Sean Spencer is DJ Spen; without doubt one of the most influential DJs and producers of his generation. A true doyen of spiritual house music, Spen’s extensive discography of original productions, killer remixes, and distinctive DJ sets have been grooving the dance floors since the early nineties.
Spen was initially inspired by hip-hop and from an early age began producing mix shows for regional radio stations before releasing his first production as part of Numarx. It was, however, through his partnership with Teddy Douglas and Jay Stienhour as The Basement Boys, and their unique fusion of gospel, jazz, disco and house that cemented the foundations of his illustrious career.
In 1994, the trio set up the now seminal Basement Boys Records and Spen formed Jasper Street Company. Spen achieved considerable dance floor and commercial success through The Basement Boys and Jasper Street Company with releases such as ‘A Feelin’’ and ‘Solid Ground’ and he went onto form further collaborations with the likes of Teddy Douglas, Thommy Davis and Karizma. Throughout his time with The Basement Boys, Spen also put his remix touch to the likes of Diana Ross, Everything But The Girl, Anne Nesby and Shawn Escoffery.
After leaving The Basement Boys, Spen launched his own Code Red imprint and has continued to enjoy further success in partnership with Gary Hudgins, Gary Deane & Irvin Madden as The MuthFunkaz. With Code Red now approaching its 50th release and the MuthaFunkas providing the driving force behind the label, Spen has developed his sound for the modern dance floor while retaining a unique spiritually in his productions. Through Code Red, Spen has worked with the likes of Ultra Nate, Marc Evans Anne Nesby, Michelle Weeks, Sybil, Lisa Millet Thommy Davis, Klemet Bonelli and Knee Deep, and released a number of club anthems such as ‘Gabryelle’ (DJ Spen pres. DJ Technics) and ‘4 The Love’ (Karizma feat. DJ Spen).
DJ Spen has recently been working on the first MuthaFunkas album and also new material in collaboration with Karizma as The Deepah Ones. The ‘Muthlode LP’ – a 15 track full length album – quintessentially focuses on The Muthafunkaz as a dance project while the latest collaboration with Karizma heralds a return to a more classic sound. Spen has also recently remixed Barbara Tucker (‘Love The Hurt Away’) for M2Vibe and Ralf Gum (‘Lose My Worries’) for GoGo Music. He has also recently compiled and mixed the first in a brand new compilation series (‘DJ Spen pres. For The Love Of House’) for Defected.
As a DJ, Spen is well renowned through the world and commands an avid following as he commands the globe’s foremost dance floors. He frequently tours throughout the U.S. and Europe as well as the the Far East and Australia and maintains regular appearances for Defected at their flagship residencies at Ministry Of Sound (London) and Pacha (Ibiza). As a producer and a DJ, Spen is at artist with one of the finest pedigrees and, is also, one with the vision, desire and ambition to keep on pushing the boundaries.
Anybody can be a good DJ; the fact is DJ Spen is one of the best!!
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