Started in 1996 by François K. and John Davis as a weekly Sunday party at Club Vinyl with DJs Danny Krivit, Joe Claussell and François K. The party ran weekly for 6 years and 1 week until the club closed. Body & SOUL since is holding periodic events in..
Body&SOUL was founded in 1996 by François K. and John Davis. The Sunday afternoon party, which took place at Club Vinyl in New York’s Tribeca area, soon became one of New York's most revered weekly parties. The three DJs, Danny Krivit, Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell and François K. delivered a unique soulful mix of very organic and spiritual dance music grooves, and became standard-bearers for New York house. On any given Sunday at Body&SOUL, people from all walks of life, all ages, all races, raised their hands in the air and gave thanks for the unifying force that brought them back week after week: the music.
Danny Krivit’s professional DJ status began at the "Loft", New York's musical center in the 70’s and a mecca for DJs. There, he began a long term collaboration with Larry Levan and François K. Danny has been famous for his edits, has been DJing for over 30 years and has an impressive knowledge in rare disco and jazz. He has recently released mixed compilations on Strut, King Street and Defected.
Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell is one of New York’s highly respected dance figures, for his work as a DJ, producer, and remixer, as well as for his label Spiritual Life Music, all of which reflect his deep love for and his eclectic and multicultural taste in dance music. Much of the global dance movement can be traced back to Claussell’s highly percussive style that incorporates Latin, African, Brazilian and other world rhythms with elements of jazz, rock, disco, and live instrumentation.
François K.’s career in dance and electronic music goes back to the late 70’s in the New York clubs and at the disco label Prelude. He mixed loads of records on the European electro/new wave scene in the 80’s and started his Wave Music label in the 90’s. He has worked his mixing magic on about 1000 records to date and as a DJ and a producer is now exploring the dub and techno sides of electronic music.
The Body&SOUL sound led to the release of a successful compilation series by the same name, and the party has experienced some amazing performances, among which Jocelyn Brown, Incognito, Eddie Palmieri, D-train, Kenny Bobien, Julie Mc Knight, Byron Stingily, Lee John of Imagination to name a few.
In 2002, after gathering 1000 followers every week for six years, the weekly celebrations came to an end and in 2004, just before club Vinyl’s building was sold to become an apartment complex, and the club space possibly a coffee shop (a legendary space that used to be club Shelter in prior years), the party came together one last time in its original home. Now, the Body&SOUL experience has extended to different territories with three memorable yearly events at NYC’s Summerstage in Central Park where 10,000 people were moving in one heartbeat, with the 10th Year Anniversary parties at PS1 and Pacha, then Studio Mezmor, and in since 2009 about 4 events per year at Webster Hall in NYC, yearly events in Tokyo since 2002, events in Italy (Angels of Love), the Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon, Madrid and Rio, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Madrid, Singapore, Lyon, Cannes, Paris, Croatia, Toronto.
The Body&SOUL movement continues into the future with regular upcoming events in New York and worldwide. Next event is April 8th in London. The team also released at the end of 2011 a Body & SOUL 15 year Anniversary compilation on Ministry of Sound available here:
Selected discography Body & Soul
Body and Soul Vol. 1-4 on Wave Music
Body & SOUL 15th Anniversary on Ministry of Sound