Whether he’s wreaking havoc in the DJ booth or in the studio, Johnny Vicious has made an indelible mark on the world’s dance floors and is regarded as a turntable phenomenon as well as an invincible producer and remixer. He is without question lauded internationally as one of dance music’s brightest stars. The particular style that he has perfected over the years has propelled him into a class of his own.
Prior to achieving worldwide notoriety Johnny’s roots date back to New Jersey where he was born and raised. As a child he initially favored Rock music but began toying with a pair of turntables and became instantly enamored with dance music’s sinuous energy. The underground sounds coming from Chicago based labels such as DJ International and Traxx continued to fuel his burning passion for the music. “It’s Funny” Johnny laughs while recollecting his progression “one minute I was into Motley Crue and the next I was listening to Tony Humphries’ mix show on Kiss-FM. I started DJ’ing in my friend’s basement, and I didn’t know what I was doing. It sounded like trains crashing” Johnny’s mixing skills quickly improved and in 1989 earned a slot spinning at Manhattan’s famed Palladium nightclub; his first Big Apple show DJing with the Legend Larry Levan live on Hot 97. From then on he never looked back.
Appearances at the most legendary clubs in N.Y.C. like Red Zone, Palladium, and Sound Factory followed and Johnny parlayed these gigs into a residency at the world renowned Roxy declaring that Johnny Vicious had finally arrived front and center.
Soon after, Johnny collaborated with Sound Factory Bar’s Jeffery Rodman and created Vicious Muzik. They both paved the way for Johnny’s seminal Liquid Bass EP, showcasing his mélange of beats and samples that established him as one of the most promising rising artists in dance music and put him on the map worldwide.
Phone calls and Faxes are rolling in for him to play at the worlds best clubs from Europe to Japan and Down under in Sydney vicious was unstoppable.
Johnny Vicious has been one to simply let his music do the talking, but if he were adamant about one thing it would be his forward-looking vision of dance music, which rails against stagnation and thrives on pushing the envelope. His relentless production touch has been felt by pop notables such as Madonna, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Natasha Bedingfield, Shakira, Britany Spears, Michael Jackson, Akon, 36 Mafia, Justin Timberlake, Kat Deluna, The Veronica’s, The Ting Tings, Ashlee Tisdale,Veronica,Byron Stingley, Lula, Brain Bug, IIo, React, Duncan Sheik, Chicane, Amber, Filter, Simply Red, Aretha Franklin, Deborah Cox, Jimmy Sommerville and Kristine W. as well as underground legends such as Candido, First Choice, Loleatta Holloway, Karen Finley and Shades of Love.
His unique combination of house, trance and eclectic vocals provided a recipe for success producing chart-topping hits such as “Ecstasy” Featuring Lula, and “Moments” Featuring Myndy K.This contributed to him securing his own mix show on New York City’s biggest radio dance station W.K.T.U. where he was heard breaking his newest remix and productions on Saturday Nights.That soon Led him to residency’s at Sound Factory,Tunnel,Exit from which he started one of the most successful parties in NYC on friday nights… “Sexy At The Roxy” with local star promoters A-luv and Bobby Goodrich.
As if his schedule wasn’t busy enough. He opened up a record label simply named VISH Records for the more commercial sounds and Warehouse records. The labels include his own productions and also the sounds of Masi and Mello “Bang-04” and DJ Exacta’s LXC “Like You”, the VISH label also highlights further productions from unreleased material and fresh new sounds.
Johnny was also a big part of the Ultra Records family where he mixed four of Ultra’s top selling CD’s Ultra Dance 01, 03, Ultra Trance 03, Ministry of sounds “Club Nation”, and “Clubbers Guide”.
selling over a million CD’s Aside from the Ultra releases the first installment of the “Deeper And Harder” compilations was also released on Dee Vee.Recently Johnny has released CD’s on Thrive records which consisted of mainly a lot of commercial tracks and classics along with an Electro Cd .
He is now working on his new label. “Warehouse” which will consist of new artists,underground tracks, and a line of CD compilations. Johnny confirms, “The Compilations will consist of current club hits and underground tracks.The way dance CD”s are supposed to be, more like what I love to play in a club or I have remixed. Not what a record executives idea of dance music is.You know the kind that never goes out past 10 pm and sits behind a desk all day reading and relying on pop and dance charts. Other than people sharing mp3’s I’m positive that is why the compilation market went to SHIT!! No one was listening they were just reading. I know knowledge is wealth, but in the music market those funny looking things on the side of your head with the holes in them do the reading.”
Currently he has a residency in Providence Rhode Island “Warehouse Wednesdays” ,his new brand name. It is growing weekly and making a big buzz along the United States east coast.
Johnny says “There will be many guest DJ’s. It is a family vibe, everyone knows each other and the new clubbers that come in each week are there because they have been invited,not from a flyer found in a mall or on the street in front of a club.We are adding promoters that love house music and not to just get people through the door like cattle. It’s a free party now, but when we start charging the core group of people that have come every week from the start will never pay at any of my warehouse parties around the world with their membership card.”
“While I’m doing major-label mixes, I still want to keep myself in the underground.” affirms Johnny. “As a DJ, I always want to hear new records, and as a producer, I always want to make new sounds. I don’t want to get away from this music. Dance music will always be around, and I’ll always be a part of it.”