Italian-American Tenaglia has, together with keyboard player Peter Dauo, played host to an impressive slew of garage/house cuts emanating from New York in the 90s. He first turned to dance music when hearing a mix tape for the first time, subsequently selling them for the artist concerned. He was a keen enthusiast in the early disco boom, and played his first gig at a local club in Bayside, Queens, New York, when he was still 14. From there he picked up on musical trends as they occurred, being particularly influenced by the early innovations of David Morales and Kevin Saunderson. His productions of cuts like "Glammer Girl" by the Look (a Jon Waters tribute), and the techno-jazz innovations of his partner Dauo, built an enviable reputation, as his profile grew alongside that of fellow New Yorkers DJ Duke and Junior Vasquez. He also held high-profile residencies at New York clubs including Twilo and the Tunnel. Naturally this helped bring in the remix projects, including Right Said Fred and Yothu Yindi, and the hugely influential 1993 version of Dauo's "Surrender Yourself". His popularity in New York is matched in Europe and even the Orient. In the UK his reputation has been franked by performances at the musically sympathetic Ministry Of Sound club nights. In 1999, Tenaglia was voted number 8 in the UK's DJ magazine's Top 100 DJs in the world.
1995 Hard & Soul
1995 Maxi Records: Maxi-Mum Dancefloor Capacity x:treme
1996 Gag Me with a Tune MCA
1998 Tourism MCA
1999 Global Underground: Athens [UK] Global
1999 Back to Mine DMC
2000 Global Underground: London Boxed
2000 Global Underground: Athens
2002 Back to Basics React
2002 Back to Basics [Special Edition] Systems
2002 Global Underground: Athens [Limited Vinyl...
Francois Kevorkian was born in Rodez, France, on January 10, 1954. His mother was a dentist, and his father was a sound engineer. Divorce split his family at a young age, so he stayed with his mother until he was 13 and stayed with his father past that. After a year at college, he was expelled for starting a general strike, so he started to make music full-time. He tried school one more time, but by 1976 he was living in New York and playing the drums to supplement the DJs at a dance bar. He learned the DJ equipment and by the time the club closed he already had found new work as a DJ. He began to learn how to manipulate the records and tapes, and when the house DJ finally left the club, Kevorkian had his first regular gig. Since then Kevorkian has become a legendary DJ in the club underground, boasting an unusually big following for a DJ.
masters at work
The duo of "Little"
Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez are the preeminent production/remix team in
house music, their nom de plume Masters at Work standing behind dozens of the
biggest club hits and remixes of their time. Effectively
soundtracking the freewheeling American nightclub scene of
the 1990s, Vega and Gonzalez blended their love of the disparate music coming
from New York's underground clubs during the 1980s ó disco, the freewheeling
garage scene, emerging house and hip-hop styles, Latin freestyle ó to enormously
influence the mainstream dance sound as it coalesced during the following decade.
Besides their productions, remixes and appearances as Masters at Work, Vega and/or
Gonzalez are also involved in a good dozen other projects (including Nuyorican
Soul, KenLou, the Bucketheads, and the Untouchables), many of which appear on
the duo's own MAW Records label.
Both Vega and Gonzalez were born to parents living in New York (the Bronx and Brooklyn, respectively), though of Puerto Rican heritage. Consequently, both were early influenced by the Big Apple's fertile salsa scene during the '70s. (Vega's uncle is the renowned salsa vocalist Hector Lavoe, and his father played saxophone in Latin groups for over 30 years, while Gonzalez' father Hector Torres is also a salsa expert.) During the early '80s, both were noted DJs around New York, though Vega immersed himself in house and freestyle while Gonzalez entered the rap scene. (The separate interests came in handy later, as dance fan Vega concentrated on songwriting and groove-making while hip-hop head Gonzalez programmed beats and samples.) The pair were also working separately as producers, and Vega had already made a name for himself working on dozens of freestyle tracks and remixes by Nice & Smooth, Information Society and India. Gonzalez, working as a mobile DJ with a team calling themselves the Masters at Work, founded his own Dope Wax Records and worked on production for all of the major New York dance labels: Strictly Rhythm, Nervous, Cutting and Big Beat. In 1987, he loaned out the name Masters at Work to Todd Terry for the 1987 single "Alright Alright" (a huge club hit), then Terry returned the favor one year later by introducing him to Vega.
