My name is Michał Lipka aka Cpt. Sparky from Warsaw/Poland. I started my artistic career at the beginning of 1990’s. Right now I am a funk/soul/jazz DJ with almost 20 years of experience and over 2000 parties played. Below you can learn some more details about me. 🙂
At the beginning of 90’s, being under heavy influence of jazz and ethnic music, I founded with Paweł Kucharczuk – Primitivo music group. With this band we recorded one record in 1998.
In 1998 I established Cpt. Sparky Publications – a record label to promote and release interesting Polish music genres from experimental electronica to ska and funk. With this label I released 15 records of different polish underground artists. My label lasted only for 3 years but it made quite a reputation for me and these artists.
After closing this label in 2000 I started my career as a DJ and till today I conquer club goers with hot rhythms of funk, soul, rhythm and blues and jazz from my ever expanding vinyl record collection. For my nickname a picked of course “Cpt. Sparky”.
I was an art manager of Warsaw’s clubs Organza (2001-2003) and Paprotka (2005-2006) and I invited many famous DJs from all over the world.
I am an author of club music compilations for EMI and Sony. They were issued with cooperation with Viva! magazine.
In 2005 with fellow three DJs: Papa Zura, Burn Reynolds and Misty we founded Soul Service – a DJ team with a mission to promote our favorite music genres: funk and soul in Polish clubs. Later on DJ Ojciec Karol joint Soul Service. Picture above was made in 2017 on our 12 birthday party.
Due to our cooperation with Polskie Nagrania label we issued a series of compilations: Polish Funk vol.1-4, Why Not Samba, Off Season and Strange Weekend.
I also made for Polskie Nagrania my 2 own compilations “We Pay Respekt” and “Fly Me To Brazil“.
From 2011 I cooperate with dance studio Swing Out and together we make a parties called “Fall in love with Swing” promoting lindy-hop dance and swing music. In 2011 I created JazzMess – party project with dancefloor jazz in Warsaw’s club Tygmont.
From 2017 I continue this project in Warsaw’s best jazz club 12on14.
From 2016 I am a resident DJ of Koszyki, coolest trendsetting food court place in Warsaw. I regularly play there with live musicians – sets of nujazz and nusoul music.
I played in many clubs abroad like: Unique Club (Duseldorf), Zapata (Stuttgart), Depot (Tubingen), Cafe im Kunstverein (Frankfurt), Graviti (Vilnius), Bunker (Minsk), Kraftwerk i Ventil (Switzerland), Soul Club (Tel Aviv), Bass Club (Jerusalem), Jazz Cafe (London), Birdyard (Birmingham), Bohannon (Berlin) and also in Shanghai and Tokyo.
From 2017 I make my own Vlog series “Why Vinyl?” about my philosophy of DJing, collecting vinyl records and good music. (You can chceck my Vlog here)
I am also a video maker and VJ and author of movies and video clips and I am also a designer an author of many CD and Vinyl record covers.