Ming (DJ)

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MING
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Background information
Birth name Aaron Albano
Born (1972-01-01) January 1, 1972 (age 46)
Origin Stony Brook, New York, United States
Genres House, progressive house, tech house, dubstep, moombahton, breaks, hip hop, pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Disc jockey, record producer, songwriter
Instruments synthesizer, drum machine, music sequencer, personal computer
Years active 1995–present
Labels Om Records, Dim Mak Records, Spun Records, PBR Recordings, Big Alliance Records, Straight Up!, Peak Hour Music, Nervous Records, Hood Famous Music, Firepower Records, Ultra Records, Mau5trap
Associated acts Jumpshot, Abstract The Ism, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Datsik, Monolythe, Ricky Vaughn, Mister Black, U’moon
Website www.mingsmusic.com

Aaron Albano (born January 1, 1972), better known by his stage name Ming (stylized as MING), is a Grammy Nominated American record producer, song writer and DJ. MING rose to prominence during the American drum and bass and turntablist movements in the late 1990s alongside DJs such as Z-Trip, DJ Spooky, The Beat Junkies, J-Boogie and DJ Craze.

Early life[edit]

MING was born in Syosset, New York January 1, 1972. He grew up in Stony Brook, New York and attended Ward Melville High School.[1] He attended University of Miami where He graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in audio.[2]

Early career[edit]

MING was one half of the experimental hip-hop and turntablist duo Ming + FS[3] (Founded in 1996). The duo used breakbeats as the foundation for most of their work, but were best known for eschewing musical boundaries, freely incorporating elements of house, electro and drum and bass into their music. They dubbed this smashed-up style “junkyard”,[4] a moniker that got picked up in dance music press, and on their own releases (like 1998’s “Junkyard Drum ‘n’ Bass”).[5] Over the course of a decade, Ming + FS[6] performed over 1,000 live shows in the United States and abroad. The pair released three albums on San Francisco based Om Records(:[7] Hell's Kitchen,[8] The Human Condition[9] and Subway Series.[10] Ming + FS also released a five-song EP Applied Pressure on Sound Gizmo Records[11] and a fourth album on NYC based Spun Records entitled Back to One,[12] as well as many singles on their own Madhattan Studios label.[13] In 2003, MING co-wrote five songs on Toby Lightman's debut record Little Things on Lava Records a subsidiary of Atlantic Records.[14]

Current career[edit]

In 2006, MING opened his own label and music production company, Hood Famous Music (HFM), which he co-runs with Jumpshot, in New York City.[15] MING has produced remixes for Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and developed artists such as Michael ' Big Mike' Lynche, fourth-place finisher on season 9 of American Idol. Michael Lynche - What Would You Say was licensed for the film Madea Goes to Jail[16]

In 2007, he opened Habitat Music which focuses on music for film, television and movie.[17][18]

In 2010 MING wrote a monthly column in Electronic Musician magazine called Production Central which focussed on record production technics.[19] He also had a monthly video blog on ElectronicMusician.com that was part artists interviews and part recording technics.[20]

In 2011, MING began regularly releasing electro house singles on HFM. In 2012 he released MING+2beeps KING KONG EP on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Records.[21]

In 2014, he released a trap and bass EP entitled “Blackout” on Datsik's Firepower Records”. In 2015, he was nominated for a Grammy for Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for his remix of Crossfingers - Falling Out feat. Danny Losito.

Commercial Work[edit]

