Fusicology.com on April 19, 2012with 0 comments
Following the release of her first self-produced full length album, “Joy Road,” on November 11, 2011, Marissa Guzman has quickly been gaining respect across the board amongst some of the biggest names in house music. The “Joy Road Remix” album features Guzman’s number-one hit remixed by Black Coffee, “Time To Go” which has also recently been nominated for Remix Of the Year at the SAMAs (the South African Music Awards). Another special feature of the album is the father/daughter remix of “Magic Door,” a career milestone track for Guzman, courtesy of Detroit’s talented Pirahnahead, who used Marissa’s father’s (the late Eddie Guzman), legendary drum loop from Rare Earth’s “Happy Dance” and pairs it with Marissa’s vocals: a chill-inducing creation. The complete 24-song album features remixes by the legendary Kerri Chandler, Mr. V, Liquideep (South Africa’s hottest electronic music band), Rithma, Demarkus Lewis, Corduroy Mavericks, Paul Randolph, Vindico Del Quade, Malik Alston, Doc Link, Hallex.M, and Ed Mazur G. Producers and DJ’s from across the spectrum of all EDM genres have been praising every single track. Karizma states “Fifth moon Kerri’s mix is killin’ me…” Marques Wyatt says “Definitely diggin’ this!” Quentin Harris states “Loving many of the these remixes, in particular Pirahnahead, Deez Rockit Lab, Hallex M & Sugar House mixes.” These are just a view of the rave reviews the album is receiving. The songs are currently available for download on Traxsource, soon to be available on iTunes and Stompy.com.
The album shot to #2 on Traxsource just days after its release. Thanks to the success of the Black Coffee’s remix of “Time to Go”, Last December, Marissa was invited to South Africa to perform the song with Black Coffee and a 24 piece orchestra in Durban, SA, in front of 15,000 screaming fans who sang every single lyric of the song. “It was hands down, the HIGHLIGHT of my career and it was close to impossible to hold in the happy tears!” Marissa exclaims. She hopes to return to South Africa in the near future for a proper tour and to see first-hand how her music can be used to benefit those less fortunate. Fifty percent of her album sales and any release parties go to NextAid, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that harnesses the power of music to support sustainable development projects that serve vulnerable children, youth and women in Africa. “I am hoping to spread awareness through my music and make a positive impact in Africa,” declares Guzman. “While we here in the U.S. are trying to get a fair shake for our ’99 percent,’ in Africa, the global income distribution is even more skewed with hundreds of millions of people living on less than $1 a day.” To promote the album, Marissa recently released her first official music video, “Magic Door,” a representation of the battle that we all have in order to experience true self-actualization. There are 4 worlds that will it exist in, each represented by a different style and setting. The narrative progresses through these worlds with the song as Marissa seeks the lifestyle and persona that best fits her. The final world ends with a flash mob choreographed dance with XXX volunteers at Dolores Park in San Francisco. Marissa is playing many gigs to promote the album including at the Winter Music Conference in Miami, her biggest year yet, performing 10 different parties in just 5 days. Singing and Dj’ing her own set, she is a one woman show not to be missed. Next up, in San Francisco, she will be performing with Mr. V at Harlot in April 12th, in Detroit during the Movement Festival, Los Angeles and New York dates coming soon. Listen to the Joy Road Remix Album here.
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