CLASSIC DISCO EDIT: Jody Watley – I Want Your Love (Danny Krivit Edit )

Danny Krivit Bio from DK online

Growing up in Greenwich Village, New York City, in the 1960s, Danny was surrounded by music. His mother was an accomplished jazz singer and his father was the manager of legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker before going on to open up “The Ninth Circle”, a Village hot spot, where Danny worked as a boy. It was here that Danny met some of the most influential people in the music scene; Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Mingus, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, amongst others. His home was also a hotbed of musical inspiration, with The Mothers of Invention living down the hall, and Sid Bernstein (Manager of The Rascals) living upstairs, the rascals would regularly pop down to the Krivit household to practice their future hits on the piano. At school, a close friend and classmate was the son of Creed Taylor, the production genius behind many artists who recorded on the VERVE, C.T.I. & KUDA labels, and another close friend, legendary Nile Rogers, help Danny pick out his first guitar.

By 1970, Danny was already a vinyl junkie & an amateur DJ, But DJ’ing as a profession wasn’t fully realized until 1971, after another neighbor/friend of Danny’s (Vice

President of Polydor Records) introduced Danny to one of his artists – none other than the legendary James Brown, who gave Danny white-label advance promo copies of his “Get on the Good foot” and “Think” by Lynn Collins. Around the same time, Danny started Djing & programming music for “The Ninth Circle” which by now had been transformed into a disco. Danny’s father opened his second club called “Ones” In 1975; Danny was their sole DJ through 1977. Danny’s sets were a big success and from this he started promoting and Djing at his own after-hours club down the street. At this stage, Danny was becoming part of the underground scene, club-hopped a lot, meeting some of the greatest DJ names of the time. These included Nicky Siano (of the Gallery), Walter Gibbons (of Galaxy 21), Tee Scott (of Better Days), David Rodriguez (of The Limelight), Richie Kaczar (Club Hollywood), and Bobby DJ (of Le Jardin) amongst others. Although all outstanding names, one DJ and club stood out amongst the rest: DJ David Mancuso and The Loft.

The Loft (A musical center and Mecca for DJs) was a unique place and home of the original DJ “Record Pool”. This is where Danny began his long time friendships with DJs Larry Levan and Francois Kevorkian (Francois K). In 1977 when Danny started Djing at “Trude Hellers”, he also had become an avid roller skater, and with his girlfriend at the time (Daphne Rubin Vega) would regularly skate over to the Paradise Garage, where Larry would let them skate around the club while he would check out some of the new records that week on the sound system. The Garage remained Danny’s main stomping ground until it closed in 1987.

Danny’s list of DJ residencies steadily grew throughout the 70s and in 1979, after Djing at the opening of the Roxy; he became their main resident DJ for the next 4 years. In the early 80s the Roxy was the home of some of the best Hip hop DJs of the day like “D.S.T”, Grand master Flash, and Africa Bambaata. Since Danny was one of the few white boys who could scratch mix, he earned the nickname Danny Rock. Throughout the 80s & very often playing 6 & 7 nights a week, the list of clubs he played at exploded & included places like, Area, Dancateria, The Ice Palace, Laces, The Limelite, Red Zone, Save The Robots, Studio 54(Virgin Islands), Tracks, The Tunnel, The World, and many, many others. Even a guest spot at the legendary Paradise Garage.

Since the late 70s trade magazines such as Billboard (which he still reports to weekly), Cash Box, Record World, & Dance Music Report amongst others, have listed Danny’s play lists and Danny’s mix tapes have been getting airplay on radio station WBLS, WKTU, & KISS FM.

The 80s’ saw the beginning of Danny’s studio work. He worked on tracks featuring legends such as, James Brown – “Soul Power”, “Give it up and Turn it loose”, “Funky Drummer” (reputed to be the most sampled song in history!), Ecstasy, Passion & Pain – “Touch and Go”, Brenda and the Tabulations – “Let’s Go All the Way”, Gloria Gaynor – “Casanova Brown”, and what is probably THE most quintessential version of MFSB’s classic – “Love Is The Message”.

