Joshua Winkelman (born April 20, 1970), better known by his stage name Josh Wink, is an American electronic music DJ, label owner, producer, remixer, and artist. He is a native of Philadelphia, United States. A pioneering DJ in the American rave scene during the early 1990s, Wink was the most prominent exponent of the tribal forms of techno and house in the U.S. In 1995, he released several hits, including “Don’t Laugh” (as Winx), “I’m Ready” (as Size 9) (which hit number one on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart), and “Higher State of Consciousness,” which topped the dance charts in Europe. He has had many club hits such as “How’s Your Evening So Far?” (samples Lil Louis’s ‘French Kiss’) and “Superfreak (Freak)” and has also gained much attention for his remixes of Stabbing Westward, FC Kahuna, Paul Oakenfold, Moby, Towa Tei, Ladytron and Depeche Mode, among others.
“Higher State of Consciousness” was initially a hit in the United Kingdom in 1995, where it reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart. The official ‘Original Tweekin’ Acid Funk Mix’ was remixed by several artists the following year. The radio edit was remixed by Dex and Jonesey and the single peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart. The track was remixed for a third time in 2007 by Serbian-Australian DJ Dirty South and Australian dance act TV Rock. This remix reached number five in Finland and allowed the original version to climb to number three on the UK Dance Chart. A key sample from the track was used by The Porn Kings for their 1996 track “Up to No Good”. Josh Wink had no control over the artists/remixers selection nor over the final decision to release those remixes.