Let it snow

3DMentional’s Snowed In brings legendary DJ Josh Wink to Dayton

By Gary Spencer

Photo: Josh Wink will perform at Snowd In, Saturday, Dec. 12 at The Venue on Third

In case you’ve been living under a rock, it is my duty to inform you the duo of Tony Desaro and Billy Dickensheets, known collectively as 3DMentional Entertainment, have been tirelessly staging big time EDM events in Dayton on a consistent basis. Just a couple of months ago, the duo put on its third edition of Yiiikes!, it’s annual Halloween-themed EDM party. This coming weekend, 3DM is about to drop what appears to be yet another regular event, curiously named “Snowed In,” given that Dayton rarely gets any severe amounts of snow in mid-December. But according to Desaro, that’s pretty much what happened when they staged the first Snowed In back in 2013.
“The original Snowed In took place at Vex, Dec. 7, 2013,” Desaro explains. “Billy and I had decided on the name and concept earlier in the year, unintentionally predicting the first big snow of the season.”
Despite the inclement weather at the inaugural event, 2013’s Snowed In was still a rousing success and some mitigating factors led to 3DMentional doing it again in 2015.
“The initial Snowed In was our second event together as 3DMentional, and after bringing together 300+ people for what was more or less an underground lineup, it became clear we were on to something,” says Desaro. “We were fortunate enough to book Josh Wink for December, and that seemed like the perfect reason to bring back Snowed In.”
Josh Wink is an internationally acclaimed DJ and EDM artist dating back to the 1990s with massive club hits such as “Don’t Laugh,” “Higher State of Consciousness” and “How’s Your Evening So Far.” Wink was one of earliest figures in the American rave scene in the 1990s and while most famous for spinning and creating music of the techno and acid house styles, he has also dabbled in drum-and-bass and hip hop along the way as well. Landing an EDM icon like Wink for a performance in Dayton was quite a coup.
“Wink is one of those artists we have wanted to bring to our town since the birth of 3DM [in 2013],” DeSaro explains. “Bringing prolific artists like Josh Wink to small-town markets like ours is never an easy task—our challenge is convincing an artist of his stature to play an unknown market, especially a Saturday night. His influence on electronic music is undeniable, and having opportunity to bring him to Dayton is exciting for us. We can’t stress enough how fortunate we are to bring Wink and Dayton together.”
Wink’s personal history in music is as DIY as the history of 3DMentional Entertainment. Wink started DJing in the late 1980s when he was only 13 years old. Shortly thereafter he started making his own music. According to Wink, his career in music mainly came from a natural feel for DJ gear and electronic dance music.
“I had piano lessons for four years when I was eight years old, and a wind instrument for one year,” Wink explains. “However, my producing really came out of feeling and knowing my equipment. The aspect of me not being the best … writer didn’t seem to matter when I made electronic music.”
Since then, Wink has gone on to headline clubs and EDM festivals all over the world and started his own label, Ovum Recordings, in 1994. Wink says his career has been a wonderful experience and he hasn’t lost his fire for the music over the years.
“Simply the fact that I am still making music (and) DJing for over 25 years is an amazing thing—releasing my first record when I was 19 years old was an insane feeling, yet still releasing music when I’m in my 40s is also an insane feeling! The gold records are cool, but the fact that I’m still doing it and have the same passion I’ve had for it the last 25 years—it’s my life’s most important thing.”
As for Wink’s performance at Snowed In, fans can expect a live DJ set where basically anything goes.
“My performances are always spontaneous with no rules or regulation,” Wink says. “I often follow leads and vibes from the crowd which helps me in where my musical direction will head for the night, but I never truly know. Sometimes I think it’s going to be House-y but it’s Techno [and] sometimes I think it’s going to be more Techno but it’s more House and Acid House. I love the spontaneity of what I do.”
It’s been roughly 20 years or so since he has graced EDM fans in Dayton with his presence and infectious beats, but Wink is definitely looking forward to rockin’ the house at Snowed In alongside local heavyweights Metroplex, Trip Turlington, Bit Flip, Matt Freeman, Coma Coz, Nautigroove and more behind the wheels of steel.
“It’s been a long time,” Wink confesses. “Can’t remember the last time I was in Dayton—must’ve been the ’90s during the rave days. My management was approached about Snowed In, and I agreed as it sounded like a great time with a great crowd, so why not? I am looking forward to heading back and I hope the crowd is ready for a musical journey.”

Snowed In Again with Josh Wink takes place Saturday, Dec. 12 at The Venue on 3rd, 905 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton. Tickets are $15 in advance and the event is open to patrons 18 and over. For more information please visit 3dmentional.com.

Gary Spencer is a graduate of Miami University and works in the performing arts, and believes that music is the best. Reach him at GarySpencer@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Gary Spencer is a graduate of Miami University and works in the performing arts, and believes that music is the best. Contact him at GarySpencer@DaytonCityPaper.com

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