Hex Hector

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Hex Hector
Born (1965-04-15) April 15, 1965 (age 49)
Origin New York, United States
Genres House music
Tech house
Occupations DJ and producer
Years active 1980s–present
Website http://www.hexmusic.com/

Hex Hector (born April 15, 1965), is an American dance remixer. He won a Grammy Award in 2001 for Best Remixer.[1]

Biography[edit]

Hector was born in Manhattan, New York, of a Puerto Rican mother and Cuban father,[2][3] and was raised in the Washington Heights neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan. He started his career as disc jockey (DJ) at the age of fourteen, with a hip-hop group he formed called Little Man Crew.

He started to work on remixes with a friend, Robert Clivillés, who helped Hector break into the industry by working on his first remix for a Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam song called "Something ’Bout Love". One of his most notable works as a remixer occurred in early 1996, when he caught the attention of famous Arista/BMG Records representative Hosh Gureli, who asked Hector to remix Toni Braxton's hit ballad "Un-Break My Heart", along with dance producers Soul Solution.

The original remix of "Un-Break My Heart" was made by Hector, and Soul Solution was rejected. The label claimed it was too dark and the public would not embrace it. However, Hector liked the finished product and left it the way it was, deciding later not to get involved. Soul Solution then made changes and Arista accepted the remix and it became one of the biggest dance hits in the United States of the year, and one of the first to transform a ballad into an up-tempo house music song.

Following the success of that remix, Hector became a sought-after remixer, ranking alongside Junior Vasquez, Thunderpuss, Victor Calderone, Johnny Vicious, Jonathan Peters, Ralphi Rosario, Razor N' Guido, and Peter Rauhofer for official label remix requests. He later created his own label called Ground Control Productions, and teamed up with talented programmers and keyboardists Dezrok and Mac Quayle, with whom he worked on some of his most successful releases.

Notable work[edit]

Hector has been able to successfully transform both songs and artists, utilizing not only his style, but also creative beats and rhythms to create a memorable sound. For example, he notably transformed the sound of Canadian singer Deborah Cox stands out as a shining example of his creativity. Cox, who was signed to Arista, commenced her long collaboration with Hector when he remixed several singles from her second album, One Wish. Hector's work on her singles "It's Over Now" and "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" successfully helped Cox cross over from R&B music, and made her a major name in the dance-music genre.

Hector's remix of Jennifer Lopez's third hit single, "Waiting for Tonight", from her debut album On the 6, also became such a success that it earned Lopez a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2000.

Spice Girl Melanie C achieved her second solo number-one single on the UK pop chart in 2000 because of Hector's radio remix of the fourth single, "I Turn to You", from her debut solo album Northern Star. The remix also charted at number-one on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart later that same year, and earned him the Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year.

Discography[edit]

Original productions[edit]

Artist Song Label Year
Rob Rob's Club World "I Live" Columbia Records 1996
Reina "Find Another Woman" Robbins Entertainment 1998
Reina "Anything For Love" Robbins Entertainment 1999
Donna Summer "I Will Go with You (Con Te Partiro)" Epic Records 1999
System 3 "The Only Way Is Up" Columbia 1999
Rockell "Instant Pleasure" Robbins Entertainment 2000
Rockell "The Dance" Robbins Entertainment 2000
Aubrey "Stand Still" Groovilicious 2001
Aubrey "Willing and Able" Dee Vee Music 2002
Paulina Rubio "Fire (Sexy Dance)" World Deep Music - Sony ATV Publishing, (BMI) 2002
Hex Hector (featuring Jennifer C) "Deliverance" GCP 2005
Hex Hector (featuring Jennifer C) "Open Your Heart" GCP 2005

Remixography[edit]

