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 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 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 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. François now has his own New York residency
every Sunday afternoon at Body & SOUL, a party which
has already grown to legendary status since it's beginning in
1996. François, along with DJ's Joe Claussell and
Danny Krivit, spins a soulful mix of everything from jazzy
house to drum'n'bass. Body & SOUL has established a faithful
eclectic following and has 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 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. 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, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3.
As if this
were not enough, François is still very much in demand
as a remixer today, working recently 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
residents Jason Klaps, Alan Lo and Mike K of blueprint will
also be rockin' the spot with their lively lovely blend of funky
house vibes. Come and celebrate François K.'s first
Toronto appearance and Hot Stepper's 6th Year Anniversary.
will be a party to remember!