Moving into the 90s, Danny commanded legendary status amongst young and old as well as continuing to forge new paths in dance music into the millennium. He inherited the Ninth Circle from his father and continued to DJ at NY clubs such as Mars, Tracks, The Choice, Palladium, Shelter, Sound Factory Bar, Twilo, The Warehouse, & The Loft.
At it’s inception in 1996, Danny joined Francois K and Joe Claussell to form the Body and Soul team, at club Vinyl in NYC and regularly played every Sunday for it’s entire run, while also regularly Djing in various clubs in New York & Japan & everywhere in-between, Body & Soul has also been enjoying some special events in Brazil, France, LA, London, Portugal, Italy, Singapore & sensational annual events in Japan.

While Body & Soul in NY is now more of a seasonal event, & still going strong since 2002, Danny has been enjoying a similar success on his own, as resident DJ of the award winning “Best Party In NYC”, “THE 718 SESSIONS”, which started in Brooklyn (718), & kept the name even after moving to Manhattan. More than just the DJ, he is responsible for large part of the creative aspects of the party, as in the graphic designing of the flyers & merchandise. And in-between this & traveling the globe, has also held down a barrage of guest spots @ places like; APT, Aqua Booty (Miami), Central Park Roller Events, Cielo, Deep (LA), Giant Step, Lincoln Park Music Festival (NJ), Love, Mighty, & The End Up (San Francisco), Pacha, Roxy, Shelter, Stereo (Montreal), Sole, Spirit, Table 50, & Warehouse….

1971-2011 Danny is currently celebrating 40 YEARS as a NYC DJ & has enjoyed many highlights, just to name a few: Like the summer of 2003 at Museum Of Modern Art’s PS1 in NY, playing for an incredible 5,000 of his 718 Sessions fans, & then again to 7,000 fans in July 2006 for Body & Soul’s 10th anniversary. & In 1999, for a 15,000 strong crowd for the first of three annual Body and Soul “Summer Stage” events in NYC’s Central Park. & an equal number of highlights in Japan, like New Year’s Eve 2001, when he played for an attendance of 21,000 people, & December 2005 @ club Ageha, also playing for an incredible 7,000 of his own fans. & Starting in 2002, Body & Soul’s annual events in Japan have also been consistently phenomenal highlights, especially in 5/08 performing along side his now wife, Japan pop icon, AK!

Danny’s talents and reputation have grown immensely and continues to do so, with demand for his DJing & editing work reaching new heights & exploding worldwide from

North & South America to Europe & Japan, with his Producer/Editor/Mixer credits included on well over 200 records. Earning a status of “King Of The Re-edit” since the early 80’s, he’s been a major force in bringing attention & world acceptance to the art of editing, even spawning an onslaught of imitators. Also since the early 80’s, Danny has also been a VJ, with a collection of well over 5000 rare soul performances on video from the 60s, 70s, 80’s, & 90’s. His vinyl record collection is now well over 80,000. He has also contributed to many historical films & literature such as: “Maestro”, “Love Saves The Day”, “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life”, & Mel Cheren’s “My Life & The Paradise Garage”, “Downtown Calling”, “All Hopped Up and Ready To Go”, “The Disco Files” include Danny Krivit as a legendary key player in the history of NY night life & Most definitely one of the very few people who can honestly say he’s consistently DJ’d in all the hottest clubs in NY for the past 40 years!