MING has produced original music for top television series including CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Sex and the City, Showtime's Weeds, BBC America's series Dinner Take All, and the BBC/TLC series Travel Spies. MING has also created commercial scores for Sears, Nissan, Burger King, Nokia, AT&T, Doritos and Chevy[22] (note MING's cameo in the Nissan commercial).[23]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • MING - “Can't Get Enough" EP - Blanco Y Negro (2015)
  • MING + Shwann - “Breathe feat. Niclas Lundin” - Big Alliance Records (2014)
  • MING - “Pass That Weed” - Good For You Recordings (2014)
  • MING - “Blackout" EP - Firepower Records (2014)
  • MING + Matthew Danger - “The Friction” - Hood Famous Music (2014)
  • Le Castle Vania - “Disintegration” feat. MING and Lena Wolf - Mau5trap (2014)
  • Abstract the Ism (MING + Jumpshot) - "Cadillac Rap” - Playing With Monsters (2014)
  • MING + Tom Enzy - “Here We Go” - Phethouse Records (2014)
  • MING + Tom Enzy - “New York City Life” feat. Tatiana Owens - Big Alliance Records (2013)
  • MING + Naylo - “Giving it Up” feat. Tatiana Owens - Big Alliance Records (2013)
  • MING + Statik Link and Moxiie - "Block Party" - Hood Famous Music (2013)
  • MING + Jumpshot - "Punani" - Play Me Records (2013)
  • MING + U'moon - "Russian Rumble" - PBR Recordings (2013)
  • MING - "Carnival" - Peak Hour Music (2013)
  • MING + DJ Bandwagon - "The Daze feat. Benny Lowe" - Hood Famous Music (2013)
  • MING + Monolythe - "Get High" - Big Alliance Records (2013)
  • MING + 2Beeps - "King Kong" Remix EP - Dim Mak Records (2013)
  • MING - "Wizard" - Hood Famous Music (2013)
  • MING - "Shine Your Light" - Hood Famous Music (2013)
  • MING + 2Beeps - "King Kong" EP - Dim Mak Records (2013)
  • MING - "Victim" - Hood Famous Music (2012)
  • SSAE - "All In" - Hood Famous Music (2012)
  • MING - "Black Cloud" - Hood Famous Music (2012)
  • MING - "Go All Night" - Hood Famous Music (2011)
  • MING + Infernal Devices - "Things Change" - Hood Famous Music (2011)
  • MING + 2Beeps - "The Nutz" - Hood Famous Music (2011)
  • MING + 2Beeps - "Crazyish" - Hood Famous Music (2011)
  • April White featuring MING - "Get Fuct" - Hood Famous Music (2011)
  • MING - "Promenade" - Hood Famous Music (2011)
  • MING - "Hijack the Disco 2011" - Hood Famous Music (2011)
  • 33Hz - "Feels So Good"- Dither Down / Hood Famous Music (2009)
  • 33Hz - "Plastic Knife" - Dither Down / Hood Famous Music (2009)
  • 33Hz - "West Hollywood Stars" - Dither Down / Hood Famous Music (2009)
  • 33Hz - "Stephanie All Night" - Dither Down / Hood Famous Music (2009)
  • Toby Lightman - "Forgot Myself" - Hood Famous Music (2009)
  • Toby Lightman - "Hello" - Hood Famous Music (2009)
  • Toby Lightman - "Lucky in Love" - Hood Famous Music (2009)
  • Bazaar Royale - "Doin It Broadway" - Hood Famous Music (2008)
  • Bazaar Royale - "Hardtimes Celebrate" - Hood Famous Music (2008)
  • Bazaar Royale - "I Know Pain" - Hood Famous Music Productions (2008)
  • Bazaar Royale - "Love the Danger" - Hood Famous Music (2008)
  • Bazaar Royale - "Outlaw City" - Hood Famous Music (2008)
  • Rose McGowen - "SSSingle Bed" - Sony UK (2008)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "Ain’t No Sunshine" - Hood Famous Music (2008)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "Ballin’" - Hood Famous Music (2008)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "Heat or Paranoia" - Hood Famous Music (2008)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "New Years Eve Party" - Hood Famous Music (2008)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "Nigarachi" - Hood Famous Music (2008)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "Pimp Beat" - Hood Famous Music (2008)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "Southern Bell" - Hood Famous Music (2008)
