United DJs of America present... Cevin Fisher "My First CD'
It was a cold night back in 1997 and I remember waiting for a friend outside of New York's Tunnel. As a cruel wind whipped ferociously up from the Hudson river, industryheads stood shivering on the block-long guestlist line trying their best to get into the club without paying. A few moments later, a lone taxi pulled up and New York- based DJ/Producer Cevin Fisher rolled out. Bypassing the chaos and the queue drama, Cevin walked right up to the club's stairs, headed straight to the ticket counter and promptly paid his admission. "I've got to hear some music tonight," he confessed. "I need some inspiration."
I've never met anyone as passionate about house music as Cevin Fisher. When he's stopped by our office just toshoot the breeze, I've watched his eyes glaze over while he talks about his favourite record of the moment. I've watched him patiently thumb through the shelves of record storese all over Manhattan, droppi ng the needle on record after record looking for that perfect beat. And when he finds it, his face lights up like a Christmas tree.
It's the combination of his God given talent to wax a booty shakin' groove along with a mission to challenge the existing dancefloor rules which has taken Cevin from working at Arthur Baker's renowned Shakedown studios in the 80's to becoming one of this decade's most consistent and important beatmasters. His solo output alone is a non-stop array of instantly classic club hits: "House is a Feeling", "The Way We Used To", "Check This Out", "Women Beat Their Men", "The Freaks Come Out", and "Burning Up".
With his name so revered by tastemakers and clubheads alike, "My First CD" marks an important milestone in Cevin's career. On this, his first-ever mix compilation for DMC's legendary United DJs of America series, he picks up the mixing torch from legends like David Morales, Frankie Knuckles, and "Little" Louie Vega. With a surgeon's precision, he lovingly bathes his mix with an approach which bridges the gap between the old and new school. At times, Cevin's sound is uplifting and soulful; at others, it's hard and kicks your ass like a healthy shot of tequila at 4am. Boasting a sound that's as diverse as the city he hails from, one listen to "My First CD" and you'll get a new glimpse of Cevin Fisher, a man who loves to make a beautiful music.
Darren Ressler Editor-In-Chief, Mixer magazine, NY.
1. House of 909
2. The Avenue
'I Am (Filthy Rich's own mix)'
3. Cevin Fisher
'House Music (Anthem mix)'
5. Those Norwegians
6. Agent Purple
'Kings of Spain (Mandrax Lower East dub)'
'Women Beat their Men (Cevin's Peak Hour Dub)'
8. Wet Dreams
'Sunrise (CF 2000 Radio Edit)'
9. Studio 45
10. Cevin Fisher's Big Freak
'The Freaks Come Out (Sharp's Freaks at Trade Mix)'
11. Arthur Baker
'The Break 98 (Cevin's NYC Peak mix)'
12. Nancey Jackson
'Free (Yes I'm Free) (Lift Your Hands Extended Club Version)'