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Phlash (Restless Soul) – London
DJ Spinna (Wonderwax) – Brooklyn
Jon Cutler (Distant Music) – Brooklyn
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Aaron Dae (Dae Recordings) – Brooklyn
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Phil Asher- Undoubtedly one of the UK’s most prolific dj/producers and has been indispensable to the progressive musical landscape over the past 15 years.
Phil has completed well in excess of 200 of his own productions, as well as innumerable remixes. From his first gig at Legends and London’s first House club Delirium in 1991 (slipping on a record when Noel Watson went to the toilet) to more recent gigs at, Inspiration Information, and Soul Heaven at Ministry of Sound in London, Phil has played the length and breadth of the UK, as well as, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, France, Brazil, Japan, Canada, United States, New-Zealand and Australia.
The recent project for Phil now is producing two new songwriters, Shea Soul and Zansika, with Songs out on Seasons recordings, Raw Fusion, Loungin and forthcoming on Especial and Suburban. He has just finished recording an Lp called “Deep Electronic Sound” under the guise Phlash & Friends, on Archive Records.
featuring Shea, Zansika, Light Particle, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Karizma, Zaf, Danny Huckridge, Lady Alma, Ommas & Benji B, Sandra Nkake and a host of discovered and yet to be found talent. Phil once again will be doing whatever he wants on this project, but stresses it should be filled under House Music.
As quoted by journalist Jan Peeters, ” With an admirable sense of energy and spontaneity he’ll encounter anything that crosses his many paths and turn it into a musical piece of art. Phil Asher truly is…a master at work.” (Plastiks 58)
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 steadfast work ethic, an obsessively extensive vinyl library and the willingness to pursue the full extents of his roots (Funk, Soul and Jazz), foundation (Hip-Hop) and future (Electronic/Dance music) with no restraints.
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 (having released an impressive slew of 12” singles on his then self-run label Beyond Real during this time) as well as providing the canvas for an array of that era’s lyrical giants. As an emcee in New York City, if you didn’t have a Spinna production under your belt, well, you just hadn’t accomplished all there was to accomplish. Everyone from Mos Def, Talib Kweli to Pharaohe Monch boasted Spinna beats to prove their worth to the scene. At the height of indie-kingpin Rawkus Records heyday, Spinna was in demand, also churning out timeless classics of the era from the likes of J-Live, Mr. Complex and The Polyrhythm Addicts (his all-too-brief collabo-group with Apani B., Shaabam Sadeeq and Complex).
As collaborative production work flooded his studio, from hip-hop legends like Sadat X & Grand Puba (Brand Nubian), Masta Ace and Guru (Gangstarr) to even The Jungle Brothers. Yet, while his stock as a the go-to producer rose so did his value as a key, if not crucial, remixer. At the time reworking hits for the major-label likes of De La Soul (“Stakes is High”) Das EFX and MC Eiht.
Turning heads throughout the industry, Spinna’s sonics soon infiltrated numerous genres. Tapped by everyone from George Michael to Mary J. Blige to Motown Records (for his brilliant Michael Jackson homage to “We’re Almost There”). It’s here his production presence would flourish greatly, as Spinna would go on to revive and revise Soulful marvels like Donald Byrd Eddie Kendricks, Betty Carter, Roy Ayers and Al Jarreau. Always relevant to the current, Spinna has taken to new mixes for the J Dilla bred Platinum Pied Pipers and Bay Area songstress Goapele as with the well respected Les Nubian. Though it goes without saying that one of the more memorable mixes goes to his monumental version of Shawn Escoffery’s “Days Like This”. In turn, catapulting Spinna into his now stately, touted presence in the dance music scene. Which made the transition to BBE Records smooth as ever, for his landmark solo production album “Here To There”. It also spawned another record label, Spinna’s own, Wonderwax. A home for his soulful dance classics, the imprint came to fruition in 2003, and has seen memorable releases from contemporaries such as Rich Medina, Lady Alma, Blaze, The Free Radikalz and Selan.