Now how is this for a resume…

Kim English – “It Makes A Deference” < Re-Mix > Nervous 12/06
Blaze – “The Muse” < Re-Mix > 10/05
Incognito – “Morning Sun” <Re-Mix> (Pony Canyon/Japan) 8/03
Missy Elliott – “4 My People” <Re-Mix> (Ibadan) 7/03
Soul Switch feat. Melissa Morgan – “Believe In Yourself” (Co-mixed w/Nicky Siano) Yellow Orange Records / 2000
Tanya Gardner -“Rewrite” – (Co-mixed with Nicky Siano) West End /2000
Arthur Russell – “In The Light of a Miracle” (Point Music) / 1997
Judy Albanese – “That Ain’t Right” (Maxi) / 1995
EU – “Ain’t Heard Nuthin’ Yet” (Co-Mixed With David Morales) Virgin / 1990
Maxtrax – “Love is the Message” (Profile) / 1989
Keasha Jenkins – “Still Waiting” (Profile) / 1989
Fonda Rae – “The Price You Pay” (Fila) / 1987
Carole Williams – “Queen of Hearts” (Profile) / 1987
Ecstasy, Passion and Pain – “Touch and Go” (Sunny View) (Co-mixed with Tony Smith) / 1986
James Brown – “Give it up or Turn it Loose”- (Polydor) / 1986
Gloria Gaynor – “Casanova Brown” (MGM) / 1986
Foster Sylvers – “Mistermeaner” (MGM) / 1986
Bumper to Bumper – “Don’t hold back” (Jump Street) / 1985
The Dynamite Duo – “Can’t Stop” (Silver Screen) / 1984
Rosetta Brown – “Don’t Make Tracks” (Strawberry) / 1984
Sounds of JHS 126 – “Chill Pill” (Sleeping Bag) / 1983

Editing Credits

Milton Hamilton – “We Have All The Time” – Edits By Mr. K 12″ Vinyl Sampler Vol. 3 – Strut /K7 3/11
Philadelphia International All-Stars –” Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto” – Edits By Mr. K 12″ Vinyl Sampler Vol. 3 – Strut /K7 3/11
Teddy Pendergrass – “You’re My Greatest Inspiration” – Unrestricted Access 10/10
Maxwell – “Til The Cops Come Knockin” – Unrestricted Access 9/10
P’taah – “Everything Is Naturally Free” – King Street Sounds 8/10
Chairmen Of The Board – “Life & Death” – Edits By Mr. K 12″ Vinyl Sampler Vol. 1 – Strut /K7 8/10
Midnight Movers – “Follow The Wind” – Edits By Mr. K 12″ Vinyl Sampler Vol. 1 – Strut /K7 8/10
The Soul Searchers – “We The People” – Edits By Mr. K 12″ Vinyl Sampler Vol. 2 – Strut /K7 8/10
Black Blood – “Chicano” – Edits By Mr. K 12″ Vinyl Sampler Vol. 2 – Strut /K7 8/10
Freddy Turner – “Spead Love” < Re-Edit > King Street Sounds 10/09
Shuya OKINO & United Legends Replayed By Sleep Walker “Thank You” < Edit > Especial 10/08 (Japan Only)
Jazzanova – Theme From “Belle Et Fou” < Re-Edit > Sonarkollektiv 10/08
Strutin Unlimited – “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” < Re-Work > Grand Gallery 3/08 (Japan Only)
Sade/Boyd Jarvis “ I Couldn’t Love You More” < Edit > – 3/08
Foster Sylvers – “Misdemeanor” < My 1986 Re-Mix > 12/07
Jephte Guillaume pres. AK – “Shining Your Way” < Re-Edit > King Street Sounds 9/07
Collection of Edit’s by Mr.K
Gary’s Gang – “Let’s Lovedance Tonight” < Re-Edit > Sam/Nervous 5/07

