Nicky Siano

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Nicky Siano
Birth nameNicky Siano
Born18 March 1955
OriginBrooklyn
New York
United States
GenresDisco
Hi-NRG
Occupation(s)Remixer, DJ, producer
Years active1971-present

Nicky Siano (born March 18, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former resident DJ at Studio 54.[1]

Biography[edit]

In 1971, aged 16, Siano got his first DJing gig at The Roundtable. In February 1973, aged 17, he opened The Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan with his older brother Joe Siano. [2][1] New York Magazine called it "one of the five most visually breathtaking nightspots of our time".[3] The Gallery was, alongside David Mancuso's Loft and Paradise Garage one of the three most important clubs in New Yorks's 1979s underground disco scene.[2] Both Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles worked there before starting DJing. [2] Knuckles said that he and Levan "spent a lot of the time hanging out in the booth, watching Nicki’s every move. He pretty much taught us what we were doing."[2]

When Steve Rubell opened Studio 54, he asked Siano to be one of its resident DJs, which he agreed, while remaining at The Gallery at weekends.[3] Siano was DJing during Bianca Jagger's infamous Studio 54 birthday party, and was playing as Bianca Jagger entered on a white horse.[2] He was known for playing underground alternative music as opposed to the disco hits that were dominating the nightclub scene.[citation needed]

Siano was fired from Studio 54 after four months due to excessive drug use.[4] He claims that he was fired because Rubell wanted the club to be the star and not the DJ.[citation needed]

In 1977, Siano went into production with the single "Kiss Me Again" on Sire Records, co-written and produced with Arthur Russell, which sold more than 300,000 records.[3]

Siano dropped out of the scene around the start of the 1980s. He recounted to the Sydney Morning Herald that in 1982, he became sober, his best friend died of AIDS, and he "wound up in a 15-year career helping people with AIDS."[5]

Siano continues to tour and produce. His release Power of Love, featuring Arline Burton, was launched at the 2007 Winter Music Conference. Siano has also released a film documenting the Gallery nightclub with footage shot in the club during the 1970s.[6]

On October 18, 2011, Siano reappeared at Studio 54 for the club's one-night reopening, organized by Sirius XM Radio. He played all 1970s disco from the club's original days.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "timlawrence.info|Love Saves the Day by Tim Lawrence". Archived from the original on 2005-07-30. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  2. ^ a b c d e "The Gallery: The Story of the Legendary New York Disco 1972-77". Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Nicky Siano at deejaybooking.com
  4. ^ Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton, Frank Broughton (2007). Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey. Grove Press. p. 188. ISBN 9781555846114. Retrieved October 13, 2014.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Nicky Siano". Sydney Morning Herald. December 28, 2007. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  6. ^ "Love is the message the movie". Retrieved 9 November 2017.

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