After comparing notes, the pair decided that combining their wide range of influences could be an interesting experiment. They released their first Masters at Work single, the appropriately titled "Blood Vibes," on Cutting Records. Since Vega still had remixing contracts from his solo days, the pair decided to apply the MAW treatment first to Debbie Gibson's "One Step Ahead." The dance community was reasonably shocked to hear a disposable pop artist given a respectable, even exciting, dance sound.
House production teams rarely released albums of their own productions under their own name, but a Masters at Work LP appeared in 1993, on Cutting Records. The album mixed older singles with newer productions, and featured guest slots for vocalists like Jocelyn Brown and India (the latter of whom is also Vega's wife) plus producers like Todd Terry and Maurice Joshua. The reputation of Vega and Gonzalez grew soon and they received pleas from most of the major labels to contribute remixes, adding to their resume Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Madonna, St. Etienne, George Benson, Brand New Heavies, Lisa Stansfield, Deee-Lite, Everything But the Girl, Chic, Soul II Soul, Neneh Cherry, Ce Ce Peniston and dozens more.
Though Masters at Work were still a relatively underground phenomenon in 1993, but the success of singles like "The Nervous Track" (as the Latin-vibed Nuyorican Soul), "Love and Happiness" (as River Ocean), "I Can't Get No Sleep" and "When You Touch Me" ó each with vocals by Vega's wife, India ó caused their associated label Strictly Rhythm to give them their own MAW Records subsidiary. The discofied Gonzalez side-project known as the Bucketheads reigned the dance charts during 1995-96 with two number one singles, "The Bomb (These Sounds Fall into My Mind)" and "Got Myself Together."
In early 1997, the MAW duo issued the most high-profile release of their career (at least in terms of the music establishment), a self-titled full-length as Nuyorican Soul. Recorded with input from a host of jazz and Latin past-masters (George Benson, Roy Ayers, Tito Puente, Charlie Sepulveda, Dave Valentin), the album spawned several club hits, including "Runaway" and "It's Alright, I Feel It." The following year, Masters at Work compiled some of their best productions for Masterworks: Essential KenLou House Mixes and MAW Records: The Compilation, Vol. 1. Two years later, BBE trumped both with the release of the four-disc box Tenth Anniversary Collection, Pt. 1 (1990-1995).
1995 Sessions, Vol. 5
Ministry of sound
1998 Masterworks: Essential KenLou House Mixes Harmless
1998 MAW Records: The Compilation, Vol. 1 Strictly
1999 MAW: The Compilation, Vol. 2 Masters at work
2000 The Tenth Anniversary Collection, Pt. 1:
2000 Stop & Listen, Vol. 5 BBE
2000 The Tenth Anniversary Collection, Pt. 2:
2001 West End Recordings: 25th Anniversary...
With his unique style and
deft mixing skills, DJ VIBE is fast becoming the Portuguese electronic music
ambassador to the world. After discovering acid house in England in the late
eighties, Antonio Pereira brought music and the VIBE back to Portugal and helped
to birth a new scene. On a recent tour through the states, DJ VIBE played the
main room at Release, where this set was recorded. He builds it up slowly,
weaving together a diverse set of house music that flows disco smooth through
progressive beats before getting dark and tribal.
Pereira's love for variety of music started at an early age. His father owned records stores in Lisbon and VIBE quit school to learn his trade. He started mixing records at sixteen but not did really get to perform until dance music started becoming popular in Portugal. Since then DJ VIBE has held several residencies and has become one of Portugal's most popular djs. His most famous production was the Underground Sound of Lisbon track 'So Get Up' which was hammered at clubs in Europe. VIBE still has a record shop and label in Lisbon called Kaos, after his dance organization which has single handedly put Portugal's dance music scene on the map and inspired a new generation of Portuguese kids to get behind the decks.
