DJ Spen & Karizma

Sean Spencer is DJ Spen; without doubt one of the most influential DJs and producers of his generation.

A true advocate of spiritual house music, DJ Spen’s extensive discography of original productions, killer remixes and distinctive DJ sets have been grooving the dance floors since the early 90s.

Spen was initially inspired by hip-hop, and from an early age began producing mix-shows for regional radio stations before releasing his first production as part of Numarx. It was, however, through his partnership with Teddy Douglas and Jay Stienhour as The Basement Boys, and their unique fusion of gospel, jazz, disco and house that cemented the foundations of his illustrious career.

In 1994, the trio set up the now seminal Basement Boys Records and Spen formed Jasper Street Company. He achieved considerable dance-floor and commercial success through The Basement Boys and Jasper Street Company with releases such as A Feelin’ and Solid Ground and he went on to form further collaborations with the likes of Teddy Douglas, Thommy Davis and Karizma. Throughout his time with The Basement Boys, Spen also put his remix touch to Diana Ross’ Everything But The Girl and to the likes of Anne Nesby and Shawn Escoffery.

After leaving The Basement Boys, Spen launched his own Code Red imprint and has continued to enjoy further success in partnership with Gary Hudgins, Gary Deane and Irvin Madden as the MuthaFunkaz. With Code Red now approaching its 50th release and the MuthaFunkaz providing the driving force behind the label, Spen has developed his sound for the modern dance floor whilst retaining a unique spirituality in his productions. Through Code Red he has worked with the likes of Ultra Nate, Marc Evans, Anne Nesby, Michelle Weeks, Sybil and Knee Deep. He also released a number of club anthems such as Gabryelle and 4 The Love featuring Karizma.

DJ Spen has recently been working on the first MuthaFunkaz album and also new material in collaboration with Karizma as The Deepah Ones. The Muthlode LP – a 15 track full-length album, quintessentially focuses on the Muthafunkaz as a dance project while the latest collaboration with Karizma heralds a return to the more classic sound associated with Spen. He has also recently worked with Robert Owens for MN2S and remixed the likes of Toni Braxton, Hanna Hais, The Jinks and Roy Davis Jr, including launching a brand new compilation series For The Love Of House.

As a DJ, Spen is well renowned through the world and commands an avid following as he performs on the world’s foremost dance floors. He frequently tours throughout the US and Europe as well as in the Far East and Australia, and maintains regular appearances for Defected at their flagship residencies at Ministry Of Sound and Pacha (Ibiza). As a producer and a DJ, Spen is an artist with one of the finest pedigrees, and is also one with the vision, desire and ambition to keep on pushing the boundaries.

Anybody can be a good DJ; the fact is DJ Spen is one of the best!

DJ Karizma, also known by his friends as Kris (real name Kris Klayton), is of Baltimore, Maryland origins. He began DJing at the age of 13, and soon after he developed a sense and an ear of fine house music.

He was a DJ on the Baltimore radio and already played everywhere in his native city of Baltimore. Karizma used to be a member of the Basement Boys, but a few years ago he decided to stand on his own and founded Kohesive Records.

Karizma has produced and remixed so many tracks already, from the time he was with the Basement Boys to Black Vinyl Records to his latest EP entitled The Ride, released by Defected Records.

He has worked with so many big names in the DJing world and also in the mainstream music world: from EBTG, Roy Ayers, Lenny Kravitz, J Dilla, and many more.

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