Spencer Kincy. "The Live Recordings"






    If there were ever a post that we feel fully embraces our mission and mixes that we felt needed to be shared it would be these by Chicago's own "Gemini", Spencer Kincey. Spencer was a part of Chicago's second wave of artists that came out of the 90's loft and underground scene and by many accounts was both an master on the decks and in the studio. With timeless releases on labels such as Relief, Caujal, Peacefrog, Planet e and Classic to this day still finding new fans and then what was becoming an steady flow of DJ gigs around the city and trips overseas, it all seamed to have all faded with out reason and had many asking the same question. "What happened to Spencer Kency"?

    Back in 2009 when I really started to embrace the whole social media thing, I started seeing posts making the rounds from blogs, music sites and fans all wondering the same thing. "What did ever happened to Spencer Kincy and where has he been all of these years"? Being that other Chicago artists such as Derrick Carter, Mark Farina and DJ Sneak that also came out of the same era had gone on to spread their sound around the world still to this day, this had many asking why wasn't Kincey part of all this as well? From what I can put together from various sites and comments online is that sometime around the early 2000's, he disappeared altogether from both the industry and from those who knew him personally. There are a few different theory's behind why or how this all came about and the most recent info that I've seen by Chicago's (5 Magazine) sheds some light on the subject. Along with those questions came an renewed interest in his productions and mixes by younger fans that would hear what was being being posted by Kenceys fans on various websites and fan pages. That's when I started to wonder what sets of his I could find online being that the internet was now full of classic and never before released mixes from days gone by from both fans and artists that have held on to them. Surely people have dug out their old mixtapes and shared what they have of his or could point to someone or somewhere that did. Well for the most part the end result was the same handful of sets that have already been passed around for sometime now with a few getting put out over and over. That's when I started to wonder if there were any tapes in our collections that might have been forgotten about or maybe since we didn't know about how much his fans around the world missed him.




    Fast forward to 2013 when we dove into the vaults and found these 6 live recordings mixed in with the lot. I had talked to The Datman about what I was reading online about Spencer and he to was shocked with what I had told him. He felt just as strong as I did about putting these out and telling the story's behind them the best we could and share his magic behind the decks. Fast forward a year to 2014 and here we are ready to share with those who are willing to listen and breath life back onto these tapes that had been sitting for all is time. We will, to the best of our abilities, try and tell some of the story from these nights but with so many recordings over the years going back to the early 90's sometimes our memories fail us. So in the end we might just let the mixes talk for themselfs and keep the story's brief. Please, if any of you have flyers from any of these dates listed, message us on here or hit us up on our Facebook page. We would love to be able to add them to the post. The 4 from 1997 were recorded at Shelter and the two from 1998 were recorded at Karma, both in Chicago. I'll spread out the the mixes over time so don't expect them to be posted all at once. So lets get into it then!


             Spencer Kincy and (Derrick Carter) Live from "Material at Shelter" Chicago". 01-24-1997


                             







    Going by the feel and flow of this recording, the first 45 minutes or so is Spencer and then Carter closes out the rest of the mix. If they went back to back on parts later on the mix or if it's just Carter on his own, we're really not sure. None the less, it's a great classic set to start with. This was around the time when Fridays were "Material" nights at Shelter and you had residents such as Scott Song, Josh Werner, Miles Maeda and DJ Diz along with local guests such as Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Spencer Kincy among others laying down tunes and setting a great vibe that Friday nights at Shelter were known for. This is also where a young DJ Collette helped night life mainstay Erick Urenn promote the night. Material had a 6 year run till the club finally closed it's doors in 1998.


                               Spencer Kincy live at "Shelter Night Club" Chicago. 07-04-1997.





   This is another mix of Spencers that was recorded by the "Datman" at Shelter Night Club here in Chicago. As you can tell from the date, it was on the Fourth of July. What better way to celebrate then with Spencer on the decks! If my search online is correct, this show was on a Monday night. We don't have the flyer from the night so it's hard to say who else played this night with Spencer. To me this mix truly shows Spencers talent for both his mixing and track selection. The "Datman" really captured something special when he recorded these nights at Shelter, especially these sets by Spencer and we're glad to be able to share this one with you all now!



