SUNDAY | MAY 28
Specters interest in house music piqued in the 80's, when the wunderkind genre blew up in the city of Chicago. Specter would tape and devour the novel, often raw and eventually legendary mixes from radio stations like WBMX, WCYC, WCRX, WKKC and WGCI. Early influences include DJs like Farley Jackmaster Funk, Edward Get Down Crosby, Mickey Oliver, Bobby Q Bobby,Lee Collins, Lil Louis and the inimitable Ron Hardy. Specter started DJaying at the age of 15 playing house, disco and italo . Spinning at basement parties around the city and suburbs. When Chicago’s loft-party and rave scene started to take off in the mid-90s, Specter began incorporating the edgier, minimal heat of Detroit techno into his sound.
By 1999 and 2000, Specter had established himself as a respected DJ through his many mix tapes and playing loft parties around the city, He Also co-founded a production label with Damon Lamar aka Baby pop called Tetrode Music. The first EP release from Tetrode dropped in 2000 and became a underground classic. “For All the Music/Mystery”. Following up with the second release “Mediterranean/Defining Moment” in 2002. Tetrode 03 came out two years later in 2004 titled “The Deep Theory Ep”. and The tetrode sessions in 2009. In between those years and present he has released a string of eps on labels Downbeat, Sistrum, Semantica,NDATL, AMR,PerpetuaI Rhythms,Deep ExpIorer,Sequencias, 2nd Hand,lnto the deep, Finale Sessions,FundamentaI Sounds,Nation, and Eargasmic recordings
In 2010 he connected with Sound Signature boss Theo Parrish and released the PipeBomb ep. Followed by The Gooch ep in 2013 and the full length album Built To Last which was one of the top albums of the year on resident advisor and Rolling Stone praised it as a "album you need to know.
Specter's sound brings the real balance between soul, industrial,techno,disco,deep house and everything in between. Its infectious groove can only be described as pure bonafide funk