Spin, Spin Sugar
Every time I DJ, I know that a new story will unfold. That is the story of “us” on that night and what I know is, as it all comes together, that I can be sure that the audience knows why I want THIS STORY to happen. Because I love music that much and I simply cannot restrain myself from sharing that feeling. On this night I had an amazing return to a favorite city of mine, Dallas. Working at the legendary Station 4 nightclub doing my thing for the hottest new event there titled “SPIN”. The event creators had imagined a spectacular production with special lighting and energetic images to make an event that would totally stimulate ALL of your senses, and it was not just me that believes that we succeeded in doing that that night. Though my set was about 4 hours long, I tried to highlight pieces from it to give you a taste of my Sugar so that you can share an experience with these ingredients in the mix. Included in this set are many of my exclusive and private mixes, along with a debut of several new productions and remixes that include Martha Wash, Colton Ford, and many more.
I intentionally chose to leave out the track listing so that you wouldn’t know what titles are making the journey happen. I will do that later and let you SPIN through it in the meantime.
Thank you Blake Baker and Purple Foundation for convincing me to record that set, and I am eternally grateful to all, my audience, from the club and beyond for supporting and showing the love.
I can’t wait to come back!
DJ Tony Moran (NYC)
Tony Moran, however, is more than a man that works the DJ booth and studio. An accomplished singer and songwriter, he has released a number of independent singles and CDs throughout his three-decade long (and counting) career. His latest offering, entitled MAGIC is a universal embrace of soul, sympathy and conviction. MAGIC has been two years in the making, and follows hot on the heels of his previous tour de force double dance CD, THE EVENT. The lead single from MAGIC is You Are, an original Moran composition featuring powerful vocals by Frenchie Davis.
EARLY ROOTS Drawing strength from the challenges of his childhood surroundings in Brooklyn, Tony Moran capitalized on the melting pot of creativity that lay before him in the form of music. It’s hard to say whether Tony Moran discovered music or music discovered Tony Moran, but after naturally gravitating to the DJ tables and attracting partygoers by the hundreds to his gigs, Tony Moran himself got discovered by a program director of a prominent radio station in New York City in the early 80s.Buoyed by local buzz, Tony Moran, at age 19, struck a fateful collaboration with producer Albert Cabrera. Dubbed The Latin Rascals, the pair fused the latest dance beats with hints of their Latin heritage into an explosive freestyle mix of club music. The result: the million-plus selling dance topper and pop smash, Show Me by the Cover Girls.
This success opened the floodgates to producing and remixing work for a variety of artists ranging from Run-DMC and LL Cool J to The Beach Boys and Diana Ross, who struck gold on the dance floor with the Latin Rascals’ magic touch. The duo, with Moran on lead vocals, also busied themselves performing live in clubs and stadiums across the country.
FLYING SOLO Heeding the call to develop himself artistically as an individual, Tony Moran went on to write, remix and produce albums and songs for a range of acts as diverse as Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Cher, Luther Vandross, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Jennifer Holiday, Jon Secada, Barry Manilow, Kenny G and even the London Symphony Orchestra.
Not to be left out, of course, are club queens Deborah Cox, Kristine W, Suzanne Palmer and Inaya Day, who have all churned out dance smash after dance smash with Tony Moran at the helm.
With more than 800 titles, dozens of Top 40 pop hits and countless No. 1 dance singles to his credit, the two-time Grammy-nominated Tony Moran shows no signs of slowing down. Driven as ever, but imbued with the creative freedom to develop and evolve his trademark sound on his own terms, Tony Moran -- like his contemporaries and role models Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, Bob Sinclair and David Guetta -- is taking his music across the globe from the Americas to Europe to Asia and back.
With Tony Moran, the beat goes on...