November 16, 2012


Kid Koala Talks Homemade Record Players and Custom Oven Mitts

Considering Kid Koala is a world famous DJ, it shouldn't be a surprise that he has 20,000 to 30,000 records. What is surprising, though, is how he organizes them.

"Instead of alphabetical or by genre of music, it's organized by instrument group," he tells us. "I actually have a section that's just coughs and sneezes, and I have another section that's just spoken word. I organized it in a way that makes sense to me, and to nobody else."

Speaking of records, the Canadian DJ is including a functional cardboard gramophone science kit with his new album, 12 Bit Blues. "It really works," he says. "It's based on my first scratching experiences as a kid; I had this little flexi record and that was the first time I could play with sound."

The science kit isn't Koala's only unorthodox merchandise. After his mother complained that none of his merch appealed to her, he made a product just for his ma. "We made oven mitts sort of as a joke," he says. "But they keep selling out. I guess hip hop people are baking more."

For more, including who DJ'd his wedding, watch the full interview above.