Spen began his career at the age of 13, producing mix shows for WEBB AM in Baltimore. Even at that young age, Spen founded one of the area's first hip hop production groups, the Numarx. In 1986 they wrote and recorded a track called "Girl You Know It's True", which was later covered and made famous by Milli Vanilli.
Spen's radio career continued to grow and lead him to a radio career working at various FM radio stations in the Baltimore and Washington areas. In 1992, Spen developed a mixshow on 95.9 FM in Baltimore called the Flashback Saturday Night Dance Party. Though Spen eventually moved on from radio, the show is still a hit today, with Spen's close friend KW Griff at the helm.
Spen's production talents lead him to Basement Boys Records in 1989. With the formation of The Basement Boys record label in 1994, Spen formed Jasper Street Company, and released his first full production, A Feelin. With the Basement Boys and Jasper Street, Spen gained consistent commercial and dancefloor success, and became an in-demand remix producer. He has created remixes for some of clubland's biggest names, such as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Everything but the Girl, Toni Braxton, Kirk Franklin, Ann Nesby, and Shaun Escoffery. While at Basement Boys, Spen partnered with Teddy Douglas, Thommy Davis and Karizma to create works that are still considered house anthems.
Having reached his full potential with Basement Boys, Spen stepped out on his own and partnered with Gary Deane to form the Code Red Record label in January 2004. Together with Gary Hudgins and Irvin Madden he formed the artist/production team called the MuthaFunkaz . Code Red joined Defected Records releasing dance classics such as “The Way You Love Me”, (featuring Marc Evans), “Gabryelle”, and “It”s So Easy” (featuring Ann Nesby). In October 2010, Code Red released the MuthaFunkaz LP entitled "The MuthaLode" containing classics such as “Gotta hold On Me”, “Oh I (Miss U)” and “Galaxy” featuring Sheila Ford on lead vocals.
In 2012, Spen started Quantize Recordings with long time partner Thommy Davis producing tracks form the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Barbara Tucker, Joi Cardwell, Melonie Daniels, Dawn Tallman, and Tracy Hamlin.
With a career span of more than 30 years , Spen has become one of the most sought-after DJs in the U.S. Hecan be found jetting off to gigs at some of the premier clubs around the world. He plays regularly in the UK, as well as France, Italy, and Australia.
Being an instrumental part of the dance music scene in Baltimore initially starting at record stores, Thommy has been involved in Baltimore’s various music genres that have kept Baltimoreans enthralled. Pioneering the way in Italian music wave with its early introduction and then being the first outside of Chicago to bring House into popularity gave Baltimore a music history that has founded many of the sounds being produced out of the city. In Music Liberated Record Store and then Metro Stereo Record Store, and then 12 Inch Dance Records (DC and Baltimore) he created the new salesman field of DJ salesman. Not only did he sell the music to the customers but skillfully demonstrated how and what was worthy of attention in skills and selection. This new category of salesman caught on and since then has yet to be redefined.
Thommy was also one of the first to create and distribute his own dance record label (Thomix Records), opening the eyes of fellow Baltimoreans to the possibilities of independent promotion and distribution and inspiring other local producers. With his label he crossed the country and the world, licensing his productions in several countries around the world and giving Baltimore a reputation for dance music. His first label release, “Get the Hole” w/ DJ Spen & Beatmaster Mozes is still a classic and is still widely sought after although it was pressed from a cassette master! After the success of the first release he went on to do others and thus the Baltimorean independent label scene was born. He is very proud that many consider him a main influence in their growth and direction in music.
What many know him from and connect him to is the collaboration that he and Teddy Douglas and Jay Steinhour formed called the Basement Boys. Their production company has made Baltimore legendary. The first release on Jump Street Records, was a remake of a Rose Royce classic called “Love don’t Live here No More” featuring Teddy on the lead vocals himself. They continued on to produce now famous artist as Ultra Nate’, Crystal Waters, Mass Order (Lift Every Voice), and many other projects that gave the production company a name in the world and in the music scene. While with the original production company, Thommy and the boys received several awards, gold records and even a Grammy nomination. Maintaining several major labels at once (WEA, CBS, and MCA) and multiple indie labels, the boys broke the mold for the DJ/Producer. Projects such as Ultra Nate’ and Crystal Waters have crossed the ocean and still to this day have progressed and shown the world that they are icons in her own right.
As a DJ he has played at almost all the Baltimore clubs at one time or another. He’s known for his relentless energy and his passion for dance music and creativity. From legendary Baltimore/DC clubs such as Odells, Fantasy, Last Stop, Clubhouse, Underground, Paradox, and many too numerous to mention he is known for his energy and his skills to please the dancer. A dancer himself, he produces, remixes, writes and plays what he likes to hear and feel…dance music!
Not just a DJ, not just a producer, not just a writer, Thommy consistently feeds the music scene with effervescence and passion. Many of his past works will make it hard to out do, but to know him is to know that you wouldn’t bet against it. The list of songs that he has either produced, written or inspired are endless and with Quantize Recordings is continually expanding the love of music. Along side his good friend and partner since the very beginning, DJ Spen and he have a mission in music, a bond in friendship and a shared spirituality that encompasses all that they do and love.
MEMORABLE PROJECTS INCLUDE:
And many many more including remixes, productions, and written works to list.
Baltimore born and bred, Gary Hudgins has played keyboards professionally for over 30 years. As a self taught musician, Gary’s skills and outgoing personality has carried him ‘All Around The World For The Funk’.
Beginning from his local band in Baltimore known as ‘The Grand Jury’ way back in the day where he honed his skills, Gary went on to appear on stage at major venues with The Brides of Funkenstien (along with Dennis Chambers, Blackbyrd McKnight, and Jeff Bunn), the incomparable George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, Stevie Wonder, Najee, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilson Pickett, Crystal Waters, Christina Milian, The Temptations, The Marvelettes and many others.
Gary’s phenomenal keyboard talents can also be heard on recordings and remixes by artists such as Toni Braxton, Angie Stone, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Jackson, Brandy, Ann Nesby (The Sounds of Blackness), Taja Seville, Sybil and others. The outrageous diversity of all these artists will reflect Gary’s diversity and his ability to adapt to almost any musical genre.
These days, Gary spends most of his time at his brand new studio in Baltimore, Maryland known as Taj Mahal Recording Studio where he works in creative partnership with DJ Spen, CEO of the new label ’Quantize Recordings Inc.’ along with Irvin Madden and Thommy Davis creating the hottest dance music on the planet!
By showcasing his diverse music production skills and an original DJ style influenced by the disco culture of yesteryear, Chris Burns has pioneered his way through the DC creative landscape. He has received numerous awards and critical acclaim for his efforts by outlets such as The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, DCist, Brightest Young Things and others.
In 2012 and 2013, Chris put out original EP releases on Ultra Nate’s 410 Paradox Underground, on Mike Simonetti’s MIKE and New Jersey Records labels and on his own vinyl label, Mysteries of the Mind. Burns has been recently involved with remix work for Angie Stone, The System, Son of Sound, Hubert Street, Brett/The Dance Party, Vjuan Allure and Jason Walker.
Currently, Burns is the former resident DJ at U Street hotspot Lost Society and is regularly called upon to play at some of DC’s most acclaimed venues, including U Street Music Hall, Warehouse Loft, 930 Club and the 930 Club Backbar. He is also affiliated with the Deep Secrets organization and helps organize, promote and play with international bookings in unique spaces around the city.
