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Based on the West Coast of the USA in Los Angeles, Erik and JD are the Production/DJ team known as Deep Swing. Using other alias such as "The Sunkids", "Jazz Transit" and UMP, Erik and JD’s  steady dedication to pushing forward their production style and sound came to fruition with the release of the biggest records to emerge from the 1999 Winter Music Conference in Miami. "Rescue Me" which featured the vocal talents of Chance took the annual Music Conference by storm when it was promoed by Tony Humphries on his label YellOrange Records. With additional remixes by The Masters At Work, "Rescue Me" was proclaimed by many DJ’s and Industry people as the Anthem of the Conference.  1999 was a phenomenal year for the Production duo as every record they released gained critical acclaim across the world.

Apart from "Rescue Me", tracks such as "Rise Up", "Shelter", "I Promise You", "I Am Somebody", "Lets Do This", and "Takin Me Higher" have propelled the duo into one of the hottest Production teams around.

Deep Swing were formed in 1993 with their first release on Megatone Records, and since their first production Erik and JD have gone on to record tracks for labels like Yellorange, Soulfuric, Soulshine, Kult, Narcotic, and Suntune, during their career.

Inspired by many music styles and influences, the Deep Swing sound is based around strong and funky musical arrangements,  drawing on their own musical abilities, Erik is an accomplished Guitar player as well as playing keyboard and other instruments.  JD is the main DJ of the duo, learning his craft in his hometown of Chicago, and playing in clubs across the USA.

Within their various projects, the duo are at equally at home working with strong vocalists such as Xavior ("Shelter" and "Takin Me Higher") and Chance ("Rescue Me" and "Rise Up") as well as instrumental jazzed up house tracks such as "Lets Do This" and "Steppin Out".  Deep Swing like to draw on their musical background by employing the talents of musicians to add a real live flavor to their productions. Currently appearing in playlists and charts across the world, having just delivered the much anticipated follow-up to "Rescue Me" with "Rise Up", which was proclaimed as one of the major records of this years Winter Music Conference. There is also the forthcoming production "I Promise You" which again features Xavior on vocals, and the remix of "Music Is Life" produced by The Groove Junkies and performed by Mijan, along with several additional remix projects currently in work.

There are also plans to establish their own label provisionally called Generate Records, which will be a base for future productions from Deep Swing and other like-minded Producers.

So expect to hear a lot more quality funky soulful house grooves from Erik and JD this year.

Selected Club Highlights :
North America Hollywood Athletic Club, Toy Box, High Society – LAVarious parties at WMC over 4 years – Miami Club Motor – Detroit Red Monkey – Arizona Teradactyl – Windsor, Canada Limelight – Chicago UK  Out In The Sticks – Manchester Ministry Of Sound – London (TBC) Minisrty Of Sound Bar – Birmingham (TBC)Madisons - Jersey (TBC)DeepHausFunk – Swindon
France  Queen Club Germany – ParisSoulsonic - Berlin

Selected Radio Station Appearances and Mixshows :
"The Slammin Show" on Galaxy 102 - Manchester "The Mars Mix" on Mars FM 103.1 – LA "The Hot Mix" on Limbo 103.3 FM – Arizona "Heart Of The City" on Cyberradio TV – LA "The Touch" on Galaxy 101, Bristol"Your Mama's House" on KMEL, San Francisco "The Guest Of Honour" on
UK-Rumbal Internet Radio.

Check out an Interview/Spotlight courtesy of Adrian Champion @ GarageNet UK

'Exclusive Deep Swing in the mix'

February 16 2000

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