Artist Song Label Year
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam "Something ’Bout Love" Columbia/SME 1992
Donna De Lory "Just a Dream" MCA 1992
Suzanne Vega "Blood Makes Noise" A&M/PolyGram 1992
Dina Carroll "Special Kind Of Love" A&M/PolyGram 1992
George Lamond "It's Always You" Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. 1994
Patti Labelle "The Right Kind of Lover" MCA 1994
Patti Austin "Reach" MCA 1994
MCJ (featuring Davina) "I'm Ready" TRIBAL America/IRS/EMI 1994
Cynthia "How I Love Him" Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. 1994
Donna Allen "Love is the Thing" Epic/SME 1994
Soul Solution "Love, Peace & Happiness" FFRR/PolyGram 1995
Soul Solution "Find A Way" FFRR/PolyGram 1995
Joi Cardwell "Jump For Joi" Eightball 1995
Manhattan Progression "Pray" Groove On 1995
Hex Hector presents The Resolution "I Want You All Over Me (The Power and

the Notion")

Strictly Rhythm 1995
Scatman John "Scatman" RCA/BMG 1995
Whigfield "Saturday Night" Curb/Atlantic 1995
Portrait "I Can Call You Baby" Capitol/EMI 1995
Hex Hector Presents Ground Control "The Future" Emotive 1995
Gladys Knight "Next Time" MCA 1995
Julio Iglesias "El Choclo" Sony Discos/SME 1996
Proyecto Uno "Pumpin'" Hola/Island/PolyGram 1996
Pulse (featuring Antoinette Robeson) "The Lover That You Are" Jellybean 1996
Pulse "Wont Give Up My Music" Jellybean 1996
Toni Braxton "Unbreak My Heart" LaFace/Arista/BMG 1996
Robi Rob's Club World Feat. Jay Williams "I Live" Columbia/SME 1996
Robi Rob's Club World (featuring Ya Kid K) "Shake That Body" Columbia/SME 1996
Robi Rob's Club World Club World (featuring Deborah Cooper) "Reach" Columbia/SME 1996
Pulse (featuring Antoinette Robeson) "Yum Yum" Jellybean Records 1997
Veronica "No One But You" Hola/Island/PolyGram 1997
Dru Hill "Never Make a Promise" Island/PolyGram 1997
Serial Diva "Keep Hope Alive" Ministry of Sound 1997
Crystal Waters "Just a Freak" Mercury/PolyGram 1997
Hanson "Mmm Bop" Mercury/PolyGram 1997
Deborah Cox "Things Just Ain't The Same" Arista/BMG 1997
Aretha Franklin "Here We Go Again" Arista/BMG 1997
Patti LaBelle "When You Talk About Love" MCA 1997
Ali "Love Letters" Jellybean Records 1997
Pulse "Shadows of the Past" Island/PolyGram 1997
Baha Men "That's The Way I Get Down" Mercury/PolyGram 1997
Proyecto Uno "Latinos" Hola/Island/PolyGram 1997
Kimara Lovelace "Circles" King Street 1997
Veronica "Rise" Hola/Island/PolyGram 1997
Ilegales "Sueño Contigo" BMG Latin 1997
Joi Cardwell "Soul To Bare" DMC 1997
Yvette Michelle "DJ Keep Playing" BMG 1997
Allure "All Cried Out" Crave/SME 1997
Cristian Castro "Si Tú Me Amaras" BMG Latin 1997
Pulse (featuring Antoinette Robeson) "Music Takes You" Jellybean Records 1998
Reign "Tu Pun Pun" Hola/Island/PolyGram 1998
Louise "All That Matters" EMI 1998
Diana Ross "I Will Survive" Motown/PolyGram 1998
Ralph Anthony "Oye Mi Gente" BMG Latin 1998
Lisa Stansfield "I'm Leaving" Arista/BMG 1998
La Bouche "You Won't Forget Me" RCA/BMG 1998
Aretha Franklin "A Rose Is Still A Rose" Arista/BMG 1998
