Legendary house DJ, producer, label head and former member of The Basement Boys serves up a guest mix for DJ magazine Big Shot.
DJ Spen began his illustrious career in the mid-’80s as a radio DJ, making hip-hop beats his group The Numarx: a trio that would go on to write and record ‘Girl You Know It’s True’, later covered and made into a smash hit by Milli Vanilli. The years that followed saw Spencer move away from hip-hop and towards the classic Chicago house sound that would define his career, after teaming up with storied production collective The Basement Boys.
Producing under the alias Jasper Street Co., Spencer released his first 12″ through Basement Boys Records in 1995, the energetic gospel house cut “A Feeling”. This was the first in a legendary series of releases for the label that brought Spencer commercial and critical success over the next decade, bringing him international recognition as a pioneer of house music. As part of their ongoing guest mix series, Spen recorded an hour-long mix for Big Shot, featuring tracks from David Morales, Megan The Stallion, Byron Stingily and the man himself.
“This was a really fun mix. The first and last songs are remixes I did during the pandemic. They were done for other labels which I normally don’t have time to do. The mix is a little deeper than my usual style but I love to have the opportunity to mix it up a little (no pun intended).”DJ Spen