us celebrate the CD release of Bossa
Mundo 2 on Wave Music with the return Garage 416
appearance of François K. (extended DJ set) and
the debut Garage 416 appearance of Barbara Mendes (live
vocal performance). Garage 416 regulars Blueprint and
Moreno will also be rockin' the spot with their lively
blend of funky house vibes.
Mundo concept is a unique collaboration between two incredibly
talented DJ's from two of the hottest independent labels: NYC's
Wave Music (François K's label) and Paris'
Yellow Productions (DJ Yellow's [aka Alain Ho] label
with Chris The French Kiss). The Bossa Mundo 2 CD is a
collaboration of producers from around the world, bringing forth
tracks inspired by the sounds of Brazil. Producers and musicians
unite to create a mesh of jazz, afrobeat, ambient and house, with
each selection maintaining its singular style and laced with Afro-Brazilian
K. was born in 1954, and raised in the suburbs of Paris, 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 reedits (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 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, Kraftwerk, Thomas Dolby, The
Cure, Eurythmics, Ashford and Simpson, Mick Jagger, Diana Ross,
Dinosaur L, and many others. He has as well mixed albums for Rebecca
(Japan), Depeche Mode 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.
has since returned to DJing, 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 UK 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.
As of earlier this year, François had his own New York
residency every Sunday afternoon at Body & SOUL, a party which
grew to legendary status since it's beginning in 1996. François,
along with DJ's Joe Claussell and Danny Krivit, spun a soulful
mix of everything from jazzy house to drum'n'bass. Body &
SOUL had established a faithful eclectic following and had allowed
him to experiment and develop his own musical vision.
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 its 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. Along with a steady flow of new releases, François
has managed to find time to record some of his own music, such
as the acclaimed FK-EP, and "Time & Space". The
Wave catalog also features the hit compilations Body & SOUL-NYC
Vol. 1, 2, 3, and 4.
As if this
were not enough, François is still very much in demand
as a remixer today, working on material for the likes of Cesaria
Evora, Ame Strong, Talvin Singh, Underworld, Juan Atkins, Atmosfear,
B 52's, Gloria Estefan, Big Muff, Moloko, Finley Quaye and others.
one of Brazil's greatest vocal talents in the late 1990's, Barbara
Mendes was raised in Rio de Janeiro, the general headquarters
of Brazilian popular music. She started her career at the age
of 6, recording jingles and performing at festivals with her mother,
singer Marisa Rossi. She moved to New York in 1996 where she recorded
the soundtrack to the movie "Bossa Nova" on Verve Records
and in 2001 she recorded "Awakening" with François
K. on Wave Music. Barbara has impressed crowds in Japan, Europe,
America, and her home country, Brazil with her vocal talent.
K.'s debut appearance at Garage 416 in June 2001 was one of the
best DJ sets of the year! This will
be a party to remember -
do not miss this event.