Fusicology on October 2, 2018with 0 comments
KCRW Presents GRAMMY® Award-winning bandleader Louie Vega, renowned the world over for helping to create and establish house music’s soulful, Latin, gospel, & jazz influenced style. Based in New York City, Vega is a dance music legend both as a DJ and as a prolific – and successful – music producer. Louie and his band, E.O.L. Soulfrito ft. Anané, will perform live at the Ford Sunday October 21 in a special celebratory concert commemorating Fusicology‘s 15th anniversary! Tickets are available at https://www.fordtheatres.
Vega, who last performed live in LA in 2009 at the House Of Blues, is pleased to bring his new “Elements of Life” show to Los Angeles for the 15th anniversary of his friend Asya Shein’s company Fusicology, noting, “I have seriously known Asya since she was a teenager! It’s wonderful to see her all grown up, operating a top online outlet for urban events, producing shows, and generally running the game in LA and nationally!”
With his latest album NYC Disco on Nervous Records topping the charts this summer, two Grammy nominations (of his seven nominations) in the last two years, and a lifetime of adoration and success in the dance music community, Vega is certainly not slowing down!
Active since the ‘90s as a DJ, producer, and label operator, and as one-half of Masters at Work, Louie Vega is a permanent part of dance music history. Vega made a name for himself behind the decks in the New York City club circuit prior to branching out with studio work. Besides producing his own releases with an array of vocal and instrumental collaborators, he has produced and remixed tracks for commercial dance-pop vocalists and underground artists and producers alike.
Remarkably eclectic across four decades, Vega has been deeply immersed in an array of club music styles — house being foremost, and has all the while kept the genre’s connections to disco, freestyle, rap, Latin and jazz illuminated. Among his most notable career achievements are number one Billboard club hits such as “Ride on the Rhythm,” with Marc Anthony, in 1991, Saint Ettiene’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”, Chic’s “Chic Mystique” and “I Can’t Get No Sleep,” with Masters at Work featuring India, in 1993, and a Grammy award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for his remix of Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly” in 2006.
His revered discography of mix albums and studio projects includes Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII, which was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy in 2016. Vega has never lost touch with his roots, epitomized by his new album NYC Disco on Nervous Records.
Born and raised in New York City’s Bronx borough, Vega grew up surrounded by music, as the son of latin & jazz saxophonist Luis Vega, Sr. and a nephew of salsa legend Héctor Lavoe of the Fania All Stars. Vega began DJ’ing as a teenager, after he watched his neighborhood friend & hip hop pioneer jazzy Jay spin records. He was soon a regular at Bronx block parties and New York City events at the Roxy.
After a 9 month stint at his first club Sal Abatiello’s Devil’s Nest in the Bronx, he began spinning at the infamous Hearthrob in New York City, and Vega met house producer Todd Terry, who regularly gave Vega his new tracks by Black Riot & Royal House to try out on the crowd. Vega‘s own first remix commissions, in 1986 and 1987, included Information Society’s “Running”, Debbie Gibson’s “Only in My Dreams”, and Noel’s “Silent Morning”. By then, he was a fixture in the NYC club scene, within DJ booths of the Devil’s Nest, Hearthrob, Studio 54, and the Sound Factory Bar (Underground Network parties) also familiar territory to him.
Vega debuted as a solo producer in 1989 with “Don’t Tell Me” for TVT and “Keep Pumpin’ It Up” for SBK One. Both singles were issued under the name Freestyle Orchestra, the first of Vega‘s many aliases, though the majority of his subsequent solo output has been credited to his childhood nickname “Little” Louie Vega.
Additional early success came after Vega was commissioned to do songs for the movie East Side Story, which placed him in the path of singer Marc Anthony. Vega and Anthony signed to Atlantic as a duo and released the album “When The Night Is Over” and single “Ride on the Rhythm,” which featured Vega‘s father on saxophone and topped Billboard’s club chart in 1991.