N'Dea Davenport "Bring It On" V2/BMG 1997
Alex Braydon "Love Is Everywhere" Mercury/PolyGram 1998
Tamia "Imagination" Qwest/Warner Bros. 1998
Ceybil Jeffries "My Dream" Malawi Rocks 1998
Club 69 (featuring Suzanne Palmer) "Alright" TWISTED America/MCA 1998
Janita "Getting Over" 550 Music/Epic/SME 1998
Dee Dee Brave "Work It Out" King Street 1998
Stars on 54 (Amber, Jocelyn Enriquez and Ultra Naté) "If You Could Read My Mind" Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. 1998
Ruben Martinez "Visions Of Oia" DR Productions 1998
Gloria Estefan "Oye" Epic/SME 1998
Deborah Cox "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here" Arista/BMG 1998
Degiacomo "Theme From Love" Whirling 1998
Reina "Find Another Woman" Groovalicious/Strictly Rhythm 1998
Queen Latifah "Paper" Motown/PolyGram 1998
Lorena Martinez "Ritmo de la Noche" BAB Media 1998
Gloria Estefan "Don't Let This Moment End" Epic/SME 1998
Kim English "Bumpin' and Jumpin'" Nervous 1998
Sabrina Johnston "Yum Yum" Starbound 1998
George Michael "Outside" Epic/SME 1998
GTS(featuring Melodie Sexton) "Brand New World" King Street 1998
98 Degrees "Because Of You" Universal/MCA 1998
Regina Belle "I've Had Enough" MCA 1999
All-4-One "Keep It Goin' On" Blitzz/Atlantic 1999
Shanice "When I Close My Eyes" LaFace/Arista/BMG 1999
Savage Garden "The Animal Song" Columbia/SME 1999
Richie "Magic" Future Genenis 1999
Whitney Houston (featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price) "Heartbreak Hotel" Arista/BMG 1999
Shae Jones "Bad Boy" Universal 1999
Deborah Cox "It's Over Now" Arista/BMG 1999
Bonnie Forman "Believe in Me" Future Genesis 1999
Martha Wash "Come" Logic/BMG 1999
Jennifer Paige "Always You" Hollywood/Universal 1999
Donna Summer "Love On & On" Epic/SME 1999
Donna Summer "I Will Go With You" Epic/SME 1999
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" Arista/BMG 1999
Chante Moore "Chante's Got A Man" MCA/Universal 1999
Reina "Anything For Love" Groovalicious/Strictly Rhythm 1999
Billie "Honey to the Bee" Virgin/EMI 1999
Sting "Brand New Day" A&M/Interscope/Universal 1999
Jennifer Lopez "Waiting for Tonight" Work/SME 1999
Luis Miguel "Te Propongo Esta Noche" Warner Latina 1999
Terry Dexter "Better Than Me" Warner Bros. 1999
Shakira "Eyes Like Yours" Sony Discos/SME 1999
Ricky Martin "She's All I Ever Had" C2/Columbia/SME 1999
Dawn Tallman "Wake Up" Nervous 1999
Misia "Unforgettable Days" BMG Funhouse 1999
Rashaan Patterson "Treat Her Like a Queen" MCA/Universal 1999
Diana Ross "Until We Meet Again" Motown/Universal 1999
NSync and Gloria Estefan "Music of My Heart" Epic/SME 1999
Imajuku "Feel Like Makin' Love" SME Japan 1999
Mary J. Blige "Deep Inside" MCA/Universal 1999
No Mercy "I Have Always Loved You" Arista/BMG 1999
Tina Turner "When the Heartache Is Over" Virgin/EMI 1999
Coco Lee "Do You Want My Love" 550 Music/Epic/SME 1999
System 3 "The Only Way Is Up" Columbia/SME 1999
Kristine W "Stand in Love" RCA/BMG 2000
Shannon "Give Me Tonight" Contagious 2000
Tamar Braxton "If You Don't Want to Love Me" DreamWorks/Interscope/Universal 2000