DJ Damond Ramsey, born in Baltimore, MD., has been a mobile and club DJ since the early 80’s. He has been influenced by legendary DJs such as Thommy Davis, Wayne Davis, Teddy Douglas, Dj Spen and Kenneth Johnston just to name a few. Damond now works with Quantize Recordings under the mentoring of DJ Spen and Thommy Davis. Damond also has releases on Nervous Records, Code Red, Africanism and now Cyberjamz Recordings. You can hear Damond every saturday 3-5pm on handzonradio.fm. “I do this for the love.” Damond has started a party titled “The Art of House” which incorporates the diversity of the house music scene. Damond has partnered with friend Sahib Muhammed to work on future projects.
You can find more information on Damond’s facebook page djdamondramsey.
In 2000, Dana started to focus more on music expression through her vocal performances. To accomplish this objective, she began to hone in on her writing capabilities. Dana began collaborating with many artists and musicians. Her most treasured collaboration was with famed producer and original Basement Boys member, Neal Conway. Together, Dana and Neal have created a catalog of music, some of which has been featured in rotation on internet radio stations. Additionally, she has contributed to the projects of local artists such as Siren, Brian Wright, Urban Tea, and Lisa Mack.
Besides being a vocalist, Dana is also a gifted pianist, arranger and composer of her material. Dana’s music has been described as “thought-provoking” and “deep”. Her jazz-kissed piano melodies and instrumentation can be heard on compositions like ‘You’ and ‘My Inspiration’ from the SoulFlow-ah (Soul Flower) CD. Dana yields to her “sultry and sexy” side on tracks like ‘Understand Me’ and ‘Calling’, which is definitely a crowd pleaser.
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DAVID ANTHONY (UK)
From early 90's David has been knee deep into the US sound , first picking up with the vibe of Detroit his real love coming from the soulful sound of New York. Spear headed by the legendary Tony Humphries. David teamed up with Anthony Baugh to start the Vice Versa Record label, which went on to be one of the UK's leading underground dance labels of its times. David soon found his music was being played and aired on major radio stations and night clubs Using the alias's Device and Devibes they produced over 35 releases having much success. Starting to branch out licensing deals began to flow. Michael Watford's 'Coming Home' was picked up by Azuli Records along with Fayleine Brown's 'You Know I Missed you' and 'Joy'. Licensing also followed with StrongHouse, Freetown Records and Public Demand. Through the success of Vice Versa Records they quickly moved into the remix arena working for the majors (SDA was launched as another production name). These included Polydor,Universal Ministry of Sound. Early 2001 David launched HiLife Records which was a reflection of the market change from vinyl to MP3. David worked with artists Kathy Brown, Lisa Millett, Aleyshia Lei and also remixes for Code Red, Universe Media and Liquid Deep. While still producing products under the Kemet Soul banner.
Doug Lazy is a Hip House and Dance Music artist and producer from Washington, D.C. formerly on Atlantic Records. Lazy scored a number of hip house hits in the late 1980's and early 1990's on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart including three number one Billboard Dance hits: "Let It Roll", "H.O.U.S.E." and "Let the Rhythm Pump".
He has worked with a number of artists/DJ's including Marc Anthony, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope (Masters At Work), Fatboy Slim, Todd Terry, Stanley Clark, Bo Diddley, Ben E. King, Arthur Baker and many more. His music has been remixed by many artists and sampled in a number of movies most notably "Charlie's Angels".
Doug Lazy, is also a nationally known radio personality with previous top shows, production, voiceovers, and imaging at WPGC in Maryland, XM Satellite Radio in Washington, D.C., 99 Jamz (with DJ Khaled) in Miami, FL and more recently, V103 in Atlanta, GA.
Lazy's work has granted him access to perform in the hottest clubs, concerts and special events across the U.S. and in the UK. Lazy, recently teaming up with Quantize Recordings -DJ Spen and Thommy Davis to release the soulful house single "Church Clap", is excited to return to performing and treating fans to great music.
EARL TUTU & JOHN KHAN
two life long friends who share the same passion for all thing soulful, with over 25 years in the industry as a successful production team"
Name: John Khan
Current Location: Bradford UK
Position in Music: DJ, Producer, composer
(Earl TuTu & John Khan project)
Growing up & dj-ing alongside (Edzy, Del, JMP & Cutz) the mighty UNIQUE 3 from Bradford (UK pioneers of bleep and break culture) John soon picked up the vital elements of production and writing skills and began to create his own demo ep tracks.
He released his first collaboration track back in 92 with a tune featuring the vocal talents of Karin Minott (Rhythm takes control, Unique 3 on Virgin AVL Records.90) called “Take me I’m Yours” on indie (MOM 001 white) then continued releasing collaboration tracks with Enzo Annecini (Glamarous Hooligan) Chris Dawkins aka Earl TuTu & Patrick Cargill (Unique3) under the names of Momentum, Escape and Strongpoint with a few small signings to labels such as Miracle Records, Third eye Music & the Funklabs.
Currently he’s back in the writing seat again with life long friend and co writer Chris Dawkins aka Earl TuTu, with a brand new vibe coming, so you can expect some great material getting released this year and some major collaboration on the cards.
Currently in production with DJ Spen & Quantize recordings working on some hot cookies for 2016 and some brand new forthcoming heat on King Street is definitely making this an exciting year so far for the Earl TuTu & John khan project. Gracing the decks from the MOS in London, Miami WMC to Amsterdam ADE John has also supported the likes of Tracy Hamlin, Darryl D’Bonneau playing exclusive show sets and performances and currently runs a night called “Soundshack” serving the locals a healthy selection of exclusive deep & soulful house music is his home town of Bradford UK.
Name: Chris Dawkins aka “Earl Tutu”
Current Location: Bradford UK
Position in Music: composer, Producer,
(Earl TuTu & John Khan project)
I started playing guitar at my father’s Baptist Church in West Yorkshire at the the age of 15 in 1976.
Within 2 years, during the summer of 1978 myself and some other young members of the church formed a band called “Freedom”. During this time EMI reps from London came to the church to hear the band as they had been made aware of us via Gospel Concerts we had performed at. My father, Pastor Dawkins and Brother King an elder at the church turned the reps from EMI away saying the children would not be playing the devils music! As you can guess I hid my passion for playing guitar from my father, sneaking out of the house to play gigs and record. Coming home from a gig one night I was welcomed by the sight of my belongings in black bin bags – I had been found out!
My first experience of studio environment came about from my friendship with a truly gifted musician by the name of Richard Dover who as a young man took me under his wing and taught me that music did not have to be put in specific boxes, that you can be inspired by all genres and to express the feelings from your heart.
Music then had to take a back seat as I became a dad at the age of 19 and worked within the social care arena. The untimely passing of my beautiful daughter Natasha at the age of 5 months brought me back to my guitar, a welcome release from the heartbreak and pain I was experiencing.
I commuted to London on a regular basis and built contacts which opened up avenues for me in the music industry. I toured in europe with Lonnie Liston- Smith who was a former keyboard player with Miles Davis – and my passion for playing was well and truly ignited.
I joined the group “Detrimental” in 1994 and played festivals, toured and had the opportunity to experience playing live on TV and being interviewed on Radio 1 by legendary John Peel!
I have had amazing opportunities throughout my career and been part of the groups “Nightmares on Wax”, “Bedlam Agogo” and “LSK” – as well as having the unforgettable experiences of working with talented artists such as John Khan, Jack Johnson, Finley Quaye, Jimi Tenor and Juliet Roberts.
