South London boy, KDA, now revealed to the world as Kris Di Angelis, was raised between Streatham and Wimbledon Park. He left home at 15 and never went back, disappearing into London clubland’s netherworld, places like Turnmills, The End, The Cross, and Heaven. He crashed on drug dealers’ floors (if he slept at all) and had a shortlived career as a model aged 16, which he hated and soon dropped to study dance.
At the same time, with no formal training, he taught himself to play the piano, drums, and most instruments (bar the guitar), and started turning the music he heard in his head into reality. Once he’d taken to music production and finished his studies he found himself on a plane to New York, and spent the year 2000 making beats for producers in random basements in the Big Apple’s West Village.
After a year in New York, Kris returned to Soho, London, where he lived for a decade. It was there that he met Jodie Harsh. He joined her crew for the ultra fashionable party, ‘This is Circus’, and so began a hugely successful ten-year working relationship. Kris’ DJ residency at ‘This Is Circus’ saw him attract the attention of both London’s fashion crowd, and Shoreditch’s nascent party people, leading to Jim Warboy’s party ‘Caligula’, Terry Hart and Matt Tucker’s party ‘Redlight’ at Aquarium, and Tucker’s other party ‘Trailer Trash’. Dalston Superstore, home of ‘This Is Circus’, became a regular hangout and Kris’ favourite room.