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 Post subject: DeeJays & remixers
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:55 pm 
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This section needs a lot of work. Deejays were the brains behind the heart & soul(the music) of the Disco Era. It was us who made things happen, who turned the world on their heels with the music we played, and the mixing we executed and for many, the LIVE re-mixes we performed nightly. But most of us, no-one ever heard of. Only those who worked at SUPER CLUBS got recognition. They were not the best, they were just the ones you heard of. There were hundreds if not thousand's of simply fantastic deejays whose effortless blending of songs was perfect, without a hitch. Few realized when he mixed it, just a comment like,"oh, he mixed in a new song", or "That is a different song". Those deejays were in every major city in the world, not just New York City. Heck, you could go on a cruise and find a great deejay out at sea! While JELLYBEAN, Larry Levan and many other SUPERSTAR Deejays ruled in NYC, they were in no way the best. I was at Townhouse 48 and heard John spin live. No superstar! Just one of thousands that did the same thing. Larry would have had a hard time keeping a job in another city, if his name wasn't LARRY LEVAN. His personality and crazy off the wall changes in music, was not mixing. It was him, and created the MYTH and Legend of Larry. Many loved his style, me included. But as far as "Mixing", his left a lot to be desired. Beat mixing was not his thing, he did it, knew how, but it wasn't him. Others like Robbie Leslie and Nicky Siano could mix with the best of them, some nights above average. But again, they had a name, played at huge super clubs. But the deejay at HARLOWS could too. So could the deejay at OSKOS, or the deejay at SCARAMOUCHE, or the deejay at ELEGANTES or BINGHAMPTON'S FERRY BOAT. Even the deejay at VISIONS OF KENDALL. See, few have heard of these clubs less their deejays. But they were every bit as good as the "Superstars". Then there were some who were LIVE REMIXERS. These were the true stars. They would make a fresh new remix of any song they wanted to, nightly, with vinyl records, by interchanging the song itself. A hit record could remain a hit months longer because of them. A new,nightly,world premiere version of,lets say, HOT SHOT by Karen Young, could continue to make HOT SHOT a crowd favorite for months longer than the average club. Some deejays were specialist at this, I was one of those. So was the "Superstar" Ray "Pinky" Velazquez. So was Billy Swann, Alex Garcia, Ray Juanes, Octavio Machado, Aldo Marin, Louie Martinee, and Bobby Lombardi to name a few off the top of my head. But to be known and recognized as a true "Superstar", you had to go to New York and make a name for yourself as Scott Blackwell and John Celigia did. But they were at the right place at the right time, or they knew someone of importance. Or they too would have simply remained in Clubs as a "Hidden Gem" of a deejay. Hopefully a lot of you will have plenty to say about this, and we can get this site hopping.

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Well Pete, as usual you hit it right on the head. This section can be endless. The vast amount of great Deejays, those well known and not so well known but deserve a mention can be entered right here!
All you members out there get ready for an education in disco history.

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 Post subject: Rick Alonso
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Rick Alonso was the deejay at the 70's and 80's club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida called PETE AND LENNY'S. DANCE FEVER the television show was filmed there in the mid-70's. Rick, known to friends as BILLY BOB, made mixing seem easy. His music would flow effortlessly from turntable to turntable, without anyone leaving the floor. A BILLBOARD Reporter for over a decade, he was later very instrumental in the birth of EXPOSE and TECHNO-LUST. He would have been a HUGE SUPERSTAR DEEJAY if he played at THE FUNHOUSE or CIRCUS CIRCUS, but no-one knows him, because he was in South Florida, and not NYC. One of the truly great guys of DISCO. Today he works for PANTERA Productions in Miami Beach.

