Experiencing Mr. V’s DJ sets, original productions, or remixes is like taking a trip back in time to dance music’s golden age. Before superstar DJs took over the spotlight, dance music was a cultural phenomenon that did what no other form of music could do – BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER.
It didn’t matter what race or sexual orientation you came from because dance music was all about embracing our differences and creating a homogeneous vibe. The music was built heavily on traditional song structures and lots of heart and soul. DJs played whatever it took to get the party going and the music was never predictable. It is with this classic spirit and enthusiasm that New York City’s Mr. V targets today’s dance music world.
Growing up in the 1980’s the open-minded Mr. V was heavily influenced by House, Hip-Hop, Latin, Garage and Disco classics, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz.
Mr. V was enamored by the role a DJ commanded over a crowd and was taken by the talents of his DJ friend Lord G., who had a weekly Thursday night party in New York City. Despite wanting to be a professional DJ, it wasn’t until he met the legendary Louie Vega that he found his calling. “Louie Vega used to be a resident at this party called “Underground Network,” and that’s where I discovered a deeper taste for house music.
I always wanted to be a DJ, but Louie’s type of music, the style – that whole soulful sound – is what I wanted to play,” says Mr. V.
Louie Vega saw the drive and potential in Mr. V and hired the young Nuyorican DJ / producer as his assistant at the world famous Masters At Work label. In this position Mr. V was given a rare glimpse into the global dance scene and before long was taking to the decks alongside his mentor.
Mr. V is one of the most well known names in the Dance Music Industry.
Stylistically, Mr. V has a wildly eclectic sound that brings spontaneity back to the art of DJing. “Sometimes I just pull stuff [out of the DJ bag] out of the blue. I like to keep people guessing. I play things that I don’t think other people are playing, It’s always different and depends on the vibe,” he says.
In addition to his busy DJ schedule – Mr. V has displayed his DJ talents at many popular nightclubs across the globe – he also made a name for himself as a producer. In 2001, Mr. V launched his own label Sole Channel Music as a way to release music with complete control and artistic freedom. To date, he has released many singles on the label including his most famous track, “Jus Dance”.
Mr. V has also released vocal collaborations, productions and remixes for other labels including Vega Records, Defected, Strictly Rhythm, King Street Sounds, Ultra Records, Subliminal, Simma Black, Dopewax Records, Muzik 4 Tomorrow, Criminal Hype, Yellow Productions, Large Music just to name a few.
Combining his multifaceted skills as a DJ / producer / remixer, and with an ear towards dance music’s roots,
Mr. V is a name to watch out for!