Giant Step and DJ Spinna collaborate to present the second event in the new weekly series, Journey, at Santos Party House. A soulful musical ride, Spinna plays soulful house, Afrobeat, funk, dance classics and more. Expect the unexpected.
It is a gross understatement that Vincent "DJ Spinna" Williams is labeled a "hip-hop DJ." Indeed, Spinna has an expansive and braggable track record in that genre, yet his work encompasses much more than that, even when accompanied by rappers. Whether on a playlist, in the studio, or in the DJ booth of a nightclub, he is just as comfortable next to Osunlade as he is next to Rich Medina. Labels are a hindrance when classifying Spinna's work, but one adjective might suffice as the guiding premise: "soulful." Nearly all of Spinna's work, characterized by seamless sampling and acrobatic turntablism, embodies the essence of musical expression.
A veteran DJ since the mid-80's, Spinna's rise to stardom began in the mid-90's. The Jigmastas, his duo with rapper Kriminul, began releasing a series of 12"s on numerous labels. Before downloads were the raison d'être for modern music, Spinna was backing the careers of many up-and-comers in the heyday of sub-commercial rap on disc. J-Live tapped him for early singles and as one of the few producers on his solo albums. When Eminem mentions "the underground shit [he] did with Skam," he's referring to a project that featured Spinna's beats.
Now Giant Step and Spinna host a Thursday night weekly residency called JOURNEY at Santos Party House, recently touted by The New York Times as "the nighclub of the moment." The party lives up to the expectations: unpredictable and ourtrageously soulful spinning, on an unrivaled sound system, not to mention a house packed with a gyrating, music savvy crowd. Let's see where this takes us.