Kenny Carpenter is considered by his peers in the music industry to be one of the forefathers of dance music. Since emerging on the New York club scene during the 1970s, he has continued to play an integral role in the development of dance music.
This legendary DJ began his career first as a lighting technician moving onto the desks at some of New York City’s hottest underground clubs such as, The Galaxy 21, The Inferno, and The Loft. His big break came in the early 80s, when he was hired to spin at Studio 54, New York City’s illustrious nightclub and playground for the rich and famous.
Carpenter’s unique style of blending tracks and vocals at this celebrated nightclub led to his subsequent resident DJ gig at Bond’s International Casino in the heart of Times Square. He became an overnight sensation by majestically conducting the party at this colossal dance space. His popularity at Bond’s led to his first trip aboard to Israel to spin at the opening of the famed nightclub, The Coliseum.
Since then, this superlative DJ has been blessed with the good fortune to travel across the globe spinning records in nightclubs in various countries including, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Canada, Austria, and Hong Kong.
In the 90s the Ministry of Sound, London’s Premier club and record label hired Ken to do month long tours of Scotland, Ireland, and England. Over the years, Ken has played innumerable times in Japan spinning in trendiest night clubs in Tokyo, Osaka, and Sapporo, as well as, annual seasonal tours of Greece, Spain, and Italy spinning in the most fashionable venues in Athens, Mykonos Milan, Ibiza, Naples, and Rome.
Ken has gained international recognition as one of the world’s finest radio DJs. For four years he rocked the airwaves with his weekly mix shows on one of New York’s hottest radio stations WBLS 107.5 FM. In addition, whenever he is touring the United Kingdom, his dance mix parties are showcased on Kiss FM: London’s most popular radio station.
Ken is well respected by the music industry for the contributions he has made as a remixer and producer. He is accredited with remixing and producing dance tracks for various independent labels, including his production of ‘Seasons of Time’ available on MAW records and the club anthem ‘Set It Off’ on Jus Borne Records.
In 1999, Kenny was interviewed and appeared in the documentary ‘The Rise and Fall of Studio 54’ which was filmed for the BBC in England and was released throughout Europe.
In 2000, WAAKO Records (UK) released ‘House Mix Masters EP’, a 12-inch, which includes ’Scott’s Theme’, one of Kenny’s tracks from his self entitled EP, which had been released the year before.
In March 2001, Kenny spun @ the Soundmen on Wax beach party @ the annual WMC in Miami to launch his remix of the uplifting dance single ‘Dance for Life’ by Kenny Bobien.
In summer, 2001, Kenny completed a CD compilation of funky dance classics entitled ‘The Best of Kenny Carpenter at Studio 54’, which was released by Logic Records (UK)
Ken’s mixing prowess and dedication to his craft has enabled him to transcend time and adapt to the constant transformations within the music industry. Ken Carpenter’s spiritual interpretation of rhythm and his unceasing passion for music is the driving force behind his longevity within the music industry.