Francois K (Wave Music - New York City) for first Celtronic event
Ireland’s leading electronic music festival, Celtronic, will host a series of special events throughout the City of Culture year in Derry featuring some of the biggest names in electronic music playing at various venues across the city.
Celtronic’s first major event of 2013, next Friday, March 1, at The Nerve Centre will see one of the most important artists in the history of electronic music, Francois K, flying in from New York to play a four-hour set.
You just don’t know where to start with François Kevorkian. If there ever was a DJ/producer/engineer that deserved a monograph, it is probably him and his multi-faceted career. Francois K is a French-born DJ, producer and engineer living in NYC since 1975. His career began in clubs such as Experiment 4 and New York New York when he was given his first DJing opportunity by John “Jellybean” Benitez. He soon started discovering studio editing and mixing and landed an A&R job at seminal disco label Prelude Records. He started expanding his DJing around NYC spinning at legendary clubs such as Studio 54, The Loft and Paradise Garage, filling in for resident Garage jock Larry Levan. He also started collaborating with Levan on studio work, and soon became so busy behind the console that he stopped DJing in 1983. By the mid-eighties, François K 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 acts such as Yazoo, U2, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Kraftwerk, The Cure, Eurythmics, Mick Jagger and Diana Ross and many others.
In the early 90s he returned to DJing, playing in New York City at The Sound Factory Bar, House Nation and Twilo, and at the best clubs in UK, Japan and Europe. In 1996 he founded the Sunday afternoon party Body & SOUL with business partner John Davis and with DJ’s Joe Claussell and Danny Krivit, which stopped being a weekly event in 2002 but is still has 4-5 yearly events in NYC as well as events worldwide. along. 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 on which he has released an eclectic catalog of over 200 records comprising a number of his own productions as well as records from Eric Kupper, Blue 6, Abstract Truth, the Body & SOUL and Deep and Sexy series and many more.
This will be Francois K’s first appearance in Ireland in several years and promises to be a night to remember.
Advance tickets, priced £12 , are available from the Nerve Centre Box Office and online at: wegottickets.com.
The thirteenth edition of Ireland’s leading electronic music festival, Celtronic 2013, will take place across the city from June 26-30.
For more info, check: www.celtronicfestival.com.