Seattle's Queen Anne Hill that, by all accounts, was a blissful celebration.
Some of the terrific venues where Lauren has deejayed include The College Club on Lake Union, Pickering Barn in Issaquah, Titlow Lodge in Tacoma and Januik Winery in Woodinville.
Another great asset Lauren possesses is the ability to keep a cool head when the pressure is greatest. An example of this is when she had to load in all her gear down a steep aluminum ramp over water, down a long floating dock, and up a steep metal staircase. Lauren's sure-handedness under such conditions earned her the nickname "L-Train" during her assisting days.
Lauren genuinely loves deejaying and making a great celebration even greater through the magic of music. With DJ Lauren in the house, you can bet that the fun meter will go to 11!