proud to welcome back DJ Spen and Karizma. This
time they are bringing with them the original co-founder of the
Basement Boys, Teddy Douglas. Together the have remixed
and produced such famous artists as Lenny Kravitz, Erykah
Badu, Michael Jackson, Kenny Bobien, Ultra
Nate, Michelle Weeks, Byron Stingly and more.
As DJs, the Boys are prepared to move your feet with their funky
Teddy Douglas, a Baltimore native, recalls listening to plenty
of Motown, Stax and Philadelphia International records at an early
age. As an avid record collector, he has collected Everything
from 60's classic rock to current house. In the late 70's he began
his DJ career performing for high school dances and neighborhood
Influenced by some of his favourite DJ's like Tee Scott, Larry
Levan and Mandrill Harris, Teddywould eventually land a residency
in 1983 at Baltimore's premier hot spot Odell's. It was during
this period he'd meet Thommy Davis and Jay Steinhour while working
at local record shops and the trio would go on to form the infamous
Basement Boys Productions. In 1986 there first record, "Love
Don't Live Here Anymore", was released on Jump St. Records
(N.Y.C.). Since then they have produced some of clubland's biggest
In 1989 they discovered Ultra Nate ("Blue Notes in the Basement"-Warner
Brothers) and recorded her early club anthems, "It's Over
Now" and "Rejoicing". Later that year they also
produced Mass Order's "Lift Every Voice" and Crystal
Waters' "Gypsy Woman" and "100% Pure Love".
Today Teddy still enjoys DJing either locally at club Paradox
or across the globe, performing for thousands from Italy to Japan.
He is also head of A&R for Basement Boys Records and CEO of
Basement Boys Productions. Teddy keeps very busy looking for new
talent and new tunes.
DJ SPEN'S BIOGRAPHY
At age 14, DJ Spen began his career in music by producing radio
edits and supermixes for WEBB AM in Baltimore. During that time
he founded the regions first hip-hop/mix production group called
Numarx whose popularity carried them into performing with national
acts like LL Cool J, Run-D.M.C., and Eric B & Rakim.
In 1986, the group recorded its first full length LP entitled
"It's Our Time" on Studio Records which featured the
hit record "Girl You Know It's True" which was later
covered by Milli Vanilli.
Spen became an on air personality and mix show director for WEBB,
and after graduating from college, secured a job as late night
personality for Majic 95.9 FM. This job landed him a late night
hip-hop/house show on Friday nights, and the ol' skool formatted
Flashback Saturday Night Dance Party for the station. Later, with
the acquisition of two new stations in Washington D.C., Spen became
Mix Show Director for the company.
While his radio career was changing constantly, Spen worked with
the Basement Boys as a songwriter, drum programmer, and pre-production
assistant. Involved with the company since 1989, his influence
on early Crystal Waters and Ultra Nate projects can be heard.
With the start of Basement Boys Records in 1994, Spen formed the
Jasper Street Company and released his first full production called
"A Feelin'". Later, along with his partner Josane, Spen
completed the Jasper St. Co. L.P. entitled "IN A SPENSANE
WORLD". Today Spen is a full time remixer/producer for Basement
Boys Productions and a nightclub DJ worldwide.
Karizma started DJing at the age of 13 at various fashion shows
and parties. At age 17 he did a mix show on WEAA Fm for 4 years.
He met DJ Pope and DJ Oji, who he collaborated with on a record
"Whats it all About" The N.C.O.P. Project for Cutting
Records. Around the same time he also produced records for a label
he co-owned Unruly/Hardhead Records and held down a mixshow on
V-103 Fm. It was at V-103 and the club Paradox that Karizma often
bumped into DJ Spen and ended up doing a mixshow with him on V-103.
Karizma collaborated with Spen on the Jasper Street Company album
for the song "E.W.T.R.T.W" and for drum programming
on the track "Temptation". Since then Spen and Karizma
have become a remix/production team for Basement Boys Productions.
With remixes on Kenny Bobien, SuSu Bobien, Everything But The
Girl, Ron Carroll, Minsters De-La-Funk feat. Jocelyn Brown, Mary
J. Blige and Amira, as well as his own productions, The "Power
EP" on Black Vinyl Records and the Deepah Ones "Dancin"
on Basement Boys Records. Karizma is always in the business of
remixing and producing new and innovative music while traveling
and DJing at nightclubs worldwide.
Basement Boys will be rockin' Garage 416 with a super extended
don't miss it!
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