If you have spent any time in and around the club scene around the world and are as into electronic dance music as we are, you’ve probably heard of David Morales. To call the man a living legend would probably still not really cover his impact on the world of nightclubs, DJing and electronic dance music. If you’ve heard the name but are interested in finding out more about the man behind one of the most esteemed and highly-regarded names in the business, you’ve come to the right place.
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David Morales was born in New York City, but has Puerto Rican ancestry. At aged 56 he is still one of the biggest names in world and most-sought-after DJs and record producers.
Where it all Began
David Morales’s career began during the formative and influential years of dance music and regularly attended some of the most legendary clubs in the scene, like Paradise Garage and the Loft, both in New York City. It was in 1981 that he established his first nightclub at Ozone Layer, taking inspiration from The Loft and Paradise Garage. The residency he had at the Ozone Layer is what led to him, in 1983, playing at the Paradise Garage. He was a resident DJ from 1981 to 1986 at Ozone Layer.
He was also a regular DJ at Club Zanzibar in the NJ city of Newark. This was home to the signature NJ sound of garage house and deep house.
Credits to: David Morales
Move into Remixing
After spending his time cutting his teeth as a regular in the club scene during the 80’s he made his move into the world of remixing. This was at a time when remixing became very popular. He founded Def Mix Productions with Judy Weinstein (founder of For the Record DJ Pool) and Chicago’s foremost house music pioneer DJ and producer Frankie Knuckles. The company was established as an entity to manage their collective works.
During his illustrious career as a remixer he has produced and remixed more than 500 tracks for a diverse range of artists and performers that includes Jamiroquai, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, U2, Pet Shop Boys, Seal, Eric Clapton, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and even Aretha Franklin. He received his first Grammy award in 1996 as Best Producer for his work on Daydream by Mariah Carey on the track Fantasy.
He received another nomination in 1997 and won the Grammy for Remixer of the Year in 1998.
Morales has released, to date, three full-length albums, starting with his debut in 1993 entitled The Program. His next album proper did not come out until 2005 and was entitled 2 Worlds Collide. Notably the track Here I Am, with Tamra Keenan was included in the soundtrack to the hugely popular 2006 Meryl Streep film The Devil Wears Prada.
David Morales is one of the first so-called ‘superstar DJs’ and still performs throughout the year, around the world and is going to appear at the Brighton Music Conference.