Josh Wink

Josh Wink

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My birthday present is playing all night for my peeps in hometown #philly tonight at #wow (warehouseonwatts) w… https://t.co/ItnORcShz3
@joshwink1 • 21 Apr 2018 • 15:59
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Thanks B! See you tomorrow for #Winkdown https://t.co/aC33HKQXhX
@joshwink1 • 20 Apr 2018 • 21:49
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@RomanLindau @Mixmag And now I’m playing your music!
@joshwink1 • 20 Apr 2018 • 21:48
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#tbt to 1995 a 25 yr old Wink in Paris at #radiofg studios thanks to @mixmag for diggin this one out! https://t.co/VFBwW8aJqx
@joshwink1 • 19 Apr 2018 • 15:33
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Looking forward to the 8th Annual Winkdown at Warehouse On Watts in Philly on Saturday Night with Goodie, Shakedown… https://t.co/5h6v8mz82g
@joshwink1 • 18 Apr 2018 • 20:20
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Gracias @mixside hasta pronto! Vamos! https://t.co/VoJwgjDGed
@joshwink1 • 15 Apr 2018 • 12:44
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Leaving #Paris now for my 6hr set today in #madrid along with a great line up outside! 😀 https://t.co/FbgCrmUzYT
@joshwink1 • 15 Apr 2018 • 12:42
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Happy Friday the 13th. Now #jetlag but Tonight on the water @iboatbordeaux w old friend Manu.… https://t.co/Y0hX4QfUBV
@joshwink1 • 13 Apr 2018 • 19:18
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The new @Shadow_Child on @ovumrecordings is 🔥🔥🔥 Get your copy at @beatport https://t.co/uwyrz1HeH2 #ACID
@joshwink1 • 07 Apr 2018 • 16:22
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Thanks Seth! That’s one of my fav tracks with #trent ! Who knows if I’ll play it! But hope to see you in the #D wit… https://t.co/4X11nMKdhm
@joshwink1 • 03 Apr 2018 • 15:21
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I’ll be wearing blue today! #beaware #liub @ Northern Liberties, Philadelphia https://t.co/kH9UmbElHN
@joshwink1 • 02 Apr 2018 • 15:30
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Just to be clear for people tweetin. My 8 yr runnin #profoundsounds radio show on @SIRIUSXM is still on same times.… https://t.co/9Hequi1ryp
@joshwink1 • 31 Mar 2018 • 20:44
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Thanks & Happy 20th Birthday ultra Glad to have been there since #1 & thanks to ol friend… https://t.co/EesqIRHmzg
@joshwink1 • 25 Mar 2018 • 17:20
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Looking forward to playing 1st @HYTEofficial party @clubspacemiami this Wednesday March 21 with amazing line up!… https://t.co/4Wbw07fUR2
@joshwink1 • 19 Mar 2018 • 15:36

Bio

When you’re as iconic a figure as Josh Wink, it’s not so easy to sum up a career in a few words—but there are a couple of terms that might serve to get a handle on the seminal electronic-music producer’s lifework. One of the most apt, certainly, would be longevity. A brief scan of Wink’s mammoth résumé reveals the following: Early-’80 days as an underage mobile DJ; a major role in fostering his native Philadelphia’s burgeoning warehouse scene during the house-music explosion later that decade; name-making ’90s club hits like “Don’t Laugh,” “Higher State of Consciousness” and “I’m Ready”; a label, Ovum Recordings, that’s undisputedly one of the most essential dance-music imprints; and his current position, after all these years, as one of the scene’s most vibrant and creative DJs and producers (witness the critical success of his 2009 long-player When A Banana Was Just A Banana).


Another word one could use to encapsulate Wink’s oeuvre is versatility. From the twisting, acidic breakbeat of the aforementioned “Higher States” to the organ-groove deepness of 2008’s “Stay Out All Night,” and from the pulsating ambience of 1996’s “Horizontal Dancing” to the streamline liquid techno of his recent remix of Agaric's “Who Made Up the Rules”—with side trips along the way for drum ’n’ bass beats and hip-hop rhythms (Wink was a regular at West Philly DJ battles as a kid)—his sound ranges as far and wide as anyone’s. The same could be said for Ovum as well, which over the 16 years has released music from such varied artists as dream-vibe drum ’n’ bass specialist Jamie Myerson, Wild Pitch originator DJ Pierre and jack-track master DJ Sneak, to mention but a few. As with Wink’s own material, it’s timeless music—you could play a cut like David Alvarado’s swirling, percussion-drenched “Klugh” at a techno hoedown today, and it would sound as fresh as it did upon its late-’90s release; as with most of Ovum's catalog, it's music that's not defined by time or trends.


Which brings us to our final term: integrity. It’s a trait that Wink possesses by the crateful, one that’s carried him through the vagaries of dance music’s endless cycles. Some who hit big when Wink did are content to live off past successes; others chase trends in an effort to stay relevant. But Wink has always been happy—determined, really, to do his own thing and follow his own path—if the music sells and the gigs keep coming, that’s great, but that’s not why he’s still in the game. “I got into this because it was something that I lived and ate and breathed,” Wink says. “There was so much passion for the music, there was nothing else for me. Whatever notoriety and success had come from this, it’s kind of a mistake, a byproduct, and I never planned for that. I never knew I could make a living from doing what I loved when I was a teenager; my parents thought it was a fad, actually.” And what do his folks think now over 25 years later? “Oh,” he says with a chuckle,” they love it.” 

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