Bert Bevans, an original New York Studio 54 DJ.
“I did play the private parties in “Studio 54 New York” and if that wasn’t achievement enough, Bert helped to build the Ministry of Sound for Justin Berkmann.
“Justin Berkmann and I built the original Ministry of Sound in London and I was one of the first residents with Larry Levan and Justin”.
Bert Bevans and his twin brother Robert were born in Belize, British Honduras in the late 1950’s.
Bert’s twin brother came first, so Bert was the younger of the two and he had to stay in hospital for almost 3 months in an incubator after this birth.
Unfortunately Robert passed away in July of 1991 when his kidneys couldn’t take any more after hard drug abuse. But the brothers were always very close throughout life and their family could sometimes not deal with how close they were. They even used to finish each other’s sentences.
The family moved to New York July 27, 1969 and settled down in Jamaica, Queens and later moved to Hollis, Queens – where he lived during his teens. After school he studied aviation, but he didn’t finish the education – as he tells me himself: “If I had graduated, I would have had to go to Vietnam, so I left. I still love flying though!”.
Bert explains that he becoming a DJ was kind of a “Natural Progression”. He started out doing “Block Parties” in Hollis and then things more or less just happened. He didn’t plan to be a DJ, but when he worked in Melody’s Record Shop, most of NY DJ’s came in there to get the latest releases. They liked him and would invite him to their clubs…
And the rest is history!
Bert has remixed everyone from Paul McCartney, Depeche Mode, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Style Council, Big Audio Dynamite, Sugar Babes, Anane, CHIC, and Omar to Mr. V’s latest.
For the past few years, Bert has helped to build “Seduction” in Phuket (which handled the MOS/Hed Kandi tours) and organised a deal with Café del Mar Ibiza for CDM Phuket, which opened in December 2017.
Recently, Bert has helped to open the Ice/Spice Bar in Ho Chi Minh. https://www.facebook.com/icespicebar/