Shortly thereafter, he and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez became established as Masters at Work. He met Gonzalez through fellow producer Todd Terry, who originally borrowed Kenny’s crew name Masters At Work for some late-’80s output “Dum Dum Cry” and “Alright Alright”. Since 1990, Vega and Gonzalez have issued 100s of 12″ remixes and productions for major artists and some on their own MAW label. They’ve hit commercially with the chart-topping River Ocean Featuring India collaboration “Love & Happiness“ (1993), and have remixed the likes of Jamiroquai, Madonna, Incognito, Janet Jackson, Aliyaah, and Michael Jackson, among tracks by dozens of other artists.
As Nuyorican Soul, the two worked with such jazz legends as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and George Benson for a self-titled 1997 album that reached top 40 in the UK. The success of Nuyorican Soul cut a path for Vega to lead another all-star affair, Elements of Life, with help from fellow deep house heavyweights Josh Milan and Kevin Hedge of Blaze, along with top-tier vocalists Cyndi Mizelle, Lisa Fischer, Raul Midon, and Anane.
Another career highlight was composing a song for Cirque Du Soleil with Blaze “One Dream” recorded by Elements Of Life Featuring .ead vocalist Anané. The song was performed by The Elements Of Life Band and Cirque Du Soleil live at the 2007 Superbowl in front of 70,000 people at Dolphin Stadium in Florida and seen by 145 million viewers on television worldwide.
The Elements Of Life group’s activity culminated with the 2013 album Eclipse on Fania Records. The collaborative spirit continued through 2016’s Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII, on which he worked with material from Funkadelic, Jocelyn Brown, The Winans Brothers & The Clark Sisters, Lisa Fischer, Cindy Mizelle and his long-term collaborators Anané and Josh Milan. That album was nominated for a Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy in 2016.
Across the decades, Vega has also continued to tour the world as a DJ with his unique blend of house, afro house, disco classics, obscurities, and dancefloor anthems old and new. His selecting and DJ’ing skills have been showcased on over 20 commercially released DJ mixes, such as Little Louie Vega at the Underground Network NYC (1993), Back in the Box (2007), and Vega on King Street: A 20 Year Celebration (2013). NYC Disco (2018) on Nervous Records applied many of his skills with a selection of original productions, plus remixed, edited, and reworked club classics of the late ’70s and early ’80s seminal label Sam Records.
Breaking down musical barriers and bringing people together through a love of music has always been Vega’s aim; after more than 20 years in the game his contributions continue to positively influence global dance music.
Fusicology was founded in 2003 by noted independent dance and urban music agent Asya Shein as a way to help promote her clients’ gigs. Now 15 years later Fusicology is one of the premiere events guides for urban music fans in 25 cities in North America, with Shein as its CEO.
Joining Shein on the Fusicology team is CTO Michael Sherrill, a respected African American technology business and startup veteran, developing company advisor and angel, an experienced manager of high-volume membership and subscription websites, and an expert in SEO/SEM, E-Commerce and Apps. Business and legal affairs are run by Sapna Lal, with editorial & content direction provided by noted journalists from across the US & Canada.
Fusicology’s premise and footprint since consists of user generated event listings curated by over niche promoters, artists, agencies, talent managers, and venues. The site, newsletters, and apps specialize in providing socially significant information for multicultural early-adopters, providing a rich connection between brands and a progressive cosmopolitan audience.
In addition to the site, Fusicology is an award winning full service digital, experiential, and strategic boutique agency, that offers a targeted marketing through its expansive national digital platform, along with in-market venue activations, and a vast promotional force.
With an audience of over 200,000 users Fusicology is unique in that it delivers a trend-setting audience that is 74% 18 to 44, and 73% multicultural. In addition to being the go-to site for notable live event purveyors like Goldenvoice, AEG Live, House of Blues, Live Nation, and the LA Phil, brands that have utilized this trendsetting group of early adopters include Red Bull, HBO, Puma, Diageo, Lions Gate Films & many other advertising partners.
In addition to the Louie Vega E.O.L. Soulfrito event at the Ford Theatre, Fusicology’s 15 Year celebration will kick off in August 2018 with a brand-new website, mobile apps, redesigned newsletters, and more special events nationwide in the fall to commemorate their 15th Anniversary.
For info about the event please see https://www.fordtheatres.
For information on Fusicology see http://mediakit.