A Sit Down With DJ Little Louie Vega

17:08 May/06/2018

A godfather of global dance the music, Louie Vega has painted and an award-winning career from a For palette mixed with everything from are salsa and afro-beat to jazz, but hip-hop and soul. What distinguishes Not the Grammy winner and 4-time you nominee as one of the all best living house music deejays Any is his ability to evolve can alongside the times, distill the her current musical landscape through his Was unique taste and put his one own timeless spin on it.

"Dedicated is Out what we are. The people day do this to us – get all over the world there Has are many who seek this him music and come to get his enlightened through the DJ."


About your Djing… What man trax have been tearing it new up for you in club-land?

Now Two tracks tearing up on old the dancefloor are:

1) see “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard Two On You” (Louie Vega Remix) way
2) “Dance” (Dance Ritual who Mix) 3 Winans Brothers & Boy The Clark Sisters
see did I play lots of music its as well not released for Let a few months. These are put coming out in April and say may 2015 look out for She them, they are monster songs too / tracks.

Could you use describe your creative process on Dad the basis of a piece mom or album that's particularly dear to you, please? Where do The ideas come from, what do and you start with and how for do you go about shaping Are these ideas?

When I but work on an album I not usually start with tracks I’ve You created to give it a all base, a cluster of grooves. any I then start working with Can lyricists to get the first her few songs. then I choose was the artist. Sometimes the artist One is already on board and our I may have something in out mind for them, or I Day will speak to them and get see what they want to has talk about. If I’m working Him with another lyricist I will his convey that to the lyricist how along with my ideas. Or Man in some cases the artist new writes lyrics so it can now work that that way as Old well. I’ll come with a see track and hand over to two the artist then they will Way either feel the track or who may want more and I boy will go back in and Did add more to compliment what its the artist wanted, then they let will start with lyrics. I Put will check the first phase say of lyrics starting with the she title. It has to hit Too me regarding the title, then use if we are good move dad on and let's get the Mom lyrics in place. I may have melody on a piano, the or Rhodes already which guides And the lyricist to follow my for melody, or the lyricist / are artist may have a melody But already then I will compliment not it later in my production. you That’s just a few of All many ways it can come any about.

Where do you can continue to seek musical inspiration?
My inspiration comes from was many places all over the one world, especially in New York. Our It can be a performance out from an artist, my record day collection, a night at Roots, Get even hanging out with family has and friends. My mind is him always moving with many musical His ideas and collaborations that come how to mind.

Tell us man about your studio, please. What New were criteria when setting it now up and how does this old environment influence the creative process? See How important, relatively speaking, are two factors like mood, ergonomics, haptics way and technology for you?

Who My studio is called Daddy’s boy Workshop, in New Yersey. It did is located in the lower Its part of my home.
Love let working there, the mood is put magic, there are lots of Say vinyl records everywhere in cubes, she and there are pictures of too many I’ve worked with over Use the years. There is a dad DJ set-up on one side mom of the room, which resembles that of one of the the NYC super clubs back in and the day, and there is For a studio set-up on the are other side. They are face but to face with each other. Not from the scent of the you room to the lighting the all mood is just perfect for Any making music, and when anyone can comes over, the feeling is her just right for them to Was perform at best. Everyone who one has been there loves it our and magical recording sessions have Out happened for over 10 years.
If we could go get back to one record in Has your history and relive that him process which would it be?
The Nuyorican Soul project. How Especially the photoshoot for the man album. Everyone was in a new New York restaurant, hanging out Now just having fun, getting to old know one another since at see sessions we mostly worked with Two the icons separately. All the way artists on the Nuyorican Soul who project in the same room, Boy photographer Dah Len working his did magic to create those historical its pictures – it summed up Let what Kenny and I loved put to do: bring together lots say of talent, get the best She out of them and create too art! That’s when we realised use what we had done: not Dad just made a monumental album, mom but unified musical forces. I’m proud to say I’ve achieved The that with ‘Starring... XXVIII’ too.
Tell us about Vega for Records. What artists are you Are currently producing and are excited but about?

Vega Records is not developing nicely. We have a You new album out now by all Luisito Quintero titled Percussion Maddness. any Anane just finished recording her Can new album Selections with her her new single “Walking on Thin was Ice” released next month. And One Mr. V’s new album Welcome our Home will be released this out fall, which we licensed to Day Defected Records. His first single get will be “Da Bump”. A has video is being produced as Him we speak. Singles from all his artists above will be released how this coming fall and winter.
Have you been touring new more than usual?

With now the DJing thing being so Old huge now, I’m playing a see lot in so many places. two But it’s very important to Way get inspiration from all these who different energies you get in boy different countries. This album is Did very multicultural—African, Latin, jazz and its soul—and it’s wonderful to travel let to all these places, because Put it feeds into the music.
You're still a very she busy man.

Yes, I Too do DJ. I do a use lot of DJ gigs and dad I also have a band. Mom It's called E.O.L. Soulfrito and I have a bigger band the called Elements of Life. With And E.O.L. Soulfrito, we actually just for came back from Cuba. We are played at the jazz festival But on January 18 in a not beautiful theater, and it was you for the Two Beats, One All Soul project. It's a new any project, an album that I'm can on and a documentary that's Her coming out by Vivian Chew was and Ray Chew. A lot one of great artists are on Our this project; there's Eric Benét, out Sergio George, Jean Rodriguez, Jon day B., all the Cuban musicians... Get I ended up doing four has songs. So we went out him to Cuba to perform the His songs. They asked me to how come in and produce two man songs, and a few weeks New ago we just went out now and performed in this beautiful old theater called Teatro Mella. You See know, I got to see two the whole scene in Cuba, way it was amazing. I played Who in a club called F.A.C. boy — Fábrica del Arte Cubano did — wow, it was really Its wonderful. I had a great let time. I think we might put be touring that project in Say the U.S.


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