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John Morales & Alton Miller @ The Observatory

From the organization: BE EXCITED because this night can very reasonably be labeled the 'highlight' of The Observatory's calendar so far:Detroit veteran ALTON MILLER is returning with legendary New York producer and DJ JOHN MORALES. 

John Morales was a key actor in what can be considered one of the world's first 'club cultures', spinning records in the likes of New York clubs such as the Stardust Ballroom and Studio 54 in the late 70s and early 80s. Something of a 'King of Remixes', he gained his experience in the studio by editing the soul and funk tracks that were available at the time into club-adapted, rolling rhythms that his keen understanding of a crowd told him would work best. He knows how to make people move, big time.

Joining him on this night is another veteran of a separate dance scene in the US: Alton Miller. Having worked with figures such as Ron Hardy, Larry Levan and Timmy Regisford, Alton Miller has played his own part in defining what Detroit and Chicago House is all about and experiencing one of his DJ sets is parallel to getting a glimpse of this genre's evolution from a soul-based dance movement into an electronic audio galaxy.

These two individuals are pioneers of dance culture. Their combined energy is going to make for a night that is nothing short of epic. Get down for a night to celebrate what The Observatory is all about: good dance music.

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DJ John Morales-John Morales was born in the Bronx, New York and has been involved in the creation of hit records for the better part of 30 years, playing at spots like Stardust Ballroom, Pippins, Bentleys, Limelight and the infamous Studio 54. 

Like many DJs of the 70s, John ventured into the studio more through need than necessity, making medleys and remixes because the records in those days were too short and being a DJ, he needed to get more out of the records he was spinning. His now infamous ‘Deadly Medleys’ and ‘Sunshine Acetate Medleys’ brought him to attention of New York disco producers Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams who were impressed by the hunger and desire of the self-taught engineer. 

A meeting at New York’s influential WBLS radio station, where Cuban-born Sergio Munzibai worked as musical director alongside Frankie Crocker (and later at Motown Records), would signal the next chapter in Morales’ career resulting in the most prolific remix partnership in the 1980s and 90s. M&M productions have over 650 mixes to their name, with ground-breaking records for the likes of Class Action, Jocelyn Brown, Shakatak, Miami Sound Machine, The Temptations, Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, Spandau Ballet, Aretha Franklin, Shalamar, Hall & Oates, Candi Station, Billy Ocean, The Commodores and even Peter Schilling and Rod Stewart. In fact, just about every major artist of the day was in some way retouched by the hands of Morales & Munzibai. 

John has recently completed a CD compilation for BBE, with new expanded editions of James Brown and the Four Tops, Marvin Ashford & Simpson and many more.


Friday, 19 December


The Observatory | 5 Nguyễn Tất Thành, D4, Ho Chi Minh City