François Kevorkian, alias François K, (born January 10, 1954) is a French-born, of Armenian descent, US DJ, remixer, producer and record label owner. Events 49 BC - Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, signaling the start of civil war. Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. The Armenians (Հայեր Hayer) are a Nation and Ethnic group originating in the Caucasus and in the Armenian Highlands A large The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A disc jockey (also known as DJ or deejay) is a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience A remix is an alternative version of a song different from the original version In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Having started his career in renowned clubs such as the Paradise Garage and Studio 54, the NYC-resident is widely considered as one of the forefathers of house music. The Paradise Garage was a nightclub notable in the history of modern gay and Nightclub cultures and in dance and Pop musics ref>Violette Studio 54 is a New York City Broadway theater and former Discothèque located at 254 West 54th Street in Manhattan. House generally refers to a Shelter or Building that is a Dwelling or place for Habitation by Human beings.
Born and raised in France, Kevorkian's passion for music led to playing the drums during his teen years. This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. He moved to the United States in 1975, where he hoped to find more challenging situations than those back home. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events January 2 - New York City US District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers Due to the heavy competition for any gig as a drummer in those days, he instead tried his hand at becoming a DJ in underground New York City clubs, around 1976. The City of New York His career then skyrocketed, and he quickly made this his full-time occupation, although some work was at more commercial venues such as the club New York, New York in 1977. He taught himself tape editing and started making disco medleys, some of which are still popular to this day, such as Rare Earth's "Happy Song". Audio editing is the process of taking recorded sound and changing it directly on the Recording medium (analog or in RAM (digital Rare Earth is an American Rock band affiliated with Motown 's Rare Earth Record label (which was named after the band who were particularly He was offered a position doing A&R for a nascent dance indie record label, Prelude Records, which allowed to him to go into the studio and do remixes. Artists and Repertoire ( A&R) is the division of a Record label that is responsible for talent scouting and artist development Prelude Records is a Classical music specialist CD shop located in Norwich, England. His first remix, of a Patrick Adams production, "In The Bush" by Musique became a wild success both in clubs and on the radio. Patrick Peter Owen Adams (born March 17 1950 in Harlem New York City, New York, US) is an American musician and record producer Musique was a studio project by Patrick Adams, best known for song In the Bush. It was the first of many remixes that helped Prelude define the sound of New York's dance music, including many memorable songs, including "You're The One For Me' and "Keep On" by D-Train, and "Beat The Street" by Sharon Redd. D Train (sometimes written as D Train, D-Train or "D" Train) was an American R&B duo who scored several Sharon Redd ( October 19 1945 - May 1 1992) was an American House music and Urban contemporary singer from New His stint at Prelude ended in 1982, the same year where he had the most number one singles in Billboard's Dance Music Chart, which included his remixes of now-classic songs such as "Situation" by Yazoo, and "Go Bang" by Dinosaur L. See Billboard (Turkish magazine Billboard is a weekly American Magazine devoted to the Music industry Yazoo (known as Yaz in the US) are an English Synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex.
