Hard Times / Todd Terry & More
Hard Times / Todd Terry & More
2016 has been best spent on the road, with Hard Times showcases in Birmingham, London, Sheffield, and Newcastle. Featuring the likes of Black Coffee, Detroit Swindle, Dimitri From Paris, Doorly, Francois K, Jeremy Underground, Kenny Dope, Miguel Campbell, Roger Sanchez, & of course Todd Terry.
So what feel likes a bit of a homecoming we set our sights firmly on a return to Leeds, to the newly refurbished Church, and our new home. Who better to mark this occasion than the one and only Todd ‘The God’ Terry. Not only is Todd the best man for the job he also represents the journey of the brand over the years both with the events and his involvement with the label. He’ll be joined by Josh Butler, DJ Deeon, DJ Spen & Karizma. Representing the past, present, and future of the Best Of Times. Only thing missing is you. With limited capacity - advanced ticket purchase is strongly advised.
The return of Hard Times. Best Of Times. Back in Leeds.
Hard Times presents
Best Of Times
DJ Spen & Karizma
22:00 - 03:30
Grammy Award nominated DJ/Producer Todd Terry has been engulfed in dance music since he first started listening to European dance music records while growing up in Brooklyn. Already devoted to turntables, he heard something different in those tracks, and he “went for the difference. I never got a break in New York, but England happened right away, so I catered to them.” In any event, the Todd Terry sound was born.
By 1988, Todd Terry hit big in England and Europe, and his notoriety was making its way back to the U.S. In addition to DJ appearances, Todd was cutting his classic underground tracks A Day In The Life, Weekend, and Can You Party, released under monikers such as the Todd Terry Project, House Of Gypsies, and Royal House, all considered essential and ground breaking.
DJ Spen & Karizma
Spen began his career at the age of 13, producing mix shows for WEBB AM in Baltimore. Even at that young age, Spen founded one of the area's first hip hop production groups, the Numarx. In 1986 they wrote and recorded a track called "Girl You Know It's True", which was later covered and made famous by Milli Vanilli.
Spen's radio career continued to grow and lead him to a radio career working at various FM radio stations in the Baltimore and Washington areas. In 1992, Spen developed a mixshow on 95.9 FM in Baltimore called the Flashback Saturday Night Dance Party. Though Spen eventually moved on from radio, the show is still a hit today, with Spen's close friend KW Griff at the helm.
Spen's production talents lead him to Basement Boys Records in 1989. With the formation of The Basement Boys record label in 1994, Spen formed Jasper Street Company, and released his first full production, A Feelin. With the Basement Boys and Jasper Street, Spen gained consistent commercial and dancefloor success, and became an in-demand remix producer. He has created remixes for some of clubland's biggest names, such as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Everything but the Girl, Toni Braxton, Kirk Franklin, Ann Nesby, and Shaun Escoffery. While at Basement Boys, Spen partnered with Teddy Douglas, Thommy Davis and Karizma to create works that are still considered house anthems.
DJ Karizma is a Baltimorean who has been DJing since he was 13. He has many productions/re-mix credits to his name including work with the Basement Boys, Black Vinyl Records, Ricanstruction, 83 West, Objektivity, R2, Ben Westbeech, Peven Everett, Blaze & many more.
From the North of England to dance floors across the globe, Josh Butler has made serious headway with his high-caliber House sound.
The talented northerner has become one of house music’s most revered talents over the last couple of years, boasting a plethora of acclaimed releases on prestigious labels (Noir, Cajual, Avotre, MTA, MadTech); gigs at some of the world’s best clubs and events including The Warehouse Project Manchester, Mint Club Leeds, Toffler Rotterdam, Chibuku Liverpool, Arches Glasgow, a residency at Sankeys Ibiza, and a plethora of key festival plays throughout Europe.
Several industry awards later (DJ Mag Award 2014 and Beatport Award 2014) and with frequent support from industry players such as Joris Voorn, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Kerri Chandler, Steve Lawler, Heidi and Noir all to his name, Josh continues to rise through the ranks of house music.
At the dawn of 2013, there was no intention of a global explosion behind Josh’s stripped back ‘Got A Feeling’ debut for Chase and Status’ renowned MTA imprint. In retrospect, the track invariably proved to be Josh’s breakout into the industry’s field of vision, racking up remix duties from Ben Pearce, long-term friend and collaborator Bontan plus Pleasurekraft along the way. ‘Got A Feeling’ not only struck a chord with key industry players but also went on to become one of Beatport’s biggest selling tracks that year, later earning Josh a coveted Beatport Award to boot. The industry cocked an ear, the don Pete Tong gave his seal of approval on the BBC airwaves and Josh was subsequently invited to do an Afterhours Mix for his Radio 1 show.
Josh’s new found recognition naturally led to a multitude of labels showing interest in his work, one of which was Kerri Chandler’s highly respected MadTech who, at the start of 2014a released the acclaimed ‘No Frills’ EP to great effect and sustained Josh’s charge towards setting a new precedent in underground house.
DJ Deeon aka Debo G is one of the pioneer of Chicago House music, and he’s considered by many as the creator of Ghetto House style from the early nineties.Deeon Boyd, his real name, living in Southside Chicago, starts playing with DJ Milton and meets Ray Barney, boss of the legendary label Dancemania, in 1994. Deeon gives him his first productions which will become quickly anthems for a whole generation, inspiring many producers all around the globe.From “Let Me Bang” to “Work This MF” through “Akcler 8” or “House’O’Matics”, he built himself a living legendary position of House music, at ease behind the mic as behind the machines.His new project, Debo G Chronicles Volume 1, comes after a way too long silence, and shows he’s still a major actor of the worldwide clubbing scene. Five tracks from Booty Bass, Juke and Ghetto House, as precise and relevant whereas to make people shake. Big Debo embodies Chicago’s Ghetto Music spirit, by his consistency, his evolution and by his loyalty to the genuine sound.Dj Deeon is a real “survivor” with his unique style he still makes dancefloors sweat, here’s unprecedented sex music, 100% Chicago Southside which will obviously stir up everybody’s mind.
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