Collectively, songwriter-producer, Lem Springsteen, and composer-producer, John Ciafone work together as the production duo known as Mood II Swing. They met in the early 90s as members of a recording group where John and Lem wrote and produced tracks together. Prior to their meeting, one might consider them worlds apart. John was inspired by classical music, rock, and hip-hop. He began as a DJ and started producing music with an underground hip hop group on Long Island, New York, in the mid 80s. Lem was writing R&B songs, at a tender age and gigging a single signed to Chrysalis UK around the New York city club circuit. Both, musically trained and inspired by international Pop music of the early 90s, Lem and John decided to forge their worlds and begin producing music together.
Mood II Swing first started by working together on original material in the early 90s, which was well received by DJs in the NY club scene. Their sound blended different styles within dance music, which was unique at the time. Thanks to the influence of NY House DJs & veteran producers, such as Masters at Work, Mood II Swing also started remixing songs for major labels & indie recording artists.
Eventually, a symbiosis was created where Lem’s chords and musical progressions would inspire drums, keyboards, and arrangements by John. Likewise, John’s drum programming, basslines, and keyboards became the foundation for Lem to write lyrics and melodies. Mood II Swing began to apply their unique style to their own productions, as well as remixes.Mood II Swing’s name recognition turned the start-up music production company into a group name with a cult following of House music lovers, globally. The duo is responsible for many dance floor gems and the UK radio crossover hit “Free” by Ultra Nate.
Currently, in the post millennium, with a resurgence of early 90’s House music, John Ciafone and Lem Springsteen have rejoined as a production team to showcase their music in DJ sets. Mood II Swing are now working with UK Agency, Air London, and they have a compilation to be released in 2016 titled, ‘Strictly Mood II Swing’ on the Defected UK label. Lem Springsteen and John Ciafone intend to showcase their music to new generation of House music lovers through the release of their classic tracks and new productions.
Joining Mood II Swing are Forward Disco residents Sean Cormac & Chili Davis, Dancing Room Only resident Rissa Garcia and King Street Sounds The Wig.
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Rissa Garcia Live@Halcyon Record Shop / FM Elle & Friends
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Being 1,650 miles away from Houston makes it difficult for us to physically be there to help the tens of thousands of families evacuating their homes due to Hurricane Harvey, which has now been deemed likely to be "the most damaging storm in U.S. history", by Dr. Joel N. Myers, the founder of Accuweather.
This coming Friday, we are uniting together to stand (and dance) in solidarity with those who've been impacted by last week's catastrophic flooding, to raise critically-needed funds for the nonprofits and relief effort groups providing aid and resources to the massive number of people, wildlife and life sustaining infrastructures impacted by last week's catastrophic flooding of Houston and surrounding areas.
Join us, as 10 local DJs take the stage for an eclectic evening of quality music, along with a live painting by Adal Ray of Majestic Tattoo NYC.
No cover charge. 21+ to enter
Donation boxes will be available on stage to donate cash to selected reputable charities. A description of each charity will be provided as well (suggestions welcome).
10% of alcohol proceeds will be donated directly to charities supporting relief efforts.
Receipts for all donations will be fully documented & shared immediately after the event.
Featuring DJs: (listed alphabetically):
☉ Anna Cavazos [[Little Giant Records]]
☉ Mira Fahrenheit
☉ Todd Fatjo [[Jack / Hot Wax]]
☉ Rissa Garcia [[Dancing Room Only NYC]]
☉ PJay [[NYEX]]
☉ Kev Obrien [[Eyedyllic music/DiggnDeepr]]
☉ Richard Perdomo (Globalmixx Tv & Radio / NoSleep)
☉ Lily Ray
☉ Mike Terra [[Good Company Records]]
☉ St. Xose [[Endless Love Recordings/ iPM]]
Flyer design: Courtesy of Hayley Carloni
Donate Directly to help Harvey victims now:
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/
Houston Food Bank: https://secure3.convio.net/hfb/site/Donation2
Houston Humane Society: http://www.houstonspca.org/give/
Additional Information on the damages caused by Harvey: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/hurricane-harveys-impact-and-how-it-compares-to-other-storms/
Good Room and Dobbin St present...
Marcellus Pittman Unirhythm
Tickets - $20 advanced or $30 at the door
Nothing beats a rooftop party on a summer day so Good Room and Dobbin St have prepared nine of them for you. Happening every other Sunday, Good Roof at Dobbin St will feature some of the best international talent as well as local legends and up and comers.
Marcellus Pittman is headlining our Labor Day weekend party. One quarter of the Three Chairs alongside Rick Wilhite, Kenny Dixon, Jr. (aka Moodymann) and Theo Parrish, Marcellus is a Detroit OG. The Unirhythm label founder is known for his soulful take of house music, disco and funk with his productions making you feel all the feelings. Last time we had Pittman at Good Room he slayed the Bad Room for 7 hours straight. We can’t wait to hear what’s in his record bag this time around. Dancing Room Only’s Rissa Garcia is joining him on this afternoon, bringing some New York house to the party.
Dobbin St is located a few blocks from Good Room and has one the best, if not the best rooftop in the neighborhood. Having just opened last year, the renovated factory is the perfect place to dance to the sunset with full views of the Manhattan skyline. A full bar will be running on the rooftop.
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"One year ago, our very good friend Rissa Garcia launched, what would soon become one of NYC’s can’t miss events ‘Dancing Room Only‘ at Cielo. For the launch, she presented Danny Krivit, with support from Forward Disco residents Sean Cormac & Chili Davis, as well as herself, the DRO resident artist. Over the last year DRO has presented a master class in house music taught by some of the best, including Todd Terry, Charles Webster, Victor Simonelli, Jacques Renault, DJ Spinna, Eli Escobar, Jellybean Benitez and many more. For her one year anniversary, Rissa is bringing back the legendary Danny Krivit with support once again from Sean & Chili. This lineup has been intact now for three Forward Disco events, two Dancing Room Only events and one magical 718 Sessions. Needless to say, our nights with Rissa and Danny have been the kind of nights that people refer to as some of their best nights out and the kind of night that is always met with ‘we can’t wait for the next one’ as soon as the night ends. Do not miss out on this one!