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David Morales (/məˈræləs/; born August 21, 1962) is a Grammy Award-winning American DJ and record producer. In addition to his production and DJ work, Morales is also a remixer.[1] Born in New York City, he is of Puerto Rican ancestry.

David Morales
David Morales in Izola, Slovenia.jpg
Photo of David Morales 2001 in Ambasada Gavioli, Izola, Slovenia
Background information
Born (1962-08-21) August 21, 1962 (age 57)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Occupation(s)
  • DJ
  • record producer
Websitedjdavidmorales.com

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CareerEdit

David Morales grew up in an influential era for dance music and was a regular at his native New York's fabled clubs such as the Loft and the Paradise Garage,.[2] He also started his own night club in Brooklyn in 1981 at the Ozone Layer, taking cues from both the Paradise Garage and The Loft.[3] His residency at the Ozone Layer (which lasted until 1986) led him to play at the Paradise Garage in 1983.

He DJ'd at Club Zanzibar in Newark, New Jersey in the 1980s as well, home to the Jersey Sound brand of deep house or garage house.[4]

After Morales became a regular DJ during the mid-80s he began a remixing career, at the same time that remixing other artist became popular. Alongside Chicago house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles and For The Record DJ Pool founder Judy Weinstein, Morales founded Def Mix Productions[5] to manage their work. Today, Def Mix continues to represent the estate of Frankie Knuckles, in addition to Quentin Harris and Hector Romero.

David Morales has remixed and produced over 500 releases[6] for artists including Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Eric Clapton, Seal, Pet Shop Boys, U2, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, and Jamiroquai. Morales was nominated for his first Grammy Award in 1996 as a Producer on Mariah Carey's album “Daydream” for the song “Fantasy”. He was nominated again the next year and won the 1998 Grammy Award for “Remixer of the Year”.[7]

David Morales' solo production debut came in 1993 with the Mercury Records album “David Morales & The Bad Yard Club”, “The Program”. In 1998, he released “Needin’ U”[8] on the Def Mix label, DMI Records, under the alias “The Face.” The track licensed to Mercury Records UK soon became a #1 Dance Record and video which is still being licensed and covered around the world. Ultra Records released Morales’ second album entitled “Two Worlds Collide” in 2005. The single "How Would You Feel" was performed by Lea Lorien. “Here I Am”, performed by UK artist Tamra Keenan, is featured in the 2006 film, “The Devil Wears Prada”. “Feels Good,” performed by Angela Hunte features in the end credits of 2008 film “Don’t Mess with the Zohan”. His latest single in 2019 "Freedom" was performed by Janice Robinson.

In 2011 Ultra Records released Morales’ third album “Changes” featuring the vocals of Roisin Murphy formerly of the band “Moloko”, Ultra Nate, Tamra Keenan and Jonathan Mendelsohn. Since then Morales has released several tracks including The Red Zone Project Volumes 1, 2 and 3 and various others on the Def Mix Music label.[9] In 2016 Morales had a single with Janice Robinson titled "There Must Be Love". This year he has done a collaboration with Luciano titled “Esperanza”.[10] Morales has now started a new label with the afrohouse label MoBlack called MoDef.[11]

Morales is considered to be one of the first so-called superstar DJs.[12] He has performed at many clubs around the globe,[13] including numerous dates at Ibiza venues such as Pacha and Space. Morales also contributed to radio shows and released DJ mix compilations.[14]

Morales was an owner of Stereo nightclub located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[15] As a resident DJ, he played many 16 hour "La Vie en Stereo" sets, which happened monthly for 9 years.[16][17]

David has been a judge on “Top DJ”,[18] a national television show broadcast on Italia 1, and was a model for Italian clothing designer Iceberg.[19]

David Guetta's song Stay (Don't Go Away) featuring Raye samples Morales' remix of Jamiroquai's Space Cowboy.