    If you haven't already, Click on (Live Sets Chicago) or our tab at the top right corner of the blog to keep up with what we have treading on our Facebook page. Get links to other DJ mixes, view classic and current party flyers and event links for shows we are supporting or recording. And of course check out all of these artists personal sites links above their sets and where high lighted through out the post for more info on what they got coming up, tour dates and be sure to support what they do. After all, If it were not for the artists, none of these posts would have been possible. There is'nt an official Kincy fanpage or website but those of you that are on Facebook check out an (Spencer Kincy) group who's fans share stories, music, photos and gives tribute to a man whose talent is still being heard and missed to this day.

(Special thanks to Terry Matthews from 5 Magazine for the use of the link and Scott Song for some corrected info)

Hope this finds you all well.

Cheers!


© Live Sets Chicago. 2016.

Adam X. "Define The Sonic Groove" Volume One. 1996.





     This classic mixtape comes to us by an artist who's also gone under the monikers "Traversable Wormhole" and ADMX-71". He runs the Techno/Industrial record label Sonic Groove and up until it closed in 2004, the New York record store of the same name along side his brother Frankie Bones and DJ Heather Heart. Brooklyn New York's own but now based in Berlin Germany, DJ Adam X.  

     I've been busy the past few months with non blog related recordings, mastering and archiving projects lately so I have'nt had time to work on new posts with our archived music for awhile now. After posting a picture of this mix tape cover on my other media sites and seeing how much interest it received, I thought I'd be cool to share this classic mix on the blog to hold you over till I can get caught up with my other projects. Also since he's playing here in Chicago this weekend, I thought I'd be a good throwback post for the site. Hope you enjoy it!


               Be sure to check out Adam X as he plays Smartbar Chicago on March 25th, 2016.            



     

     If you haven't already, Click on "Live Sets Chicago" or our tab at the top right corner of the blog to keep up with what we have treading on our Facebook page. Get links to other DJ mixes, view classic and current party flyers and event links for shows we are supporting or recording. And of course, check out Adam X for more info on what he's got coming up, tour dates and support what he does. After all, If it were not for the artists, none of these posts would have been possible. 

Hope this finds you all well.

Cheers!

Gus "Audio"


© Live Sets Chicago. 2016.




Dave Angel Live at "Primary Night club" Chicago. 09-18-2015.





     On September 18th 2015, we were fortunate to have been able to record the return of Dave Angel to the Midwest as he played an two hour set at Primary Night Club in Chicago. It's been a long time since Dave graced the decks here, I'd say at least a good ten years since he played at a club, even longer at an underground event, so the excitement for the night had been building up for awhile. Opening for the night was Primary Night Club owner Derek Specs and resident Frankie Vega with Dave closing out the night.

 


     Be sure to Check out his "Incoming EP", Vol. 1. out February 8th, 2016 on Halocyan Records.

     If you haven't already, Click on "Live Sets Chicago" or our tab at the top right corner of the blog to keep up with what we have treading on our Facebook page. Get links to other DJ mixes, view classic and current party flyers and event links for shows we are supporting or recording. And of course, check out Dave Angel for more info on what he's got coming up, tour dates and support what he does. After all, If it were not for the artists, none of these posts would have been possible. 

Hope this finds you all well.

Cheers!

Gus "Audio"


© Live Sets Chicago. 2016.





John Acquaviva "The Last Dance" Motor, Detroit. 08-30-2002.






     We've been very fortunate over the past 20 years to have been able to record some great sets from a wide array of artists both local and international in origin and witness some unforgettable nights while at it. Over those years we've collected a number of first's like an artist playing in Chicago or the U.S. for the first time or the first time a venue was used for a underground event. Along the way we've also recorded a few final or last nights at a club or venue before they closed their doors for good. This post is from the latter and it's by an great artist that we can also call a friend at the closing of a Detroit institution. John Acquaviva live at "The Last Dance" Motor Detroit 6 year anniversary and club closing party.


John during his set.

     This is another set from the archives that I've been meaning to post for awhile now but kept getting pushed back for one reason or another. That changed when over the summer of 2015 I read a piece by Michaelangelo Matos on Redbull Music Academy's site named "Nightclubbing: An oral history of Detroit's Motor". In it he spoke to those involved with the clubs success and gave some of it's history. But more recently after attending one of the "Chicago vs Detroit" Boiler Room streams that took place here, I thought it was time to finally put the set and the story behind the night out. Recording this set came about from an long relationship that we've had with John over the years. We've been recording his sets here in Chicago since 1999 and have made multiple trips to Detroit to record him at Motor during that time as well. John had talked about us coming up to record this show a few weeks prior during one of his well attended residency nights at Smartbar in Chicago where he would regularly play seven to eight hour sets. Being that the The Datman couldn't make the trip, I went and recorded the night myself. 

