Josh Wink is Huge in Europe

So why can't the turntable legend get love at home?

By Christopher Wink
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For Philadelphians not of a certain age, he just might be the most famous resident of Northern Liberties you've never heard of. To those who were active on the city's rock, rave and club scenes in the 1990s, Josh Wink is a deejaying visionary and techno legend.

Twenty years after his first album, Wink has released his When A Banana Was Just A Banana LP and embarked on another extended European tour. But he's torn between the Philly he calls home and the continent that has catapulted him into another stratosphere on the international house music scene.

"I would love to live in Europe as I spend half my time there," Wink said in an e-mail before leaving for engagements in Amsterdam, Vilnus, Lithuania and others -- his tour dates can be found at www.mypsace.com/joshwink -- but "there is something about Philly that most people understand that keeps us coming back."

It can't be the adulation he gets here.

Today in Philly, Wink - who was born Joshua Winkelman and has no known relation to this author - has been somewhat forgotten. Abroad though, particularly in Europe, his fame continues. His new album was named LP of the month by Mixmag, the London-based publication that calls itself the world's biggest dance music and clubbing magazine. In the February cover story of DJ Magazine, Wink was said to be "responsible for some of dance music's biggest records." "Stay Out all Night," the first single taken from his new album, was declared "the biggest dance record in the world right now" by Pete Tong, the famed staple of BBC Radio 1. Wink has crafted remixes for Radiohead, Moby, Lenny Kravitz and virtually every techno star in Europe.

"There has always been support of electronic music outside of the USA, and this is where I have to go," Wink says. "Similar to how jazz was in the mid-90s in America. Musicians had to get gigs outside of the USA, as people didn’t understand the music."

But Wink has thus far kept his roots, which are thoroughly Philly.

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