Anastacia "Not That Kind" Epic/SME 2000
Everything but the Girl "Temperamental" Atlantic 2000
Tracie Spencer "Still In My Heart" Capitol/EMI 2000
Patti LaBelle "Time Will" MCA/Universal 2000
Mandy Moore "Candy" Epic/SME 2000
Whitney Houston "I Learned from the Best" Arista/BMG 2000
Rockell "The Dance" Robbins/BMG 2000
Rockell "Instant Pleasure" Robbins/BMG 2000
Jennifer Lopez "Feelin' So Good" 550 Music/Epic/SME 2000
Faith Hill "Breathe" Warner Bros. 2000
R Angels "I Need to Know" Motown/Universal 2000
Anastacia "I'm Outta Love" Epic/SME 2000
Melanie C "I Turn to You" Virgin/EMI 2000
Innosense "Say No More" RCA/BMG 2000
Lucious Jackson "Nervous Breakthrough" Capitol/EMI 2000
Lara Fabian "I Will Love Again" Epic/SME 2000
Mikalia "So In Love WithYou" Island/IDJMG/Universal 2000
NSync "This I Promise You" Jive/BMG 2000
Veronica "I'm In Love" Jellybean 2000
Madonna "Music" Maverick/Warner Bros. 2000
Janet Jackson "Doesn't Really Matter" Virgin/EMI 2000
Kina "Girl from the Gutter" DreamWorks/Interscope/Universal 2000
1 Plus 1 "Cherry Bomb" Elektra 2000
Lara Fabian "I Am Who I Am" Epic/SME 2000
98 Degrees "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)" Motown/Universal 2000
Toni Braxton "Spanish Guitar" Arista/BMG 2000
Soul Decision "Faded" MCA/Universal 2000
Da Buzz "Let Me Love You" Edel 2000
Ricky Martin "She Bangs" C2/Columbia/SME 2000
Kevin Aviance "Dance For Love" Wave 2000
Natalie Cole "Livin' For Love" MCA/Universal 2000
Enrique Iglesias "Sad Eyes" Interscope/Universal 2000
Amanda Ghost "Idol" Warner Bros. 2000
TRF "Close To The End" Avex Trax 2000
Misia "Everything" BMG Funhouse 2000
Kristine W "Lovin' You" RCA/BMG 2000
Tamia "Stranger In My House" Elektra 2000
Celeste Prince "Inside Your Secret" Java 2000
Jennifer Lopez "Love Don't Cost a Thing" Epic/SME 2000
Rhona Bennett "Satisfied" Epic/SME 2001
O-Town "Liquid Dreams" J/Arista/BMG 2001
Pink "You Make Me Sick" Arista/BMG 2001
Dream "He Love U Not" Bad Boy/Arista/BMG 2001
Kim Sozzi "Feelin' Me" BAB/Edel 2001
i5 "Distracted" Giant/Reprise/Warner Bros. 2001
Ayumi Hamasaki "Seasons" Avex Trax 2001
Britney Spears "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know" Jive/BMG 2001
Ayumi Hamasaki "Boys & Girls" Avex Trax 2001
Anggun "Chrysalis" Columbia/SME 2001
Ishtar "My Desire" Columbia/SME 2001
Marcus "Pop Music" J/Arista/BMG 2001
Ayumi Hamasaki "Kanariya" Avex Trax 2001
Joy Enriquez "Shake up the Party" LaFace/Arista/BMG 2001
Toni Braxton "Maybe" Arista/BMG 2001
Kumi Koda "Take Back" Orpheus/Avex Trax 2001
Janet Jackson "Someone to Call My Lover" Virgin/EMI 2001
Mandy Moore "In My Pocket" Epic/SME 2001
Jessica Simpson "Irresistible" Columbia/SME 2001
O-Town "All or Nothing" J/BMG 2001
Ayumi Hamasaki "Far Away" Avex Trax 2001
LeAnn Rimes "Soon" Curb/Atlantic 2001
Christina Milan "AM To PM" Def Soul/IDJMG/Universal 2001
Amber "Yes!" Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. 2001
Marty Thomas "Resurrect Me" West End 2001
Babyface "There She Goes" LaFace/Arista/BMG 2001
