Danny Krivit has been a fixture on the downtown New York club scene for 30 years. Although he has only recently begun to get international recognition through his residency at Body & Soul, he’s been DJing since the mid-70s. He’s also famed for his re-edits.
Where were you born, where did you grow up? I was born in New Jersey, pretty much moved here [Manhattan] when I was four or five. I was born in 1957. Stayed in the Village my whole life. In fact until moved over here [on 14th between 2nd and 1st] I’d only moved about four blocks in thirty years. My step-father owned a place called the Ninth Circle, which he started in ’62. In the sixties it was one of the main Village spots. There were a lot of rock’n’roll people there, music people. When I was seven I was already doin’ brunches and working as a waiter and I served Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon. In the Village it just wasn’t that odd, I suppose. And they had a very happening jukebox. So without even knowing it, before I was even into music; my mother was a jazz singer, my father was into jazz, an older sister into pop.
The Ninth Circle was kind of dying out by about 1970 or so and a friend of his owned the Stonewall and when that closed he said to my father I know you’ve had this great thing for years but you know the Village has really turned gay. If you just turn your place gay, all your troubles will be over and you’ll be a success overnight. And literally that’s what he did. The Ninth Circle went gay about 1971. He turned the restaurant downstairs into a disco and I started programming tapes for him. He also got tapes from clubs like Le Jardin, Le Hippopotamus, happening places. I got in the door like that. Then he opened up a place called Ones. If you’re down near Vinyl on Hudson, there’s a Korean fruit store down there. That’s the location of Ones. I started working in 1974. It opened in 75.