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During this period, Keoki (who attached the "Superstar" moniker to his name long before he actually was one) arrived at what he sees as his musical philosophy. "I still follow the same basics that I learned then," he allows. "I want to keep people happy on the dance floor but never, ever get caught in any kind of rut. I try not to suck the dick of compromise. I try to move forward with everything I do. People ask what kind of music I play, and I don't like to say techno or trance or whatever. It's always just dance music--dance music that's on the cutting edge. I want you to be surprised every time you hear me play. I certainly am."
Disco 2000, Keoki asserts, was "really about the music. The whole concept was like, 'Your guide to tomorrow's sound.'" But he acknowledges that the nightspot's extra-musical aspects--the extravagantly bedecked fun-seekers who congregated there and the highly flamboyant decadence that they practiced--grabbed much of the attention. "It seemed like Geraldo was interviewing all the club kids every month," he says. "The whole thing really changed a lot of minds about fashion and other things." He adds, "We did a lot of charity events, too--fashion shows and AIDS benefits. We had Cher and Florence Henderson come down. We had a megaphone with Disco 2000, and we used it--because to me, clubs are so important. They're about the only place you'll see a hooker and a senator talking to each other. They're a place to be yourself and be free--or be somebody else and be free. Be anything you want to be."
As for the use of drugs at the Limelight, Keoki prefers to speak from personal experience. He doesn't deny that he's indulged in pharmaceuticals in the past--but then, he couldn't: In a piece last year in Herb Garden, a zine he calls "the High Times of England," he used diagrams to describe how to smoke crystal meth using a lightbulb. "I gave the ten steps of doing it," he affirms. "I think the ninth was 'Sit down before somebody notices your large erection,' and the tenth was, 'Don't make any plans.'"
"Drugs have always been a part of club culture," he continues, "and I did my share of them. But people have to keep in mind that things come in phases." Today, he says, he's clean. "You can't possibly con yourself into thinking that you can do drugs forever, and for me, this is a different time. I don't regret my drug use, because I did learn a lot. But my body knew when to stop."
Moving to Denver is also part of Keoki's process of maturation, but it doesn't mean he's ready for a rocking chair. He's the headliner of Disco 2000 II, tentatively set for mid-September at a soon-to-open nightclub, Metropolis. (A pre-Disco 2000 II party is scheduled to take place from 5 p.m. to whenever on Saturday, August 17, in the Metropolis parking lot, at 2947 Inca Street. Details about Keoki's residency at the venue will be announced soon.) Michael Alig is behind the ventures, and if they go well, they may become the first of a series of similar events in Denver.
Keoki resists predicting what shape these bashes may eventually take, in part because he's so overwhelmed with other projects. In addition to recording, he's house-hunting in the Evergreen area. "I want to be someplace with a mountain view, so I feel like I'm in Colorado," he claims. "And if I find a place I really like, I might be here forever. The only other place I might go is Berlin. I lived there for a while once, and it would be a totally different cliff to jump off of. I could do it, but it would take a little more preparation to figure out what I wanted to do there."
But Berlin is a matter for future consideration. Right now, Denver is the place. "Dance culture is exploding in America, and I want to be in the front," Keoki announces. "As they say in Hawaii, I want to be riding the wave.
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