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 Post subject: Carlos Nodal (R.I.P.)
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Carlos Nodal was one of the very first deejays, PERIOD!! He was taught by FRANCIS GRASSO in the very early 70's. In the summer of 1972, he was the best Deejay in the Jersey Shore, playing in clubs from Atlantic City, to Wildwood, to Seaside Heights to Asbury Park. Bounced around, even playing at the old STONEWALL. Eventually he came to Miami, and for almost Ten years was one of the best deejays in Miami. A decade long BILLBOARD Reporter, he helped advance the Miami Sound world wide. From such great straight clubs as HONEY FOR THE BEARS and CASANOVA'S, to the best GAY Clubs in Miami, THE WATERFRONT and 13 BUTTONS, Carlos spread his music to everyone. He was a timing, "cut" mix specialist, very OLD SCHOOL, before beat mixing was invented. While that seems old-fashioned in 1980, his perfect timing made the crowds jump on every mix. Lung Cancer claimed him in the late 90's. Carlos Nodal, another of the great deejays that wasn't a SUPERSTAR, but just as good.

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Guys,

GREAT POSTS... Very interesting !
This will be something we need to follow up on... :-)

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My main man, you are much appreciated. I know this is a great thing, you know it is a great thing. Once it is up and running, the sky's the limit. Clubs is another area that will improve quickly. --PETE

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 Post subject: Pete Denis
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THE VYNIL JUNKIE was a big thing in the eighties. Deejayed at Top Miami Radio Stations, POWER 96, HOT 105 and RHYTHM 96. The best remixer south of JIMMY BURGESS, an incredible ear! His control over a crowd of dancers was un-paralleled. I saw a fight break out on the Dance Floor at CLUB MYSTIQUE in Miami, Peter got on the mike, and told the dancers not to let those idiots ruin their fun, "get them outta there" and instantly, the people dancing picked up the combatants, like in a mosh pit, lifted them up and out of the Dance Floor. less then thirty seconds. No bouncers needed, that is power. Won awards for mixing at MENAGE in 1980 and in Club Mystique in 1984. His timing was so incredible, and he had no one style, he incorporated them all into a great performance every night. If he would have played at THE FUNHOUSE in New York, he would have had his own country by now. One of the very best deejays ever!


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Please, while everything that PEPE said is true, you must know that Jose"Pepe" Salvaje was, is a personal friend who helped publish the VYNIL JUNKIE Magazine in the mid-eighties. So with that said, let it be known that a great deejay is only as good as the music he mixes and the people he makes dancers of. I had an unlimited access to great music, and played at some simply great clubs, and Club Mystique was one of them. The crowds in this place were exceptional people who let me take them on a nightly journey that could only happen when everything lines up perfectly. And from 1984 to 1985, I don't think there was a better club in the WORLD!!!

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 Post subject: Leo "La Descarga" Vela
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In 1978, Leo Vela was a deejay at a skating rink in western Miami. He was an average mixer with a voice that melted women. Soon he was on the radio as well. First DISCO 96, then at SUPER Q, then he went to work for Mutual Radio out of San Antonio which owned New York City radio station WBLS. As their programming directer, he was instrumental in getting DISCO played all over the United States. In the 80's, he returned to Miami and continued to work on the Radio at POWER 96, and in various DISCOS. His contribution was keeping our favorite music in the forefront. He was loved in Miami, and showed another generation how great DISCO music was. One of the Heroes of our time, Leo"La Descarga" Vela.

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 Post subject: DJ Chulo
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Ralph Gonzalez was a Jersey raised Deejay who started out a graduate of the TDI School of deejays. Playing in Clubs around Jersey such as FIRE and ICE and ELEGANTES gave him the experience needed to continue his dream of being a international deejay. Guest gigs at New York City's BONDS gave him the exposure to a Club owner in Barcelona Spain, who took him over and where DJ CHULO was born. Playing before packed houses nightly at various Clubs, it was his years at EL PAGON that defined his style of American Disco instead of the European sounds that were prominent in Barcelona. Playing the more Soul-ful style gave DJ Chulo a reputation that no other Spanish deejay had. He was AMERICANO to the Spaniards, and thus made him a valuable asset. He was a highly requested deejay who maintained a low profile. In 1985, he was hired at a Disco in DUBAI, where he played for tourists and the liberal Arabs that lived there. He since has returned to the States, this time setting up shop in Orlando, Florida where he remains to this day. An early pioneer, DJ CHULO!!