In 2001, I spent time in LA working alongside the respected music producer David Holmes on the soundtrack for the huge hit movie “Oceans 11ʺ″ – I also had the opportunity to work with David again on the soundtrack to the movie “Buffalo
Soldiers” starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Vocal Artist Collaborations to date under the “Earl Tutu & John Khan Project”Tracy Hamlin, Tasha LaRae (Arrested Development) Samantha Johnson, Kimara Lovelace, Preslava Peicheva, Shelia Ford, Dawn Tallman, Michele Weeks, Rainy Payne, Darryl D’Bonneau, Cinnamon Brown, Stephanie Cooke, Kenny Bobien, Michele McCain, Darian Crouse, Natasha Watts, Viola Sykes, Marsha Bond, Rescue Poetix, Tasha Johnson, Josiah Ruff, Curtis Clarke to name a few...
Erin Leah’s catchy, unique and melodic vocals and songwriting shows sensitivity but then assures you with strength and expertise. Erin Leah has hit number one on the international hip-hop charts at Beatsource and has trained and mentoured with J.Chris Griffin seasoned hit maker for Madonna, Kanye West and John Legend as well as soundcrafter for programs such as the program Reason. Erin has studied classical vocal training since her formative years and ballet since she was 9. She also has studied modern dance, african dance, house and hip hop. Erin is making a name for herself not only as a singer/songwriter but as a producer, dancer and C.E.O. of her own record label, Calliope 22 Music. Her single with N’Dinga Gaba, Rocker, hit #1 on the Top Singles Chart and #1 on the Hype Chart at Traxsource where it was an exclusive release.
Erin’s music has been featured on many radio shows worldwide. Erin hopes to bring her vision of sound, dreams and love to the stage with live and electronic elements in the soul, pop, jazz, R&B, african and hip hop realms. She tends to float through and visit styles. It is important to her to share an important message of improving the world and inspiring the power in us all to do so. She intends to bring the dance style she has developed and the medium of sound, heart and passion to the stage in her lifetime with all of her peers that she works with and holds dear.
He was born in a small town in the district of Reggio Calabria, where he studied music since he was a kid.
The passion for sound quality and parties made him work not only as a DJ but also as a vocalist and PR.
His love for the deep and soulful House brought him to perform in different clubs in Southern Italy and once a month for a local radio station, approaching the world of music production and following more closely the technical and musical selections of myths as Larry Levan, David Mancuso and Frankie Knuckles.
He moved to Rome at the young age of 18 and here he continued his “artistic training”, playing in Italy and abroad, including the U.S., UK, Greece, the Netherlands and Spain with many important djs such Louie Vega, Dj Spen, Tony Humphries, Todd Terry, Terry Hunter, Marc Evans and many more. He is not only a DJ but also a producer.
In addition to the various bootlegs such as Mary J Blige, Jill Scott, Cheryl Lynn, Gregory Porter, he stood out for some productions and collaborations.
A meeting with Dj Spen led him to work for his label, at first co-‐producing The Muthafunkaz - “I Do Love U” (alliwannado) on Code Red Recordings, for long at the head of many house charts and afterwards producing “Overmind”, “Rising Sun” and “Polis” on Quantize Recordings, records that are played regularly and supported by the biggest DJs in the world. As a remixer he has been working for various internationally known labels as Blaze Imprint, Tony Records, and Unquantize and Quantize Recordings.
Due to his young age and innate creativity Gianni junior can be considered as a future talent to the house scene worldwide.
A native Baltimorean, Dj Greg Lewis is a songwriter, producer, remixer, and mastering engineer and the owner/operator of Blacklist Studios. He has provided his talents for various artists such as Marc Avon Evans, Sheila Ford, Barbara Tucker, Tracy Hamlin, and many other local and nationally known recording artists.
In addition, Dj Greg has had the privilege of working with producers such Hozay Clowney, Dj Teddy Douglass (Salvation), Dj Thommy Davis, Dj Spen (Quantize Recordings), and many numerous musicians. But his true passion is found in his roots as a Dj. Honing his craft since the Disco era of the late 1970’s, Dj Greg Lewis has been electrifying the dance floors along the east coast with nothing but the best in House music.
JayClectic aka Jay and Mr.Eclectic are Dj/Producers based out of Baltimore, MD. Mr.Eclectic born in London England has been Djing for 18yrs and producing now for the past 5yrs. He has had the pleasure of being mentored by some of the best in the industry.
Jay born in Baltimore, MD has an extensive drummers background and has been involved in the production of music for 19yrs. These two merge the sounds of Deep House, Electronica, R&B, and Soulful House that creates the JayClectic Sound.
THE JERSEY MAESTROS
The jersey maestros pup dawg and dj eddie boom who over many years have put out many soulful tunes on various well known music labels including their own SWAY records back in the early 2000's have sold themselves to to knot dj and producer dj spen with the gospel stomper HE'S SO REAL THE JERSEY MAESTRO'S FT RENEE SMITH along with dj spen rmxs that record was the beginning of a friendship and workmanship soon after that they followed up with another headbanger THE JERSEY MAESTRO'S FT RENEE SMITH SHINE ON thereafter pup & eddie concentrated on their own lable SWAY records which the national anthem MIRACLES came from THE JERSEY MAESTROS FT JESSICA JAMES FROM THERE the jersey maestros journey began with other labels like quantize, GOTTAKEEP FAITH RECDS just a few to mention which brings us to now 2016-2017 for sway records the future is lookin pretty bright as they prepare for releases and working with SARA DASH and looking forward to working with CASSIO WARE, STEPHANIE COOKE BE ON THE LOOK FOR THESHEAVY HITTERS
Keith Nunnally is often referred to as the Voice of Chicago House Music.
Keith's career started out with DJ International as part of the hit smashing duo JM SILK. They were eventually signed to RCA Records . To their credit, they were world renowned, charting 5 top ten Bill Board dance hits and 1 European hit that stayed #1 for eight weeks.
Debuting with "Music is the Key" as #1 Bill Board Hit and Top 10 single on the US Dance chart, "Shadows of Your Love" as #3 Bill Board Hit and "Let the Music Take Control" Charting at #10 along with the hit single"I Can't Turn Around" an amazing remake of Isaac Hayes original song, Keith Nunnally was part of the historic chapter in Chicago, taking Chicago House music to the world. In collaboration with Steve Silk Hurley, the hits continued with "Jack Your Body" (number No. 25 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play and No.1 on the UK charts). Additional hits included, Let the Music take Control, Heart of Passion and Cry of the Lonely In 1991 Keith was signed to Giant - Warner Brothers Records with an exclusive solo recording deal releasing such singles as “Seasons of Love" & "Freedom”.
Keith has toured the world electrifying audiences with the voice and sounds of House Music.
2015 jumpstarted the beginning of a new season, as Keith Nunnally peformed live at Chicago's Pritzker Pavillion where the City of Chicago celebrated 30 + years of House Music. He also released a new single "Searchin" under MusicPlant Records. Searchin is currently being played all over the world, from New York to Australia to Tokyo, topping the DJ Charts. In addition, the African American Arts of Alliance of Chicago, honored Keith with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Rhythm and Blues at the famous Dusable Museum of African American History.
In 2017, Keith joined two of the industry's most desired and known DJs / Producers, DJ Spen and DJ Thommy Davis of Quantize Records, collaborating on what can be described as a smash hit " I'm So Satisfied." Soon to come will be other great collaborations with this dynamic duo, Keith Nunnally and producer CEEFOE.
