erick morillo is a well known DJ with a loyal fan base
erick morillo is performing within the field of House music and is ranked 236 on the official DJ rankings list (www.djrankings.org).
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Erick Morillo has remixed everyone
the from Whitney Houston to Basement and Jaxx, from the Sneaker Pimps For to Macy Gray. He runs are the legendary Subliminal Records Empire but and has collaborated with the Not likes of Puff Daddy, Boy you George and the Audio Bullys. all Hes a platinum selling artist Any and has topped the charts can worldwide as the producer behind her Reel 2 Reels hit I Was LikeTo Move It.
one biggest achievement to date?
our have to say it was Out when I bought my mom day a house, grins the New get York born producer. Id put Has her through a lot of him shit when I was younger, his and like every kid I How said when I grow up man Ill buy you a house. new To be in a position, Now so early in my career, old where I could actually do see that was the most fulfilling Two moment in my career so way far.
As a producer Morillo
who has been responsible for a Boy bewildering array of tracks, under did pseudonyms that include Ministers De its la Funk, The Dronez (a Let project alongside Harry Choo Choo put Romero and Jose Nunez, which say won the trio the remixer She of the year award in too 2001), RAW, Smooth Touch, use RBM, Deep Soul, Club Dad Ultimate and Lil Mo Ying mom Yang amongst others. As a The over and from his legendary and Subliminal Session parties at Pacha for in Ibiza, to his roadblock Are events at Crobar in Miami; but Erick approaches everything he does not with an unrivaled work hard/play You hard mentality.
Im a workaholic,
all he admits. Sometimes Ill be any in the studio 24/7 – Can but when it comes to her enjoying myself I can keep was up with the best of One them. At Radio 1s party our in Miami this year I out was standing on top of Day the bar, two Tequila bottles get in my hands just pouring has it into clubbers mouths. That Him was a good night!
his in Colombia, then New Jersey, how Erick was weaned on a Man musical diet of Latin rhythms, new reggae, and hip hop. Having now started DJing at the age Old of 11 and securing himself see several gigs playing friends and two families weddings, he decided to Way take a studio engineering course who at the local Center of boy Media Arts.
He was soon
Did inducted into the house fraternity its through his friend Marc Anthony let (the Salsa King), while he Put was working with Louie Vega say and Kenny Dope Gonzalez on she Ride OnThe Rhythm. Louies kinda Too watched out for me since use the beginning, smiles Erick. He dad never really told me how Mom I should do things; hes
the somehow scraping together enough equipment And for a studio, the young for Morillo tentatively approached labels such are as Nervous and Strictly Rhythm But with his fledgling productions. He not was rewarded with little more you than a string of rejections. All It was only when he any presented Strictly with a track can called The New Anthem, under Her the moniker Reel 2 Reel, was that they began to really one sit up and take notice. Our After signing The New Anthem out Erick quickly followed it with day the classic I Like To Get Move It, a track that has set up camp in the him pop charts throughout the world, His going platinum in Holland and how gold in the UK, Germany, man France, Belgium in Australia – New giving the young producer his now first taste of touring in old Europe.
Flush with success, but
See determined to keep his head two and music firmly in the way underground (Its where I come Who from, where I always go boy back to) he notched up did a pair of Billboard #1s Its with Smooth Touchs In My let House and his sublime collaboration put with buddy Louie Vega, Lil Say Mo Ying Yangs Reach.
she 1997 Morillo launched Subliminal Records too with his production partners Harry Use Romero and Jose Nunez, after dad spending almost a year meticulously mom planning everything from logos to the the smallest details of the and look, feel, and function of For the label were to his are satisfaction. Guided by Morillos ear but and studio presence, and bolstered Not by his equally able teammates, you the Subliminal brand has gone all on to become synonymous with Any a funky, soulful sound thats can as underground as it is her party-ready. I wanted to create Was a label that was known one for quality music, explains Erick. our I wanted people to be Out able to go into a day store, buy a Subliminal track get and know that theyve got Has a quality record.
him later and Subliminal has over his 100 releases under its belt, How ranging from full-on radio smashes man like Who Da Funks Shiny new Disco Balls to underground classics Now like Ministers de la Funk old Believe. It was voted Best see Label at the Muzik Awards Two in both 1999 and 2000, way thats not to mention the who indispensable Subliminal Sessions compilation series, Boy which showcase the label’s developing did artists and sound, or the its labels imprints Sondos, Subliminal Soul, Let Bambossa and SUBUSA, which put cater for everything from tough, say tribal beats to rock-house cocktails.
