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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 Recs).

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."


How did you get started in dance music?

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 your attention?

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 and excitement.

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 or DJ)?

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 week?

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 London.

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 Ill?"

No I haven't, but now that you ask, I will go and get a copy to listen to.


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?

1 month.

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 tracks.

How do you determine what to start with?

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 Vic?

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



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