Keith continues to be the voice of Chicago House music, wowing crowds with his thunderous melodic voice and performing with vigor and energy moving the crowd to new heights.
DJ KELLY G
Once ranked #2 on The Source magazine’s Power 30 list, DJ Kelly G is a Chicago producer and remixer best known for his charttopping smashes “Never Gonna Let You Go” with Tina Moore and “Go Down Moses” with Steve “Silk” Hurley.
Kelly G honed his unique production and DJ skills while working in the premiere Chicago dance clubs that led to working for the city’sNumber One rated station, WGCI. While at WGCI, Kelly G learned the ways of playing the hits from legendary program director, ElroySmith. Shortly after joining the radio station, he began doing productions for many of the shows including Steve Harvey’s MorningShow, George Wallace Show, Tom Joyner and Doug Banks. He eventually landed his own trend setting four-hour mix show called DaBomb; a show that ultimately maintained a number one rated position for 5 years.
While on the radio, Kelly G garnered the attention of Chicago House Legend Steve ”Silk” Hurley and begin doing remixes andproduction for major artists including Ne Yo, India.Arie, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Brandy, Faith Evans, Tina Moore and countlessothers. In addition to his work remixing the songs of today’s top artists, Kelly G can be seen producing and scoring tracks for movieslike Phunny Business and DJing exclusive events the world over. Although his heart is playing soulful Chicago House Music, Kelly G iswell experienced in rocking any Pop, Hip-Hop and R&B event. Some of his DJ appearances include doing parties for top celebrities likeKanye West, Diddy, and Jimmy Iovine and opening concerts for legends like Aretha Franklin, Eminem and LL Cool J.
Kelly G currently serves as Head of Music Programming for Sean “P. Diddy” Combs new ground breaking music channel REVOLT TV& Media. Prior to joining REVOLT, Kelly G served as Senior Director of Music Programming for Black Entertainment Television wherehe played a key role in launching various BET franchises including 106 & Park, Music Matters, and The BET Awards. Kelly G helpedtake BET’s music and programming to trend setting levels which ultimately jump started and influenced the careers of many multi-platinum artist like Kanye West, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake, Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and countless others.
The club world has forgotten many of the pioneers of dance music. After a complete “workout” on the dance floor They may finally stop to go to the restroom, and then...smooth as "old jeans out of the dryer," he slips in a mix about 30 seconds long that bumps them from techno-spiced squirming into old school stomping. The mix itself and the novel placement of the entering lyrics makes a broad cheering smile come over the dancing faces! Them, their minds, bodies, and evening's outcomes all trained to the ever-contemplated and constantly orchestrated focus of a Beat Lord, the Living DJ Legend, Kenny Carpenter.
In the mid-late 70's he was in ever-present attendance, when the NYC underground gay club scene emerged from It's womb of rhythmic integration. An original "Brooklyn Boy," he didn't sneak out, he simply stepped into all of the clubs, originally playing lights, but watching, listening, and lurking for the turntables. He had an agenda. Some of his biggest idols at the time included the likes of Nicky Siano, Tee Scott, Walter Gibbons, Larry Levan, Larry Patterson and David Mancuso. Some of his then biggest contemporaries, and still friends to this day, include Francois Kevorkian, David Morales, Louie Vega, Bruce Forest and Tedd Patterson. He has been long time friends and enjoyed many collaborations with recording artists the likes of Anthony Malloy, Kenny Bobien, and Strafe. He continues to produce and , where possible, forge creative relationships with artists such as Dj Spen, Tony Humphries, Teddy Douglas, Kenny Bobien, and Sheila Ford.
In the 80's Kenny's early club experiences lead to his employment as a light jockey at the then famous Galaxy 21 on West 23rd Street, and The Inferno on West 19th Street in NYC. He never looked back and soon moved on to spinning records first in small venues, and then inevitably to a Saturday Night Residency in the forever famous, infamous, and world renown Studio 54 on West 54th Street. After the closing of Studio 54, Kenny was hired as the Saturday Night Resident DJ in a venue the size of an airplane hanger, the 5,000 person capacity Bond's International Casino on West 45th Street in the heart of Times Square! His resulting popularity and increasing fame led to international opportunities in countries such as Israel, France, Spain, Italy and England spinning regular guest spots at what was and still is the most famous club in London, The Ministry Of Sound.
Kenny describes his professional, global, function today as a re-located, American, "Expat Veteran DJ” and he’s always looking for talented song writers and musicians to compliment and enhance his talent, experience, and professionalism. It's time for him to take advantage of the ability he’s acquired to make people, young and older, move, think, and feel, by making his concepts present and available to all who require the results of witnessing the complete evolution of dance music in dance clubs, since the beginnings of their modern day popularity... Ken has had many years of experience working on New York’s number one radio station called WBLS and he’s done many guest sets on KISS FM in London but Producing and Remixing Music has become his latest acquired passion and you can expect some big surprises in the future which include a new label simply called KC Records. Kenny continues to travel extensively and perform in some of the most fashionable venues worldwide including, Italy, Spain, Greece, France Switzerland Japan and England.
Stay tuned because Kenny may be in a town near you soon!
Los Angeles based DJ/Producer Larry Espinosa was influenced by music at an early age, by the sounds of such artists as Steve Arrington, Chemise, and Sylvia just to name a few. In 1982 Larry was introduced to a different world of music and the way it was played. With his mind set, determination, countless hours of practice, and every dollar spent on vinyl, he began to put out mixed cassettes. His love for the electronic sounds led him to listen to many versatile styles of music, blending a mixture of Disco, Electronic Funk, Hip Hop, Funk and Freestyle combined with Alternative Music icons such as Joy Division and The Smiths. By the summer of 1983 Larry began playing flyer parties throughout the L.A. area, which led him to sharing the decks with Uncle Jams Army, The World Class Wrecking Cru (Dr. Dre, DJ Yella), KDAY’s Masters Tony G and Julio G.
As the late 80’s approached, House Music made its way into the L.A. club scene. Larry started incorporating the sounds of Marshall Jefferson, Ralph Rosario, Lil Louis, and India into his sets, which had a positive effect on the crowd. From there his love of House music grew. After taking a break in 2001, Larry picked up residencies at clubs that required him to play Hip Hop, and felt limited. He realized that he had enough and left the commercial scene.
In 2013, Larry got to work and put out his first release “Feel It” on House Tribe Records, shortly after Larry and fellow producer George Vibe teamed up to collaborate on projects at the time. They were given the opportunity by DJ Spen to remix El Camino for Melohman on Unquantize, this led to do track releases on Quantize Recordings. This would later open the door for Larry to do back to back releases on his own with the following labels Unquantize, House Tribe Records, Quantize Recordings, and King Street. Larry has been honored to remix for talent such as Mr. V, Heather Johnson, Tasha La Rae, Dj Spen, Sheila Ford, Sharon Brown and he has the privilege of working side by side with the talented William Reelsoul Rodriquez on a regular basis. In addition to his production projects, Larry has kept very busy as the founder of the Los Angeles based underground event House on the Eastside.
With ingenious skills and profound knowledge in the elements of rhythm, melody and harmony, Le’Royal has reintroduced the ideology of music through his creativity.
“Music is an art, and art has no limitation, this is why versatility in genre is my main focus.”
Preserving with passion from a young age, Le’Royal has become a master of his art.