VIBE is working harder than ever, but he still holds down his residency every month at Lux and plays a weekly radio show every Saturday in Lisbon. In his spare time, he is putting together a remix album of original Portuguese music, doing remixes for Danny Tenaglia and working on a full length CD of his own music. 'I breathe music,' says VIBE.
Highly regarded by both DJ
Magazine and ultra-loyal fans, DJ TiŽsto, due in part to his legendary six-hour,
energetic live sets, has been elevated to mythical status as one of the world's
foremost trance DJs. A native of Breda, Netherlands (born Tijs Verwest on
January 17, 1969), TiŽsto first starting playing out at a well-known club in his
hometown called the Sprock. Discovered there by the GM of Rotterdam-based Basic
Beat Recordings, TiŽsto released his first of five mix CDs as a part of the
label's Forbidden Paradise series.
Coupled by quick success and his accelerated work ethic, TiŽsto soon partnered with Arny Bink and, in late 1997, started Black Hole Recordings as a private label for his productions and mixes which became the birthplace for both his Space Age and revered Magik series (volume seven hit during the summer of 2001). In addition to these acclaimed series, Black Hole also brought the world the first mix compilations from artists such as Ferry Corsten, Johan Gielen, and Armin Van Buuren, and introduced yet another prized series called In Trance We Trust.
Relentless global touring ensued and, in three short years, the world outside Holland took notice with Nettwerk finally signing him to a stateside deal. Summerbreeze marked TiŽsto's U.S. debut, a mix album that showcased his remix of Delerium's "Silence" (featuring Sarah McLachlan), an epic 11 1/2 minute tour de force of throbbing beats cascading within a swirl of sweeping synthesized sounds, all of which cocooned round McLachlan's majestically angelic voice; a call from heaven heard from shore to shore to shore. Aside from reverberating throughout dance clubs everywhere, the remix was massive, spending four weeks in the Top Ten in the U.K., peaking at number three on the Billboard dance charts, and continues to remain one of the most influential tracks of the progressive dance era.
With this swell of immediate notoriety, he instantly became one of the most sought after producers/remixers and catapulted a stylized musical fashion, that of weaving threads of ethereal female vocals deep within the ebbs and flows of a tidal wave of pulsating electronic rhythms. As this anointed purveyor of exuberant layered soundscapes, TiŽsto has churned out female-fueled remixes that span the gamut, including tracks by Chicane, Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer (on Delerium "Innocente"), and Faithless. And there's more to come. A thorough sonic search in MP3 land unearths several tasty treats of re-workings of SuReal "You Take My Breath Away," Kosheen on their club smash "Hide U," Dave Matthews Band "The Space Between," and a blistering exploration on the theme from A Clockwork Orange.
Clockwork it seems to be as TiŽsto's star continues to shine bright. November 2001 saw the release of In My Memory (Nettwerk), his first artist album that mixes original compositions-turned club anthems ("Flight 643") with more commercial fare, as evidenced on the title track with vocals by Mandalay's Nicola Hitchcock. April 2002 kept his catalog expanding with the release of the third installment of TiŽsto's hypnotically elegant, Ibiza-influenced and aptly named mix compilation entitled In Search of Sunrise.
1997 Magik, Vol. 1: First
Flight Black Hole
1998 Magik, Vol. 2: Story of the Fall Black Hole
1998 Magik, Vol. 3: Far From Earth Black Hole
1999 Space Age 2.0 Black Hole
1999 Magik, Vol. 4: A New Adventure Black Hole
1999 In Search of Sunrise Songbird
1999 Live at Innercity, Amsterdam-Rai IT&T Music BV
2000 Summerbreeze Nettwerk
2000 In Search of Sunrise, Vol. 2 Black Hole
2000 Magik, Vol. 6: Live in Amsterdam Black Hole
2001 Revolution Mix EMI
2001 Magik, Vol. 5: Heaven Beyond Black Hole
2001 In My Memory Nettwerk
2001 Magik, Vol. 7: Live in Los Angeles Black Hole
2002 In Search of Sunrise, Vol. 3 Panama
2002 In My Memory [Bonus Disc]