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Josh Wink is the co-founder of Philadelphia's Ovum Recordings. With influences as varied as Jazzy Jeff and Cash Money, to long-time cohort King Britt, Josh Wink has become a name synonymous with crossover success. One of the biggest in the game, Josh Wink has topped the charts as often as he has headlined the most esteemed underground clubs in the world. We are honored to host him for another open-to-close set on our exquisite Funktion-One system.
Josh Wink ( Ovum Recordings | Philadelphia )
Philadelphia born and based Josh Wink is one of the true pioneers of techno, house and allied styles - blurring the definitions.
In 1990, just out of his teens, Wink released his first EP ‘Tribal Confusion’ on the infamous Strictly Rhythm imprint, under the moniker E-Culture (with King Britt), also releasing other EPs under various different guises. In 1994 he formed his own imprint ‘Ovum Recordings’ and released ‘Liquid Summer’ – a track which helped propel him onto the international circuit.
Into 2008 and Wink has once again switched styles, altered rules and initiated a change. With his influential EP ‘Stay Out All Night’, released on Ovum in May (a massive Miami track and an ‘Essential New Tune’ for Pete Tong on Radio 1), Wink went against the current musical grain and paired NYC 90's house with Chicago jackin’ beats and a bit of St. Germain. Wink also spent the first half of 2008 preparing his fourth artist album – ‘When a Banana Was Just a Banana’.
Josh Wink’s Ovum imprint, since its beginnings in 1994, has seen releases from Loco Dice, Shlomi Aber, Marc Romboy, DJ Pierre, Aaron Carl, King Britt, Steve Bug, D’Julz and of course his own productions. It still continues to grow by both introducing new talents and releasing one-offs from some of the world’s best known producers. “Ovum is about integrity to good music! We feel that we don’t have to follow the music that is trendy or fad-like at the moment.”
As a DJ, since his 1988 ‘rave’ beginnings, Josh Wink extensively traveled the globe since 1995 – playing every festival that counts, through to the smallest and underground venues around the globe. “The Best DJ experience is being able to create an audio atmosphere where an audience can absorb from me, while I get absorbed from them.” His only residency in the world is held in his hometown of Philadelphia at Fluid.
Taking trends, making trends and breaking trends, Josh Wink’s music (under its many monikers including Wink, Winc, Winks, Winx, The Crusher, E-Culture, and Size 9, Accent, Dinky Dog, J Dawg and The Crusher) has always experimented and influenced. The sound of Josh Wink today remains one of a man unafraid to walk the border between stylistic boundaries.