Whether he’s wreaking havoc in the DJ booth or in the studio for superstars like Madonna, Johnny Vicious has made an indelible mark on the world’s dance floors and is regarded as a turntable phenomenon as well as an invincible producer and remixer. He is without question lauded internationally as one of dance music’s brightest stars. The particular style that he has perfected over the years has propelled him into a class of his own.
Prior to achieving worldwide notoriety Johnny’s roots date back to New Jersey where he was born and raised. As a child he initially favored Rock music but began toying with a pair of turntables and became instantly enamored with dance music’s sinuous energy. “One minute I was into Motley Crue and the next I was listening to Tony Humphries’ mix show on Kiss-FM. I started DJing in my friend’s basement, and I didn’t know what I was doing. It sounded like trains crashing.” Johnny’s mixing skills quickly improved and in 1989 he earned a slot spinning at Manhattan’s famed Palladium nightclub; his first Big Apple show DJing with the legend Larry Levan live on Hot 97.
From then on he never looked back. Appearances at the most legendary clubs in N.Y.C. like Red Zone, Palladium, and Sound Factory followed, and Johnny parlayed these gigs into a residency at the world renowned Roxy. Soon after, Johnny collaborated with Jeffery Rodman and created Vicious Music releasing his seminal Liquid Bass EP, showcasing his mange of beats and samples that established him as one of the most promising rising artists in dance music and put him on the map worldwide. Phone calls and faxes rolled and he found himself spinning at the worlds best clubs from Europe to Japan to Australia.
Johnny Vicious is adamant about one thing– it’s his forward-looking vision of dance music, which rails against stagnation and thrives on pushing the envelope. His relentless production touch has been felt by pop notables such as Madonna, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Natasha Bedingfield, Shakira, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Akon, 36 Mafia, Justin Timberlake, Kat Deluna, The Veronica’s, The Ting Tings, Ashlee Tisdale, Veronica, Byron Stingley, Lula, Brain Bug, IIo, React, Duncan Sheik, Chicane, Amber, Filter, Simply Red, Aretha Franklin, Deborah Cox, Jimmy Sommerville, Kristine W. He also worked on legends such as Candido, First Choice, Loleatta Holloway, Karen Finley and Shades of Love.
His unique combination of house, trance and eclectic vocals provided a recipe for success producing chart-topping hits such as “Ecstasy” Featuring Lula, and “Moments” Featuring Myndy K. This contributed to him securing his own mix show on New York City’s biggest radio dance station W.K.T.U. where he was heard breaking his newest remix and productions on Saturday Nights. That soon led him to residencies at Sound Factory, Tunnel, and Exit from which he started one of the most successful parties in NYC on Friday nights “Sexy at the Roxy.”
Johnny was also a big part of the Ultra Records family where he mixed four of Ultra’s top selling CD’s Ultra Dance 01, 03, Ultra Trance 03, Ministryof sounds “Club Nation”, and “Clubbers Guide”selling over a million CD’s. Most recently Johnny has 5 releases on Thrive records He is now working on his new label “Warehouse” which will consist of new artists,underground tracks, and a line of CD compilations.
which Johnny confirms, “The Compilations will consist of current club hits and underground tracks. The way dance CD”s are supposed to be, more like what I love to play in a club or I have remixed. Not what a record executives idea of dance music is.You know the kind that never goes out past 10 pm and sits behind a desk all day reading and relying on pop and dance charts. No one was listening they were just reading. I know knowledge is wealth, but in the music industry those funny looking things on the side of your head with the holes in them do the reading.
Johnny affirms his formula:
- “While I’m doing major-label mixes, I still want to keep myself in the underground”
- “As a DJ, I always want to hear new records”
- “As a producer I always want to make new sounds.”
- “I don’t want to get away from this music, because dance music will always be around and I’ll always be a part of it.”
Johnny Vicious and Dj Lenny M.
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