Collectively, songwriter-producer and Lem Springsteen and composer-producer John Ciafone work together as the production duo known as Mood II Swing.
Mood II Swing met in the early 90’s as members of a recording group where John and Lem wrote and produced tracks together. Prior to their meeting, one might consider them worlds apart. John was inspired by classical music, Rock, and Hip-Hop. He began to work as a DJ and started producing music with an underground Hip Hop group on Long Island, New York, in the mid 80s. Lem was writing R&B songs at a very young age and gigging with a single signed to Chrysalis UK around the New York city club circuit. Both musically trained and inspired by international Pop music of the early 90’s, Lem and John decided to forge their worlds and begin producing music together.
Mood II Swing first started by working together on original material in the early 90’s, which was incredibly well received by DJs on the NY club scene. Their sound blended different styles within dance music, which was unique at the time and cutting edge. Thanks to the influence of NY House DJs and veteran producers such as Masters At Work, Mood II Swing also started remixing songs for major labels and independent recording artists.
Eventually, a symbiosis was created where Lem’s chords and musical progressions would inspire drums, keyboards and arrangements by John. Likewise, John’s drum programming, basslines and keyboards became the foundation for Lem to write lyrics and melodies to.
Mood II Swing began to apply their unique style to their own productions, as well as remixes.
Mood II Swing’s name recognition turned the start-up music production company into a group name with a global cult following of House music lovers following close behind. The duo is responsible for many dance floor gems and the world wide anthem ‘Free’ by Ultra Nate who played SSW6.
Currently, in the post millennium, with a resurgence of early 90’s House music, John Ciafone and Lem Springsteen have rejoined as a production team to showcase their music in DJ sets. Mood II Swing are back and out there again, they also have a compilation to be released in 2016 titled, ‘Strictly Mood II Swing’ on the massive Defected label here in the UK. Lem Springsteen and John Ciafone intend to showcase their music to a new generation of House music lovers through the release of their classic tracks and new productions. As ever, SSW is right on the ball and SSW7 will be one of the first gigs you will be able to catch the reformed soulful House and Deep House duo back behind the decks.