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Kenny Carpenter


Kenny Carpenter Bio

Kenny Carpenter is considered by his peers in the music industry to be one of the forefathers of dance music.

In the mid-late 70s, Kenny Carpenter was in ever-present attendance when the NYC underground gay club scene emerged from its womb of rhythmic integration. As an original “Brooklyn Boy” he watched, listened and began lurking for the turntables. At that point he made a plan! Some of his biggest idols at the time included the likes of Nicky Siano, Tee Scott, Walter Gibbons, Larry Levan, Larry Patterson and David Mancuso.

In the 80s Kenny Carpenter’s early club experiences lead to his employment as a light technician at the then famous Galaxy 21 and The Inferno in New York. Still hungry for the turn-tables he moved on to spinning records first in small venues, and then inevitably to a Saturday night residency in the forever famous, infamous, and world renowned Studio 54. After the closing of Studio 54, Kenny was hired as the Saturday night resident DJ in a venue the size of an airplane hangar – the 5000 person capacity Bond’s International Casino in the heart of Times Square! His resulting popularity and increasing fame led to international opportunities in countries such as Israel, France, Spain and England spinning regular guest spots at what was and still is the most famous club in London, Ministry Of Sound.

Some of his then biggest contemporaries, and still friends to this day, include Francois Kevorkian, Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Little Louie Vega, and Tedd Patterson. He has been long time friends and enjoyed many collaborations with recording artists the likes of Anthony Malloy, Kenny Bobien and Strafe. He continues to produce and, where possible, forge creative relationships with artists such as Wendy Lewis, Madonna, Jennifer Holiday, Michael Jackson, Robin S., and Majestic K. Funk.

Kenny Carpenter has had many years of experience working on New York’s number one radio station called WBLS and he has done many guest sets on KISS FM in London, but producing and remixing music has become his latest acquired passion and you can expect some big surprises in the future which include new productions for Madonna, Kenny Bobien, Kathy Brown, Shaun Escoffery and Wendy Lewis. Kenny continues to travel extensively and perform in some of the most fashionable venues worldwide including: Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Switzerland, Japan, England, Norway, USA, Russia, Brazil, Morocco, South Africa, Malta, Belgium, Monte Carlo, Luxembourg and many more.

His most recent tracks, released in 2011 on Tony Records, are collaborated with The Black & White Brothers and called Heaven Knows and Bang It Out. He was also part of the 2011 Ministry of Sound’s Live & Remastered: 20th Anniversary Box Set with the likes of Larry Levan, David Morales, Todd Terry and Justin Berkmann.

On his new website, the living DJ legend Kenny Carpenter describes his professional and global function today as a DJ/producer. His new website has become a necessity to help complement and enhance his talent, experience, and professionalism. It’s time for him to take advantage of the ability he’s acquired to make people, young and old, move, think and feel by making his concepts available to all who are interested in the evolution of club music.