During that time, he was privileged enough to play as a guest DJ at such legendary venues as the Paradise Garage, The Loft, Better Days, Studio 54, Les Mouches, Buttermilk Bottom, and AM-PM, as well as a residency at New Jersey's Club Zanzibar on Fridays for over a year. The Paradise Garage was a nightclub notable in the history of modern gay and Nightclub cultures and in dance and Pop musics ref>Violette Studio 54 is a New York City Broadway theater and former Discothèque located at 254 West 54th Street in Manhattan. New Jersey ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States. The great success of his remixes led him to record producing, and his first work was the Snake Charmer EP for Island Records, utilizing an all-star cast of Jah Wobble, The Edge, Holger Czukay, and Jaki Liebezeit. In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing An extended play ( EP) is a Vinyl record, CD, or Music download which contains more music than a single, but is too short to qualify Island Records is a Record label that was founded by British record producers in Jamaica. Jah Wobble (born John Wardle, in Stepney in 1958 is an English Bass guitarist singer Poet and Composer. David Howell Evans (born 8 August 1961 in Barking, East London) more widely known by his Moniker The Edge, is a Musician known best Holger Czukay (born 24 March 1938) is a German musician probably best known as a co-founder of the Krautrock group Can. Jaki Liebezeit (born 26 May 1938, Dresden, Germany) is a Drummer probably best known as a founding member of Can, who has His career as a remixer and producer led him to work or collaborate with many more mainstream artists, such as Eurythmics, Diana Ross, U2, Kraftwerk, Mick Jagger, Ashford & Simpson, The Cure, Midnight Oil, Jimmy Cliff, Foreigner, Jean Michel Jarre, Jan Hammer, The Fatback Band, Bunny Wailer, The Smiths, Pet Shop Boys, Cabaret Voltaire, and culminated in his involvement in mixing all of Kraftwerk's 1986 studio album, Electric Café. Eurythmics (often incorrectly referred to as The Eurythmics) is a British Musical duo, formed in 1980 by Annie Lennox and Dave Diana Ross (born March 261944 is an American twelve-time Grammy and Oscar -nominated singer Record producer and actress whose musical repertoire Kraftwerk (ˈkʁaftvɛɐk German for " power plant " or " Power station " is an influential Electronic music band from Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger, Kt (born 26 July 1943 is a Golden Globe -winning and two-time Grammy -winning English rock Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Cure are an English rock band that formed in Crawley, West Sussex in 1976 Midnight Oil was an Australian rock band from Sydney, Australia Jimmy Cliff OM (born James Chambers, 1 April 1948, Somerton District St Foreigner is a rock band formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran musicians Mick Jones and ex- King Crimson member Ian McDonald, Jean-Michel André Jarre (born 24 August 1948, Lyon) is a French Composer, performer and Music producer. Jan Hammer (jan hamɘ (born 17 April 1948, in Prague, then Czechoslovakia, today part of the Czech Republic) is a The Fatback Band (later simply Fatback) is an American Funk and Disco band Bunny Wailer, also known as Bunny Livingston (born Neville O'Riley Livingston April 10, 1947 in Jamaica) is a Singer The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982 The capitalisation of song titles in this article is disputed Cabaret Voltaire were a British music group from Sheffield, England. He mixed Depeche Mode biggest-selling album, Violator as well as many of their 12" club remixes. Depeche Mode (dəˌpɛʃˈmoʊd are an English Electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. Violator is the seventh album by the English Synthpop group Depeche Mode, released by Mute Records in 1990
During this time he decided to build his own recording studio, Axis Studios, which ironically shared the same building as Studio 54. It quickly turned into a major commercial operation. Due to the pressures of studio work, he had abandoned DJing around 1983 to dedicate himself to recording and mixing full-time, but couldn't stay away from the turntables, and started spinning again in early 1990. The scene had really become much more international, and he quickly was able to start traveling and gaining much exposure overseas, including Japan. He toured Japan, DJ'ing with Larry Levan in the Summer of 1992 (the 'Harmony Tour') right before Levan's death in November of that same year. Larry Levan (born Lawrence Philpot July 20, 1954 &ndash died November 8, 1992 At the height of the disco boom in 1977 Levan was offered The demand for his DJ appearances led him to start traveling to many of the best club venues around the world, including London's 'Ministry Of Sound' and 'Fabric', Japan's 'Spacelab Yellow', Ibiza's 'Pacha' and 'Space', as well as Italy's 'Angels Of Love' and many large-scale festivals. Ibiza (Eivissa is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea about 80 km off the coast of Spain Pacha is a clubbing franchise with headquarters in Ibiza. The first Pacha club was opened in Sitges outside Barcelona in 1967. For the Miami nightclub see Club Space Space is one of Ibiza 's most celebrated Nightclubs famous for its all-day all-night
By 1995, he decided to start an eclectic independent record label, Wave Music which allowed him to find an outlet for his own creative endeavours, including the FK-EP, as well as signing records by Abstract Truth, Floppy Sounds and a slew of other electronic music releases. Wave Music Then in 1996, he (along with partner John Davis) became involved in starting what arguably became one of New York's most revered weekly parties, Body&SOUL which took place every Sunday afternoon at Club Vinyl (6 Hubert Street), playing along with co-resident DJs Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell and Danny Krivit for a mixed crowd of ecstatic and faithful dancers from all over the world. The 'Body&SOUL' sound, a unique soulful mix of very organic and spiritual dance music grooves, led to the release of a successful compilation series by the same name.