Flyer from the night.

     Being that I was going to be heading up to Detroit alone, I opted to fly then make the drive by myself. As I arrived at the club, there was a huge line waiting to get in and, from what I had heard, it was filled passed its capacity. As I entered and made my way to the DJ booth, there was defiantly a buzz in the air as the crowd in attendance were up for a memorable night as was I. Not only was it Motor's six year Anniversary and it's closing party but it was also Paxahau.com's four year Anniversary party in the lounge. It featured many of it's residents such as Derek Plaslaiko and ReXXX, twelve in total, playing on four decks. Finally in the back room, Mike "Agent X" Clark and recent Boiler Room "Chicago vs Detroit" stream artist Minx rounded out an already stacked lineup for the night. As the night went on and I made my way around the club, I saw Motor regular Richie Hawtin in attendance hanging out in the booth enjoying the music and taking in the moment.
    




     This mix was a celebration of the music and sets that John had played over the years at Motor. As you can tell from the setlist below, it's was an journey filled with great music along the way. But not only did he have a some great memories at the club but has deep roots in the city as a whole as well. Between the various club, party and New Year eve events he's done, running his own Definitive record label and Plus 8 Records along side Richie Hawtin, John has had a great love for the city as has the city for him. As far as this night goes, the energy in the club was intense. John feed off the crowd as they took in every track that he played, clapping and singing along the way. Especially when "All Night Long" and his encore with "One More Time" came on. As special as this set is, the real gem here is the final ten minutes or so of the recording. I usually let the tape roll (I was still recording with the DAT Recorder then) past the last track of the night just in case someone would get on the mic to say a few words. With the night being what it was, I knew someone would here.

Crowd during the night.

     After the music stops you hear head of operations Dan Sordyl get on the mic and thank everyone in attendance. In the background you can hear John saying "One more song", "One More Song"! I'm not sure if they let him or he just put it on but Daft Punks "One More Time" as his encore to a cheering crowd. Afterwards Dan gets back on and says a few more words then Acquaviva takes the mic and thanks Dan and Detroit for everything. I believe Motor Booker Jon Ozias gets on and gives a bit of the history on how the club started and mentioned those involved with its success over the years. Mike "Agent x" Clark gets on and says some words as did Derek Plaslaiko before I stopped recording. It was a somber mood as the lights went on all around. The crowd didn't want to leave as everyone there knew it was the end of a era for Detroit and wanted to take in as much as they could. From what I've seen or should I say not seen, this will be the first time that this set has been posted anywhere. John did however want me to send copies soon after the night to someone who wanted to play the set at their wedding reception. That must have been one heel of a party!

Setlist for the night:

Tim Deluxe Feat. Sam Obernik - Just Won't Do.
The Biginerz - Reckless Girl.
DJ Gregory - Tropical Soundclash.
Shakedown - At Night. Kid Cream Remix.
O'Jays I Love Music - Unknown Remix.
LCD Sound System - Beat Connection. Disco Dub.
Jefferson Airplane VS The Boogie Pimps - Somebody To Love. Saltshaker Remix.
Moguai - U Know Y. Punx Squad Remix.
16th Element - Warp.
Timo Maas - O.C.B.
Oricom - The Intersonic.
Galaxy 2 Galaxy Feat. Atlantis - Transition.
Deepswing - In The Music. Acapella.
The Supermen Lover - The Player.
Delicious Inc. - Love Me Or Leave Me. 15000 Dollars Mix.
Lionel Richie - All Night Long. White Label Mix.
Capricorn - 20hz.
Michael Jackson. Wanna Be Startin' Something.
DJ Rolando - Jaguar.
Roland Clark - Speak To Me. Acapella.
Blunted Dummies - House Music For All.
Saba - Die Strasse. Jeenie Green Remix.
Romanthony's Nightvision - Never Fuck. Vocal Mix.
Tony Johns Edits - Erotic City.
DJ Pippi Presents Natural Colours - Feel It. Pleasure Team Perverse Remix.
Huntemann. Disco Tech.
Fingers Inc.  - My House. Acapella.
Fat Boy Slim - Star 69.
First Mic Check.
Daft Punk - One More Time.
Second Mic Check.


