David Morales

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David Morales
David Morales in Izola, Slovenia.jpg
David Morales in Ambasada Gavioli, Izola, Slovenia in 2001
Background information
Born (1961-08-21) August 21, 1961 (age 55)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Genres House, disco house, dancehall
Occupation(s) Producer, disc jockey
Years active 1985–present
Labels Mercury/PolyGram Records (1993)
Manifesto (1998)
Ultra (2004–present)
Associated acts The Bad Yard Club
Frankie Knuckles
Satoshi Tomīe
Website http://www.djdavidmorales.com/
Notable instruments
Drum machine

David Morales (born August 21, 1961) is an internationally acclaimed Grammy-winning American house music DJ and producer. In addition to his production and DJ work, Morales is one of the most prolific remixers of all time, transforming many pop music songs into club-friendly dance tracks. Born in New York City, he is of Puerto Rican ancestry.[1]


Record producer[edit]

Morales' work as a house music producer began in 1993, with a full 11-track album titled The Program, which was released by Phonogram Records. "Gimme Luv (Eenie Meenie Miny Mo)" was the most successful single to be lifted from the album and was a major dance hit that spent two weeks on top of the Billboard dance chart in August 1993.[2][3] After his debut release, Morales produced few original records, focusing instead on carving out his career as one of the first true "superstar" DJs and as a prolific remixer, working with some of the biggest names in music. In 1998, under the pseudonym 'David Morales presents The Face', he released his biggest hit to date, "Needin' U". Featuring samples from The Chi-Lites' "My First Mistake" and Rare Pleasure's 1976 release "Let Me Down Easy", which had been the backbone of British band Spearmint's single 'A trip into space' released only months before "Needin' U". Morales' record became an overnight classic and introduced Morales into mainstream airplay.

Following up this success, in 2000 Morales offered up another overnight hit, "Higher", co-produced by Albert Cabrera, with vocals by Deanna Della Cioppa, and released under the pseudonym 'David Morales & Albert Cabrera present Moca'. In November 2004, after an interval of 11 years, Morales released his second album, 2 Worlds Collide, a 10-track album released on Ministry of Sound's record label Data Records. The album is reminiscent of earlier house music mixed with current and progressive sounds. The release contained another big hit for Morales titled "How Would U Feel", which featured vocals from Lea-Lorien. "How Would U Feel" would go on to feature in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV's expansions; Episodes from Liberty City, and is the first song on the reformatted Vladivostok FM station. In addition to his work as a record producer, Morales is also part of the Def Mix collective, alongside business partners Frankie Knuckles and Satoshi Tomiie, who produce both original productions and remixes.


Since 1986, Morales has also carved out a career as arguably one of the most in-demand remixers of the post-house era. He has worked with a large assortment of successful and famous artists, including Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Whitney Houston, Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, U2, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Jocelyn Brown, CeCe Rogers, Spice Girls, and many others. He is particularly known for his prolific remix work with Mariah Carey.

His first reworking of a Carey record was "Dreamlover" (1993). Morales worked with Carey at almost every stage of her career following "Dreamlover", re-working the songs "Fantasy" (1995), "Always Be My Baby" (1996), "Honey" (1997), "My All" (1998), "I Still Believe" (1999), "It's Like That" (2005) and "Say Somethin'" (2006) into number-one hits on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart in the U.S.

Morales was awarded the 1998 Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical.[4]

Superstar DJ[edit]

Morales is considered by many to be one of the first so-called superstar DJs.[5] Larry Levan was the first to recognize the potential for success in Morales, and he was soon a popular regular at the Loft, Paradise Garage and The Sound Factory - all highly influential New York City nightclubs in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His remix and production work helped him expand his DJ career, allowing him to perform at major clubs around the globe including the Ministry of Sound in London. He also became one of Ibiza's most renowned DJs, appearing at venues such as Pacha.

In addition to his nightclub sets, Morales also contributed to a large number of radio mix shows throughout the 1990s, the most important being Hot 97's popular segment, All-Night House Party. He also produced various DJ mixes for radio stations around the world, including London's KISS 100. Morales also contributed his DJ skills to a variety of compilations including Ministry of Sound's Sessions Seven, United DJs of America Volume 4 (a joint project with Def Mix partner Frankie Knuckles) and most recently with the retrospective collection Mix The Vibe: Past-Present-Future.

Besides his music career, Morales was once an owner of Stereo nightclub located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[6] Serving also as the club's resident DJ, he was well known for his sets[7][8] including his 16-hour "La Vie en Stereo" sets, which occurred on the last Saturday of each month. Stereo nightclub closed in July 2008 after a fire but reopened with different owners in September 2009. David Morales returned to Stereo as a DJ in January 2011.[9] In April 2006, he opened a short-lived nightclub called Sonic in Toronto, however due to unknown reasons, the club officially closed on March 10, 2007.[10]

In addition to his music career, he has served as a model for Italian clothing design house Iceberg.[11]



  • 1993: The Program
  • 2004: 2 Worlds Collide
  • 2012: Changes

Mixed compilations[edit]


David Morales[edit]

  • 2001: "Winners", with Jocelyn Brown
  • 2003: "Make It Hot", with DJ Pierre
  • 2004: "How Would U Feel", with Lea-Lorién
  • 2005: "Feels Good", with Angela Hunte
  • 2005: "Here I Am", with Tamra Keenan
  • 2006: "Better That U Leave", with Lea-Lorien
  • 2006: "How Would U Feel '06", with Lea-Lorien
  • 2011: "You Just Don't Love Me", with Jonathan Mendelsohn
  • 2011: "Holiday", with Polina
  • 2012: "Golden Era", with Róisín Murphy
  • 2012: "Stay", with Polina
  • 2012: "Planet Called Love", with Ultra Nate
  • 2013: "7 Days", with Tamra Keenan
  • 2015: "There Must Be Love", with Janice Robinson

The Bad Yard Club[edit]

All are collaborations with Sly Dunbar and Handel Tucker.
  • 1993: "Gimme Luv (Eenie Meeny Miny Mo)", with Papa San
  • 1993: "Sunshine", with Stanryck
  • 1993: "Forever Luv", with Anastacia
  • 1993: "The Program", with Papa San
  • 1994: "In De Ghetto", with Delta Bennett
  • 1996: "In De Ghetto '96", with Crystal Waters and Delta Bennett

Other aliases[edit]

  • 1987: "Do It Properly" (as 2 Puerto Ricans, a Blackman and a Dominican, with Ralphi Rosario and Clivilles & Cole)
  • 1989: "Scandalous", (as 2 Puerto Ricans, a Blackman and a Dominican, with Ralphi Rosario and Clivilles & Cole)
  • 1994: "Congo" (as The Boss)
  • 1995: "Philadelphia", (as Brooklyn Friends)
  • 1998: "Needin' U", (as David Morales presents The Face)
  • 2000: "Higher", (as Moca, with Albert Cabrera and Deanna Della Cioppa)
  • 2001: "Needin' U II", (as David Morales presents The Face, with Juliet Roberts)
  • 2002: "Siren Of Love", (as 928)
  • 2006: "Play", (as Brooklyn Friends)
  • 2006: "Keep It Coming", (as The Face, with Nicki Richards)

Selected remixes[edit]

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