“If you really want this it will happen.” Kevin Liles told him, which Le’Royal still holds on to.
Bron and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Le’Royal was surrounded with the sounds of music embracing the fundamentals of accapella singing and becoming utterly meticulous with it. Participating as a member in many accapella groups and choirs, he performed at the Library of Congress at the tender age of 15.
His first studio experience was at the “Gamble and Huff Studio” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the National Chorus.Writing and performing in accapella is the foundation in his career as an artist, which later stems to many other genres of music.
At the present time Le’Royal is receiving an abundance of positive feedbacks from his first single “Promise” released in UK and South Africa.
Due to his young age and innate creativity Gianni junior can be considered as a future talent to the house scene worldwide.
Producer, label owner and music selector, Federico Luyo is gaining worldwide attention thru his music and his imprint Double Cheese Records. With releases on legendary Tony Records and Black Vinyl, remixed by the likes of DJ Spen, Lenny Fontana, M&S and Aki Bergen, Luyo is one of the most sought after artists of the new house music scene. His breakthrough came in 2012 with “My King”, hitting #2 spot on Traxsource chart and followed on with “Don’t Make Me Wait”, “You’re My Delight”, “Love Honey Love Heartache” and the collaboration with Marc Evans on “First Kiss”.
Resident DJ at the most exclusive club in the caribbean (Abracadabra, Antigua West Indies) plays for the upper international clientele and events such as Soul II Soul’s Back II Life Festival, Ministry Of Sound World Tours and Amsterdam ADE.
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Internationally known, locally respected.
Singer/songwriter, Marc A. Evans has been writing and performing for more than 15 years. A native Baltimorean, Evans was born into music, yet amazingly, this son of a painter & jazz saxophonist didn’t discover his talent until studying Chemistry at Morgan State University. As a member of the world renowned Morgan State University Choir, Evans discovered his love for music. In 1993, Evans formed a band and covered jazz, funk, rock, pop, & soul. That year he began writing and recording songs he would later release on the compilation The First Seven Years, a soulful collection of rhythm & blues songs capturing his life & love experiences.
In 2004, while working as a session vocalist for Code Red Recordings, he wrote the single The Way You Love Me, a soulful house tune that has become a standard in the genre. After capturing the attention of Simon Dunmore, CEO of Defected Records UK, he recorded and released the full album The Way You Love Me in the fall of 2008 and the 2 disc Deluxe Edition in the fall of 2009. Independently, Evans also released both Live & Acoustic and Intervention in 2009 on his label VOR Music Group. He now pursues his writing and music full time performing in the US, Europe, Asia, and the Netherlands.
He will his first book, The Songbyrd’s Lyric, in 2011 on www.dewdropcollectivepublishing.com
Multi-instrumentalist maestro Michele Chiavarini’s career as a songwriter, arranger, composer, producer, remixer,sound designer and session musician, spans over 20 years. He has been involved with music for recording artists,ranging from Pop to Dance, Soul/RnB, Hip-Hop to Jazz, and Orchestral to World. He has also writtenextensively for film, television and advertising.
A masterful programmer and skillful engineer, he is equally familiar with electronic, acoustic and orchestral musicalenvironments. Classically trained in piano, guitar, composition, orchestration and conducting, he is also anaccomplished bassist, violinist, trumpet player and vibraphone player.
After winning several awards in his native Italy, Michele worked with Ennio Morricone on film scores including TheMission, The Untouchables and Frantic, and then went on to record for Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue,Diana Ross, Luciano Pavarotti, A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Simply Red, Gloria Gaynor, RayCharles, Philip Bailey, Seal, Lemar, Soul II Soul, Gabrielle and many more.
He regularly scores soundtracks for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, CNN and other broadcasters, andhas created music for many advertising commercials including Toyota (100 Mile Journey), ENEL Energia(Passages Of Light), Evian, Heineken, Gordon’s Gin, P&O, 555, Oral B, Tic Tac & Amigos Tequila (TV bumper for ITV comedy series ‘Plebs’).
Recent screen credits include Quest for Gold (Discovery), The Wars of The Zulu (CNN), How To Survive A Disaster Movie (Channel 5), Benidorm ER 2 (Channel 5), Escoffier (Channel 5), Dying For Clear Skin (BBC3), plus over 50 syncs for BBC1 (The One Show, Strictly Dance Fever etc), BBC2, BBC3, ITV 1 (X Factor etc), ITV 2, Channel 4 (Big Brother, Place In The Sun etc), Channel 5, Discovery, Sky One, ESPN, CBBC, UKTV Food, etc.
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In 2006 Oz’iah smashed into the Music scene as part of the Sound bwoy entertainment collective, their smash hit single Never wanna say good bye rocket up the charts and opened the doors for one of the UKs brightest new stars. From a young age Oziah had a deep respect and passion for all types of music. Artist such as the late and great Michael Jackson, Whitney and Mariah inspired him to pursue his love of music. Oziah started his musical journey at 11 years old always impressing the world when he performed and wining countless admirers along the way. Oziah is a mix of African, Italian and Asian decent having such a diverse cultural background allowed him to experience music from all over the world, helping shape him as the artist he is today.
Oziah describes his personality as fun loving and crazy which is defiantly reflected in the music he produces. Oziah’s describes his music as a perfect blend of RnB and pop with influences of different cultures such as African and Caribbean mixed in. Oziah’s talent was not only noticed this side of the Pond, he was chosen out of 100 of artist to be the face of memorial week in ATL 2008 a huge achievement for any artist let alone one from the east end of London
Oz’iah had a real success with his first single ‘Wine 4 me’ Feat. Doctor with great support from radio stations like Choice FM, Kiss, Bang Radio, Galaxy, Dejavu, and BBC 1xtra, many of these stations still spinning the tune. Accompanied by a great video rotating on Flava, Virgin, Jukebox and AKA the tunes success also allowed Oz’iah to be the supporting act for Sean Kingston live at the Indigo 02. In addition he also had fantastic support on myspace and did many under 18 tour dates up and down the country causing his fan base to grow substantially.
Paul Deep is a South African House Music producer. Started off as a DJ in 2007, moved on to producing in 2009 August due to phasing out of vinyl. Released his first production with Seasons Limited in 2010 March as a remix for Word Of Love by Arnaud D featuring Sheyi on vocals. His remix went on to be record label owner Jamie Thinnes’ favorite mix and was released on Vinyl. Which led to Paul achieving his personal goal too early in his music career.
As if that was not enough, in 2011 March, Paul went on and released his debut single ‘Alafia’ with NuluMusic(NYC) & it became an instant hit with top international djs adding Alafia to their playlists. It was licensed by Louie Vega(Vega Records) for his 2011 CD Compilation called Mad Styles & Crazy Visions 2. And also Alafia was released on vinyl as part of the compilation thru BBE Music & Vega Records.
In 2013 thru Quantize Recordings Paul released his second single called Run Away featuring Jayla. Was remixed by some of the best producers in the business, Maurice Joshua, Chris Burns and Gianni Jnr. It also became a success.
In-between his official releases, Paul has shared some of his work on Soundcloud for free. And also these has proven that there’s more coming from Paul in the future. One of Paul’s key to success is “PATIENCE” & “PASSION”.
