Journey featuring Francois K. and Joaquin
"Joe" Claussell. This will be their first joint
appearance in Canada. Francois and Joe will DJ together all
night starting at 11pm. Be prepared to dance!
François K. was born and raised in France, moving to New
York in 1975 to pursue a career as a drummer. He played in various
R&B cover bands and was hired by the Galaxy 21 disco to drum
along with the DJ's records. This led to a strong interest in
the nascent disco sound. François started DJing around
New York, playing clubs such as Experiment 4 (along with John
"Jellybean" Benitez), JJ Knickerbocker, the Flamingo,
and New York New York.
same time, François discovered studio editing and mixing.
He created a series of disco medleys and re-edits (many of which
are still available as bootlegs), and in 1978 landed an A&R
job at Prelude Records, a small but rapidly expanding independent
disco label. One of his first accomplishments at Prelude was remixing
Musique's "Push Push In The Bush," a massive disco hit
which sold nearly a million copies. He went on to remix and/or
edit the majority of Prelude releases, including such club classics
as D Train's "Keep On", "Body Music" by The
Strikers as well as signing seminal tracks which helped define
the dance music aesthetic, like "Double Journey" by
Powerline or "Disco Circus" by Martin Circus.
François continued his DJ work, spinning at legendary clubs
such as Studio 54, Les Mouches, Better Days, Buttermilk Bottom,
The Loft, AM/PM, Bond's, Zanzibar, and The Paradise Garage, filling
in for resident Garage jock Larry Levan. He also started collaborating
with Levan (a major remixer in his own right) on studio work,
and soon became so busy behind the console that he decided to
stop DJing in 1983.
By the mid-eighties, François had become an in-demand top
remixer and producer on both sides of the Atlantic. He quit Prelude
in 1982 and started Axis Productions, working with 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, Dinosaur L, and many others. He has as well mixed albums
and singles for Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Rebecca (Japan) and Erasure.
In 1987, he
opened Axis Studios, which quickly became a major recording and
mixing facility. Notable Axis clients include Madonna, Todd Terry,
C&C Music Factory, Mariah Carey, Teddy Riley, Mary J. Blige,
Deee-Lite, and many others.
François has since returned to DJ'ing , playing various
guest spots in New York City at The Sound Factory Bar, House Nation,
Afterlife, Roxy, Vinyl and Twilo. He has also played in the U.K.
at Ministry of Sound, The End, Bar Rhumba, Back To Basics, The
Blue Note and Hard Times, in Italy at Angels Of Love, Cocorico
and Red Zone, and in Japan at Club Yellow, Gold, Precious Hall,
Red Hot, and various clubs.
In 1996, François
started the now legendary Sunday afternoon at Body & Soul,
which went on for six years and three events at Central Park's
Summerstage. François, along with DJ's Joaquin 'Joe'
Claussell and Danny Krivit, spun a soulful mix of everything
from jazzy house to drum n' bass. Body&Soul, which is still
holding events from time to time (in Tokyo yearly) has established
a faithful eclectic following and has allowed him to experiment
and develop his own musical vision.
He has recently started a new NYC weekly club residency called
Deep Space, where every Monday night he plays Dub in all
of its musical forms, from Jamaican vintage grooves to spacey
and abstract new electronic sounds with anything in between.
In 1994, François
established Wave Music a fully independent record label.
Wave Music was created out of a need for a label with initiative
to turn out lasting music with substance as well as style. It
is with this mentality that Wave has established extraordinary
national and international success with it's eclectic catalog
of soulful music. From the jazzy vibe of Abstract Truth's "Get
Another Plan", to the explosive #1 Billboard Dance Chart
hit "Din Da Da" by club sensation Kevin Aviance, Wave
places no boundaries on expression.
a steady flow of new releases, he has managed to find time to
record some of his own music, such as the acclaimed FK-EP , followed
by "Time & Space", as well as "Capricorn",
"Enlightenment and "Awakening", a stunning Brazilian-flavored
jazzy song featuring vocals by Barbara Mendes (with whom François
As if this
wasn't enough, he is still very much in demand as remixer today,
working recently on material for the likes of Cesaria Evora, Moloko,
Ame Strong, Talvin Singh, Underworld, Juan Atkins, Rinocerose,
B 52's, Bent, Gloria Estefan, Big Muff and others.
Joe's approach to club music has impacted producers and clubs
throughout world. Currently popular in progressive minded club
music production is the fusion of world music with dance beats.
Notably responsible for this new approach is Joe Claussell. With
production and remixes for the likes of Cesaria Evora, Femi Kuti,
Monday Michiru, Jephte Guillaume, Nitin Sawney, Herbie Hancock,
and Cassandra Wilson, his sound has imbued dance music with a
more organic, ethnic feel, taking African and Latin influences
on board and meshing them with elements of the Garage tradition
and the true feeling of classic and contemporary house music.
Joe is currently
the resident DJ at his own New York party "Sacred Rhythm",
he heads up his own label "Spiritual Life Music",
and was the co-resident at the legendary club event "Body
& SOUL" with Danny Krivit and Francois K.
to produce and create music few have the courage to do; music
created for, by and about the soul. Explore this experimentation,
in which the historical, physical, and spiritual elements guide
us to a new level of awareness. It's difficult to label Joe's
music as house, dance music or anything else. It's just good music.
Listen ...you may be surprised at how familiar this sound is,
the sound of life. Check
out the photos from his Dec. '05 appearance.
and Joe will be delivering pure musical bliss to the dance-floor
revelers on an incredible sound system. Do not miss the opportunity
to experience the sounds of these two musical legends together
under one roof!