The ability to credit yourself as one
of the pioneering forces in the East Coast
rave scene is not small feat, add in being
one of the creative forces that helped
to define the New York underground rave
scene by spinning at various events with
the likes of Frankie Bones, Josh Wink,
Keoki, and DJ Micro, and you clearly have
achieved a level of success that for many
is only a dream. New York's own DJ Vicious
Vic is just such an amazing talent. Vic
started out early on creating a name for
himself behind the decks and later went
on to join with DJ Micro under the pseudonym
'Progression' to produce a series of hugely
successful remixes and original works.
Almost overnight, Vic got his first
taste of creating a massive club hit as
he and Micro released their debut single
'Reach Further'. The duo then went on
to remix numerous artists, including Paradise
3001, Joe T. Vanelli, to Masters at Work,
and were responsible for a very groovy
remix of the Dado's theme for the 'X Files'
television show. Vicious Vic went on to
release albums with Micro under the Pseudonym
alias, but eventually found his way back
to the decks and has appeared at event
worldwide including tours of the US, Japan,
England, Canada, France and Hong Kong.
During this time, Vicious Vic has released
several mixed CDs sure to rock dancefloor,
including 'Capsule' (Journees Music),
'Trance Voyages' (Topaz), and most recently
'The Progressive Experience' (Neurodisc-Capitol
Earlier this year, Vic was one of a
handful of top name talent selected to
perform the Big Shot Magazine/System Recordings
party at Level, in South Beach during
the annual music conference held in March,
yet another exhibition as this DJ continues
to evolve with the growing dance community.
Vicious Vic sums up how he is more than
just a trance DJ and shouldn't be thrust
into only one category when describes
his style, "When I play out I play harder
progressive-style trancy tracks, I don't
really play many anthem tracks."
VICIOUS VIC INTERVIEW
How did you get started in dance
My older brother would venture into
Manhattan Discos, such as the Paradise
Garage, the Loft, and Funhouse. Then he
would buy many of the records he heard
and I would listen with him to what he
bought and from there I got into it myself.
What aspect of this music first grabbed
The electronic synth sound as opposed
to live instruments amazed me.
Are you currently holding any residencies?
No, I had done residencies back on Long
Island, New York for many years, but the
problem was after a while playing at the
same location would burn me out and bore
me. I prefer playing at different locations
every weekend its more of a challenge
Who were your early influences?
Todd Terry, Red Alert, John ?Jellybean?
Benitez, David Morales, Little Louie Vega
What do you think has been the appeal
that your music has had leading to the
numerous remixes you have worked on either
alone or while working with DJ Micro under
the Progression alter ego?
We both love various styles of music
that were out before electronic, so we
basically put a flavor of all styles in
our music letting the electronica be the
forefront of what we did, plus all the
imports we were both getting from overseas
were a major influence.
Who do you see at the forefront of
the trance music sound today (Producer
Currently, I like Marco V, Mauro P,
and Tiesto's harder tracks.
How was your trip down to Miami for
the WMC this year?
Pleasant as always, to me its more of
a short vacation.
Where all did you play during the
This year I only played one time and
it was at Club Level for the Contagious/Big
Shot Party. I was only able to make it
to Miami on Thursday night, which kept
me from playing the Topaz Records Party
on that Tuesday at the Clevelander Hotel.
What do you think were some of the
top tracks or performances you caught?
Track-wise I didn't hear anything out
of the ordinary, seems like the same styles
are just chugging along, but performance-wise
finally I heard and saw someone refreshing
with energy and a few tricks was a guy
named Eddie Halliwell, I think he is from
How do you judge crowd response while
you are playing, how do you know if they
are feeling it?
All I do is watch them, that's what
I hate when I play at locations where
they have you on the floor level. Then
I can't see the crowd. I love being higher
than the dance floor so I can see everything.
What is your opinion of someone with
a reputation for success in another genre
like P. Diddy throwing his hat into the
dance music ring?
I am totally into it because I think
he may help give a boost to this industry,
which at the moment is lacking in sales
and interest from a broader audience.
Also, there are major labels closing their
dance departments left and right, so for
P. Diddy to have interest at all I see
its for the music not for the money
Did you hear his tracks "Let's Get
No I haven't, but now that you ask, I
will go and get a copy to listen to.
TRANCE:THE PROGRESSIVE EXPERIENCE ---
How has the response been to your
album "Trance:The Progressive Experience"?
The response has been great for the
people who were able to see it in there
local chain store, but if there would
have been ads out in the DJ magazines,
then many more people would have known
it was out and available for purchase
in the stores.
How long did it take you to put together
the track listing for this release?
Did you test out and portions of
the mix before putting them into the album?
Yes, in fact all the records were in
my record box. I like playing the tracks
for everyone so that after hearing the
tracks that I play they will be excited
when the next CD I put out will have those
How do you determine what to start
I listen to all the tracks that I have
compiled for a mix CD and see which song
has the sweetest beginning, then I build
my mixes from there.
The album "Trance:The Progressive
Experience" has a very synth-driven sound
to the mix. Do you prefer tracks with
a strong synth line or bass line?
Yes, in fact I love songs with aggressive
synth sounds and bouncing basslines, those
songs always seem to catch peoples dancing
attention. Plus, the most important are
drum patterns in songs,?hey, if I start
moving when I am listening to a new track,
then I want that record in my record box
to play out.
What is on the horizon for DJ Vicious
More updates in my studio in the Digital
World, more music, more music more music
Any upcoming releases or touring
in your future?
Yes, an upcoming CD on Topaz Records
and another CD on Neurodisc Records. Hopefully
they should be ready for street release
by the end of this summer.
-- written by Shawn Wallace