Producer(s) of the week: Masters at Work (MAW)

Producer of the Week: Serious contributors to house music

This is the section where we will be talking about what it is that has made house music so popluar today, and the fact is its the producers! This is where we share a little bit of info that we have bout the makers of the music that we love.

Masters At Work (MAW)

image source: soulfulplanet.com

This week id like to start off with one of the most seriuos production dj’s ive heard in house music today. the dynamic duo that is different in the way that it is similar is these two guys that have unified to form masters at work who are also known as Noyurican Soul.

Masters  At Work is made from a team of producers both of whom are from the united states and New York residents known as Little Louie Vega and Kenny Dope Rodriguez. These two guys have been around from the times most of us didnt even know house music existed, and this year they are celebrating 20 years of working together.

these are real masters and when they are at work, they are able to produce some of the best remixes and edits of any producer today! …well in my opinion. Often i find remixers always tend to over distort  the musical elements of a song, as it may sound nice i feel it does no justice to the original, no commemoration of sorts. But with Masters at work it seems to be very different from a lot of producers today. An example is a favourite of mine, Nina Simone’s     See Line Woman. The Masters at Work remix has not lost the organic nature of the track through its drum and percussion loops with a dash of class from the piano and flute melodies.

The history of all this come from the influences of both the producers from an early age. Little Louie Vega was born to a father who was an accomplished saxophone player, other family influences came from his uncle who was a well known salsa singer. This gave him a rich feel for latin music and it all changed when he was introduced to dance music by his sisters who were avid clubbers and in with the party scene.

Louie Vega and Kenny Dope. image source : http://www.kalamu.com

The history of all this come from the influences of both the producers from an early age. Little Louie Vega was born to a father who was an accomplished saxophone player, other family influences came from his uncle who was a well known salsa singer. This gave him a rich feel for latin music and it all changed when he was introduced to dance music by his sisters who were avid clubbers and in with the party scene.

Kenny Dope Gonzales on the other hand is a Brooklyn hip hop kid. In his early days as a teenager he honed his skills as a hip hop dj, whilst he worked in his local record store. He eventually teamed with a friend to organise block parties  that eventually ended them popularity and opportunities to master their skills in production.

Kenny and Louie met and created masters at work when they produced the album one of the underground club prodigies Marc Anthony. They began to work with several other well known latin music producers and instrumentalists to make remixes and original productions. Over the years their remixes became more popular in clubs and made them more sort after for remixes and productions by famous artists at the time such as: Incongnito, Soul II Soul, Janet Jackson, Bjork and many others as the years progessed.

And today, after 20 years they still undoubtedly are a top dynamic duo that deliver unique sounds from a blend of different elements. They are our producers of the week.

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