Peppe Citarella (born in 1975) is an italian dj and producer. He begun to play his daddy's vinyls when he was a teenager, focusing on Stevie Wonder and Barry White. Listening Soul, R&B and Disco he was captured from the music world, projected to be a consistent part of his life. During '90 Peppe Citarella explored his instict, buying records by himself and moving freely in genres, like Jazz, Garage, Old School. He dreamt to play drums, but ...so he approached art of mixing, looking for warm and natural sounds. Masticating Black Music and House Music, Peppe Citarella built his set characterized by SoulFul genre. Peppe's talent was mature and allowed him to experience with new frontiers, different from Italy. So he challenged latin world; in that places Peppe discovered different cultures and a new concepts in music that belong to him from birth, having his maternal grandmother of mexican origin. After a couple of years spent across the world, Peppe decided to import in Italy this fund of experience. Peppe was excited, so he was back again to entertain dancers in italian clubs. Best italian stages disputed Peppe on console; appreciated for his style. Peppe was skilful to play sets with U.S. Sounds.
In 2008 Peppe Joined "Qi Clubbing Family" and became an undisputed resident Dj in Prive' area, confirming success in the best italian clubs. in the same year, Peppe got in contact with India during an exhibition in Aversa, his birth-place; the acquaintance with the famous artist in house and latin music, allowed Peppe to experience as India's supporter on international stages.
These collaborations drove Peppe and India to the first hit titled "Tacalacateo". Tacalacateo ranked at the TOP in the Best International Dance Chart and "BillBoard'' Dance/Club Play Song Chart. In 2012, Peppe produced "MamaAfrica" with India and paki Palmieri. Unique Style, mixing tribal rhythms and soul. Original mix version became a Hit in most poular charts and "Citarella Dub Piano Mix" played in Clubs worldwide, Japan Included. With this song, Peppe, initiated important collaborations with most famous labels, e.g. "Tony Records" CEO Tony Humphries, Dj Jacko Label/Production Manager and A&R in this time, Peppe and Dj Jacko formed "Two 4 Soul" a group that produces soulful and house music assentially.
In 2015 starts the collaboration with DJ Spen whom began to publish the works of Peppe Citarella on his labels "Quantize" & "Unquantize". The first song 'was "Yangui ci Birr" (a song featuring African percussion sounds with a "Ghanaian" text and one of very hot trumpet, this was the Peppe Citarella song that drew attention during the Dj Spen Live performances at NEHUM party, (one of the organizations among the most important in Europe that offers musical evenings and events of a certain thickness), appreciating the qualities of Peppe Ciatrella like Dj & Producer, infact after the publication "Yangui ci Birr" dominated the top spot for six weeks in the top 100 of AfroHouse at traxsource.com
n 2016 others collaboration start with "Vida Records" label founded by Pablo Fierro with the song “Nawe” and “MoBlack Records, label funded by MoBlack (Mimmo Falcone) with the song “Ayo Néné"
Born William Rodriquez III, this young artist was heavily influenced by the wide range of musical sounds & styles introduced to him by his father, who’s taste varied from Cerrone to Loose Ends. Being a product of the early 80’s he was also exposed to various tones of Hip Hop and the dance scene.
An avid collector of 45’s by the age of 4, this experience continued to have an expression for Will’s creative outlet. By 1990 this gifted 10 year old taught himself by ear to play the keyboard and his growth for challenge was further ignited by his cousin’s influence of deep house tracks from such labels (Strictly Rhythm, Nervous, King Street Sounds) and the rich tone of dance music that by age 11, he was spinning and nurturing his craft of musical arrangements across the board from Hip-Hop, Rare Groove & Underground House Parties.
By 1992, Will was making beats with two tape decks, and a keyboard. This rich musical assortment continued to thrive on his passion for production. As he continued to advance himself in the art of making music so did his sound. His rich soulful debut “Take me to a place” was signed by Frankie Feliciano to his critically acclaim Ricanstruction label. This was quickly followed by a string of remixes for Sole Channel Music, Vega Records, King Street Sounds, Nervous Records, Quantize Recordings, MN2S & More.
William “Reelsoul” Rodriquez is in high demand with his Dj/Producer/Remixing skills being sought from L.A. to London to mix shows east & west. Some of Mr. Rodriquez’s current favorite artist & producers include Blaze, Dj Spinna, M.A.W, Alix Alvarez among many others, he listens to all types of music but ones that only encourage him to be more creative and more diverse music that pushes the boundaries.
Reggie Steele, a Newark, NJ native, is emerging as one of New Jersey's premier house music producers. His energetic rhythmic grooves, coupled with his melodic chords, are shaping a fresh sound that house heads across the world are dancing to. Over the years he has collaborated with house music notables and emerging DJs. To date, you can hear his sound on records with Big Moses (Deep Inside), Jihad Muhammed and his chart-topping remixes (co-produced with DJ Beloved) for Terry Hunter (We Are One), Sheree Hicks (Come Get My Love), Nova Fronteira (Seasons), Sheba Jordan (Music is My Way of Life), Tasha LaRae (Find My Way), Miranda Nicole (Dance Like You've Been Here), Gwen Hunter (Turn Me On), Monifah Carter (One Moment) & Shane the Golden Voice (Destiny).
As a classically trained musician and vocalist, his attention to detail and ability to deliver what an artist desires has labeled him as the "go to guy" for DJs and vocalists alike.
While Reggie still collaborates with a number of fellow artists & DJs, he has decided to venture out and carve a lane of his own within the house music industry. There's a new sound that's about to hit the house music scene. Look out new music from the Steele Records roster of artists at the top of the year!
Richard Burton is a master of all trades. This rapper, actor, singer from Baltimore, MD is known worldwide as Shamrock from the HBO series, “The Wire”.
He has worked with a number of producers and labels including Quantize Recordings. When asked about his success, Richard said, “To have traveled the world, made many friends, and accomplished at least 70% of my dreams. I am truly at a place of peace. Being an artist is being true to who you are as an individual. Having the freedom to do music, write and direct films is my goal. If concentrate on my spiritual walk, I may be able to save millions in my message.”
Richard Burton’s most popular song to date is the R&B classic “Baller”. He has been featured in VIBE, SOURCE, HONEY, JET and other national publications. Richard is a true example of never giving up on your dreams.
DJ turned music producer, Newark NJ native Sahib Muhammad, started spinning Disco and transitioned to House. Classic songs like "House Music" by Marshall Jefferson, and "Sleazy People" by Soft Cell, inspired him to remix and produce.
In December of 2012, his track "Getting to Know You" was released. Soon after, Sahib's mega hit "No Set Beat" broke through and hit the masses. This caused "No Set Beat" to be released 6 more times! Sahib has remained constant by producing one gem after another for Quantize and Unquantized Recordings. Currently, Sahib is know for the Anne Nesby track, "I Feel" and "It's a Man's World".
In-between his official releases, Sahib shares his mixing skills on Soundcloud and Mixcloud.
Born in North London, England, S.E.L quickly began to display a love for life and a passion for music. Noticing the beginnings of something special, she began classical Violin and Piano lessons at the age of 6 later performing in her first professional show at 11yrs old. Going on to study her chosen art at the prestigious Brunel University in London, S.E.L completed her degree in Music; developing an unrivalled knowledge of Music History, Vocal Jazz and the life and times of the legendary Billie Holiday. With the seeds sown, life for S.EL became focused on inspiring others, spreading love and making music.
