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 a decade, he hosted an annual “Ovum Last Wednesday” party at Fluid, off of South on Fourth Street.

"But, I needed to take a break from this," he says, "as my home time has become very sacred."

Wink was born at Hannaman Hospital on Race Street in 1970. As a child, he first lived in Conshohocken and then Lafayette Hill. At 18, he came back, moving near the Art Museum. He frequented punk rock and reggae shows in a darker, dingier Philadelphia. He also got caught up in a West Philly music scene emerging then around Clark Park.

"I was 18. I was all about getting into the city when I was a teenager," Wink said. "Saw Jazzy Jeff and Cash Money a bunch, which was greatly influential."

He was a bike messenger by day and DJ by night. In 1989, he was behind Philly's first warehouse rave party, he says. In 1990, he and five friends created a coalition called Vagabond, a group of DJs and promoters keen on enlivening Philly's then dead after-hours scene. In 1994, he formed Ovum Records, a small electronic music label.

By 1996, Wink had three tracks that made it to radio stations around the world, and Ovum, which remains based at 1528 Walnut Street, was on its way to international note.

"I am blessed to do what I dream to do - make music, release music and travel the world in support of this music I love," Wink says. "It’s a very fickle market, and I am so happy to still have Ovum Recordings be an internationally revered label and still compose music true to my integrity and vision."

As for why techno has never found the same widespread audience in the States as it has in Europe, the reasons are many, but Wink says one may be changing.

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