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DJ Spinna b2b François K
Deep Space celebrates Valentine’s Day with a special night celebrating love, by any definition, with DJ Spinna back-to-back with Francois K. all night.
From Stevie Wonder to Questlove, from Mary J. Blige to Kenny Dope, from DJ Shadow and Dimitri from Paris to De La Soul, from Michael Jackson to Donal Byrd and Betty Carter, DJ Spinna’s collaborations, remixes and dj sets have crossed multiple genres and garnered the attention of serious music fans worldwide.
DJ Spinna is something of an anomaly in music. A humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields. A cornerstone of Hip-Hop’s late 90’s indie-uprise, DJ Spinna made much of his first impression on listeners as the musical background of his group The Jigmastas as well as providing the canvas for lyrical giants including Eminem, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and De La Soul.
He has been tapped by everyone from Mary J. Blige, to Motown Records for his brilliant Michael Jackson remix of “We’re Almost There”. It’s here his production presence would flourish greatly, as Spinna would go on to revive and revise Jazz and Soul marvels like Donald Byrd, Eddie Kendricks, Betty Carter, Roy Ayers and Al Jarreau. His most memorable remix goes to his monumental version of Shaun Escoffery’s “Days Like This”, transforming it into a worldwide dance floor anthem. This in turn catapulted Spinna into his now stately touted presence in the soulful house music scene. In 2002 BBE released his cult classic full length production LP “Here To There.”
Spinna’s collaborated on stage alongside contemporary luminaries like Gilles Peterson, Questlove, Jazzanova, Dimitri from Paris, Joe Claussell, Osunlade, Q-Tip, Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, Keb Darge, DJ Scratch, DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist.
Yet of all accomplishments, nothing compares to DJ Spinna’s celebrated Stevie Wonder inspired WONDER-Full DJ performances. The success of these events have led to several collaborations between Stevie Wonder and DJ Spinna including remixes for “My Love Is On Fire" and “Sweetest Somebody” from Stevie’s 2005 “A Time To Love” release. Most notably, in 2012 Spinna performed an opening DJ set for the “United Nations Message Of Peace Concert with Stevie Wonder” including appearances by Sting, Janelle Monae, Varlerie Simpson, and other luminary artists.
Deep Space is the legendary party in NYC. Awarded many times as the “best party in New York City,” with “best resident dj” François K., Deep Space is now a monthly party, Wednesdays at club Output in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For 13 years Deep Space ran as a weekly party at Cielo.
Known as an adventure into future dub, spacey vibes, and abstract grooves, Deep Space features dj’s, musicians, dancers and poets who represent a breathtaking range of styles celebrating dub’s impact on so many forms of art. The party encourages the creative use of technology in the mixing booth and on stage. Dj’s are invited to play signature “Deep Space sets” which are notably eclectic, spacey, and imaginative, while drawing dancers onto the club’s floor.
François K. is revered as the co-creator of New York City’s legendary dance party Body&SOUL. He tours worldwide for not only his soulful house dj sets, but also for his techno and dub mixes. Over the years he performed at Studio 54, Paradise Garage, The Loft, Ministry of Sound, Sound Factory Bar, Twilo, Roxy and Club Yellow in Japan, to name a few. In great demand, François has gone into the studio to produce/remix recordings by Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Jimmy Cliff, Underworld, Eurythmics, Bunny Wailer, U2, Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou, the Smiths, Dido, Finley Quaye, Diana Ross, The Cure, Mick Jagger, Fishbone, Talvin Singh, D Train, Erasure, Yazoo, Black Uhuru, Thomas Dolby, and Jah Wobble. In 2005 François was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. In 2016 Mixmag recognized François K. as one of the inventors of the remix as we know it.
Since the party’s launch in April 2003, Deep Space has remained passionately loyal to supporting the careers, comebacks and specialty side-projects of hundreds of artists. Guest artists have included: the NY debut of Rhythm & Sound with vocalists from Wackie’s; NY debut of Germany’s ÂME; the first US DJ appearance by disco icon Giorgio Moroder; guest dj Meshell Ndegeocello with saxophonist Oliver Lake; Jamie xx; Mad Professor; Sherwood and Pinch; Derrick May; Stacey Pullen; dj Harvey; Four Tet; Joaquin “Joe” Claussell in a multi event collaboration; Ron Trent; Dimitri from Paris; Gilles Peterson; Juan Atkins; Carl Craig; Dubtribe; DJ Spooky; Thomas Dolby; Urban Tap with tap rhythms remixed by François K.; Theo Parrish; Danny Krivit; dubstep innovators Digital Mystikz, Kode 9, Goth-Trad; Pearson Sound; Scuba; OTTO with Afro Brazilian icon Carlinhos Brown; Aril Brikha; Joy Orbison; Rekid; King Britt with guitarist Tim Motzer; BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs; Kirk Degiorgio; hip hop poet Ursula Rucker; Mr. Scruff; Dub Gabriel with Last Poets legend Umar Bin Hassan; Cosmo; tabla player/dj Karsh Kale; live performance by Dawn of Midi; Easy Star Sound System with Ranking Joe and Sister Carol; Function; hip hop's first dj Kool Herc; DJ Pierre; Henrik Schwarz; Spacetime Continuum; Todd Terje; Jamaica’s legendary dub poet, Mutabaruka performing a piece created for Deep Space with François K.; and dub pioneer U-Roy.
Deep Space has been presented at the Big Chill Festival (UK), Plastic People (UK), TDK Cross Central Festival (UK), Space Lab Yellow (Japan), Café Jamaica (Japan), Precious Hall (Japan), Phase (Japan), SONAR Festival (Spain), Burning Man (Disorient Camp/US), Red Bull Music Academy (US) and throughout France, Germany, Italy, Denmark and the U.S. In 2004 Deep Space was nominated for “Best Club Night” by the internationally televised “DanceStar USA.” In 2005 & 2006 François K. won “Best Resident DJ Award” at the Club World Awards in Miami. Deep Space was named “Best Party 2004” in Time Out New York. Deep Space was nominated for “Best Party,” at the Club World Awards 2006 and 2007. New York Magazine featured Deep Space as the “Best of New York 2006.” In 2013 Do Androids Dance lauded Deep Space as one of “The 10 Best Club Nights in the US.” François K. won “Resident Dj of the Year” by the 2015 Nightclub and Bar Awards. Time Out New York named Deep Space a “top 20 parties in NYC right now” in 2015. In 2005 Deep Space NYC Vol. 1, mixed by François K., was released on Wave Music’s imprint Deep Space Media to critical acclaim.