Due to formidable vocals and S.E.L’s specialist knowledge, she has been highly sought after to work with the greats across all genres of music. In 2005 S.E.L began working with the UK’s very own living legend, Jazzie B and the movement that is Soul II Soul and sites working alongside Jazzie B and the team as ‘An immense education’. From Jazz, Reggae and Pop to Classical, Soul, RnB and Blues, the list of artists S.E.L has worked with reads like a who’s who of world renowned international music, Alicia keys, Omar, Debbie Harry, Caron Wheeler, Jocelyn Brown, George Nooks, Sanchez, Duncan James, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson, Charlotte Kelly, Rose Windross, Kym Mazelle…the list goes on.
S.E.L has finally completed her debut EP, ‘UK SOUL’ and is now ready to take the UK Music industry by storm. It’s her time.
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SHARON BROWN- ADAMS
A resident of Baltimore, Maryland, Sharon Brown-Adams was born to a preacher and was raised with music surrounding her. Sharon’s father, a talented musician who recorded with James Cleveland, encouraged her singing early on. At the age of four, she received her first solo with the Unity Bibleway Church choir. As a teenager, she immersed herself in the music of Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer and Aretha Franklin; soaking up their soul drenched vocal deliveries which would later be found in her own styling.
She began her professional career as a recording vocalist for Baltimore based producers, the Basement Boys. She has also worked with other famed producers from Baltimore, Neal Conway, DJ Spen and Jasper Street Company.
Sharon has shared the stage with luminary artists such as Peabo Bryson, James Ingram, Stephanie Mills and Deniece Williams with the Colors of Christmas Tour.
She also recorded with the Maryland Mass Choir as a lead vocalist and appeared on the WMAR Television Sunday morning show, Grace and Glory. The choir performed with Christopher Williams and Shirley Murdock in the stage production of Just Be A Man About It, a play by Emmanuel Seegars during its Baltimore run.
She has performed in Europe as a background vocalist for Marc Evans and with Jasper Street Company.
Recently, Sharon recorded the single “We Got the Funk”, a remake of the classic song originally done the group Positive Force. Released by Quantize Recordings, Ms. Brown-Adams’ version recently reached the #23 spot on the UK Soul Chart.
Sharon is also a featured performer with the Kuumba Ensemble playing the roles of Sarah Vaughn in their production of The Avenue and as Gladys Knight in the ensemble’s production, Motown: Legends, Legacies, Lies and Letdowns.
Sharon’s mantra, “My mission is to heal and move people through my passion, music.”
Cool, sexy, soulful and serene. With a voice that glistens like a string of pearls, musicianship beyond her years, and a lovely, irresistible stage persona, Sheila Ford is indeed a musical treasure. Vast experience as a vocalist and entertainer has equipped Miss Ford for nearly any challenge the music stage has to offer. Though Sheila has a special love for jazz (Ella Fitzgerald is one of her earliest and best loved influences), she has dazzled audiences in nearly every musical style-jazz, funk, r&b, blues, classic soul, pop, house, rock, Latin, even rap. No stranger to the studio, Sheila is a highly sought after session vocalist and songwriter. Producers and songwriters love her range, tone, versatility, and ear for harmony. Whether she's jazzin' it up or rockin' the house, Sheila has what it takes and is loved by audiences and musicians alike.
Sheila is a graduate of the elite Berklee College of Music, Boston Massachusetts, where she majored in Music Education. In addition to exceptional vocals, Sheila plays the piano, organ, and has studied several woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments. In 2004, she was added to the staff of The Maryland Conservatory Of Music as a vocal instructor. Sheila has also served as a juror for the Billy Holiday Vocal Competition in Maryland.
Sheila has toured with the Washington Jazz Ensemble performing in Russia and Greece to sold-out audiences. Numerous concert tours have taken her all over the world to Iceland, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Asia and beyond. She has also had the pleasure of performing for numerous dignitaries including President Bill Clinton Sheila has performed, recorded, and shared stages with renowned artists such as Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Foster, Kim Waters, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Gary Thomas, Cyrus Chestnut, Antonio Hart, Ben Vereen, Alex Bugnon, Rachelle Farrell, Art Sherrod, Jr., The Midnight Movers (Wilson Pickett’s band), ” Wolfman” Jack, The Village People, Ann Nesby, Crystal Waters, CeCe Rogers, Maysa, Robin S., Nona Hendryx, Angie Stone, Ultra Nate', Barbara Tucker, Michael Watford, Marc Evans, Josef Saddler, Marti St. Michaels, Juanita Dailey, and numerous others. She has also worked with several internationally renowned producers including, Charles Dockins, DJ Spen, Louie Vega, The Muthafunkaz, Thommy Davis, At Jazz, Joey Negro, Kenny Dope, Michele Chiavarini, Kiko Navarro, Stacy Kidd, Gramophonedzie, Abicah Soul, DJ Pope, and DJ Oji. She is currently the vocalist for Raggs and the All Stars/SRO, a top-notch big band with strings led by trombonist Scott Ragsdale. She also has her own bands, The Sheila Ford Quintet, Sheila Ford and Friends, and Sheila Ford's Harlem Review.
Highly prized by bandleaders, sought-after by producers and songwriters, loved by audiences and musicians, and admired by singers, Sheila is a complete vocalist. She's equally at home in the studio layin' down hot tracks or on stage heatin' up an audience. Be sure to experience Miss Sheila Ford-the lady with a voice like a string of pearls.
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Involved professionally in Dance music since 2001, UK Producer/DJ Soulfuledge has worked tirelessly the Œright¹ way through the industry, earning his stripes through hard work & a desire to learn a combination which has seen him quickly rise through the ranks and establish himself amongst the scenes elite. Instantly hooked on the US sound since the mid 90¹s, and heavily influenced by pioneering labels such as Basement Boys, Soulfuric, Naked Music & Yellorange, Soulfuledge's love & connection with the sound was immediate, and laid down the foundations for his own productions today.
It was through his time at Defected Records in the mid noughties which
first brought him together with DJ Spen, where the pair struck up an
instant friendship - and the rest as they say is history! Now an integral
part of the Quantize machine, Soulfuledge¹s productions have featured across both Quantize & Unquantize as well as being proudly invited to take on a volume of the Quintessential Mix series.
A&R, producer, remixer, label boss, DJ & radio host welcome to the world of Soulfuledge!
THE SCIENTISTS OF SOUND
The Scientists of Sound was founded in 2012 from the collaboration of two DJ’s: Roberto Reale and Fabio Giunta, specialised in Deep sounds, Afro, Soul and NuDisco.
Their lifes crossed casually in 2011, in a summer evening, when they discovered that shared the same natural musical instincts.
Roberto Reale began his DJ career in 2001, playing in various musical clubs and in the best galas, also providing his voice to many radio stations. Fabio Giunta, a collector of vinyl records, took the same route in 2000 becoming a resident DJ in various clubs and looking after music selection in fashion and exclusive parties.
Today, The Scientists of Sound are Production Assistants for "VJSinc" production of legendary Dee Jay and Producer Victor Simonelli, one of the major authorities in the field of House Music and owner of several record labels including Bassline Records, Unkwn Records and West Side Records.
During their carriers, The Scientists of Sound had collaborated and played with many house music artists, including Dj’s Tony Humphries, David Morales, Joey Negro, Dj Spen, the mentioned Victor Simonelli and many more.