  • Toby Lightman - "Can’t Live Without You" - Hood Famous Music (2008)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "73 and Breezy" - Hood Famous Music (2007)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "I Love the South" - Hood Famous Music (2007)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "Mr. Incredible" - Hood Famous Music (2007)
  • Kirsten Price - "Magic Tree" - Twist/Columbia (2006)
  • Linda Kiraly - "Nobody’s Home" - Universal Music (2006)
  • Satomi - "No 1" - Sony Japan (2006)
  • Diner Takes All - "Diner Takes All (Theme)" - BBC America/TLC (2006)
  • Ming + FS - "Dive and Drive" - Sony Playstation (2006)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "Creapin" - Hood Famous Music (2006)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "Lets Get Down" - Hood Famous Music (2006)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "Love Making Session" - Hood Famous Music (2006)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "All For You" - Hood Famous Music (2006)
  • Michael “Big Mike” Lynche - "What Would You Say" - Hood Famous Music (2006)
  • Tina Sugandh - "Unbelievable" - Hollywood Records (2005)
  • Tina Sugandh - "Inevitable" - Hollywood Records (2005)
  • Tina Sugandh - "Try a Little Me" - Hollywood Records (2005)
  • Ming + FS - "Hellion" - Distinctive Records (2005)
  • Travel Spies - "Travel Spies (Theme)" - BBC America/TLC (2005)
  • Ming + FS featuring Northern League - "We Hot Now" - NBA Ballers (Midway Video Game) (2005)
  • Ming + FS - "Fish Eyes" - Spun Records / Madhattan Studios (2004)
  • Toby Lightman - "Frightened" - Lava / Atlantic (2004)
  • Toby Lightman - "The River" - Lava / Atlantic (2004)
  • Toby Lightman - "Front Row" - Lava / Atlantic (2004)
  • Toby Lightman - "Don’t Want to Know" - Lava / Atlantic (2004)
  • Ming + FS - "Misdirected" - Om Records (2002)
  • Ming + FS - "Jingle Hell" - Om Records (2002)
  • Ming + FS - "Dangerous Drip" - OM Records (2002)
  • Ming + FS - "Dog Tag" -Om Records (2002)
  • Omzone vs Ming + FS - "TakeUback" (EP) - Madhattan Studios (2001)
  • Ming + FS - "Freak Remixes Part 2" - Om Records (2001)
  • Ming + FS - "Uncle Bubble" - Om Records (2001)
  • Ming + FS - "Dog Tag" - Om Records (2001)
  • Ming + FS - "Boogie Pop Me Up" - Om Records (2001)
  • Ming + FS - "Uncle Bubble" - Om Records (2001)
  • Ming + FS - "The Human Condition" - Om Records (2000)
  • Ming + FS - "Locus feat. J-Rock" - Om Records (2000)
  • Ming + FS - "Applied Pressure" EP - Sound Gizmo Audio (2000)
  • Ming + FS Present - "The B-Boy Barmitzvah Braxes III" - Madhattan Studios (2000)
  • Ming + FS Present Leadfoot’s Revenge- "The Genius EP" - BML / Sugar Spliff (1999)
  • Ming + FS - "Applied Pressure" EP - Sound Gizmo Audio (1999)
  • Ming + FS - "Roller 3A" EP - Om Records (1999)
  • Ming + FS - "Face Down Vol 1 & 2" - Jungle Sky / Liquid Sky Records (1999)
  • Ming + FS - "Junkyard Drum and Bass I" EP - Madhattan Studios (1999)
  • Ming + FS - "King’s County feat. Maestro Manny" EP - Om Records (1999)
  • Ming + FS - "Breathless" - Jungle Sky / Liquid Sky Records (1999)
  • Ming + FS - "NY’s Lucky Charm" EP - Madhattan Studios (1999)
  • Ming + FS - "Sugar Cane" - Ubiquity Records (1999)
  • Ming + FS - "Gas Huffer" - Ktel (1999)
  • Ming + FS - "Daddy’s Walk" - Ktel (1999)
  • Beat Tree - "New Generation" EP - Madhattan Studios (1999)
  • Leadfoot - "Show Your Skillz" EP- BML / Sugar Spliff (1999)
  • Ming + FS Present - "The B-Boy Barmitzvah Braxes II" - Madhattan Studios (1999)
  • Ming + FS Present - "The B-Boy Barmitzvah Braxes" - Madhattan Studios (1998)
  • Ming + FS - "Madhattan Bound" - Om Records (1998)
  • Ming + FS - "Jive Talk feat Wordplay" EP - Jungle Sky / Liquid Sky Records (1997)

