DJ Le Spam is Miami’s Prime Minister of Funk. The man behind the renowned group The Spam All Stars, acclaimed DJ and Cuban coffee expert, Le Spam has toured the world sharing stages and putting out music with artists like Larry Harlow of The Fania All Stars, Pee Wee Ellis and Blowfly.
On a recent Wednesday night at The Standard Spa’s monthly, vinyl-only Back2Basics music series, Le Spam took attendees on a journey through the Miami Sound, playing a set to complement a screening of the excellent documentary Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound, presented by the film’s producer Chad Tingle.
Since the music was so good, we sat down with Le Spam to ask him some questions about Miami’s rich musical history and to have him tell us about his favorite Miami records.
And join us in The Lido Lounge this Thursday, August 27th for the next Back2Basics, featuring an all Reggae, Roots & Dub set by DJ Corey Chase and a screening of the classic film The Harder They Come.
STANDARD SOUNDS: What prompted you to start looking for Miami records?
LE SPAM: My friend Superwolf in Kansas City gave me a recording of Little Beaver’s “Party Down”. I’d been living in Miami for almost 10 years and I couldn’t believe there was all this Miami Soul music that I didn’t know anything about. It was like living on a planet and finding out about a civilization that was here before you. I got extra obsessed about looking for Miami stuff.