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David Morales - Morales Remixed

Author: Huw Morgan
Monday, 26 November 2007
Itis often said that the more things change, the more things stay the same. In acareer of DJing and mixing that has spanned across two decades, for David Morales the essence ofmusic-making has consistently been centered around producing a quality soundpurely for enjoyment on the dancefloor. Interview by Huw Morgan.
 “As far as when it comes to thefundamentals, when it comes to writing and arranging a song, those are thefundamentals [in music making] that never change – a great record’s always agreat record, and a bad record will always be a bad record,” Morales muses.
 From the start of his career in the mid’80s Morales has always been immersed and surrounded by talented producers andartists who have set the benchmark for what good music is. As a young DJ hewould look up to the original masters of the remix for inspiration anddirection.
 “Shep Pettibone was my hero, Francois K[is] another incredible remixer,” he says. “As a young DJ I was buying therecords they were mixing. Tom Moulton, Larry Levan, Arthur Baker…all theseremixers were synonymous with DJs like Shep Pettibone who had a mix show on theradio, and a lot of Francois Kervorkian’s earlier remixes which is just amazingwork.”
 To further this foundation in music Moraleswas introduced to talented artists and DJs through music consultant and Def Mixco-founder Judy Weinstein, a main-stayer in Morales’ music career and indeedthe US dance scene.
 “She has a great ear for music, and whenshe went out to the Garage (Levan’s Paradise Garage) she got to hear what wasgoing on and was also very influential in having a record pool with all the topDJs and remixers,” Morales recalls. “I was a member of that record pool, andended up working for her in the running of the record pool for a few years andthat’s how I got introduced to other remixers and ended up getting invited totheir studios.”
 The recent Def Mix Classics 20th anniversary mix compilation showcases many ofMorales’ career milestones and is tinged with countless personal memories thatMorales happily reminisces about.

“Moments in clubs, moments in the studio,my career and even life itself…” he begins. “For instance, I’ll Be Your Friend was done in my apartment and Robert Owens cutthe vocals in my studio...and in those days I would share my new work withFrankie Knuckles at Sound Factory and we were breaking our own records in ourown clubs.”WHO:David Morales
WHAT: Def Mix Classics throughDefected/Shock
WHEN: Out now