Selected Cuts: Kenny Carpenter (NY:Lon Classics)

One of the most renowned Studio 54 DJs shares 5 of his NY:LON Classics ahead of his set on Bank Holiday Sunday, 26th May alongside Lenny Fontana & more

Native New Yorker and one of the original Studio 54 DJ legends, Kenny Carpenter effortlessly blends the passion of disco with the new sounds of electronic house music which has seen him remain at the top of his game for the last 30 years. 

Mentored by his idols at the time including New York clubland godfathers DJ/Producers Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, David Mancuso, Nicky Siano, Tee Scott, Walter Gibbons and Larry Patterson and steeped in great music, Kenny worked his way up to a Saturday Night Residency at the world-renowned STUDIO 54 on West 54th Street. 

Fast forward to today and Kenny’s has racked up a myriad of shows at some of dance music’s most revered clubs and festivals and is hailed as one of the great ‘party DJs’ delivering emotional sets laced with effortless mixing, impeccable selections and sheer exuberance that's totally inclusive and liberating. 

Here he shares his NY:LON Classics ahead of the event Bank Holiday Sunday, May 26th where he’s joined by Lenny Fontana, Ricky Morrison and the Muak crew. 

'Walking Into Sunshine’ - Central Line 

This was a NYC and a UK classic Mixed by the legendary Larry Levan. He used to kill it every Friday & Saturday at the Paradise Garage. 

 ‘Paradise’ - Change 

Of course, this was another Paradise Garage classic. Everybody would cry in the club whenever Larry Levan played it. I personally felt like I was in heaven every time I heard it and I played it every weekend too. 

 'Walking On Sunshine’ - Eddy Grant 

This was a huge hit in NYC and I played it endlessly when I was spinning at Bonds International. That NYC venue was the size of an aeroplane hanger accommodating more than 5000 people. Those were the days of the SuperClubs in the Big Apple but they’re all gone now, replaced with high rise condos. 

'You Can’t Hide From Yourself’ - Teddy Pendergrass 

This song was one of my favourites but I loved all of Teddy’s songs. When he sang you knew that a real man was finally in charge. The audience would hit the roof every time I played this at Studio 54. Teddy is sorely missed but never forgotten by senior club heads like me. 

'Love Sensation’ - Loleatta Holloway

I can go on all day about the incredible voice and talent of Ms Holloway. I remember having the honour of my Mum visit me at Studio 54 and when she arrived at the booth I said, “Mommy, watch this.” I played the song and the crowd went mental. My Mommy said, “That’s nice but how much are they paying you to work here? and when I told her the fee she said, “You’ve got to get them to pay you more.” Those were the days before the $50.000 two hour star DJ set.