ControversyEdit

In October 2018 Morales was arrested in Japan after he was found with 0.3g of MDMA in his possession at Fukuoka Airport prior to scheduled performances in Fukuoka and Tokyo.[20][21][22] He was released without charge the same month.[23][24] The maximum penalty for possession of MDMA in Japan is seven years in prison and a JP¥3 million fine.[21]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • 1993: The Program
  • 2004: 2 Worlds Collide
  • 2012: Changes

Mixed compilationsEdit

SinglesEdit

David MoralesEdit

  • 2001: "Winners", with Jocelyn Brown
  • 2003: "Make It Hot", with DJ Pierre
  • 2004: "How Would U Feel", with Lea-Lorién
  • 2005: "Feels Good", with Angela Hunte
  • 2005: "Here I Am", with Tamra Keenan
  • 2006: "Better That U Leave", with Lea-Lorien
  • 2006: "How Would U Feel '06", with Lea-Lorien
  • 2011: "You Just Don't Love Me", with Jonathan Mendelsohn
  • 2011: "Holiday", with Polina
  • 2012: "Golden Era", with Róisín Murphy
  • 2012: "Stay", with Polina
  • 2012: "Planet Called Love", with Ultra Nate
  • 2013: "7 Days", with Tamra Keenan
  • 2015: "There Must Be Love", with Janice Robinson
  • 2019: "Freedom", with Janice Robinson

The Bad Yard ClubEdit

All are collaborations with Sly Dunbar and Handel Tucker.
  • 1993: "Gimme Luv (Eenie Meeny Miny Mo)", with Papa San
  • 1993: "Sunshine", with Stanryck
  • 1993: "Forever Luv", with Anastacia
  • 1993: "The Program", with Papa San
  • 1994: "In De Ghetto", with Delta Bennett
  • 1996: "In De Ghetto '96", with Crystal Waters and Delta Bennett

Other aliasesEdit

  • 1987: "Do It Properly" (as 2 Puerto Ricans, a Blackman and a Dominican, with Ralphi Rosario and Clivilles & Cole)
  • 1989: "Scandalous", (as 2 Puerto Ricans, a Blackman and a Dominican, with Ralphi Rosario and Clivilles & Cole)
  • 1994: "Congo" (as The Boss)
  • 1995: "Philadelphia", (as Brooklyn Friends)
  • 1998: "Needin' U", (as David Morales presents The Face)
  • 2000: "Higher", (as Moca, with Albert Cabrera and Deanna Della Cioppa)
  • 2001: "Needin' U II", (as David Morales presents The Face, with Juliet Roberts)
  • 2002: "Siren Of Love", (as 928)
  • 2006: "Play", (as Brooklyn Friends)
  • 2006: "Keep It Coming", (as The Face, with Nicki Richards)

Selected remixesEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ “David Morales Remix Credits”
  2. ^ “A Night in Paradise: Stories From New York's Most Legendary Club”
  3. ^ “Resident Advisor EX.262 David Morales”
  4. ^ https://queer.newark.rutgers.edu/history-queer-club-spaces-newark.
  5. ^ “Def Mix Productions”
  6. ^ “David Morales Discography”
  7. ^ “Grammy Award For Remixer Of The Year”
  8. ^ “Needin’ U”
  9. ^ “Def Mix Music Discography”
  10. ^ “Luciano & David Morales - Esperanza”
  11. ^ “MoDEF by Various Artists”
  12. ^ David Morales from lastfm.com
  13. ^ “Resident Advisor Tour Dates”
  14. ^ “David Morales Mix Discography”
  15. ^ "David Morales's Sonic Nightclub Opening in Toronto" from top40-charts.com, 20 April 2006.
  16. ^ "Review of David Morales' set at Stereo (April 12, 2003) - 365Mag"
  17. ^ "David Morales - Stereo - New Year's Eve - 2008"
  18. ^ “David Morales Judges Top DJ”
  19. ^ “Interview: David Morales”
  20. ^ American DJ David Morales arrested in Japan for ecstasy possession France24, 7 October 2018
  21. ^ a b David Morales arrested in Japan on suspicion of MDMA possession Fact magazine, SCOTT WILSON, 8 October 2018
  22. ^ American DJ David Morales arrested at Japan airport for ecstasy possession: Newspaper reported that the 56-year-old DJ said: ‘It’s not mine. (Someone) might have tried to frame me’ Agence France-Presse/South China Morning Post, October 2018
  23. ^ David Morales not being charged following drug possession arrest in Japan IDM Reports, October 29, 2018
  24. ^ DAVID MORALES RELEASED BY JAPANESE AUTHORITIES FOLLOWING DRUG POSSESSION ALLEGATION: He was arrested in early October on suspicion of MDMA possession DJ magazine, EOIN MURRAY, OCTOBER 26, 2018 - 09:1

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