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What's a Disco Royale?

Royale DJ Kevin Olson

DJ Kevin Olson

Disco Royale owner/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 24 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.

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