DJ Smash’s first NYC DJ residencies were at legendary clubs Save The Robots (’88-’93), Nell’s (’92-’93) and Giant Step (’90-’94) with guest DJ slots at many notorious 1990’s New York clubs in their heyday including Limelight, Palladium, Pyramid, MK, Wunderbar, Milkyway, and Payday. In 1994, he appeared on the Red Hot Organization’s album, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool, remixing a track featuring Groove Collective and Bernie Worrell. The album, which raised awareness within the African American community of the continuing AIDS epidemic, was dubbed “Album of the Year” by Time Magazine. He’s spun at clubs around the world and shared the bill and decks with hundreds of DJs including Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay, Danny Krivit, Nicodemus, Dj Romain, Jon Cutler, Miguel Migs, Julius Papp and many others.
Raised in Brooklyn and Manhattan, DJ Smash (Smash Hunter) learned the art of djing watching masterful DJs such as Grandmaster Flowers, Tanqueray, Frankie D., Doc Brown, Mark Kamins, and Justin Strauss perform in parks, block parties, skating rinks, clubs and warehouse parties, masterfully working the crowds and sound system.
Smash released his first record, as Transphonic, on Nu Groove Records an early House music label in New York in 1988. As a producer/artist Smash released over 30 of his own titles under various production aliases such as Jazz Not Jazz Massive, Yardboy, 2Much, JB, Cubian and Transphonix. He co-founded New York indie dance label Eightball Records in 1990, and in 1992 co-founded New Breed Records with Asia Love. He produced and remixed for an array of labels along the way for labels such as Instinct/Acid Jazz Records, and the iconic jazz label, Blue Note Records, for their Phonography Series, Lou Donaldson and Grant Green Blue Break Beats series, for which he also composed liner notes.
His digital imprints Funkskool Digital, and Jazzy Grooves release eclectic productions as well as re-issue tracks from his diverse and vast archives.