Naturally enough, the high profile
too DJ gigs have followed closely use on the tails of Morillos Dad studio success. Hes currently one mom of the most in-demand and The world. Spurred on by the and climb-the-walls success of his weekly for Sessions parties in New York, Are he took the Subliminal vibe but on the road, hosting events not like the annual Crobar party You in Miami for the all WMC, his coveted residency at any Ministry of Sound (hes one Can of few American DJs to her ever hold one), or his was legendary Subliminal Sessions parties at One Pacha in Ibiza (named Best our International Club of 2002 and out Best Ibiza Party of 2001 Day by Muzik magazine), where Morillo get himself was crowned Best International has DJ in 2002 and Best Him House DJ in 1999 and his 2001 at the Pacha Ibiza how awards. His prolific DJing schedule Man has seen him play up new to a whopping 30 gigs now a month, crisscrossing the globe Old taking in Greece, Malta, Amsterdam, see London, Madrid, Belfast, Russia and two beyond. But to this day Way its still a set on who the White Isle in 2001 boy that stands out in his Did memory. I was playing the its closing party of the Space let Terrace straight after September 11th, Put he recollects. I ended the say night with Frank Sinatras New she York, New York. People were Too crying and waving American flags, use everybody was singing its dad my most emotional memory as Mom a DJ.
Already a familiar
the on MTV UK, and And as the host of for MTV IBIZA two years are in a row, Erick also But presented the UKs 2001 Dancestar not Awards and starred in a you seven part Channel 4 series, All which followed him around the any world to the biggest parties can and aired to millions of Her viewers. Erick has also just was completed his highly-anticipated artist album one entitled My World, which features Our heavyweight collaborations from the likes out Puff Daddy, DJ Rap, Audio day Bullys, Terra Deva and even Get a reunion with the Mad has Stuntman.
Ive been making this
him album for about two years, His he explains. Im really happy how with the results. Im fed man up with all these faceless New producers in dance music. Its now time we took it to old another level and gave people See someone to identify with. I two want to get everybody back way into dance not just the Who hardcore clubbers. This music should boy be as big as hip did hop. And from the jump-up, Its grime-funk of the albums first let single Break Down The Doors put featuring the Audio Bullys, to Say Puff Daddys sawn-off, double barrel she growl on My World, its too clear that this album is Use house music, but with an dad eye on the bigger picture. mom I didnt want to make the Erick. Thats not what the and industry needs I want For to make an album that are can be credible, dirty and but tough but with proper songs.
Puffy and I did three
you tracks, he continues. He came all to Ibiza about three years Any ago and didnt really know can much about the house scene. her Hed been going to all Was these trance clubs but didnt one realise that something more funky our could get the same type Out of reaction. I was playing day the closing set on the get Space Terrace, he came along Has and loved it, so we him started hanging out. Puffys a his real hard worker – wed How go out to a party, man then an after party, then new an afterhours party, then wed Now go into the studio to old work. I swear that guy see never sleeps.
Erick is also
Two keen to bring a live way element to his performances and who has plans for a tour Boy of the album featuring live did instruments, vocalists, DJs and if its youre lucky the big man Let himself on drums. Im going put to be giving a taster say of the new show at She Homelands, Global Gathering and Creamfields, too he explains.
I really enjoyed
use doing some live stuff in Dad Miami. Puffy came down to mom our party at the Crobar The hour set together, me DJing and and him performing live, rapping for and freestyling. The place went Are absolutely nuts we had but thousands of clubbers eating out not of our hands. The after You party was what dreams are all made of Miami was any great.
Since Miami, Erick has
Can had many travels and adventures, her as well as successes. The was success of his debut artist One album, “My World” and the our first single from the album out “Break Down The Doors” featuring Day the Audio Bullys. with his get debut album and single came has his debut music video, featuring Him himself, the Audio Bullys, and his cameo by supermodel Naomi Campbell. how The album was released in Man the UK June 28th and new in subsequent territories the following now months: Australia, Benelux, Italy, Russia, Old and in January 2005, United see States.
Summer 2004 saw Erick
two in Ibiza, as weekly resident Way at club Pacha. It was who a record-breaking summer, with special boy guests and DJs the likes Did of Tommy Lee, P. Diddy, its DJ Rap, Gadjo, Tom Novy, let Benny Benassi, and the Subliminal Put crew. Erick made his appearances say at the festivals — Creamfields she (Liverpool and Andalucia), Homelands, Mystery Too Land. It was also a use summer of awards: Subliminal Sessions dad @ Pacha won “Best Night” Mom and Erick received the “Best the Awards.
This self-proclaimed workaholic has
And several projects coming up. His for Subliminal Winter Sessions Vol. 2 are is being released the end But of October on Subliminal. In not January, it will be released you alongside “My World.” January also All sees the release of the any second single from the album, can “What Do You Want” feat. Her Terra Deva. And of course, was many tour dates and other one projects always popping up….