DJ Oji – “Be You “ < Re-Edit > King Street Sounds 5/07
Jody Watley – I Want Your Love < Re-Edit > – Avitone Recordings 4/07
Wunmi – “Talk, Talk, Talk” < Re-Edit > Kudos Records12/06
Orgone – “Funky Nassau” < Re-Edit > Nuff Rope 10/06
Stephanie Mills –“What’cha Gonna Do With My Lovin” < Edit by Mr. K > 10/06
Change – “Hold Tight” < Re-Edit > 10/06
Joi Cardwell – _What It Feels Like” – (King Street) 10/06
Peven Everett – “Stuck” < Re-Edit > Defected 3/06
Rene & Angela – “I Love You More” < Edit by Mr. K > (Captiol) 12/05
Leela James – “Music” < Edit by Mr. K > (White Label) 10/05
Mary J Blidge – “I Try” < Edit by Mr. K > (White Label) 10/05
Kraftwerk – “Trans Europe Express” Beats < Edit by Mr. K > (White Label) 10/05
Amerie – “Love’s Off The Chain” < Edit by Mr. K > (White Label) 10/05
Lil’ Louis – “Do You Love Me” < Edit by Mr. K > Mahattan/Japan 8/05
Marvin Gaye – “I Want You” ” < Edit by Mr. K > (White Label) 7/05
Amerie – “One Thing” < Edit by Mr. K > (White Label) 7/05
Richie Havens – “Going Back To My Roots” < Edit by Mr. K > Elektra 3/05
Madeline Bell “That’s What Friends Are For” < Re-Edit > Victor Entertainment/Soul Source (Japan) 2/05
Jungle Wonz – “Bird In A Gilded Cage” (Skylax) 10/04
Hokis Pokis – “Nowhere” < Re-Edit> (Supreme) 10/04
Younghearts – “Do You Have The Time” (Supreme) 10/04
Soul Central – “Strings Of Life” <Edit> (Defected) 8/04
Salsoul Orchestra – “Salsoul Rainbow” (Salsoul UK) 8/04
Salsoul Orchestra feat Loleatta Holloway – “Runaway” (Salsoul UK) 8/04
Bob Marley – “Is It Love” <Re-Edit> (White Label) 7/04
Diviniti – “Find A Way” (King Street) 7/04
Sicania Soul – “Starlite” (Irma) 7/04
Inner Life – “Moment Of My Life” (Salsoul/UK) 6/04
Salsoul Orchestra – “Love Break” (Salsoul/UK) 6/04
Chieko Kinbara – “Spring Rain” King Street/Japan 5/04
First Choice – “Let No Man Put Asunder” (Salsoul/UK) 4/04
Surface – “Falling In Love” (Salsoul/UK) 4/04
The Chi-Lites – “Are You My Woman” (Soul Source Boogie compilation / Soul Source/Japan) 3/04
Marry J Blidge – “Ooh! Love Is…” (Cottage Groove) 3/04
New Birth – “Deeper” <Edit By Mr. K> (White Label) 2/04
Earth, Wind & Fire – “Runnin” (Sony/Soul Source/Ibadan) 3/04
Earth, Wind & Fire – “Brazilian Rhyme” <Re-Edit> (Sony/Soul Source/Ibadan) 3/04
Earth, Wind & Fire – “Runnin” (Soul Source – compilation) Japan 3/04
Earth, Wind & Fire – “Brazilian Rhyme” <Re-Edit> (Soul Source – compilation) Japan 3/04
RSL – “Wesley Music” <Re-Edit> (Giant Step) 3/04
Brian Eno – “Jezebel Spirit” <Edit By Mr. K> (White Label) 12/03
Brian Eno – “Mea Culpa” <Edit By Mr. K> (White Label) 12/03
Tweet – “Boogie ll Night” <Edit By Mr. K> (White Label) 1/04
Tribe Called Quest/Erykah Badu – “I.C.U.(Doin’ It)” (White Label) 1/04
Soul Central – “Strings Of Life” <Edit> (Whistle Bump/UK) 10/03
Ecstasy, Passion & Pain – “Ask Me” <Edit> (Disco Juice) 10/03
Sisters Love – “Give Me Your Love” <Edit> (Disco Juice) 10/03
Cymande – “Bra” (Disco Juice) 10/03
MFSB – “Love Is The Message” (Disco Juice) 10/03
DJ Jorj – “Only You” – Distant) 10/03
Beyonce – “Crazy In Love” ” (White Label) 8/03
The Chi-Lites – “Are You My Woman” ” (White Label) 8/03
Diana Ross – “Love Hangover” <Edit> (Motown) 7/03
Jungle Brothers – “Round & Round” (Ibadan) 6/03
Incognito – “On The Road” <Edit> (Ibadan) 6/03
