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KC Radio - Marcel Renes

The Origin of KC Radio

Music flows through my veins, and I owe that to my father, Kees. He rented out equipment for drive-in shows, and as a young boy, I was allowed to go with him when he set it up. Before the audience arrived, I could always play some records. Those moments, in the shadow of large speakers and under the bright lights, ignited my passion for DJing. The name KC Radio is a tribute to my father. In the Netherlands, we often add “ie” to a name as a nickname. Kees became “Keessie,” and pronounced in English, that becomes “KC.”

Summer Days in My Room

It was summer holliday, everyone was at the beach, but I was in my room playing music as if I had my own radio station. I was about 10-11 years old then. While others played outside, I was glued to my turntables, dreaming of an audience enjoying my selection of records. My room was my own little world where I was the boss of the music and let my imagination run wild.

My DJ Adventures

My first big gig as a DJ was at a carnival party in the village hall of Piershil when I was about 11-12 years old. Ironically, I got sick with something like chickenpox or rubella just before the performance. The doctor said it would take at least two weeks to recover, but my urge to DJ was so strong that I had no fever the next day. My mother said I had to stay inside as long as I had a fever, but my passion for DJing was stronger than anything else. Even though I have nothing with carnival music, this was a big thing for me and proof that you can will yourself better if you really want something.

At the Haventje and the local youth club, I quickly discovered that it was easy to get people dancing. Just play the biggest dance hit of the moment and everyone went wild, but that only lasted 3-4 minutes. Since I wanted to entertain people for longer than 3-4 minutes, I was always thinking about how to captivate people for the whole evening, or at least for hours, with the music I chose. This taught me how to read an audience and how to “play” with it. Taking people on a journey with your music, that was the challenge and the art. It was at the Haventje that I learned how to mix records perfectly and keep the dance floor packed.

My “tinkering drive-in shows” expanded to larger parties, like a house party in Zuid Beijerland. Organizing and executing these events gave me immense satisfaction, despite the challenges.

After the Haventje and the local youth club, it was time for the real deal. During a holiday in Renesse, we were at ‘t Roefke. It was amazing and I wanted to do that too. After much effort, I found the manager’s phone number and called him. I was allowed to come and audition. It went well and I was hired! Renesse was fun and intense because it was open seven days a week in the summer, and I also had a regular job.

After my time in Renesse, I moved to Alcazar in Puttershoek, at the time the largest nightclub in the Netherlands. Alcazar had several rooms, including a club room and a top 40 room. I usually played in these two rooms, which was an amazing experience. It was a challenge to keep people dancing all night, but it also gave me a huge thrill.

Radio Adventures

At Radio Strijen, the adventure really began. I was visiting a friend when I unexpectedly had to play music behind the mixing desk for an hour because the DJ at the time had an urgent problem and had to leave. I had never done anything like that before, but it was super exciting to do something in the studio and know that everyone could hear it. I never officially worked at Radio Strijen and never went back after that one time.

At BOS Radio Hoeksche Waard, I got the chance to create my own shows. After recording demo tapes and a job interview, I was hired. I got two different shows: “Banzai” (no idea why I came up with that name) and “LoveSongs” late at night. This was a great learning experience where I could really put in the hours and learn a lot. There was plenty of room to experiment; I did everything from sports shows to dance programs and love songs. This allowed me to develop my skills and further explore my passion for radio.

A special moment in my radio career came when Peter from Exxact FM (then Barendrecht FM) heard me on the radio and asked if I wanted to make a show for them. I had actually never listened to that station, but when I did, I couldn’t understand why on earth they asked me. The station sounded mega good and super professional. That they asked me had to be almost a mistake. But it turned out well, and soon I had a daily primetime show.

The highlight, and at the same time a low point, was when I sent a demo to Radio 538. They were interested in me, but ultimately it fell through because they thought I was too old at that time. That was a disappointment, but at the same time one of the biggest compliments: a national radio station, Radio 538 (the top!), found me interesting enough to want to talk to me!

Through my experiences, I learned by trial and error how to present: not too short, not too long. What do people generally like and what not? By trial and error, I taught myself how to captivate and entertain an audience.

KC Radio Today

KC Radio is not only a tribute to my father but also a reflection of my lifelong passion for music and DJing. Here I share my love for music with everyone who wants to hear it.

At KC Radio, many things come together, many things I have learned. It is a crown on my work, and I mainly enjoy it myself. Everything you hear is made by me. The design, everything. There is also an app for your mobile phone for both Android and iPhone. I look at numbers, how often the apps are downloaded, or how much it is listened to. To be honest, I don’t care about that. I enjoy it for myself. And if other people like it, that’s a nice bonus.