TOTD // 26/06 // DJ Spen

Published: June 26, 2017, words by John Carter

Sean Spencer aka DJ Spen began his career in his hometown of Baltimore at 13, over three decades ago. He grew up on gospel, amongst a very religious family, however he found himself drawn equally to a wide range of styles, including hip hop, funk and rock (the likes of Zeppelin and Hendrix). At 13, Sean Spencer’s love for hip-hop prevailed, and he found himself producing mix shows for local station WEBB AM as well as starting hip-hop collective Numarx.

DJ Spen made a gradual move towards house with his productions. In 1989 he formed Basement Boys records and and in 1994 Jasper Street Company, allowing him a platform to release his first full record – A Feelin. This triggered a spur of commercial success, with Spen remixing the likes of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Toni Braxton.

Moving past the millennium, in 2004 DJ Spen created one of his current project alongside Gary Deane, namely Code Red Recordings. Following this, he made Quantize Recordings alongside Thommy Davis, releasing the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Barbara Tucker and Joi Cardwell.

With a commendable career so far, DJ Spen continues to tour the world behind the decks and produce soulful hit after hit. He will be one of the many legends gracing the decks at Suncebeat festival, which is why we’ve invited him in to share his festival selection. Below, DJ Spen digs for the Dalmation coast.

 

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Karizma

Work It Out

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Biggest track of the year so far for me, the fact that it is by my brother Karizma is no bad thing and its gospel roots run through me like the Holy Spirit.”
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MSFB

Love Is The Respect (DJ Spen Re-edit)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I’ve been playing this re edit of MFSB ‘Love Is The Message’ mashed up with Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ that I put together since the last Southport weekender in Minehead and it always rocks!!!”
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Marco Valery, Sharlene Hector

Free Love (Michele Chiavarini & DJ Spen Extended Mix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This is a remake of a Jean Carne classic that I’ve loved since I was a kid in the 70s; this remake stands alone and I’m happy to be playing it today.”
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Randy Roberts & Richard Burton

Stairway To Heaven (DJ Spen & Thommy Davis Original Mix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This is one of the biggest records I’ve put out this year and it’s still going strong into to the summer and looks like it will go beyond…”

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