About DJ Brad Smith
Brad Smith is one of the founding fathers of Electronic Dance Music in Florida since its very beginning. He is the owner of the underground label, Crescent Records. He has been DJing since 1992, playing over 1000 DJ gigs under the aliases Mr. Smith, Brad Smith, Sleven and Praying Mantis. Also, he has been producing his own music since 1992 and releasing tracks since 1996 with over 350 releases under his belt.
Brad Smith started writing and recording music in 92, being taught by the legendary Rob Intile (Lovecraft's writer, producer, engineer and singer). Brad released his first record in 1996 on his own imprint, Crescent Records. Since then, he has released over 250 tracks, 30 CDs and over 60 remixes on numerous labels: Digital Recordings, Toolbox(UK), Moonshine Records, Panadisc Records, Stickman Recordings, Juice Recordings, Xquisit Records, Painted Puppy Records, Streetbeat Records, Version 3.0, Breakzlogik Records, 941 Recordings, Roja Records and Just Funkin' Records. Brad's journey in the studio has lead him in many directions of exploration making House, Tech House, Techno, Progressive House, Minimal, Electro House, Drum n Bass, Trance, UK Hardhouse, Deep House and Breakbeat.
Brad Smith has held residencies at 100's of clubs across the southeast US including The Parthenon, The Abyss, The Edge, 911, Infinity, The Masquarade, Ultraviolet, The Rubb and Luna Lounge (to name only a few).
In 1992, Brad Smith started his career in the underground Acid House and hardcore scene on the radio at WBUL in Tampa, Florida. Later in 1992, Brad began his club DJing career at the infamous "Rave-O-Ween". In his 19 year carrer, Brad has played over 1000 gigs with some the world's biggest stars: The Chemical Brothers (at thier 1st US show ever!), The Prodigy (on their 1st US tour), Orbital (live), Reel 2 Reel (live), Cosmic Baby (live), Utah Saints (live), Banco De Gaia (live), Crystal Method (live), Carl Cox, Moby, Danny Tenaglia, Deepdish, Afrika Bambaataa, Gat Decor, Sasha, Keoki, Kimball Collins, Sandra Collins, Trace, Josh Wink, King Britt, DJ Duke, Doc Martin, Bassbin Twins (live), Ed Rush and Optical, Dara, AK 1200, Xpansion (live), Shades Of Rhythm (live), Demitry (Dee-lite), Ani (Dee-lite), the Smart-E's (live), Three, Monk, Jask, Andy Hughes, All Boxed In(Live), Maradonna (live), Aquanox (live), Luvdup (live), M5 (live), The Cotton Club (live), Red Seal (live), Rebirth (live), Metro (live), Jackal and Hyde (live), Cybersonik (live), Omar Santana, Jim Masters, Cirrus (live), Young American Primitive (live), Angelina (live), Dieselboy, Garth, Dillon and Dickins, Dj Who, Dj Magic Mike, Baby Anne, Vicious Vic, Bad Boy Bill, Lovecraft (live), Deekline, Dj Onionz, Feelgood, Jimmy Van M, Scott Henry, Nick Slater, Eric Davenport, Dream Frequency (Live), Dose (live), Prophecy (live), Q-Burns Abstract Message (live), Rainbow Bridge (Live), Micro, Jon Debo, Dub Tribe (Live), Plummet (live), K5 (live), Guy Oldhams, Stacy Kidd, Soloman, Chang, Uberzone, Simply Jeff, Dj Jeffee, Robby Clark, Chris Harshman, Chris Fortier, That Kid Chris, Juan Kato, Reese, Huggie, Scott Bond, Kelly Reverb, Dave Cannalte, Friction and Spice, Kingsize, Darwin Chamber, Pete "Shaker" Bones, Dj Icey, Rob Base & Dj EZ Rock (live), Young MC (live), The Mix Factory (live).
In 1995, Brad started to expand his musical realms while djing at the infamous Parthenon club in Tampa, Florida; along with fellow dj and mentor Dj John Panapolous. John broaded Brad's mind by educating him in the best of House and Progressive House as well as teaching him about the vinyl market and business of the major record labels and record pools.
In 1997, Brad won his club, Luna Lounge, best dance club of the year. Brad was the only DJ at the venue, playing his legendary 5 hour sets of house, trance and breaks every Saturday for 3 years to a standing room only packed house!
In 1998, under the moniker, DJ Praying Mantis; Brad alongside with Dj Dread and Bamboo started the infamous Stateside collective crew. The outfit was a group of inspiring Drum N Bass artists whom helped pioneer the genre in Florida. In 2000, Brad started his mash-up/remix label, Mr. Smith's DJ Tools, with partner DJ Spice (of Friction and Spice fame). These white-label remixes were a huge success and found their way into record bags across the Globe.
In 2000, Brad created the moniker Mr Smith and his bootleg remixes under this name found world wide success for which he is still known to this day. Most memorable is his remix of Sabotage's "Return To Ibiza" which not only got air play from most of the world's top 100 DJ but also most the world's top 100 Radio stations. The track is still getting played across the globe on the radio 10 years after it's release.
In 2005, Brad created his moniker, Mantis. Under this moniker, Brad had success with his tracks "I See The Light" reached number 18, "My Body" reached number 23 on the progressive House charts and "Twisted Love" reached number 25, "Yo Quiero" reached number 39, "Dance 2 The Music" reached number 46, "Change" reached number 48 and "If You Feel It" reached number 59 on the house charts.
In 2008, Brad adpoted the moniker, Sleven; and has used it to produce underground Tech House, Minimal and Techno. Inspiring many of Florida Tech House DJs of today.
2011 has opened yet two new chapters to Brad’s ever evolving career as he has begun producing and spinning Electro House, Dutch House and Progressive House and dubstep under his new moniker, Spit 'n' Blood. Now Brad's rocking dance floors at home and abroad. All of Brad's tracks can be found on Beatport.