Deborah Cox "Absolutely Not" J/Arista/BMG 2001
Mpress "Maybe" Big 3 2001
Dream "Solve" Avex Trax 2001
Ayumi Hamasaki "Endless Sorrow" Avex Trax 2001
Aubrey "Stand Still" Groovalicious/Strictly Rhythm 2001
Miami Sound Machine "I'm The Only One" Epic/SME 2001
Hex Hector "Opus" BMG 2001
Kumi Koda "Trust Your Love" Orpheus/Avex Trax 2001
Kim English "Everyday" Nervous 2001
Ken Hirai "Kiss of Life" SME Japan 2001
Paulina Rubio "Fire" Universal 2002
Angie Stone "Wish I Didn't Miss You" J/Arista/BMG 2002
Misia "Neverending History" Avex Trax 2002
HQ² Presents Kim Sozzi "We Get Together" Ultra 2002
Exile "Song for You" Avex Trax 2002
BoA "Listen to My Heart" Avex Trax 2002
Sherrie Lea "Anyway" Robbins/BMG 2002
Thalía "Dance Dance (The Mexican)" EMI 2002
Anastacia "One Day In Your Life" Epic/SME 2002
Jade Anderson "Sugar High" SME 2002
Thalía "You Spin Me Around" EMI 2002
Gloria Gaynor "I Never Knew" Logic/BMG 2002
Mary J. Blige "He Think I Don't Know" MCA/Universal 2002
Beenie Man (featuring Janet Jackson) "Feel It, Boy" Virgin/EMI 2002
Solu Music (featuring Kimblee) "Fade" Wave 2002
Cooler Kids "Punk Debutante" DreamWorks/Interscope/Universal 2002
Deborah Cox "Mr. Lonely" J/Arista/BMG 2002
Mariah Carey "Through The Rain" Monar C/Island/IDJMG/Universal 2002
Deborah Cox "Up & Down" J/Arista/BMG 2002
Thalía "¿A Quién Le Importa?" EMI 2002
Toni Braxton "Hit The Freeway" LaFace/Arista/BMG 2002
Aubrey "Willing & Able" 2002
Celine Dion "I Drove All Night" Epic 2002
Purple Kitty "Bang On" Nervous 2003
Ricky Martin "Relight My Fire" Columbia/SME 2003
Sarah Brightman "Harem" Angel/EMI 2003
HQ² (featuring Cy Curnin) "The Madman" HQ² 2003
Hex Hector (featuring Aymie) "The Light" 69 2003
Widelife "All Things" Capitol/EMI 2003
Blu Cantrell "You Make Me Wanna Scream" Arista/BMG 2003
Kim English "C'est La Vie" Nervous 2004
Tamyra Gray "Raindrops Will Fall" 19/SBMG 2004
Angie Stone "I Wanna Thank Ya" J/RCA/SBMG 2004
Robi Dräco Rosa "Crash Push" SME 2004
Hex Hector Ageha Gate 2004
Charanga Cakewalk "La Negrita Celina" Artemis 2004
Geri Halliwell "Ride It" Virgin/EMI 2004
Toni Braxton "The Greatest Remixes Compilation" BMG 2004
Cal Tjader "Manbo Mindoro" Concorde 2004
Ami Suzuki "Hopeful" Avex Trax 2005
Alyson "Nothing More To Say" PM Media 2005
Lindsay Lohan "Speak" Casablanca/Universal 2005
Thalía "Un Alma Sentenciada" EMI 2005
Alyson "Take A Good Look" PM Media 2006
Shakira "Las de la Intuición" Norte/SBMG 2006
Fey "Barco a Venus" EMI 2006
Amber "Melt with the Sun" JCMA 2006
Kelly Rowland "Daylight" Columbia 2008
Jennifer Lopez "Fresh Out the Oven" Epic/SME 2009
Christina Aguilera "You Lost Me" RCA/BMG 2010
Toni Braxton "Hands Tied" Atlantic 2010
Ayumi Hamasaki "Fairyland" Avex Trax 2011
Sean Ensign "Boyfriend" Sean Ensign 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ interview: DJ Hex Hector from www.chicagopride.com, November 1, 2003.
  2. ^ Interview with Hex Hector from www.djtimes.com, June 2001.
  3. ^ Hex Hector from social.zune.net

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