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 Post subject: DJ Ray Juanes
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Another graduate of The TDI School of Deejays. A former bartender whose love of Disco was always evident. He also loved the New Wave music and Danceable Rock of the times. He was known for excellent mixing, and for playing the latest music. Blending Disco, Dance and DOR, he made quite a name for himself in Miami Clubs. First Gig was at "Tuttle's In The Charter Club", a gorgeous Club inside one of Miami's first Condominiums. From there he went on to Club Mystique, Scaramouche, The Box Office, Gee-Whiz, Holahan's, FACES In The Grove, Top Of The Grove, CLUB 1235, Way Off Broadway, The Mutiny, The Forge, Scarlett's, The Four Ambassadors and Club Beverly Hills. He had guest appearances at Miami radio stations Power 96 and Rhythm 98. He was also a lead reporter for the THE VYNIL JUNKIE magazine, a leading trade magazine in the mid-1980's which was instrumental in breaking a lot of the Miami groups and getting them record label deals. He continues to spin today, with the best Mobile Deejay system in the south, including four turntables and a complete Lazer Light Show. Hats off to DJ RayJ.

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 Post subject: DJ Scott Blackwell
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Out of Texas comes one of the All-Time great mixers. After graduating High School, Scott talked his way into a job at a Local Club in FT. Worth. Soon it was off to Dallas and PAPAGALLO'S. The owner Michael Corso, was opening a top of the line Club in Miami, Florida and talked Scott into moving there. While waiting for it to open, he got a job at VISIONS in Kendall, where he quickly established himself as one of the smoothest mixers in town. When FACES IN THE GROVE finally opened, Scott came into his own and was regarded as one of if not the best deejay in Miami. After the owner was murdered by the Cocaine Cowboys, he was hired at Ft. Lauderdale's BACKSTREET, where he excelled to the point that BACKSTREET was one of the best clubs in the united States. New York came calling, and off to the Big Apple he went. A string of great gigs at the best clubs in New York City made him known as one of the All-time best. His smooth blending of songs for up to two minutes soon became legendary. He went on to remix various 12" songs and a few DISCONETS as well. Scott then went west to Los Angeles and was doing FLY-GIGS around the world. He soon found Jesus and started his own gospel label. To this day he continues to spin at LA club PADRI. One of the ALL-TIME greats, Scott Blackwell.

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One track that I remember Scott had something to do with was on Sire/KIOSK Records. The Artist was called Data and the track was BLOW at about 128 BPM's. Scott did the editing and post production on the record. The producer and engineer was George Kajanua, the album was called 'ELEGANT MACHINERY' produced in 1985. This cut was very progressive electronically for it's time. It probably set the pace for many other electronical tracks to come. I still have the original Promotional copy.
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 Post subject: Really!!
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Ray, you are a bundle of information!! Scotty did a few, actually more then a few, remixes. I personally like his work with DISCONET when he remixed VIOLA WILLS' "Stormy Weather". He extended the introduction, added two breaks, and made a so-so record more then playable. Now don't get mad when I call a song "so-so", it is simply MY opinion, and usually it is right on. Let's put it this way. I didn't play it, until I got the remix from DISCONET.

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 Post subject: DJ Tom Lewis
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A veteran DJ from Upstate New York, Tom Lewis is very well known for being one of the pioneers of Beats Per Minutes. In fact Tom wrote a "Bible" of sorts called "DISCO BEATS" that would list all the "DISCO" songs and listed their beats per minutes(BPM) next to them. It kept a pretty accurate log of almost every song, and would expand every few months with "Attachments" of the newer releases. His musical background helped him become an outstanding deejay, and made his name known to all "knowledgeable" deejays world wide. He started in Saratoga Springs and deejayed in a Club called "Rafters" a pretty large club that averaged 1000 people a night, 1500 on the weekends. I believe he may have the world record for longest residency at a club, over a decade(Bill Kelly of THE COPA in FT Lauderdale might beg to differ). Tom eventually started the Albany Record Pool and remains a constant in upstate New York. Tom Lewis will be regarded as one of the pioneers of DISCO, but since he wasn't a NYC deejay, never became a household name. Fear not TOM, we know and remember you always!

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