up in Greenwich Village, New York City, in the 1960s, Danny was surrounded
by music. His mother was an accomplished jazz singer and his father was
the manager of legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker before going on to
open up “The Ninth Circle”, a Village hot spot, where Danny
worked as a boy. It was here that Danny met some of the most influential
people in the music scene; Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Mingus,
John Lennon & Yoko Ono, amongst others. His home was also a hotbed
of musical inspiration, with The Mothers of Invention living down the
hall, and Sid Bernstein (Manager of The Rascals) living upstairs, the
rascals would regularly pop down to the Krivit household to practice their
future hits on the piano. At school, a close friend and classmate was
the son of Creed Taylor, the production genius behind many artists who
recorded on the VERVE, C.T.I. & KUDA labels, and another close friend,
legendary Nile Rogers, help Danny pick out his first guitar.
By 1970, Danny was already a vinyl junkie & an amateur DJ, But DJ'ing
as a profession wasn't fully realized until 1971, after another neighbor/friend
of Danny’s (Vice President of Polydor Records) introduced Danny
to one of his artists - none other than the legendary James Brown, who
gave Danny white-label advance promo copies of his “Get on the Good
foot” and “Think” by Lynn Collins. Around the same time,
Danny started Djing & programming music for “The Ninth Circle”
which by now had been transformed into a disco. Danny’s father opened
his second club called “Ones” In 1975; Danny was their sole
DJ through 1977. Danny’s sets were a big success and from this he
started promoting and Djing at his own after-hours club down the street.
At this stage, Danny was becoming part of the underground scene, club-hopped
a lot, meeting some of the greatest DJ names of the time. These included
Nicky Siano (of the Gallery), Walter Gibbons (of Galaxy 21), Tee Scott
(of Better Days), David Rodriguez (of The Limelight), Richie Kaczar (Club
Hollywood), and Bobby DJ (of Le Jardin) amongst others. Although all outstanding
names, one DJ and club stood out amongst the rest: DJ David Mancuso and
The Loft (A musical center and Mecca for DJs) was a unique place and home
of the original DJ “Record Pool”. This is where Danny began
his long time friendships with DJs Larry Levan and Francois Kevorkian
(Francois K). In 1977 when Danny started Djing at “Trude Hellers”,
he also had become an avid roller skater, and with his girlfriend at the
time (Daphne Rubin Vega) would regularly skate over to the Paradise Garage,
where Larry would let them skate around the club while he would check
out some of the new records that week on the sound system. The Garage
remained Danny’s main stomping ground until it closed in 1987.
Danny’s list of DJ residencies steadily grew throughout the 70s
and in 1979, after Djing at the opening of the Roxy; he became their main
resident DJ for the next 4 years. In the early 80s the Roxy was the home
of some of the best Hip hop DJs of the day like “D.S.T”, Grand
master Flash, and Africa Bambaata. Since Danny was one of the few white
boys who could scratch mix, he earned the nickname Danny Rock. Throughout
the 80s & very often playing 6 & 7 nights a week, the list of
clubs he played at exploded & included places like, Area, Dancateria,
The Ice Palace, Laces, The Limelite, Red Zone, Save The Robots, Studio
54(Virgin Islands), Tracks, The Tunnel, The World, and many, many others.
Even a guest spot at the legendary Paradise Garage.
Since the late 70s trade magazines such as Billboard (which he still reports
to weekly), Cash Box, Record World, & Dance Music Report amongst others,
have listed Danny’s play lists and Danny’s mix tapes have
been getting airplay on radio station WBLS, WKTU, & KISS FM.
The 80s’ saw the beginning of Danny’s studio work. He worked
on tracks featuring legends such as, James Brown - “Soul Power”,
“Give it up and Turn it loose”, “Funky Drummer”
(reputed to be the most sampled song in history!), Ecstasy, Passion &
Pain - “Touch and Go”, Brenda and the Tabulations - “Let’s
Go All the Way”, Gloria Gaynor - “Casanova Brown”, and
what is probably THE most quintessential version of MFSB’s classic
- "Love Is The Message".
Moving into the 90s, Danny commanded legendary status amongst young and
old as well as continuing to forge new paths in dance music into the millennium.
He inherited the Ninth Circle from his father and continued to DJ at NY
clubs such as Mars, Tracks, The Choice, Palladium, Shelter, Sound Factory
Bar, Twilo, The Warehouse, & The Loft.
At it's inception in 1996, Danny joined Francois K and Joe Claussell to
form the Body and Soul team, at club Vinyl in NYC and regularly played
every Sunday for it's entire run, while also regularly Djing in various
clubs in New York & Japan & everywhere in-between, Body &
Soul has also been enjoying some special events in Amsterdam, Baltimore,
Brazil, Canada, France, LA, London, Miami, Portugal, Italy, San Francisco,
Singapore, & sensational annual events in Japan.
While Body & Soul in NY is now more of a seasonal event, & still
going strong since 2002, Danny has been enjoying a similar success on
his own, as resident DJ of the award winning “Best Party In NYC”,
“THE 718 SESSIONS”, which started in Brooklyn (718), &
kept the name even after moving to Manhattan. Now in it’s 10th year…
something super rare in today’s NY night life. Danny is more than
just the DJ, & is responsible for large part of the creative aspects
of the party, as in the graphic designing of the flyers & merchandise.
And in-between this & traveling the globe, has also held down a barrage
of guest spots @ places like; APT, Aqua Booty (Miami), Central Park Roller
Events, Cielo, Deep (LA), Giant Step, Lincoln Park Music Festival (NJ),
Love, Mighty, & The End Up (San Francisco), Pacha, Roxy, Shelter,
Stereo (Montreal), Sole, Spirit, Table 50, & Warehouse....
Starting his professional DJ carer in 1971 Danny is currently celebrating
41 YEARS as a NYC DJ & has enjoyed many highlights, just to name a
few: Like the summer of 2003 at Museum Of Modern Art's PS1 in NY, playing
for an incredible 5,000 of his 718 Sessions fans, & there again to
7,000 fans in July 2006 for Body & Soul’s 10th anniversary.
& In 1999, for a 15,000 strong crowd for the first of three annual
Body and Soul “Summer Stage” events in NYC's Central Park.
& when he played in Tokyo New Year’s Eve 2001 for an attendance
of 21,000 people, & December 2005 @ club Ageha, also playing for an
incredible 7,000 of his own fans. & Starting in 2002, Body & Soul’s
annual events in Japan have also been consistently phenomenal highlights,
especially in 5/08 performing along side his now wife, Japan pop icon,
Danny’s talents and reputation have grown immensely and continues
to do so, with demand for his DJing & editing work reaching new heights
& exploding worldwide from North & South America to Europe &
Japan, with his Producer/Editor/Mixer credits included on well over 300
records. Earning a status of “King Of The Re-edit” since the
early 80’s, he’s been a major force in bringing attention
& world acceptance to the art of editing, even spawning an onslaught
of imitators. Also since the early 80’s, Danny has also been a VJ,
with a collection of well over 5000 rare soul performances on video from
the 60s, 70s, 80's, & 90's. His vinyl record collection is now well
over 80,000. He has also contributed to many historical films & literature
such as: “Maestro”, “Love Saves The Day”, “Last
Night A DJ Saved My Life”, & Mel Cheren’s “My Life
& The Paradise Garage”, “Downtown Calling”, “All
Hopped Up and Ready To Go”, "The Disco Files" include
Danny Krivit as a legendary key player in the history of NY night life
& Most definitely one of the very few people who can honestly say
he’s consistently DJ’d in all the hottest clubs in NY for
the past 40 + years!