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“Little Louie” Vega is the Miles Davis of dance music. Like the impossible to categorize Davis, Vega is constantly reinventing himself and revolutionizing music itself in the process. During his nearly two-decade long career, Vega has crafted some of the most innovative singles in dance music history (“The Nervous Track”, “It’s Alright”, “I Feel It” and “You Can Do It”), kick started genres like soulful house (“Beautiful People,” “I Get Lifted”), and revitalized the careers of legends like Roy Ayers, George Benson and Tito Puente.
Born in the Bronx in 1965, Vega grew up surrounded by Latin music. Vega’s father, Louie Vega Sr, is an accomplished jazz and Latin saxophone player and his uncle Hector LaVoe was a renowned salsa singer who recorded for the Fania label. But Vega’s musical influences didn’t end with Latin music: in the eighties, he was a regular at legendary nightclubs like The Paradise Garage and he attended Afrika Bambaataa’s parties in the Bronx River Projects.
In 1985, Vega began his first nightclub residency at Devil’s Nest, in the Bronx, Roseland, Studio 54 and the Palladium. Vega’s style reflected his eclectic upbringing: his DJ sets included everything from Latin music to hip-hop to British new wave. But towards the end of the decade, Vega became disenchanted with the club scene’s increasing musical segregation. “People’s minds were starting to think in terms of categories,” Vega remembers.
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Named after their peak-hour Stereo Productions smash of the same name, the duo's Mind Control residency started in late 2006 at world-famous nightclub Pacha New York. The party takes a bit of a unique approach in the club world, letting the two DJs tag-team track-for-track as their set progresses.
"It allows us to really work off each other, and work off the crowd as well," says Bailey. "Sometimes Richie will play a song, and it will remind me or inspire me to throw up a track that I didn't even expect to play. It has a nice spontaneity to it, and the crowd really seems to appreciate that."
But don't think that the sets are disjointed. The crowds at Pacha wouldn't put up with anything but the best. It's almost like, as the name suggests, Bailey and Santana are working from the same brain, or at least the same control center.
It works based on the long time relationship of Peter and Richie. They've been one-upping each other since 1991 when they met in high school. One was locked away in the studio producing bootleg hits such as Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams", while the other was playing raves with the likes of Frankie Bones and Kevin Saunderson.
Fast forward a few years and Peter and Richie have undoubtedly become New York's premier production duo. Whether it be there solo productions or their work together as "Mindcontrol", they consistently turn out peak time floor fillers that receive support from a variety of DJs ranging from Victor Calderone and Dubfire to Roger Sanchez and Erick Morillo showing the true versatility of their sound.
But what separates Richie & Peter on the DJ front, is their passion for having nothing but the freshest sounds, often specially tailored with clever editing just for their dj sets, the two will not settle for anything less. Always on top of their game and always having everyone ask..."what was that record"!
After releasing their first compilation entitled “Mindcontrol” on Star 69 (2008) the boys have teamed up with Nervous Records to bring you their 2nd installment packed with obscure gems, unreleased originals and remixes, with a small dose of chart toppers sure to keep you ADDICTED.
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