Thursday, 6 December 2012

DJ's Legends: John Morales

John Morales

John Morales was born in the Bronx, New York. He is recognized worldwide as one of the early pioneers of Dance Mixing/Remixing,and producing beginning his career in 1975 as a local DJ in the Bronx.
John has been involved in the creation of hit records for the better part of 30 years. Known in the industry as an innovator and chance taker, he has always welcomed the challenge of working with new artists and has never been afraid to try new and different ideas.
The road to the top of the profession has been a long and steady climb for John. He honed his talents in an unlikely arena – as a disc jockey for the United States Air Force. "It was two hours a night," he recalls. "Your main job was to take their minds away from reality ...." After that grueling hitch, he returned to New York and a day job, mixing music at night in his homemade studio, pursuing his lifelong dream. John landed a gig at the Stardust Ballroom in the Bronx, spinning for "tops, $40-$50 a night, but you considered yourself lucky. Guys do it for nothing." In order to get some relief from his relentless work schedule (seven nights a week, 12-3pm., 7-1Opm., then 10pm-3am.), John began to mix his sounds on tape. He transferred some of his remixes to vinyl to be played by other DJs.
John has worked on over 450 mix/remix and production projects for such renowned artists as Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Al Jarreau, Billy Ocean, Vanity, The Commodores, Hall & Oates ,The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and countless others. His last production projects in the 90s included such acts as Debbie Gibson, Brenda K Starr, Denese Lopez, The Nylons, The Thompson Twins, The Blow Monkeys, Five Star, Art Of Noize, and many others.
Today, after over 10 years in hiatus, Morales is prepared to take a foothold and return to the industry that he loves so much. Inspired by and rekindled with the passion to be creative and expressive, he is once again creating the rhythms and sounds that made the whole world dance. Let the world be forewarned.
John Morales reciently completed mixing Marvin Gaye's lost "Love Man" sessions, a forthcoming 2-CD 25th Anniversary edition of "In Our Lifetime," Marvin's last album for Motown. John is also in pre-production on some of his own material, as well as preparing a series or CDs based on the history of M&M Mix Productions.
From John Morales official site


In 1975, while being DJ for a few years in local Bronx clubs, John Morales realised that he wanted to make some of his records last longer in time, back then most were in the 3/4 minutes range... So by use of his TEAC 71/2 and a box of razor blades John started splicing tape for endless hours and so became most probably one the first DJ to create the 'extended mix' (or 'remix' in its original form). In doing so he realised also that he could achieve a similar thing by cutting, slicing and taping parts from different recordings and so was born the basis for his (deadly) medleys. John says "I can still see the 100's of edits zoom by every-time I play the tape". John Morales started to release some of his reel to reel edits, medleys and remixes to Acetate via the Sunshine Sound (a NYC studio where DJ's could bring their reel to reel tapes and have acetate copies cut one at a time), so that he and later anyone could play these tracks at clubs. Greg Carmichael gave him his first mixing job after hearing some of his Sunshine Acetate mixes and these first two official mixes made him famous: 'Dance and Shake Your Tambourine' for Universal Robot Band, The and the classic from Inner Life: 'I'm Caught Up". However many of his early mixes and edits, even officially released, were and remains uncredited and so might not appear in his discography ! John has been working for numerous of acts and has been involved in over 500 songs. Both on his own and as part of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (M & M Productions) with Sergio Munzibai. John Morales is truly one of the most crucial originator of the extended mix, remix and re-edit idea, anyone in that field own him tribute
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