His career as an artist did not stop evolving, as he rekindled his interest for a more electronic sound, and the release of his Sonar Music set in 2002 marked a turning point; he started playing a much edgier and futuristic style, with more to do with Techno and Dub than the House sound he was mostly identified with as a DJ until that time. Techno is a form of Electronic dance music (EDM that emerged in Detroit, Michigan, USA during the mid to late 1980s Dub is a form of music which evolved from Reggae in the late 1960s House music is a style of Electronic dance music initially popularized in mid-1980s Discothèques catering to the African-American, Latino In 2002, he also started touring along with Detroit Techno legend Derrick May, playing sets together as the 'Cosmic Twins'. Derrick May can refer to Derrick May (baseball player Derrick May (musician His recent appearances at Berlin's Tresor, Manchester's Sankey's Soap and London's Fabric have helped gain him many younger fans that may not have been aware of his previous work, which in turn has led to the timely Summer 2006 release of his newest compilation CD, entitled 'Frequencies', (Wavetec), which takes the listener on a grand tour of the types of electronic music sounds he has been championing of late, from Electro and Minimal to 'big-room' House and Techno.
In April 2003, he started a residency at a new weekly Monday night event in New York City called Deep Space NYC, which focuses on Dub in all of its forms, and where the format is extremely eclectic, ranging from spaced-out Techno to the deepest Reggae, Dubstep, Hip-Hop as well as Drum & Bass, House music and Disco. Dub is a form of music which evolved from Reggae in the late 1960s Techno is a form of Electronic dance music (EDM that emerged in Detroit, Michigan, USA during the mid to late 1980s Reggae is a Music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s Dubstep is a Genre of Electronic music that has its roots in London 's early 2000s UK garage scene Hip hop music, also referred to as rap music, is a Music genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with House music is a style of Electronic dance music initially popularized in mid-1980s Discothèques catering to the African-American, Latino Disco is a Genre of dance-oriented music whose origins are hard to define His recent musical output has him mixing Deep Space NYC Vol. 1, a compilation featuring several of his own original productions (along with Jamaican dub legends Mutabaruka and U-Roy); he also recently did notable remixes for Moloko, Yoko Ono, Cesaria Evora, Nina Simone, as well as much for his own label. Mutabaruka (b 26th December 1952 Rae Town, Jamaica as Allan Hope) is a Jamaican dub poet. U-Roy (born Ewart Beckford OD, 21 September 1942, Jones Town Jamaica) is a Jamaican Musician, also known as Moloko (məˈloʊkoʊ were an Anglo-Irish electronic / pop duo consisting of Róisín Murphy from Wicklow, Republic of Ireland Cesária Évora (born Mindelo, São Vicente Island Cape Verde, 27 August 1941) is a Cape Verdean popular singer Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known by her Stage name Nina Simone ( IPA: ninɐ sʌmɞnɑ (February 21 1933 – April 21 2003 was a fifteen-time In 2005, he was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame as both a remixer and DJ. A remix is an alternative version of a song different from the original version A disc jockey (also known as DJ or deejay) is a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience
Kevorkian now tours the world, taking part in many music gatherings, such as the Sonar Multimedia Festival in Barcelona, Global Gathering (UK), Exit Festival (Serbia), The Big Chill (UK), Electric Picnic (Ireland).
He is also credited for the continuous DJ mix and voice on the dance radio station (Electro-Choc) in the game Grand Theft Auto IV. (April 2008)
To this day, many people (especially in the UK) insist on mistakenly spelling his last name as 'Kervorkian', which can be traced to an erroneous credit on the Violator album he mixed for the group Depeche Mode. Violator is the seventh album by the English Synthpop group Depeche Mode, released by Mute Records in 1990 Depeche Mode (dəˌpɛʃˈmoʊd are an English Electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex.