Karl Kamakahi has been DJing since 1989, experimenting with freestyle, transitioning into techno, and by 1992, finding himself the most at home with house music. In 2005 he founded De La Crème Soundsystem, and has been a driving force in Seattle’s underground house music scene ever since.
Karl has lived and played in cities all across the US, including locations such as Bellingham, Portland, “Housepitality” in San Francisco, Denver, Minneapolis, Fargo, Rapid City, Madison, St. Paul, Bismarck, and has played at festivals such as “Photosynthesis,” and Burning Man.
Since moving to Seattle in 2005, Karl has played at Monkey Loft, Electric Tea Garden, REBAR, The Last Supper Club, Trinity, Merchants, Q, See Sound Lounge, Chapel, and Baltic Room, and hosted successful, long-running events, such as “Proper,” which spanned a decade and four venues.
As a resident of Seattle’s longest running house music night, “Flammable,” Karl’s first official Flammable mix, “Fanning the Flames,” helped him bring international talent to Seattle, including: Dimitri From Paris, Lee Burridge, Derrick Carter, Gene Ferris, Mark Grant, and DJ Harvey.
Karl has since realized that Seattle has some of the best DJs in the country, and has redirected 100% of his efforts toward shining light on local talent with his co-promoter and business partner, Michelle Ferris. Together, they have built “Soft Option,” a favorite in the underground house music community. It has been a focal point for local talent, solid commitment and contribution from the community, and creative self-expression. Soft Option is held every 1st Saturday at Monkey Loft.