Since the early 90s Lenny Fontana has been one of the city’s most notorious house ambassadors. A young DJ inspired by Shep Pettibone in the early 80s, he was mostly playing small residential parties until Studio 54 producer Baird Jones asked him to play at the Underground discotheque. Fontana soon made his name with the help of collaborations with DJ Dee Wiz (Salt N Pepa) and Octav’hia Lambertis (C+C Music Factory). He is also known as the first American DJ to play Pacha Ibiza and Pacha Dubai, and the man behind The Greatest Essential Mix, a BBC broadcast that doubled as a biography for Larry Levan. Behind the boards, Fontana is undisputed, with some stand out originals like the 1999 chart-climber “What You Need” and 2006’s “The Way”.
In 2013, Fontana founded Karmic Power Records along with Manuel Genzel. They’ve been at work, putting out a slew of artists including ATFC, Richard Grey, Funkerman, and Terrence Parker. Meanwhile, Fontana has continued composing hits. In April he put out “Raise Your Hands”, a collaboration with vocalist D-Train with soulful grooves and seductive disco rhythms.
Lenny Fontana pops in tomorrow with Cielo favorites Michael Vieira and Stevetek!