Erick Morillo

Erick Morillo

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Erick Morillo
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There really is very little in the world of music and entertainment that Erick Morillo hasn’t turned his hand to. He’s a platinum-selling artist, he’s topped the charts worldwide as the producer behind Reel 2 Real’s hit “I Like To Move It” (used in both Madagascar movies, reaching millions of viewers worldwide and covered by Will I Am in Madagascar 2) and he’s been responsible for a bewildering array of dance-floor tracks including ‘Reach’, ‘Believe’, ‘Do What You Want’ and ‘I Feel Love’ – under pseudonyms including Ministers De La Funk, The Dronez (with Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero and Jose Nunez) and Li’l Mo Ying Yang. He’s remixed everyone from Whitney Houston to Basement Jaxx and continues to run the legendary Subliminal Records house music empire. On his debut album he collaborated with Puff Daddy and Boy George alike. And on his second solo artist album he’s setting his sights even higher: “We’ve already put the message out to Prince and 50 Cent,” says Morillo from his palatial home in Miami, where he has lived for the past four years. “The time is right. Dance music has been received really well, not only by people in clubs but also in the American mainstream. The success of Lady Gaga and Black Eyed Peas means that dance music is being played by MTV. The pendulum has swung back.”

For over a decade now, Erick has remained one of the most in-demand and instantly recognisable DJs in the world. From the instant success of his weekly ‘Sessions’ parties in New York, to hosting events like the annual road-blocking Subliminal Sessions parties in Miami at Winter Music Conference, to his coveted residency at Ministry of Sound (he’s still one of the only American DJs to ever hold one) and of course his now legendary Subliminal Sessions parties at Pacha, Ibiza, he’ll now be celebrating his 13th historic season at the club in 2010. His non-stop DJing schedule has seen him straddling the globe playing up to a whopping 30 gigs a month, particularly in the summer months where he’ll play from Rome and Mykonos to London and – but never far from his weekly Wednesday show at Pacha, Ibiza. He’s also become a familiar television personality through his appearances on MTV and MTV Ibiza two years in a row whilst starring in a seven part series for UK TV station, Channel 4, which followed him around the world to the biggest parties and was aired to millions of viewers.

Raised in Colombia, then New Jersey, Erick was weaned on a musical diet of Latin rhythms, reggae and hip-hop. He started DJing at the age of 11 and after securing himself DJ sets at several local gigs decided to take a studio engineering course at the local Centre of Media Arts. He was soon inducted into the house fraternity through his friend Marc Anthony (the Salsa King), whilst he was working with the now legendary Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez on “Ride On The Rhythm”. “Louie’s watched out for me since the beginning,” he says. Indeed, last summer the duo DJd together at Pacha Ibiza for the first time in a decade. One minor detail: in the booth was a certain supermodel called Naomi Campbell and beside her was one of Erick’s musical heroes, the legendary Quincy Jones. “Can you believe it? Quincy Jones came to my party,” grins Erick, still in shock a year later. When we saw him there, Louie and I decided to play a bunch of his classics, like Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’. He told me he loved my bass lines,” smiles Erick. “One of the proudest days in my life.”

In 1997, after spending almost a year of meticulously planning everything from logos to packaging, Morillo took it that one step further and launched Subliminal Records with his production partners Harry Romero and Jose Nunez. Guided by Morillo’s ear and studio presence, the brand has gone on to become synonymous with a funky, soulful house sound.

In 2004 Erick released his first artist album worldwide, entitled “My World” it featured heavyweight collaborations from the likes of Puff Daddy, DJ Rap, Terra Deva and even a reunion with the Mad Stuntman. The first single taken from the album was “Break Down The Doors” featuring the Audio Bullys and with its success came Erick’s debut music video, featuring Erick, Audio Bullys and a cameo by his supermodel friend Naomi Campbell. He’ll be returning the favour by DJing at her birthday party in the South Of France this year. Add to this a residency at Pacha NYC (where Erick is also one of the club’s share-holders), a February tour of Australia and South America (he’ll be at Carnival in Brazil alongside fellow house heads Luciano and Steve Angello this year), he even found himself a favorite of a certain pair of princes when performing at the Concert for Diana after-party at London’s Wembley Arena. And this is only what he’s done so far.

Next up is his long-awaited second album. “My last record came out in 2004,” he reasons. “I’ve been pushing out dance tracks every year since then,” he reveals, “but I didn’t have that fire in my belly for a while. And now, my mojo’s been turned on again and I’m totally fired up for it. I’ve been in the studio for the past couple of years producing with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Busta Rhymes, Pitbull, Wyclef and many more. I cannot wait to get this music out there. We have some great tracks and I’m excited for what’s next”.

