Written by Victor Barreiro Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00
Music mastermind Tony Moran has been spinning records and producing music for over two decades. His long list of accomplishments includes collaborations with the late Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Cher and Celine Dion to name a few. The New York native began his career in music when he teamed up with producer Albert Carrera and formed The Latin Rascals. This dynamic duo mixed beats with a splash of their Latin heritage into a freestyle mix of club music. The outcome was the chart topping Show Me by the Cover Girls. When Tony isn't busy in the studio re-mixing songs, the openly gay DJ finds himself traveling around the globe and playing music at some of the biggest gay circuit parties in the country. Here's my chat with the two-time Grammy nominee.
You have a new album out. Tell me about it.
It's titled, "Mix, Magic, Music". It is doing so well. I put a whole bunch of beats along with my diva signatures. Deborah Cox, Jennifer Holliday and many more.
How long does it typically take for you to remix a song? Do some take longer than others?
Good question. It's typically a week when the song translates to the tempo well. Technical adjustments can add another week to make the artists sound as natural as possible against a new groove. I work hard at that, but till it's right.
You've worked with a number of talented artists. Anyone you'd like to work with in the future?
New songs are on the table right now that are part of my dream team of artists to work with. Just finished Gladys Knight and am doing new tracks with Anastacia as well. I love my divas, but a hot track for George Michael is in my head right now because I have such faith in his voice, hoping that a new collaboration is meant to be. It would be hot and there's nothing wrong with wishing.
Do you have an item that you just can't travel without?
Yes, travel pillow. It's personal.
It is very clear that you take pride in your body. What is your secret to staying in such great shape?
Tempo. Working out stimulates me...among other things.
If you weren't playing and making music, what do you think you might be doing?
I think I would have continued the path I was taking in college, electrical engineering, which I guess I would have modified to audio engineering.