Hosh Gureli

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Hosh Gureli (born September 11, 1961) is a music executive and management partner at Primary Wave Music, overseeing their Electronic Music Department.[1]


Hosh Gureli grew up in Middletown, New York. At age 16, he began his career in music as a record clerk for Record World.[2] After a year at Syracuse University,[3] Gureli transferred to Emerson College in Boston. In 1982, Hosh created and hosted WERS’s Boston Mastermix program.[4]

After college, Gureli remained in Boston throughout the mid-1980's. During this time, he worked as a DJ in Boston at several of city's clubs.[5] His work eventually led to an internship at popular music station, Kiss 108, in 1987 under the leadership of program director, Sunny Joe White, and music director, Jerry McKenna. It was during this time that he met up with the program director of KMEL, Keith Naftaly, at a radio conference. Several months later in 1988, Naftaly appointed Gureli as the music director of the San Francisco radio station.[6] Together, Naftaly and Gureli spread a newly engineered rhythm-crossover format, with a heavy blend of urban, hip hop, pop and dance records. Additionally, Gureli created and hosted KMEL Underground, a mixshow featuring a myriad of EDM acts.

In 1993, Gureli was recruited by Clive Davis as a senior director of A&R at Arista. Later, he became the Vice President of A&R at J Records / RCA Music Group.[7][8][9] Coinciding with his time working with Clive, Gureli continued work in underground mix shows spinning for New York’s Hot 97 in 1993.[10]

In the 90's, Gureli also produced a number of remixes for larger acts like Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart" and Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right…But It’s Ok".[1][11] He continued his work into the next decade.

A&R Discography[edit]

Artist Album Year Label
Various Artists The D&D Project 1995 Arista Street [12]
Deborah Cox Things Just Ain't The Same - The Dance Mixes 1997 Arista[13]
Deborah Cox Nobody's Supposed To Be Here (The Dance Mixes) 1998 Arista[14]
Lisa Stansfield The #1 Remixes (EP) 1998 Arista[15]
Gigi D'Agostino I'll Fly With You (L'Amour Toujours) (Mixshow Mixes) 2000 Arista [16]
Whitney Houston The Unreleased Mixes 2000 Arista[17]
Alicia Keys Diary (Hani Remixes) 2004 J Records[18]
Kelly Clarkson Since U Been Gone (Remixes) 2005 RCA[19]
Christina Aguilera Ain't No Other Man (Remixes) 2006 RCA[20]
Swedish House Mafia Leave The World Behind 2009 Ultra[21][22]


  1. ^ a b "Primary Wave Music". Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Kalkhoff, Matt. "Matt Unleashed". Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Shapiro, Gregg. "Dancing out of the ‘Vault’". Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  4. ^ DJ Pace. "Library of Vinyl". Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hosh Gureli Bio". Tumblr. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Charnas, Dan. The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. Penguin. 
  7. ^ Schwartz, Daylle Deanna (2002). The real deal : how to get signed to a record label (Updated & expanded ed.). New York: Billboard Books. ISBN 0823084051. 
  8. ^ Billboard Magazine. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2003. p. 67. 
  9. ^ "Hosh Gureli Profile". Yatedo. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Watkins, Anne. "Primary Wave Music Release". Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Discogs". 
  12. ^ "Various – The D&D Project". Discogs. 
  13. ^ "Discogs". 
  14. ^ "Discogs". 
  15. ^ "Discogs". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Gigi D'Agostino – I'll Fly With You (L'Amour Toujours) (Mixshow Mixes)". Discogs. 
  17. ^ "Discogs". 
  18. ^ "Discogs". 
  19. ^ "Discogs". 
  20. ^ "Discogs". 
  21. ^ "Leave The World Behind". Google Play.