House music icon Sean "DJ Spen" Spencer first laid his hands on the decks at the age of thirteen while growing up in his native city of Baltimore, and he hasn’t looked back since.
The talented DJ and producer began his illustrious career in the mid-’80s as a hip-hop DJ making music with a group called the Numarx who were responsible for writing and recording 'Girl You Know It’s True', later covered and made into a smash hit by Milli Vanilli. Through the 80s and into the early 90s, DJ Spen was a staple on various radio stations in the Baltimore/Washington DC area, The years that followed saw DJ Spen move away from his hip-hop roots and towards dance music. After joining the famed production collective, Basement Boys in the early 90s, DJ Spen became known for his unique style of blending the classic Chicago house sound with everything from R&B, funk, and gospel. This sound would define his productions for years to come,
Working with a group of talented vocalists and musicians, under the name Jasper Street Co., DJ Spen released his first solo production through Basement Boys Records in 1995, the energetic gospel house cut “A Feeling”. This was the first in a lauded series of releases for the label that brought Spen commercial and dance floor success over the next decade, earning him international recognition as a house music pioneer.
In 2003, DJ Spen split from Basement Boys. Months later, he became co-founder of Code Red Recordings releasing work with well-established artists such as Ann Nesby, Toni Braxton, and Sibyl. The label also launched the dance music career of revered vocalist Mark Evans.
In 2012 DJ Spen established the Quantize Recordings imprint, which has since become a regular outlet for his music and the music of dozens of talented producers. The label is known for soulful house music productions and has become a mainstay in the dance music community. In 2014, DJ Spen announced sub-label "Unquantize" with a focus on underground and alternative dance music sounds. To date, the Quantize and Unquantize catalogs have grown to almost 600 releases.
Alongside his own productions, DJ Spen has built a reputation as a talented and prolific remix artist, putting his own unique stamp on pop anthems from Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Everything but the Girl, Toni Braxton and more. If that isn’t enough, he’s still spinning eclectic and soulful jams in clubs across the globe, further establishing his status as an eminent figure in house music, both past and present.