Dennis “Citizen” Kane has been a seminal and iconic figure in contemporary dance music culture since his emergence in the mid 90’s NYC downtown scene. A former disco and old school buyer for the infamous A1 records, Kane has been digging and collecting since his early teens in Philadelphia.
Kane has been the co-resident (with Darshan Jesrani) of the Adult Section party at Cielo since the summer of 2008. The two also throw the infamous Strobe Lodge parties, loft jams where they and their crew take over a space, bring in their own sound system, and play marathon sets for the faithful and new converts alike. In it’s fifth year The Strobe Lodge has thrived in several spaces with an ongoing cast of characters serving as staff, hosts, and provocateurs.
The next Strobe Lodge will be in lower Manhattan this December. Since April of 09’Kane has been holding down a weekly Saturday party at Von in NYC, a down low late night dance jam for assorted freaks and cosmic children. For 8 ½ years Kane threw The Deep End party at APT in NYC. His Deep End party was known for it’s varied mix of lyrical sophistication, rare selections, and dance floor intensity. The party really set the blueprint for the approach of so many “new disco” nights. With guests as diverse as Nicky Siano, DJ Harvey, Kool Herc, Force of Nature, Danny Krivt, Gerry Rooney etc…it represented in it’s extended run a broad and intense examination into the range of dance music, looking both forward and back.
In 1999 Kane released Selects 001 (with Chairman Mao) a mix of rare Northern Soul, boogie, and disco treats. It gained significant critical praise from journals like Urb, The Wire, and LA Weekly, and it was nominated to numerous top 10 lists, including The Village Voice’s. A follow up mix, The Greatest Part, released in 2001, went further into the realms of disco and garnered similar critical praise.
In 06 Kane released Adult Section, a solo mix with numerous re-edits, that in it’s diversity reflects the dynamic range of his live sets. It was named one of the years 10 best by Filter magazine, and cited as an essential disco “must have” by Ocean Drive magazine. Kane’s label Disques Sinthomme had it’s initial release in the spring of 2007. Featuring tracks by Kane and Lodge co-resident Darshan Jesrani, the 12” charted throughout Europe and Japan, and has appeared on several mix compilations. The labels second release featured original work by Silver and Professor Genius, as well as remixes from Kane and Nick Chacona. Silver’s track has been licensed for a forthcoming cosmic compilation helmed by Ibiza luminary Phil Mison.
Kane was asked by Diesel and Dave Jarvis to contribute an arrangement for the return 12” of the legendary Moton label. The track “Kane’s Spanish Home” was one of the biggest 12”s of 07’, a favorite of DJ Harvey, Prins Thomas, and The Idjut Boys among others. It has been selected for a forthcoming “Heavy Disco” compilation, and landed a place on numerous year end ten best lists. Disques Sinthomme’s third 12” featured tracks from The Beat Broker, and Lars Behrenroth, with mixes from Kane as well as Smith & Mudd. It brought a Balearic ease to disco jams and featured live instrumentation with programmed beats. This fall a new release from Disques Sinthomme features original work from Kane and Liquid Liquid front man Sal Principato as well as remix work from Padded Cells Richard Sen.
Kane also runs the Ghost Town re-edit label which has brought out great arrangements from The Beat Broker, Kane, and Bicep, The 4th installment of Ghost Town is forthcoming with edits from Kane & Jesrani and Billy Woods. Kane has numerous online DJ mixes and a number of remixes forthcoming. He is also prepping new live music and another collaboration with Silver(cosmic metal mother ) as well as an a new African ep with Sal Principato.
When not touring or digging Kane lives in NYC, working with Darshan on the Strobe Lodge and Adult Section parties, or buried in his studio. Kane lives in the Lower East Side with his wife Karen and son Roan. He can barely recognize his neighborhood anymore.