With so much studio work, it’s a marvel Spinna travels as much as he does. The constant, globe-trotting performances he’s become equally famed for have brought the DJ as far as Iceland, Australia, and South Africa as well as countless jaunts through England, Europe and the U.S. Not to forget, his hugely successful tours of Japan, where Spinna is held in the highest regard throughout the country for his craft in music. Not always the lone crowd-controller, Spinna’s collaborated on stage alongside contemporary luminaries like Gilles Peterson, Jazzanova, Joe Claussell, Bugz In The Attic, Osunlade, Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, Keb Darge, DJ Scratch (EPMD), DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist. He’s a true showman – versatile as ever.
Yet nothing compares to his celebrated Stevie Wonder inspired WONDER-Full™DJ-performances (aside friend and contributor Bobbito Garcia). Garnering overwhelming fanfare each occasion done – whether NYC, LA, San Francisco, Japan or beyond – if a WONDER-Full™ event is booked at a club you can put money on a line around the block and thousands of Stevie Wonder admirers rocking the house. And while he’s gained so much attention and accolade for his tributes to Stevie, Spinna is not incapable of doing the same for any other pivotal forefather. Visit New York City any given month and find a number of Spinna themed throw-downs in the city’s esteemed venues – each as memorable as the last.
Its true that there are other likeminded DJ/Producers in the world comparable to DJ Spinna, but for the most part, they choose a genre and master it. Ask them to flip another variety with the same intense knowledge and sleek-savvy and you’ll be hard pressed to find someone that’ll do it to Spinna’s extent.
With a brand new album “InterGalactic Soul” at its completion (set for release in May, 06), Spinna’s venturing to new reaches in his quest to musical harmony. Tapping into his perfected take on a truly cosmic boom-bap to a sexy, stylishly accessible brand of House and dance music that is unique only to him.
Remaining a musician for the ages, Spinna’s true successes happily await in the future. Won’t you come along for the ride?
Jon Cutler – Owner of Brooklyn-based electronic label, Distant Music, Jon’s displayed his evolving talent with productions such as “You Groove Me”, “Fluttie Pebbles” and others. He’d since teamed up with such dance music luminaries and vocalists as Dj Romain,Scott Wozniak, Michael Watford , Jocelyn Brown, E-Man, Kemdi, Vanessa Freeman and others, creating phenomenal original productions for his own imprint as well as for UK’s MN2S and Papa Records, Chez Music, and 83 West, among others. In 2001, Jon produced the smash, “It’s Yours”, for Chez Music, which quickly cultivated into a club anthem reaching the #1 spot in DJ Magazine’s Hype Chart, #29 in the overall UK Pop Charts, as well as played by club and radio djs in practically every country on Earth. Since then Jon has been committed to releasing quality house music. His remix credits are a testament to his dedication having recreated works by Kerri Chandler (King Street Sounds), Copyright (Defected Records), Kim English (Nervous Records), Bob Sinclar (Yellow), Tortured Soul (Central Park Recordings), and a ton more, into phenomenal pieces of Dance Music. In addition he’s had five stellar mixed compilations released on Soulstar, MN2S, Kinky Sweet, Concept Music, and Distant. In between his hectic schedule that involves traveling around the world every weekend to places like M2 Club (South Korea), Stereo Sushi (Belgium), the revered Southport Weekender (UK), El Divino (Ibiza, Spain), Glam (Mauritius), Follies Pigalle (Paris, France), Zouk Fest (Kuala Lampur), and far too many others to mention. This is a man who truly puts his heart and soul into every production and performance. Celebrating TWENTY plus years in the business, Jon Cutler hopes to maintain the ability to inject his signature soulful flavor into House Music while continuing to inspire the thousands of up and coming producers and DJ’s he’s already influenced throughout the years