Pal Joey – “I Sing” <Edit> (Mother Tongue) 5/03
AK – “No One Else” Jon Cutler Re-Mix Feat. Brian Jackson A&R/Danny Krivit (King Street) 4/03
Klash – “Akoba” – (Wave) 2002
AK – “Say That You Love Me” (Virgin/EMI-Japan) 2002
Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” (Sony-Japan)
Donnie – “Do You Know” (Giant Step) 2002
Aretha Franklin – “Rock Steady” (Ibadan)
Titanic – “Sultana” (Ibadan)
Yukihiro Fukutomi Feat. Josh Milan – “Love Each Other” (King Street) / 2002
Mondo Grosso – “Star Suite” (King Street) / 2001
The Clark Sisters – “You Brought The Sunshine” (Strut) / 2002
Chaka Khan – “I Know You, I Live You” (Strut) / 2002
B 52s – “Mesopotamia” (Strut) / 2002
Frankie Knuckles – “Keep On Moving (La Familia)” (Definity/Junior Boys Own) / 2001
Kings Of Tomorrow – “Finally” (Distance/Defected) / 2001
Pal Joey – “You’re Luv” (Wave) / 2001
“Do You Know” (Giant Step) / 2001
MFSB – “Love IS The Message” (Nuphonic) / 2001
Salsoul Orchestra feat Loleatta Holloway – “Runaway” (Unidisc) / 2001
Salsoul Orchestra – “Salsoul Rainbow” (Unidisc) /2001
Giorgio Moroder – “Evolution” (Ibadan) / 2001
Double Exposure – “Everyman” (Strut) / 2001
Chi Lites – “My First Mistake” (Strut) / 2001
Love Unlimited Orchestra – Theme From “King Kong” (Strut) 2001
Voyage – “Point Zero” (Strut) / 2001
Lamont dozier – “Going Back To My Roots” (Strut) / 2001
El Coco – “Delicado” (Strut) / 2001
Everyday People – “I Like What I Like…” (Strut) / 2001
DJ Pierre feat. Sabynaah Pope – “Together” ( Maxi) /1998
Evelyn King – “One More Time” ( King Street) / 1997
The Mac Vibe “Mr Meaner” (8 ball) /1996
Peter Brown “Dance Wit Me” (Chemistry) /1994
Blind Truth feat. Tata Vega – “Love is The Key” (Minimal) /1993
Dawn Martin “Can you feel the Music” (Maxi) / 1990
28th St. Crew – “Notice Me” (Vendetta) /1989
James Brown – “Funky Drummer”- (Polydor) / 1986
James Brown – “Soul Power” (Polydor) /1986
Brenda and the Tabulations – “Let’s Go All the Way” (Casablanca) /1986
Visage – “Pleasure Boys” (Polydor) /1986


Track of the Day: Martin Circus – Disco Circus (François Kervorkian Rmx) 1979

Thanks to Gian Arpino for this original disco banger, expect more of the same this weekend at Electric Avenue Saturday Oct 9th at Tone (16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills).

Catch Gian alongside Koolade, Meem & Cam Brown paying tribute to the last 40 years of underground club music.

More info at the event on FB


About Electric Avenue

ELECTRIC AVENUE is a monthly get-down, where ears and feet are led astray by a soulfully quixotic blend of house, disco, hip-hop, neo-soul, techno and boogie bombs.

Between them, EA’s resident jocks Gian Arpino & Cameron Brown have been pushing these styles for 30 years and will be calling on only the finest local and international musical friends to help them continue spreading the gospel.

So, if you have a penchant for classic throwbacks mixed with future classics, and enjoy the tasty stylings of dancefloor doyens like Theo Parrish, Maurice Fulton, Mr Scruff, Idjut Boys, Unabombers, Larry Levan, Walter Gibbons, Greg Wilson, DJ Utern, Dam Funk, and David Mancuso, then Electric Avenue is the new Sydney address for you to set your night soul free!

See you on the floor…

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