Mixes[edit]

  • “MING Presents Warmth” Weekly show Episodes 001 (2016-Present)
  • “MING’s Hood Famous Music Podcast” Episodes 001-037
  • “EDM.com Exclusive Mix 002 - MING Guest Mix” (MING)
  • “Straight Up Drum & Bass Vol. 6 Mixed By MING” (MING)
  • “Meltdown Music Festival Pre-show” (MING)
  • “Disconnected Radio feat. MING” (MING)
  • “Mixjunkies Mix Summer 2012” (MING)
  • “Lessthan3.com Heartbeat Presents MING” (MING)
  • “Whomping Willow” (MING)
  • “Light Fuse n Get Away” (MING)
  • “Sirius Radio WMC 2010”(MING)
  • “Big Rooms and Bathrooms” (MING)
  • “Heightened Security” (Ming+FS)
  • “Music to Listen to” (Ming+FS)
  • “Absolute Junkyard” (Ming+FS)
  • “Live at Groove Radio” (Ming+FS)

Remixes[edit]

  • Naylo - Shadow Power (MING Remix)
  • Blaster - Mind Bender (MING Remix)
  • Crossfingers feat. Danny Losito - Falling Out (MING Remix)
  • Vodge Diper feat. Ragga Twins - Reggae Bass (MING Remix)
  • Kick the Habit - Bitches (MING Remix)
  • Aiden Jude - Tonight feat. Nafsica (MING Trap Remix)
  • Farace & Dave Berg - Rocket (MING Remix)
  • Adrain Rooz - Boom (MING Trap Mix)
  • Fortune Cookie - Colossal (MING Remix)
  • MING - Carnival (MING Trap Remix)
  • Paul Mendez - Rock (MING Trap Remix)
  • Sevyn Streeter - I Like It (MING Remix)
  • Schroff feat. Jay Jacob - Virus (MING + Jumpshot Remix)
  • Jake Shanahan - Tweaked (MING Remix)
  • Bootik and Silvertongue - In My Head (MING Remix)
  • Proxy - Shut Up! (MING VIP Remix)
  • Jumpshot feat. Jahdan Blakkamore - Headstrong (MING Remix)
  • Ivan Miranda - Our Moon (MING Remix)
  • Infected Mushroom - Nation of Wusses (MING Remix)
  • Alexander Technique - All For You (MING Remix)
  • Sabbo - Come to Me (MING Remix)
  • Jojo - Disaster (MING + 2Beeps Remix)
  • Tiny Machines - We Shall Not Be Named (MING Remix)
  • 33Hz - Nightspot (MING Remix)
  • Beyoncé - Girls (MING Remix)
  • Blaqstarr - Turnin’ Out (MING Remix)
  • Nicole Scherzinger - Don’t Hold Your Breath (MING Remix)
  • Haley - Physical (MING Remix)
  • Kaskade - Fire in Your New Shoes (MING Remix)
  • Elephant Man - Vampires and Informers (MING’s Undead Dreamer Remix)
  • Lady Gaga - Telephone (MING Remix)
  • Lady Gaga - Telephone (MING vs Chad North Remix)
  • Dub Gabriel feat. U Roy (MING vs Subatomic Remix)
  • Lee Scratch Perry - Chrome Optimism (MING Remix)
  • Paradiso Girls - Who's My Bitch (MING Remix)
  • Kelis Feat. Chiddy Bang - Acapela (MING Remix)
  • Dan Black - Pump My Pumps (MING Remix)
  • Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl (MING Remix)
  • Black Eyed Peas - Rock That Body (MING Remix)
  • Black Eyed Peas - Rock That Body (MING vs Chad North Remix)
  • Pink Skulls - Drugs Will Keep Us Together (MING Remix)
  • Mark Lewis - Ultra Sexy (MING Remix)
  • The Cheetah Girls - The Party’s Just Begun (MING Remix)
  • Architecture in Helsinki - It’s Five (33Hz + MING Remix)
  • Noel Hogan (Mono Band) - Brighter Sky (Ming + FS Remix)
  • Noel Hogan (Mono Band) - Miss P (Ming + FS Remix)
  • STS9 - Tokio/Better Day (Ming + FS Remix)
  • Montell Jordan - Super Star (Ming + FS Remix)
  • Christmas Eclectic - Snowflakes Falling (Ming + FS Remix)
  • Blue Cantrell - Make Me Want to Scream (Hip Hop Mixes)
  • Ashanti - Rain On Me (Hip Hop Mix)
  • Dru Hill - I Love You (Uncle Bubble Mix)
  • Aphrodite - All Over Me (Uncle Bubble Mix)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama (Modern Mix)
  • Glenn Lewis - It's Not Fair (2 Step Mix)
  • Glenn Lewis - It's Not Fair (D&B Mix)
  • Karsh Kale - Saajana (Ming + FS Remix)
  • Ruff Endz - Cash, Money, Cars, Clothes (D&B Mix)
  • Ruff Endz - Cash, Money, Cars, Clothes (2 Step Mix)
  • Suzanne Vega - Penitent (Ming + FS Remix)
  • Craig David - 7 Days (Ming + FS Remix)
  • Zero Zero - AM Gold (Ming + FS Remix)
  • Lords Of Acid - Lover Boy (Ming + FS Remix)
  • The Angel Feat. Mystic - Destiny Complete (Ming + FS Remix)
  • Trinity High-Fi (Ming + FS Remix)
  • Kool Keith and Wiz1 - Dissect the Style (D&B mix)
  • Sean “Puffy” Combs - Fuzzbubble B-sides (Ming + FS Remix)
  • Tera Diva - Inside (Ming + FS Remix)
  • DJ Spooky - Peace in Zaire (Ming + FS Remix)
  • Twelve Trees - The Lost Tribe (D&B Mix)
  • Twelve Trees - The Lost Tribe (Hard House Mix)
  • Sean “Puffy” Combs - Victory (Rock Remix)
  • Sean “Puffy” Combs - All About The Benjamins (Drum and Bass Remix)
  • Sean “Puffy” Combs - All About The Benjamins (Jump Up Jungle Remix)
  • A Don Piper Situation - Ray Falls Down (Ming + FS Remix)
  • A Don Piper Situation - Song for Joy (Ming + FS Remix)

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