Rick West

Rick West

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A fan of the electronic scene since the beginning, Rick West, based in Tampa, Florida, started his professional DJ career in 1988. A staple of the 90's Florida dance scene, he's gained respect amongst his peers and devoted fans for his impeccable mixing skills and long standing dedication to a positive dance scene.

Florida breaks pioneer Rick West sadly passed away last Friday, September 27, 2013. His friend, Robert Leigh (aka Rob Analyze), sent us these words in his memory:

Rick started his DJ career in 1988 playing all over the world, influencing up-and-coming breaks producers and DJs. His collection of mixed CDs, called Flavored Beats, set the standard for what was soon to be know as Funky FL Breaks. He gain respected from all the top producers, DJs, and locals in the genre, and also worked full time at Painted Puppy, the-go to record store for underground dance music in Tampa.

DJs in the bay would walk in the store and Rick would know what each and everyone of them wanted. I think we can all say he hand-picked our selections, and we believed in it because it was great music. He just had the ear for it and was a friend to us all. He also was a true breakbeat fan. He could name you any producer’s name with the color of the record, what plant it was pressed at, where the sleeves were designed, to the time length of the song and who was on the remix—even if it sucked.

Rick was a great friend—the kindest, most upbeat person I ever got to meet in life. I will miss you, my friend, as well as all your breakers out there and the main ones from your hometown of Tampa. On behalf of myself, Bombeatz Music, Jamvana, Ybor City, 93.3 FLZ, and the Tampa Bay breaks community, we want to say goodbye and we all love you, Rick. You will never be forgotten and your music will live on.

A memorial will be held in Rick West’s honor this Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at Luna Lounge Patio, 1802 7th Avenue Ybor City, Tampa.
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Rick West Discography

Albums

PP 10207 2 Rick West Original Flavor(CD) Painted Puppy Productions PP 10207 2 US 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PP 001 Rick West Metamorphose(12") Painted Puppy Productions PP 001 US 2000 Sell This Version
PP 004 Rick West On The Move(12") Painted Puppy Productions PP 004 US 2001 Sell This Version
PP 003 Rick West Inside Your Soul(12") Painted Puppy Productions PP 003 US 2001 Sell This Version
PP 006 Rick West On And On / Multifunktional Funk(12") Painted Puppy Productions PP 006 US 2002 Sell This Version
PP 007 Rick West You'll Be Free / Def Jam(12") Painted Puppy Productions PP 007 US 2003 Sell This Version
PP 005 Rick West In The Mix (Record 1)(12") Painted Puppy Productions PP 005 US 2003 Sell This Version
PP 008 Rick West The Flow / Get Right Up(12") Painted Puppy Productions PP 008 US 2003 Sell This Version
PP 010 Rick West I Will Give You / Can You Feel The Music Painted Puppy Productions PP 010 US 2004 Sell This Version
PP 009 Rick West Sweet Love / Bust That(12") Painted Puppy Productions PP 009 US 2004 Sell This Version
PP-011 Rick West On & On / The Flow (Remixes)(12", Single, Promo) Painted Puppy Productions PP-011 US 2004 Sell This Version
PP 011 Rick West On & On / The Flow (Remixes)(12") Painted Puppy Productions PP 011 US 2004 Sell This Version
ADR-017 Rick West OTC / Move Me(12") Afterdark Records ADR-017 US 2004 Sell This Version
PP 013 Rick West Tuning In(12") Painted Puppy Productions PP 013 US 2005 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

PP201 Rick West Flavored Beats(CD, Mixed) Painted Puppy Productions PP201 US 1998 Sell This Version
PP 10202 Rick West Flavored Beats 2(CD, Mixed) Painted Puppy Productions PP 10202 US 1998 Sell This Version
PP-10204-2 Rick West Flavored Beats 4(CD, Mixed) Painted Puppy Productions PP-10204-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
PP 10203 2 Rick West Flavored Beats 3(CD, Mixed) Painted Puppy Productions PP 10203 2 US 1999 Sell This Version
PP-10205-2 Rick West Flavored Beats 5(CD, Mixed) Painted Puppy Productions PP-10205-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
PP-10206-2 Rick West Flavored Beats 6(CD, Mixed) Painted Puppy Productions PP-10206-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
PP 10208 2 Rick West Flavored Beats 7(CD, Mixed) Painted Puppy Productions PP 10208 2 US 2004 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

WHO-006 Tommy Who / Rick West Tommy Who / Rick West - Piano Breaks Volume 1(File, MP3) Tommy Who Records WHO-006 US 2008