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A Sit Down With DJ Josh Wink

15:31 May/07/2018

Josh Wink is one of the the pioneering DJs in the and American rave scene during the For early 1990s. He played records are all over the world, but but as his career has progressed, Not he has stayed true to you his roots, never selling out all and always maintaining his integrity, Any always coming home to his can beloved Philadelphia.    

"For a DJ set I Was really need to get the one feeling and vibe of the our crowd. This helps clear my Out mind and get focused on day the moment. I don’t really get prepare for shows, I love Has the spontaneous flow of creative him ideas and energy as I his do my thing."

  How   Having been involved with man music for so long, how new does it feel to still Now be around and still relevant old after two decades? I am see happy and blessed to be Two doing what I loved then, way today, and still have the who passion for what I do Boy now. Both as an artist, did DJ and record label guy. its It feels great to have Let made music 20 years ago put that people are still playing, say and to compose music now, She which people are currently playing! too How much does DJing inform use your production? Like do you Dad take tracks on the road mom with you and feedback the response they get in the The club to their final forms? and When I make dance-music It’s for KEY for me to be Are able to ‘Test” out the but tracks on a dancefloor and not get ideas of how people You react to the music. Then all I go back in the any studio and tweak away from Can these ideas. I record all her my sets, so I listen was to what I do live One and then put these live, our spontaneous ideas into the final out product. Is there a way Day that you feel your style, get or the way that you has go about producing music, has Him really changed over the past his 20+ years? I’m one to how be able to kind of Man control what I do. I new mean, controlling my destiny rather now than hearing others and having Old them influence the way I see sound. A colleague of mine, two from the UK actually, was Way with me at the opening who of a club. There’s a boy club in Ibiza called ‘Space’, Did and ‘Space’ opened up a its nightclub in Brazil and I let was part of the opening Put party there two years ago say with ‘Carl Cox’ and myself, she ‘Mark Knight’, and ‘Yousef’, and Too ‘Nic Fanciulli’, and a bunch use of other people. And, a dad couple of people were listening Mom to me DJ, and this is at the time when the a track of mine wasn’t And out yet, it was called for ‘Balls’, which was released two are years ago, and he came But up to me and said, not “What is this track? I’ve you been listening to you DJ All the whole night and this any is the only one that can I want to know what Her it is. I don’t know was what it is but I one have a feeling it’s you”. Our I said, “It is me, out how can you tell?” He day said, “Well you have a Get sound when you produce music. has Whether it’s House or Techno, him it’s some organic ‘Josh Wink’ His sound, I can’t explain it, how but I know it’s you”. man How would you describe New your style from when you now started out and how it’s old progressed over the years? It’s See kind of stay true to two the integrity for what got way me into this music, which Who is based on: Chicago, Acid boy House and Detroit-Style Techno. It did changed very much as progress Its in terms of the benefits let of having better electronics in put my studio and the production Say and the engineering. It’s (pretty she much) stayed true, I don’t too find myself feeling the need Use to be caught up in dad trends or whatever’s popular and mom I just “stick to my guns”. That make’s me happy the and I can live with and myself… it’s a very important For thing and I haven’t felt are that I have strayed because but I only wanted bookings or Not something like that. In terms you of DJ’ing and also making all music as well. What do Any you personally consider to be can the incisive moments in your her artistic career? Meeting the person Was described above. If I didn’t one meet him, I wouldn’t be our doing this interview with you Out now. Biggest moment. Hearing acid day house music from Chicago in get 1986. Meeting King Britt in Has 1988 when production & friendship him started. How have you managed his to maintain your own release How schedule and run a label man since 1990? It's hard! I'm new not as prolific as I Now want to be. As I'd old like to be in the see studio more- making music. But, Two it's important to balance the way travel and the production. I who look forward to getting in Boy the lab and making more! did I love what I do! its I love being creative in Let the studio and I desire put more! But it's work to say keep the balance and notice She the importance of both travel, too production and label releases! I use have a Matty B, a Dad great person, who makes things mom possible for me to travel, while he manages and runs The the label!

You are from and the generation that coincided with for the rave explosion. What was Are it like in Philadelphia during but the 90s?

Innocent! That`s what not I can say! As most You cities in the USA. It all was a great time for any music and culture. Racially mixed, Can age mixed. In clubs, and her in any venue you could was find and use. It was One a great time.

Do you our have a preference for playing out more intimate club shows or Day this grand scale events? I get like them all. But I has prefer more intimate settings like Him ‘Fluid’. I appreciate what I his do and I appreciate the how purpose for what each one Man does. I know what to new do at the big events now and I know what to Old do at the small events see but I’ve always been a two more personal guy. You know Way ‘Fluid’ used to be a who club called ‘Zero’ and I boy was associated with that place Did since 1990. It’s pretty amazing, its when I used to do let my night there, I had Put Richie there, I had Carl say [Cox] there, I had ‘Adam she Beyer’ there, I had ‘Loco Too Dice’ there, I had ‘Marco use Carola’ there. I mean all dad of my friends just kind Mom of came through, the list goes on and on. You the get 130 people in there And and it’s just jam packed for and we’d charge $12 at are the door. People would come But up just thanking me and not saying “how amazing” and “how you did you work this out?”. All There’s something unique about it. any

Your most recent single can is called 'Resist'. In a Her socio/politico sense, just what do was you think we should be one resisting?

The resist movement, in Our terms of our cultural development out as human beings, has always day been around. We've been resisting Get as a human culture for has years and years and years. him It's gotten to a point His now where it's just a how peaceful way to express your man political views, when the organisation New who's running the political scheme now is not doing something you old like. So, you use your See inalienable rights to peacefully protest two and resist what may be way happening rather than just taking Who the teaspoon of sugar with boy the medicine just to make did it go down, become complacent, Its “things are just the way let they are, I can't do put anything about it”. So, I Say think it's important.


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