Spencer Kinsey, AKA Gemini, was responsible for some of the freakiest beats to come out of the Windy City throughout the '90s, and as a DJ, provided inspiration for Sneak, Derrick Carter and many others. Rumoured to be homeless, possibly with serious mental health problems, his whereabouts are the subject of much internet speculation. But no one, including his old buddy Sneak, has any idea where he's gone.
Gemini is nowhere to be found.
For many years, there have been rumors circulating about what happened to Spencer. He made a well-publicized move to the Bay Area prior to 2000, giving Chicago - or at least some people in the industry back home - a kiss-off with the acrid track "Swimmin' Wit' Sharks". And so far as anyone knows what happened, that's when something went terribly, terribly wrong.
Gemini was back in Chicago not long after, minus his studio equipment, his DJ gear, or any visible means of support. To the few he encountered, he didn't seem himself. He cut almost all ties, even with people who had known him for years. On one occasion when he was recognized, he vowed revenge on a couple of well-known Chicago House Music producers who he claimed had stolen his music from a laptop. At the time, according to someone who talked with him, he was panhandling - staying in an SRO when he had a good day, a shelter when he didn't.
What had gone wrong? Spencer was still giving interviews as late as 2001, but within a year or two, it all ended. No more tracks, no more gigs, and lifelong friends worried that something was seriously wrong. They couldn't do more than worry: most of them have never seen him again.
Yup, truth.kromestar, apparently. no idea if that's true
Anyway, going way back, DJ Crystl.
Pretty much had the Hardcore / Jungle scene at his feet circa '93/'94 (his releases on Dee Jay were and still are stunning), but then vanished into the ether to become a personal trainer in the US, or something.
Did pretty well judging by the photo.
Subsequently heard he did a one-off, never to be repeated gig at Herbal a couple of years back. Wish I'd have known at the time.
Same for Hindzy D. How can you go from Target & Shrapnel to the stuff he makes now. Same for DJ Narrows.