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Junior Vasquez

One of the most celebrated DJs and remixers of his time, house music innovator Junior Vasquez was also the co-founder of the legendary Sound Factory dance club. Born Donald Mattern in Philadelphia, PA circa 1946, he first entered a career in fashion illustration and design, but later decided upon life as a DJ; while working as a clerk at a New York record store, he made the acquaintance of notables like producer Shep Pettibone, and slowly began to build a reputation on the strength of his appearances at small clubs and house parties. As the '80s progressed, Vasquez became one of the hottest figures on the club circuit, honing a trademark fusion of bass-heavy house beats with a seemingly endless supply of obscure samples, innovative remix techniques, and quirky signatures (such as his penchant for spinning records backwards, or at the incorrect speed); he swiftly rose through the DJing ranks, and by 1989 enjoyed such renown that he co-founded the Sound Factory in Manhattan's Chelsea district.

During the six years of its existence, the Sound Factory was among New York's hottest night spots; catering to an ethnically diverse, primarily gay crowd, the club launched Vasquez to superstardom, and he became a tastemaker of such renown that new dance records were frequently debuted and monitored during his marathon Saturday night sessions. Most notable among the high-profile celebrities often in attendance was Madonna, who later tapped Vasquez to remix several of her records; he also wrote and mixed material for the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Lisa Lisa, and, most intriguingly, John Mellencamp. As a solo artist, Vasquez was responsible for such club smashes as "X," "Get Your Hands Off My Man," and "Nervaas." In early 1995, the Sound Factory closed in the wake of community complaints; its swan song, a 16-hour house marathon, quickly passed into legend. Vasquez then DJ'ed at the Tunnel, followed by a stint at the Palladium; in 1997 he returned to the former Sound Factory space -- now named Twilo -- to host a new all-night Saturday party, succinctly dubbed "Juniorverse." At around the same time that Twilo saw its last days, Vasquez released the mix CD, Junior's Nervous Breakdown in June 2000. Despite good reviews, Vasquez mourned the loss of the energy from the original mix, and spent the next few years putting together many more mix CDs to try and remedy that problem. Although he may never have been completely happy, the Earth Music compilations seem to capture the DJ at his rawest. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Sorry about the misspelling. Reminds me of Tracks and The Sound Factory
This song reminds of Tracks and Sound factory.
Hi junior I always love you at sound factor from 80's thur the 90's 's all the after hour I injoy with you & the thunel in New York now I think of you when I at space Miami
I loved my nights in Twilo Sound Factory with this Amazing energy Junior spun!
The best
I remember being invited by a couple of friends to a club called Sound Factory, and I was promised the best time of my life , well that's exactly what happened. The music and energy was like no other. Junior Vasquez made it easy for you to feel his passion through the way he played and through the way he would remix his and any music he played.
I remember the first time being invited out with friends to
Iast time I went to a Junior Vasquez event. I was in my early 20's. My man at the time told me you got to be totally prepared to go to this event, make sure your rested up cause its going to be an all nighter again and again !!!!!! Lmao I had the greatest times listening to Junior, I remember trying to leave the club and couldn't the music would just drag me back innnn!!! Lol I agree that he is legendary!! Yes in deed!!! You will shake until you break :)
tseanhaines
The Bassline at Club Amadeus, the World Fridays, the Arena was a stand alone moment. However his production credits stand amongst the Gods of the industry, Larry Levan, Larry Heard, Frankie Knuckles, Derrick May, Timmy Regisford titans of the underground sound. I remember Earth and the music that was an obvious shift for him. It was like he was telling us, "kids when this is all over, you will remember 'THIS IS EARTH PEOPLE' at Exit" then he and all of us did; exit. It all makes so much sense
Wow
tonyrome007
❤Junior .... Holla club exit
Junior was part of my musical life. Still is. I'm lucky. :)
Tight Tight Tight!
In my opinion he's the best marathon DJ of all time.
my favorite.
he is ovahhhhh
junior is the best and the only one
Junior is the best remixer around. Love his Circus remix and so many others.
IM NOT SURE U REMEMBER ME.ID LIKE 2 THINKIM MEGA MEMORABLE!!! J A J A J J J A A J J J A A A A ! ! ! ! I M REALLY CLOSE W UR CLOSE FRIENDS AND WE,VE HUNG OUT QUITE A FEW X!CALL ME AND WE CAN CATCH UP YO!MY BEST FRIEND IS JRNY.I HEARD URE COMIN BACK THIS WKEND.HIT ME UP MR. MASTER MIND!!!754 422 9437.HAVE AN ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC DAY SUGAH!!!!GNT SOON ?X'S AND O'S!!!!UR LONG LOST FRIEND.....H E A T H E FEATHER DRESSED N LEATHER GOOD N ANY KINNDDAA WEATHER!!!!! L O T S A LOVE FROM MEEEEE11
Twilo was a heaven and Junior was a God on those turntables.. . h e a v e n on earth...
junior vasquez was the house DJ for a GREAT EUPHORIC CLUB called "TWILO" in Manhattan, NY on 27th st west. Best club ever. he played Sat nights till 10 am or later. we used to go every week to see him rip the tables, also at club exit and sound factory.
JimeJAMZE
mikey says:JUNIOR IS BUDDHA! 0O

ktrammell3 says:JUNIOR is GOD!!


Suspek says:I saw Junior for a stretch (1990-2000) at Sound Factory, Arena and Twilo!!! words cannot describe the vibe!!! He would look at the crowd, see you dance and if he thought you were "fierce", he'd flash his high-beam at you!!! You were instantly blessed!!! That is dance-music! The true universal language!
I saw Junior for a stretch (1990-2000) at Sound Factory, Arena and Twilo!!! words cannot describe the vibe!!! He would look at the crowd, see you dance and if he thought you were "fierce", he'd flash his high-beam at you!!! You were instantly blessed!!! That is dance-music! The true universal language!
JUNIOR IS BUDDHA! 0O
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ktrammell3
JUNIOR is GOD!!

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