ESSENTIAL: JOHN MORALES

John Morales is a pioneer and a legend of the New York Disco era, and he contributed immensely to its transition into Soulful house as the scene has evolved and grown. After making his name in New York, he’s held down residencies in Ibiza and toured the world.

Growing up in the Bronx during the rock n roll era his first aspirations were to be a rock star and follow in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix, but the music his parents played from their native Puerto Rican drew him closer to the rebellious rhythms and dangerous percussion of Disco, and the scene was happening on his doorstep.

As a 12-year old he persuaded his local record store to give him a part-time job getting paid in records instead of cash, and his father owned a bar in Jersey City where he first graced the decks. Needless to say he had a massive head start with DJ’ing and music. Gathering a superior record collection he fast built an unstoppable reputation on the New York club scene at clubs like Studio 54, and it wasn’t long before he was gravitated to the studio the studio. Ironically his first goals were only to extend disco songs so he could DJ them for longer, but he became an iconic producer releasing noteworthy classics such as ‘Deadly Medleys’ and ‘Sunshine Acetate Medleys’. At first he built much of his equipment himself, and to the amazement of his peers through his desire to create longer Disco edits he self taught himself to be an incredible engineer and producer.

With his M+M production duo project (with studio partner Sergio Munzibai) he’s he’s collaborated with many of the best from the New York Disco & Soul Scene including Jocelyn Brown & Aretha Franklin, it wasn’t uncommon for the duo to remix upwards of 10 records in any given month and their credits include Oliver Cheatham ‘Get Down It’s Saturday Night’ & Jocelyn Brown’s ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’.

After the untimely death of his musical partner Morales took a 10 year hiatus from music, John says he felt burned out, but he’s made a hard come back and he’s lighting up dance floors around the world again.

It’s only appropriate that London’s most glamorous Disco ball Glitterbox employs the services of Disco’s most dedicated purveyor, and it’ll be going down Dec 10 th 2016.

 

 



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