An artist I've recently met and found really original. You'll find here the bio, some info and some videos.
â€˜Through the trials and tribulations of my life, music has never left me. Never left.â€™ With such a statement it's obvious Ferrerâ€™s passion for music is beyond question, and this unquenchable thirst is largely attributable to his childhood: one of his earliest recollections is tinkling the ivories of a toy piano aged four in a soul-and-disco-obsessed NYC household. Another vivid memory is as an eight-year-old, making after-school trips to local record shops to buy rap records, as both his ears and imagination were captured by the birth of hip hop in and around his New York neighbourhood. 'I was born in 1970 but I'm more a child of the early 1980s and late 1970s onwards: As a kid I remember chic's Le Freak, and Rapperâ€™s Delight - that was an eye opener,' he recalls.
He also scoured the Columbia Records catalogue that his parents and aunts would use to purchase their music, and bought records with interesting names, such as the Doobie Brothers, or Kiss because of their striking LP covers. 'They were great times we listened to Chic, Sugar Hill, Kiss, Rush and AC/DC - everything rolled side by side, there were no genres or the genres were easy listening, rock and soul. And that's my approach to music today: I grew up in the whatever age, where you would listen to everything and I'm doing the same thing,' continues Ferrer. 'That's why people are surprised by my variety like if I do a tech thing, or an Afro thing, or a soulful record. That's the way I grew up. I didn't listen to one type of music.' 'Let's get this right: I'm not a producer. I'm a song writer/producer.'
Ferrer is quite literally an exceptional producer, in that he writes 90% of what you hear on one of his records, from lyrics to melodies to beats. His specialty is songs ('That's what I grew up with and that's what wrong with this business, there's not enough songs'). Forthcoming LP, The World As I See It, redresses this imbalance: with a healthy representation of song-based house - or dance music with feeling and a message. He is also exceptional because he's the anti-thesis of the anonymous dance music producer: he uses his real name - no pseudonyms, monikers, or abbreviations. That's because he's prepared to stand up and be counted, putting blood, sweat and tears into his records: 'This is who I am, this is not my job, this is what I love to do: when you get one of my records,there's quality - you're not getting cheated, I put my heart in it.'
1 Church Lady 2 Touched The Sky 3 P 2 Da J 4 Undergound Is My Home 5 How Do I Let Go 6 I Can't Imagine 7 Son Of Raw 8 Transitions 9 Run Free 10 Change The World 11 Destination
Dennis Ferrer â€“ My World As They Remixed It
1 Touched The Sky (For Isolators Only - Stereo Phonic Headphone Dub Version) 2 P 2 Da J (Tiger Stripes Remix) 3 Transitions (Sunshine's From The Pulpit) 4 How Do I Let Go (Charles Webster's Club Mix) 5 Touched The Sky (Quentin Harris Remix) 6 I Can't Imagine (Dolls Combers Elektro Remix) 7 Church Lady (Mf Remix) 8 Run Free (Tomo Experience Remix) 9 Change The World (Jihad Muhammad Vox Mix)