     If you haven't already, Click on "Live Sets Chicago" or our tab at the top right corner to keep up with our Facebook page. Get links to other DJ mixes, view classic and current party flyers and event links for shows we are supporting or recording. And of course,check out John Acquaviva for more info on what he's got coming up, tour dates and support what he does. After all, If it were not for the artists, none of these posts would have been possible. 

Special thanks to John Acquaviva and Rodostina Dovcheva.

Hope this finds you all well.

Cheers!

Gus "Audio"


© Live Sets Chicago. 2015.



DJ Pierre live at "Heroes of House", Chicago. 04-17-2015.







     This post come to us by a man whose worn many hats over the years such as DJ, producer, remixer and label owner. He's created timeless tracks both as an solo artist and while part of such pioneering groups like PHUTURE and Pierre's Phantasy Club. The former of which created a whole new genre of music, Acid House, while at it. Introduced the likes of Felix The Housecat and J.R. Jordan to the world and pushed new production methods such as his still popular "WildPitch" style. He influenced the East Coast Disco-House faze in the 1990's while at New York's Strictly Rhythm records as their in house producer and also had a brief stint as A&R for the label. He's been globetrotting for over 20 years, DJing for 30 and from the looks of his every growing DJ dates and reuniting as PHUTURE with original member DJ Spank Spank, he's not ready to throw in the towel just yet. The "Afro Acid Don", DJ Pierre.


Pierre starting off his set. 

     This set was recorded during the Chicago Foundations: "Heroes of House" whole building event that took place at Metro - Smartbar in Chicago on April 17th 2015. It featured a fantastic line-up of artists who all got their start in Chicago and have gone on to take their sound around the world since. Upstairs in the Metro, DJ Diz and J-Dub opened up for Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak and Mark Farina who all performed on 2 mixers and 6 CD players for almost 6 hours. While downstairs in Smartbar, Michael Serafini and Garrett David went back to back opening up for DJ Pierre and DJ Spank Spank's first live performance in Chicago as PHUTURE since their much talked about "House Music Legacy Session" Boiler Room stream back in early 2014. Then DJ Pierre went on to close out the night for the last two hours with this spectacular DJ set. 

Set times upstairs in Metro.
                                                                 
     I must say, the energy this night was through the roof! This event had Chicago and the Mid-West buzzing after it was announced with some in attendance making the trip from out of state just to catch it. Any of these artists fill a club on their own, but having them playing at the same night in the same venue in their home town was truly one show that was not to be missed. It felt like a family reunion of sorts with all the familiar faces in attendance that I would see back during the 1990's rave scene here. A few of which don't make it out to shows anymore but could't let this one pass them by. I also saw many Chicago artists like DJ Hyperactive, DJ Heather and Andrew Emil out showing their support and making their way between both venues during the night.

  


     Down stairs in Smartbar, Serafini and David built the room up nicely for over three hours before PHUTURE's took over with a live set. When they did, Pierre and Spank Spank feed off each other and the crowd as they went through some of their classics and newer tracks for about an hour. Mid way through their set, newest studio member Lothario Lee jumped in and tweaked on some gear before their set ended with "We Are PHUTURE", which had the crowd chanting along with them.  When it was time for DJ Pierre to close the night out, he went on to lay down what had to be one of the most vibrant and energetic sets I've ever heard him play. He weaved from classic's to newer gems and really took the crowd on a journey. There were a few moments during his set where everyone in the booth and on the floor were yelling, screaming and jumping up and down. Afterwards he went on the say, "I never play like that! I kept pushing and the crowd wanted more!" As you can hear from this recording, he showed Chicago why even after thirty years of DJing, he's still a master at his craft.


Herb J. Pierre, Spank Spank and Lothario Lee.
                                                               
     If you haven't already, Click on "Live Sets Chicago" or our tab at the top right corner of the blog and keep up with what we have treading on our Facebook page. Get links to other DJ mixes, view classic and current party flyers and event links for shows we are supporting or recording. And of course check out DJ Pierre for more info on what he's got coming up, tour dates and support what he's doing. After all, If it were not for the artists, none of these posts would have been possible. 


Hope this finds you all well.

Cheers!

Gus "Audio"


© Live Sets Chicago. 2015.