These professionists never stopped to italian parties, but their name is extended also abroad. The locations that housed in The Scientist of Sound are:
Holland, Amsterdam (Ade, Amsterdam Dance Event); Malta,Gozo (Sunscape Festival, Shadow Lounge Club e Moulin Rouge Party - Les Chambres Secrètes) ; Spain, Alicante (VB Weekender) Leon (Glam Theatre) ;
Sviss, Basel (Excellent Club); Italiy Treviso (Urban Klub); Taormina (Lido Stockholm); Catania (Officine 83, Afrobar Playa e Maeva Barbara Beach); Pantelleria (Altamarea Club); Agrigento (La Sesta);
Mazara Del Vallo (Lido Costanza) ; Salerno (World House Festival); Trapani (Otto e Mezzo Club, Sicily Fest Djoon).
Actually The Scientists of Sound collaborate with many musical labels, such as: Quantize Recordings, Tony Records, Expatriate Records, United Music Records, Bassline Records, Unkwn Records.
Some DJs refuse to bend to the norm, defy convention and think-outside-of-the-box. Tedd Patterson is one such DJ, a creative force and a New York clubbing institution. He’s from the floor and a product of the ‘90s heyday of Sound Factory, Sound Factory Bar, Save The Robots, and Zanzibar, to name a few. You can hear that heritage as much in his productions as when he plays; a torchbearer for all that is fab, funky, and cool about NYC.
Tedd Patterson’s career has mirrored the rise of house music, from the burgeoning days in localised underground dance clubs, to the global force house music has become. Those that witnessed his sets at the now seminal Miami Winter Music Conference Magic Sessions parties in the nineties are quick to use such terms as “legendary”, “ground-breaking” and “life changing”. That same eclecticism and innovation has seen him crisscross the planet, entertaining hundreds of thousands of clubbers from South America to Southport, Tokyo to Berlin, and Manila to Napoli. At Cielo, NYC, he’s built a monthly residency now into its twelfth year. His Vibal party has been compared to a cathartic experience by clubbing disciples; regulars will attest it’s easy to find religion in TP’s richly orchestrated soundscapes of the finest classic style of dance music that have a distinct nod back to his ‘90s house and techno roots. It’s not about his mixing ability - although his sets flow with ease from one genre to another without ever missing a beat - it’s about the quality and constancy of the grooves that has built a loyal and international following of dance aficionados.
Widely regarded as a DJ’s DJ his admirers and peers are as much an inspiration to him as he is to them: Francois K, Danny Krivit, Louie Vega, DJ Pierre, Victor Simonelli, David Morales and of course the late Frankie Knuckles. “My sets have always been about fusion,” Tedd explains. “I’m adventurous, and my musical repertoire is very diverse. I like the soul that exists in a variety of musical forms. What appeals to me most is the fusion and contrast, that’s most obvious in how I program my sets. I’m not afraid to take a chance and that has become my signature and that works for me.” Behind the decks his sets combine emotion filled house and deep house with Detroit influenced techno; where uniqueness and originality are the cornerstones of his riveting musical journeys. Unafraid of experimentation, he’s an innovator rejecting conformity, relying instead on his over-riding love of music and latent instinct to guide his hand. Where two paths diverge in the musical world Tedd Patterson always takes the one less travelled and the house scene is all the richer for it.
Baltimore Maryland native, Tracy Hamlin, has been sharing her Jazzy R&B vocals with the world for over twenty years. She has toured and performed with the likes of Carlos Santana, Gloria Gaynor and Chaka Khan to name a few. A former pageant winner, holding the title of Miss Baltimore and Miss Talented Teen of Maryland, Tracy draws inspiration for her music from her life experiences and those who surround her. She has performed with music greats such as Carlos Santana, Marcus Miller, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum, Wayman Tisdale, Rick Braun, Jeff Golub, Acoustic Alchemy and Richard Elliott to name a few. In recent years, Hamlin was the lead vocalist with Heads Up International recording artists, Pieces of a Dream. Tracy toured internationally with the group and was featured on “No Assembly Required” (2005) and “Love’s Silhouette” (2002).
While Tracy Hamlin is perhaps best known for her longtime association with Pieces of a Dream, her first solo album, “Seasons” set the tone for her to take her place center stage. Featuring both Najee on flute and Pieces of a Dream, this stellar collection from 2005 proved to be a wonderful representation of her rich vocal tones. Attracting both R&B and jazz aficionados, “Seasons” was a glowing affirmation of her burgeoning talent.
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Typheni Writer Born and raised in Dundalk, Maryland. She Started singing at the age of 7, but in her earlier years loved singing “Tomorrow” From the classic movie “Annie”. Growing up in a family where almost everyone around her had the talent to sing she soon realized she possessed the same ability. Although she was never professionally train in her craft she ultimately received her training from her family and father, who also is a singer. Years of just singing in the living room to greats such as Earth, Wind, and Fire, The Temptation, Whitney Houston, Berry White not to mention Toni Braxton . At the age of 11 she formed a singing group with her two best friends “S.E.T” was there name consisting of members Shanwtina, Ebony and Typheni.
As she entered high school she joined the choir, performed in talents shows and soon became known as “The Singer”. She won her High school class Most Likely to Become a Celebrity Award. Typheni started entering and dominating talent shows in the Maryland area, soon getting the attention of local production companies. With her parent’s right by her side, she was told that she could pursue her dreams after she graduated high school. It made her want to sing even more.
After graduation Typheni started working and soon started traveling, doing talents shows everywhere. She met a Lady by the name of Jane Harley who only introduced herself as the owner of Kemit Production. Mrs. Harley was amazed with Typheni raspy warn tone vocal performance that 8mths later Mrs. Harley called Typheni and offered her a opportunity to perform at the Apollo. To give a a feel for the crowd and the stage Typheni performed on Wednesday’s “Amateur Night” where she performed “Angel” by Anita Baker and came in second place, with that performance she got the attention of the directors and earned a spot on “Show Time at the Apollo” where she won and returned for the next season.
Getting the attention and working close to producer /engineer Don Medina of Madd Ruff Productions, traveling between Atlanta and Chicago she then was introduced to Songwriter Manuel Seal Jr. ( Co-wrote and writer of songs such as Mariah Carey “Always Be My Baby” and “My Boo” Usher ft. Alicia Keys) and started referenced songs for him.
After a five year hiatus of being just a singer, Typheni listened to strong advice given to her from working with Producer Darryl Pearson.
Who has worked with artist such as Timberland, and Mya, she focused on her artistry, business, and writing skills. She returns delivering old school feel with a new sound, writing and working with Producers M16 who Produced hits such as “Lollipop” Remix, and “Duffle Bag Boy” by Lil Wayne, Rich “Neeze” Shelton of 1 Up entertainment produced artist such as Keyshia Cole, Mya. Writing and working with Redd Stylez (co-writer of “Jupiter Love”) on Try Stylez “ready” album, Typheni is well on her way to becoming a house hold name. Today the bright-smiled artist describes her music as a cross between R&B, Alternative, and Soul.
She even embraces and infuses Hip Hop. Featuring on the mix tape of a Drum-Squad artist Krystyle featured with Gangsta Boo “Take U out”. Working with Hip Hop artist from the East to the West coast, her writing has taken her a lot further. Having recently been featured in a funeral scene in the movie Family, Faith and Money a 2010 Independent Film produced by Frankie Jones, the artist has also ventured into acting. Her ear grabbing voice can be heard and is listed on the movies theme song “Family, Faith and Money”.
Her new release on Quantize Recordings showcase her vocal talents with thrilling delivery of R&B style and hip hop influence the dance floor release- “Is It Love”. She co-wrote the song with the Quantize Team and demonstrates that not only is she a skillful vocalist, but a creative writer to be reckoned with.
Be on the lookout for more!