An era-spanning fixture of New York radio, Chris “DJ Spinbad” Sullivan was revered by fans and peers alike. Icons such as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the late DJ AM have called the NYC native their “favorite DJ”; most likely due to his masterful technical skill, party-rocking ability, and musical versatility.
“I LIKE TO INCORPORATE TURNTABLISM AND PARTY ROCKING TOGETHER. A LOT OF PEOPLE PLAY CLUBS AND DON’T REALLY DO ANYTHING WITH THE RECORDS; I TRY TO KEEP EVERYTHING DANCEABLE BUT AT THE SAME TIME INCORPORATE THE REAL DJ SKILLS.”
– DJ SPINBAD
In 1995, he cemented his reputation with his infamous ’80s mixtape, Rock The Casbah, now certified as the most-bootlegged release of all time by download/file-sharing services. Five years later, Spinbad dropped its sequel, Eye of the Tiger (’80s Megamix, Vol. 2). He also mixed the 2001 collection, Underground Airplay (Version 1.0), and in 2004, a rare hip-hop entry into the Fabric Live series (FabricLive.14).
Spinbad continued to work as a globe-trotting, party-starting live DJ, performing in clubs and stages in more than 50 countries, DJ Spinbad has seen and done things few DJs can imagine. To include his popular residency as the first and only international resident DJ for Cé La Vi (formerly Kü De Ta) in Singapore and Hong Kong. As well as international gig tours with electronic music artist Moby and comedian Russel Peters.
Spinbad would steadily drop new mixes, until his passing on November 10, 2020. ‘The Spinzone’ is Disc Jock Pro’s homage to DJ Spinbad, it airs daily and features some of his most signature mixes.