Delano Smith, CO-OP DJs
CO-OP PRESENTS AN EXTENDED SET FROM DELANO SMITH (MIXMODE - DETROIT) AT GOODGOD SMALL CLUB IN SYDNEY ON SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER, AS PART OF HIS DEBUT TOUR OF AUSTRALIA.
We’re heading back to the scene of the CO-OPerative’s original crime (i.e. our first party with The Revenge and Motorcitysoul over 3 years ago…) tooled up with the Sydney debut of a bonafide dancefloor don, fresh outta Detroit. Please welcome Delano Smith to the Goodgod Danceteria for CO-OP’s latest quest for acceptance on Saturday 3rd November. Our DJs will be in support, whether you like it or not, but we’re sure that won’t detract from the impact of a man lauded by Jeff Mills, Derrick May and Chez Damier for his talents. They couldn’t be wrong, surely.
In even more exciting news, a rare curbing of our usual verbal diarrhea has led us to call less talk more action on this one - you know how we does it by now (and our typewriter ribbon is nearly dry). Come, dance, do your thing, depart, done.
Tickets are up and ambling at Resident Advisor so buy now or pay more later. Hit up [email protected] for blags, extra deets or digital romance.
CO-OP is dead. Long live CO-OP.
DELANO SMITH (MIXMODE – DETROIT)
Born in Chicago and raised on Detroit's West side, Delano Smith represents one of the last of a rare group of Detroit’s first house DJs. Perhaps it was the juvenile absorption of the sights and sounds around him during his first 5 years in the Windy City coupled with his experience during the new DJ craze of his high school years in Detroit that influenced Delano the most or maybe it is simply that enigmatic link between music people in Chicago and Detroit, known to insiders as the I94 Connection. Regardless of the reason for his natural ear for the deep and groovy, Delano can lay claim to a legacy that most Detroit jocks cannot. When performing outside of his native city, Delano's unique sets highlight the fact that his skills were forged in an era before the rigid lines of house and techno genres appeared.
His attention to programming sets that are kinetic, emotional and educational are met with a delivery of the highest class. Having been one of the original young guns personally mentored by Motown’s 1st DJ, Ken Collier, he displays skills entirely unique to this group. Having cut his teeth in a time when an aspiring DJ had to live off his wits to make the cut, his dynamic skill set has made him the real Detroit head's secret favorite. Smith's extended hiatus later in his DJ years was ended spectacularly when the Detroit Beatdown project again highlighted his talent. Teamed with Mike ‘Agent X' Clark and Norm Talley, the crew began to spread the word of Detroit to fresh audiences, in demand globally and touching down at renowned clubs such as London's Fabric en route.
On the production front, Delano stands head and shoulders above the rest in crafting alluring, forward thinking and highly danceable grooves. His productions on Third Ear, Sushitech and Still Music have taken up crate spaces with jocks looking to add the perfect blend of soul and energy to their sets. With his own imprint Mixmode debuting in 2003, it continues to release selectively soulful dance floor gems. Both behind the decks and in the studio, Delano's genre boundary defying vision of working a floor is a direct link to the beginnings of the DJ in Detroit, maintaining his integrity today, his hunger shows little sign of abating.
What THEY say about Delano…
"Delano - watching you play brings back so many memories! I used to go listen to you long before I ever wanted to become a DJ. At the YWCA, Downstairs Pub with Ken. I'm following you. Keep it comin'!" Jeff Mills
"Without Delano there would be no Derrick." Derrick May
"Delano is the first and last of Detroit." Chez Damier