Meanwhile, Erick’s single with Skin and Eddie Thonieck, “If This Ain’t Love” is due to drop on February 14th, followed quickly by ‘Elephant’ featuring Alexandra Burke. It seems like 2012 is already shaping up to look like another explosive year for the bad boy of dance.
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Erick Morillo Discography

Albums

SSMSUB/01 Morillo* My World (Album) Subliminal SSMSUB/01 Germany 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SR12104 Reel 2 Real Featuring Erick Moore* Reel 2 Real Featuring Erick Moore* - The New Anthem (Maxi) Strictly Rhythm SR12104 US 1992 Sell This Version
SR EP3 Erick Morillo The "More" EP (EP) Strictly Rhythm SR EP3 US 1993 Sell This Version
SR12233D Erick Morillo Dancing (Maxi, Single) Strictly Rhythm SR12233D US 1993 Sell This Version
SR12341 Erick "More" Morillo* Presents R.A.W. Erick "More" Morillo* Presents R.A.W. - Unbe (Bootleg Mix)(12", Ltd, S/Sided) Strictly Rhythm SR12341 US 1995 Sell This Version
SR 12442 The Erick Morillo Project* Jazz It Up Strictly Rhythm SR 12442 US 1996 Sell This Version
D2R 110 Erick "More" Morillo* Dancin' Dance 2 Recordings D2R 110 UK 1998 Sell This Version
IR0356, 553159-2, 7243 553159 2 2 Erick Morillo, Harry Romero* & Jose Nunez* feat. Jessica Eve Erick Morillo, Harry Romero* & Jose Nunez* feat. Jessica Eve - Dancin (Single) Subliminal IR0356, 553159-2, 7243 553159 2 2 France 2003 Sell This Version
SUB 124 Morillo* Feat. Audio Bullys Morillo* Feat. Audio Bullys - Break Down The Doors (Maxi, Single) Subliminal SUB 124 US 2004 Sell This Version
CR EP 001 Morillo* My World EP(12", EP) Casa Rosso Recordings CR EP 001 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
SUB 148L Morillo* Waiting In The Darkness (Maxi) Casa Rosso Recordings SUB 148L US 2005 Sell This Version
none Erick Morillo / P. Diddy Erick Morillo / P. Diddy - Dance I Said (Maxi) Subliminal none US 2005 Sell This Version
CR 028 Morillo* What Do You Want (Single) Subliminal CR 028 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
50510011833526 Erick Morillo Jazz In Your Face (Single) Subliminal 50510011833526 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
SUB 183R Erick Morillo Ft. P. Diddy Erick Morillo Ft. P. Diddy - My World (Part One) Subliminal SUB 183R US 2007 Sell This Version
SUB 181A Richard Grey vs Erick Morillo & Jose Nunez* feat Shawnee Taylor Richard Grey vs Erick Morillo & Jose Nunez* feat Shawnee Taylor - Life Goes On (Maxi) Subliminal SUB 181A US 2007 Sell This Version
W01// Morillo* Vs The Futureheads Morillo* Vs The Futureheads - Dance About It Later(12", TP, Ltd, S/Sided) Discotek Records W01// UK 2007 Sell This Version
SUB189D DJ DLG vs. Erick Morillo DJ DLG vs. Erick Morillo - Where Are You Now D:vision Records SUB189D US 2008 Sell This Version
SUB 187 Erick Morillo & Harry Choo Choo Romero* feat. P. Diddy Erick Morillo & Harry Choo Choo Romero* feat. P. Diddy - Make A Movie (Part One)(12") Subliminal SUB 187 US 2008 Sell This Version
DV 608.09 EP Erick Morillo Life Goes On 2009 / Where Are You Now(CD, EP, Promo, Car) D:vision Records DV 608.09 EP Italy 2009 Sell This Version
SUB216DPROMO Eddie Thoneick & Erick Morillo Feat. Shena Eddie Thoneick & Erick Morillo Feat. Shena - Nothing Better (Single, Maxi) Subliminal SUB216DPROMO US 2010
DVSR 11011CDS Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick Feat. Shawnee Taylor Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick Feat. Shawnee Taylor - Stronger (Single, Maxi) 3Beat DVSR 11011CDS Italy 2011 Sell This Version
TREC014 Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick Featuring Shawnee Taylor Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick Featuring Shawnee Taylor - Live Your Life (Single) D:vision Records TREC014 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
DVSR 112.12 CDS Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick feat Skin Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick feat Skin - If This Ain't Love (Single) D:vision Records DVSR 112.12 CDS Italy 2012 Sell This Version
none Alexandra Burke Feat. Erick Morillo Alexandra Burke Feat. Erick Morillo - Elephant (Single) X-Energy Records none UK & Ireland 2012 Sell This Version