RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY RADIO: François Kevorkian on NYC disco history to Kraftwerk & beyond (NEW YORK DISCO, FUNK, HOUSE)


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Iconic producer/DJ/engineer François Kevorkian guides us through his impressive career. From NYC disco history to Kraftwerk and beyond.

You just don’t know where to start with François Kevorkian. If there ever was a DJ/producer/engineer that deserved a monograph, it is probably him and his multi-faceted career. Born and raised in France and often referred to as François K, the will to follow his vocation as a drummer brought him to New York City in 1975. From playing in r&b cover bands he soon was hired to drum along with the DJs’ records. Walter Gibbons, Galaxy 21, Flamingo, John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez, and New York New York are just a few of the names that took him off the ground. Studio editing and mixing was the next step, and after a series of influential disco edits and medleys, K landed an A&R job at Prelude, a small indie disco label that quickly became one of the biggest. During his time at Prelude, Kevorkian remixed the majority of Prelude’s club classics like Musique, D-Train or The Strikers, and helped defining the dance music aesthetic with signings like Powerline or Disco Circus by Martin Circus. As a DJ he continued to work at seminal clubs like Studio 54, The Loft, Zanzibar and the Paradise Garage, while collaborating with its resident DJ Larry Levan. By the mid-eighties, François K had become an in-demand top remixer and producer on both sides of the Atlantic. With his own company Axis Productions, François K touched many new wave acts such as Yazoo and Wide Boy Awake, as well as U2, Thomas Dolby, The Cure, Eurythmics, Ashford and Simpson, Mick Jagger, Diana Ross or Arthur Russell’s Dinosaur L, and mixed albums and singles for Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode or Erasure. Fast-forward to 1996 and the legendary Sunday afternoon party that is Body & Soul. True to the spirit of NYC spots like the Paradise Garage, Kevorkian gathered Joe Claussell and Danny Krivit around him to give their musical visions a home. Much like his NYC weekly club resideny Deep Space that focuses on dub music in its various forms on every Monday night, Kevorkian doesn’t seem to get tired of purchasing new and exciting music, while running his independent record label Wave, remixing artists and playing clubs around the world. Passions never grow old.

  1. 1 In The Bush (Remix Version) Musique Prelude
  2. 2 Disco Circus (François K Edit) Martin Circus Prelude
  3. 3 Body Music The Strikers Prelude
  4. 4 Go Bang#5 Dinosaur L Sleeping Bag
  5. 5 Keep On D-Train Prelude
  6. 6 Let’s Start The Dance III Bohannon Polygram
  7. 7 Situation (Dub Version) Yazoo Sire
  8. 8 Tour De France (Kevorkian Mix) Kraftwerk Kling Klang
  9. 9 World In My Eyes Depeche Mode Mute
  10. 10 Moov François K Wave Music
  11. 11 Time & Space François K Wave Music
  12. 12 Forever More (FKEK Vocal Mix) Moloko Echo
  13. 13 Lightning Storm (François K Remix) Rhythm & Sound Burial Mix
  14. 14 Road Of Life François K Deep Space Media

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