Celebrating 15 years of groundbreaking parties, Deep Space resident legend Francois K. is joined by a very rare appearance by Detroit’s great creative force Theo Parrish. Carl Hancock Rux delivers the message on the mic with François K for our 15th Anniversary .
Deep Space is profoundly grateful to Output (and our former home Cielo), all the remarkable artists who have explored signature Deep Space sets, and our family of dancers who have shown such love and open-mindedness to all things spacey, dubby and musically adventurous.
In 1994, Theo Parrish received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from KCAI with a concentration in Sound Sculpture, a form of orchestration using live instruments, looped recordings, the human voice, and numerous other sound generation devices. While in Kansas City, Theo continued to impact and be impacted by dance music, helping to bring a dormant underground music scene to life.
Theo Parrish moved to Michigan in 1994, where he became heavily involved in Detroit’s underground music scene. Since his arrival, he has helped spawn a resurgence of dance classic selections among local DJ talents.
‘Love of the music should be the driving force of any producer, performer or DJ. Everything else stems from that core, that love. With that love, sampling can become a tribute; An expansion on ideas long forgotten, reconstruction, collage. Using the same understanding openly and respectfully can turn DJing into a spiritual participation. It can turn a few hours of selection into essential history; Necessary listening through movement.’ This personal philosophy gives shape and direction to the distinctive sounds that are created by Theo Parrish.
Carl Hancock Rux is an American poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, actor, director, singer/ songwriter. He is the author of several books including the Village Voice Literary Prize winning, "Pagan Operetta" , the novel Asphalt (novel) and the OBIE award-winning play Talk, as well as a frequent collaborator in the fields of dance, theater, opera, film, and contemporary art . Rux is also a singer/songwriter with five CDs to his credit, including his critically acclaimed debut Rux Revue (Sony 550), Apothecary Rx (listed in in Philippe Robert's “Great Black Music: Un Parcours en 100 Albums Essentiels” as one of the greatest black music albums of all time, along with records by Billie Holiday, Howlin' Wolf, Max Roach) and most recently, Homeostasis (CD Baby). Most recently returned from a sold out concert at the Maison Des Art Creteil, Paris/Sons D’Hiver Music Festival, Rux is described by ROLLING STONE as " "A master storyteller with a voice reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, the plainspoken delivery of Lou Reed with the lyrical concerns of Ralph Ellison...Brazenly intellectual, unapologetically analytical, Rux weighs his words carefully, sanding them down and splitting them when necessary to make his point. Like Gil-Scott Heron, Rux marries lyric poetry to funk beats. Like PJ Harvey, he erects dramatic psychological tableaux to explore his personal history and identity with a novelist's eye for raw detail...and spins them into rugged funk-rock meditations...Slayer of sacred cows, avoider of easy-ways-out and rider of reality and rhythm, Rux earns your ear.”
Deep Space is the legendary party in NYC. Awarded many times as the “best party in New York City,” with “best resident dj” François K., Deep Space is now a monthly party, Wednesdays at club Output in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For 13 years Deep Space ran as a weekly party at Cielo.
Known as an adventure into future dub, spacey vibes, and abstract grooves, Deep Space features dj’s, musicians, dancers and poets who represent a breathtaking range of styles celebrating dub’s impact on so many forms of art. The party encourages the creative use of technology in the mixing booth and on stage. Dj’s are invited to play signature “Deep Space sets” which are notably eclectic, spacey, and imaginative, while drawing dancers onto the club’s floor.
François K. is revered as the co-creator of New York City’s legendary dance party Body&SOUL. He tours worldwide for not only his soulful house dj sets, but also for his techno and dub mixes. Over the years he performed at Studio 54, Paradise Garage, The Loft, Ministry of Sound, Sound Factory Bar, Twilo, Roxy and Club Yellow in Japan, to name a few. In great demand, François has gone into the studio to produce/remix recordings by Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Jimmy Cliff, Underworld, Eurythmics, Bunny Wailer, U2, Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou, the Smiths, Dido, Finley Quaye, Diana Ross, The Cure, Mick Jagger, Fishbone, Talvin Singh, D Train, Erasure, Yazoo, Black Uhuru, Thomas Dolby, and Jah Wobble. In 2005 François was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. In 2016 Mixmag recognized François K. as one of the inventors of the remix as we know it.
Since the party’s launch in April 2003, Deep Space has remained passionately loyal to supporting the careers, comebacks and specialty side-projects of hundreds of artists. Guest artists have included: the NY debut of Rhythm & Sound with vocalists from Wackie’s; NY debut of Germany’s ÂME; the first US DJ appearance by disco icon Giorgio Moroder; guest dj Meshell Ndegeocello with saxophonist Oliver Lake; Jamie xx; Mad Professor; Sherwood and Pinch; Derrick May; Stacey Pullen; dj Harvey; Four Tet; Joaquin “Joe” Claussell in a multi event collaboration; Ron Trent; Dimitri from Paris; Gilles Peterson; Juan Atkins; Carl Craig; Dubtribe; DJ Spooky; Thomas Dolby; Urban Tap with tap rhythms remixed by François K.; Theo Parrish; Danny Krivit; dubstep innovators Digital Mystikz, Kode 9, Goth-Trad; Pearson Sound; Scuba; OTTO with Afro Brazilian icon Carlinhos Brown; Aril Brikha; Joy Orbison; Rekid; King Britt with guitarist Tim Motzer; BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs; Kirk Degiorgio; hip hop poet Ursula Rucker; Mr. Scruff; Dub Gabriel with Last Poets legend Umar Bin Hassan; Cosmo; tabla player/dj Karsh Kale; live performance by Dawn of Midi; Easy Star Sound System with Ranking Joe and Sister Carol; Function; hip hop's first dj Kool Herc; DJ Pierre; Henrik Schwarz; Spacetime Continuum; Todd Terje; Jamaica’s legendary dub poet, Mutabaruka performing a piece created for Deep Space with François K.; and dub pioneer U-Roy.
Deep Space has been presented at the Big Chill Festival (UK), Plastic People (UK), TDK Cross Central Festival (UK), Space Lab Yellow (Japan), Café Jamaica (Japan), Precious Hall (Japan), Phase (Japan), SONAR Festival (Spain), Burning Man (Disorient Camp/US), Red Bull Music Academy (US) and throughout France, Germany, Italy, Denmark and the U.S. In 2004 Deep Space was nominated for “Best Club Night” by the internationally televised “DanceStar USA.” In 2005 & 2006 François K. won “Best Resident DJ Award” at the Club World Awards in Miami. Deep Space was named “Best Party 2004” in Time Out New York. Deep Space was nominated for “Best Party,” at the Club World Awards 2006 and 2007. New York Magazine featured Deep Space as the “Best of New York 2006.” In 2013 Do Androids Dance lauded Deep Space as one of “The 10 Best Club Nights in the US.” François K. won “Resident Dj of the Year” by the 2015 Nightclub and Bar Awards. Time Out New York named Deep Space a “top 20 parties in NYC right now” in 2015. In 2005 Deep Space NYC Vol. 1, mixed by François K., was released on Wave Music’s imprint Deep Space Media to critical acclaim.