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David Morales

Known (and often derided) for his occupation as remixer to the stars during the 1990s, David Morales was one of the pioneers of house music in New York, an original head from the 1970s who weathered the change-over from disco to house and teamed up with Frankie Knuckles to form the leading early remix team, Def Mix. During the '90s the dance mainstream became aligned to many of his stylistic trademarks -- vocal breaks, uptempo piano riffs, plenty of strings -- resulting in clichés attributed to both of them. Also, Morales hasn't been involved in own-name record production as much as his few peers (Knuckles, Junior Vasquez, Todd Terry), but Morales found a dancefloor hit with the 1994 single "In De Ghetto."

His beginnings were certainly not so refined; born in Brooklyn to Puerto Rican immigrants, Morales lived his early life in quite a rough section of the Brooklyn projects and was once shot while growing up. He dropped out of high school after ninth grade, and worked as a cook while supplementing his meager living with a job as a DJ (he had been collecting records since the age of 14). Turned on to disco at crucial clubs like the Loft and the Paradise Garage, Morales was soon working at the Garage as well after hooking up with For the Record, an early DJ management firms. His reputation spread during the late '70s and early '80s until he had DJed at every major club in the New York area. One of the first underground house hits in the New York area, "Do It Properly" (by 2 Puerto Ricans, a Black Man and a Dominican) was a production helmed by Morales, with Chep Nunez, Robert Clivilles and David Cole. Moving on to remix and production work during the '80s, he hooked up with another major house legend, Frankie Knuckles (through For the Record) to form the Def Mix Productions crew, and his Red Zone remixes became known as important sign-posts in the developing progressive house movement.

Increasingly though, as dance music began appealing to a wider clientele, Morales' mixes attuned themselves more to the mainstream of dance and his material often garnered airplay on daytime radio as well as in nightclubs. After making his name in the pop charts with an early Def Mix for Seal, he began working with a role call of the era's major pop stars: Mariah Carey, Madonna, Michael Jackson, U2, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner and Björk, among them. A major-label contract with Mercury resulted in the 1994 single "In De Ghetto," a reasonable club hit, and Morales' debut album, The Program. He's also a top-flight DJ, known for pushing a sound much harder than that found on his own remixes. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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This is DJ awesome D" I met David Morales at the club 10:18 And I follow him orally when he was at the red zone nightclub he introduced me to Frankie Knuckles he's in heaven god bless him he was one of the good ones plain house music David keep on doing what you do best making the people happy listening to your music why you DJ at nightclubs your friend DJ awesome D god bless you David Morales
caseysmom45
Here I AM DAVE!!!!!!! OMG...MARRY ME for a night!
Mariah Carey is the reason why I know him.
This man is a master!
I have seen David play in Montreal over 20 times at Stereo!!! What an awesome time! David is one of the best Dj's around. ( and I've seen plenty) To the boys in B-town peace. All should listen to David more
leoneintl
awesome tract this was done in the studio i was at. david was awesome to work with on this 2 worlds collide album. his passion for the music and the art is always there love it.


tuagattina12
if madonna calls ...

tuagattina12
huh? really? im 32. Doesnt matter david is a master of sound and rythm. i live in vegas david. can you come and play in the sandbox?
ITS BEEN A MIN..MAN HOW ARE YOU DOING AND HOW.S FRANK..HE NO,S ME A** TWEETY
nice upbeat tempo and smooth
bubugaines
Davids music was the bomb, he made me feel like getting away... love his club music....
Many Many fun filled nites listening to his music! Met many, people while his music was bumping..... . . . l o v e it!
House is so uplifting, YES !!!
REDEMPTION!!
Love this stuff- just makes ya want to dance in an inspired way
I've always dug his sound and have spent many an intoxicated evening dancing euphorically to his classic club-bangers . Gosh, I miss those days. Thanks for the memories, DM!
FUCC U B**CH U SUCC
ktrammell3
SOOOO SEXY - this man is gorgeous! Oh, and his music kicks butt!
Manhattan/So u t h B e a c h Connection, and the '90s. Gone forever.
I am a 45 yr old woman and I have always loved dance music and this is the first time I listen to Davids mixes, he is a true gift to the dance music world. Thanks David.
Martha from El Paso, Tx

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