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Dwayne Jensen / DJ One
A born entertainer is what he is called. One of the most talked about artist out of Detroit in some time. His unique blend of soulful grooves, with filtered deep disco remixes, combined with in your face overpowering tech house seasonings, give his music a special blend that is none mistakebly his own.The Detroit native, is a self taught Musician, Producer, and Writer. Dwayne is no new comer to Detroit's electronic music scene. He has been a DJ, and Producer, of funky house, and early techno since it's inception. Dwayne started off as a Jazz drummer & percussionist. He was heavily influenced by the Funky, Progressive, and Electronic sound developed in Detroit, Chicago, and New York. He was truly inspired by DJ's such as; Juan Atkins, Farley, Mike Hitman Wilson, Frankie Knuckles, Steve Silk Hurley, Mr Fingers, Louie Vega, DJ Sneak, Todd Terry, and Larry Heard. Dwayne was also deeply influenced by a DJ named Electrifying Mojo. His radio show was responsible for inspiring so many Detroit artist, and was Dwayne's introduction to electronic music. The fire was ignited for this artist, and there was no turning back! After spinning local parties, and working withlegendary Detroit underground promoters, he worked his way up to playing a long list of legendary clubs. The club he has the best memories of is Luomo in the late 80's. Luomo was where Dwayne really learned to fly, and developed his unique style that is still displayed to this date. A four on the floor, heavy bassed, soulful, energetic, melodic, percussion filled, hi tech, deep house sound.
Dwayne next spent 2 years living in the Finsbury Park area of London, where he absorbed a wide variety of influences such as British, UK, German,French,Italian, African & Jamaican culture's; as well as the vibe around the London's underground. Dwayne study abroad, and DJed in some of London's Underground clubs in Soho. The time there opened Dwayne up to a more world sound, and helped to expand his mind, for a true full package for him as a producer, and DJ. He credits his true “DJ & music production education” to attending Eastern Michigan University, whose students also included Kevin Saunderson & Eddie Fowlkes - along with weekly visits from Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and other rising stars. “The assortment of young talent and inspiration for music was absolutely “off the charts,” exclaims Jensen, who became both friends and DJ contemporaries with them all. He continued to support, and inspire the foundation of a new musical evolution of which we now call Techno. “The thing back then was to create music that we could all play at DJ gig's on the weekend, and from that we basically started to experiment.” I think that all of these collaborative efforts definitely worked out for the best!” Dwayne and Kevin Saunderson worked together on many projects. Dwayne released an EP called Rebellious on the KMS label, and worked on many Remixes for that label.
Dwayne was now ready to let all his experiences, and talents out of the box. He started his Fathom Records label in the late 90s, the label gave him full control to express his true voice in the House music world. He released countless “dance floor -filling anthems” such as: The “Traveler EP”, “Dancer EP”, and the smash hit “Believe” featuring Miyon, with Remixes from Norm Tally (which became a cult hit overseas). Jensen also released “Don't Fight It” featuring Courtney Jackson - an artist that toured with Aretha Franklin in 2003. He released his first full length album called “Digital People” the album featured Billy Love, a sultry Chilean poet/vocalist named Kat, and Jensen on vocals. Dwayne also released an EP and remixes on the Soiree Records label, which have both received, much worldwide acclaim. The latest release on Soiree is Detroit Deep Constructed, the EP has received great praise. He has been featured on the Beat Down Compilation produced by the Third Ear Record label from Japan on a track called “My People”. The compilation featured some of the best artists from Detroit's Electronic musical underground scene. He has recently released the Night Vision EP released on limited vinyl on the Dockside label from France, and the Ignition EP on the London based Landed Record label, the new releases are classic Dwayne Jensen deepness, and has added to the countless remixes, and Ep's he has created for all-star artists like: Distant People, Nicole Mitchell, Doc Link, La Veda, Malik Alston, Billy Love, Carmen D, Jesse Outlaw, Inner City, Yaminah, Project Soul LA, and from artist from every part of the globe.
How would one best describe Dwayne Jensen's DJ sets? “Pumping, Bass-Filled, Sexy, Soulful , Stimulating, Deep, Eclectic, Melodic Grooves, Spiritual influenced, and Hard Hitting. Dwayne has Djed with some of the worlds best in Electronic music. Stars like: Jesse Saunders, Kenny Dope, Roy Davis Jr, E-Man, Doc Link, Kevin Saunderson, Jesse Outlaw, Jo Jo Flores, Oscar P, Glen Underground, Boo Williams,Craig Alexander, Deep Swing, Ron D 8 Lim, Norm Tally, Ken Collier, Felton Howard, Jullian Jumping Perez, Alton Miller, Mark kitchen, and many more . Dwayne has been featured in the legendary Movement Festival in Detroit on 3 occasions with great praise, and reviews. First in 2002 for the DEMF, second in 2005, and lastly in 2012 on the Made in Detroit Stage. He has been a feature artist in Miami's Winter Music Conference for over a decade. Jensen was also selected in 2001 as one of Submerge Detroit & Real Detroit Magazine’s Top 20 Iconic DJ's, in recognition of his tremendous dedication to the DJ art form and his musical contributions to the city of Detroit. As an artist who has paid his dues, and has truly earned respect by the key players in the underground community worldwide - the sky's the limit for this artist who’s truly on the rise!
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