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Rewerk Wednesday/Green Velvet

Calling direct attention to all of the dancin’-and-prancin’ Philly kids, kweens, guys and gals out there…..

…..an DJ legend by the name of Green Velvet is coming to leave his trademark stage stamp at NOTO tomorrow night…..and we all need be rewerked and ready to light up in the floor in his iconic honor. 

And if you’re not quite ready, you should be because amplified shit’s about to go down when it comes to this state-of-the-art beat master. 

Green Velvet (real name Curtis Jones, also known by the DJ moniker, Cajmere, “The Percolator,” anyone? Fuck yes) got his start on the Chicago club scene in the early ’90s and quickly became quickly regarded for his intense non-vocal productions and (literally) insane DJ sets. His pulsating presence grew more popular as the decade went on, this was in the part to the smashing success of club thrashers like “Preacher Man,” “Answering Machine,” and “The Stalker.”

With simple vocals and big-ass booming beats, the crowds not only fell in love with a DJ who knew what the f@ck he was doing, but one that could pull tons of tricks out of his dancing hats with a clear thunderous message for his audience to no doubt expect the unexpected. A feast of studio albums also kept us hungry for more Green Velvet everythang  thanks to infectious studio romps like Constant Chaos (’99), Whatever(’01), Lost & Found(’05), and the world dance floor famed Ministry of Sound Sessions(’07). 

Of course, a batch of electrified remixes have also kept our headphones attention to this dance music legend for the past two decades, with one in particular being his church-worthy retelling of Madonna‘s Confessions on a Dance Floor smash, “Sorry.” Taking the already booming Madge groove to an amplified new level, he added his signature burps and whirls, all while giving us club kids a classic rewerk for the rest of our disco ball lovin’ lives. 

And if we’re really, really lucky, it’ll be one of the many treats he’ll serve out for Philly at NOTO tomorrow night. There’s truly only one way to find out…go and get your Green Velvet groove on, and of course, don’t forget to listen up because a true DJ legend will be speaking. 

For continuous Rewerk Wednesday action both on and off the floor, check ya life with Philly Mixtape right here and here

Cover photo courtesy of Division Agency 

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Rewerk Wednesday/Otto Knows

Whether destroying the DJ decks overlooking dance floors around the globe or serving us strobe lit life on original fires, “Dying For You,” “Next to Me,” “Million Voices” and “Not Alone,” Swedish based house DJ Otto Knows (real name–Otto Jettmann), um, knows how to give it to us and give it to us hard with anything he has his headphones in. 

Falling hard for the love of that dear, sweet house music at the young age of sixteen, Otto first found his way when he began spinning it out in Stockholm‘s underground club scene. In record(s) time, he made quite a name for himself and in a chance meeting became instant beat buds with fellow Swedish DJ, Avicii, as well as the esteemed members of Swedish House Mafia. (Maxwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso). 

Together, all of these gentlemen including Knows would invigorate the Swedish club scene and bring tall over to the Billboard Dance Charts, whether on a dashing original fire or dance-all-f#$king night worthy remix. Among Knows’ long list of rewires and refires are his turn at Dada Life’s “Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker,” Imogen Heap’s “Hide & Seek” and “iTrack,” a collaborative thunder with Avicii and Oliver Ingrosso, plus seriously a whole big ol’ milk crate more. 

And in case you’re wondering after getting lost in some of his most bangin’ bangers…DJ Otto Knows isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. 

On Friday night, the Swedish based DJ is about to take over NOTO Philadelphia with all of his fire, so get those tickets and then get ready to plain and simply…fucking dance. 

Are you an entertainer, promoter or event planner who’s groovin’ along in Philadelphia? Then Philly Mixtape wants to hear from you! For questions, comments and everything else in beat-tween (everyone’s welcome here, so don’t ever be shy), become a fan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and/or email Patrick DeMarco at iluvbeatz96@gmail.com and let’s promote it ALL up proper.

Otto Knows cover photo courtesy of Wikipedia 

 

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Rewerk Wednesday/Wolfgang Gartner

If there’s one thing we should all be incorporating more into our lives right now, that would be the art of dancing like nobody’s fucking business. Especially when it’s the grooves provided by DJ Wolfgang Gartner at the helm of your dancing feet.

With an alias list that also includes Bosco & Terell, Count Funkula, Frequent Flyers, the Girth, Mario Fabriani, and Spyro Pappadopoulos, Wolfgang Gartner (real name–Joey Youngman) has made a knack for cooking up grooves that will make you move for daze, not to mention they have the trunk power to persuade you to grab that Grey Goose to get you and your girl feelin’ all sorts of loose.

Beginning in the late ’00s, there were nearly a dozen Gartner grooves (he’s also got a swell deep house vibe) served to dance floor across the globe, including “Push and Rise,” “Space Junk” and “Emergency,” as well as top notch collaborations with DJs and vocalists, Medina, Omarion, Eve, Jim Jones, Marc Griffin Brit Brit, Tiesto and MSTRKRFT

But perhaps Gartner’s biggest slice of dance life he ever gave us (besides his pulsating 10 Wats to Steal Home Place from last year) came back in 2010 on “We Own the Night,” a red-hot collaboration with Luciana and Tiesto that’s still guaranteed to make you feel it..in more ways than one.

Much like you will when Wolfgang Gartner takes over Coda tomorrow night. So, get those tickets and then…dance.

Dance some more.