For four decades, Tony Humphries has been aggressively infusing dance music with soul, whether he’s on the turntables or behind the mixing board. His first entrée into DJing was at Manhattan’s Club El Morroco in 1975, and after proving himself on the scene he was brought in to fill in at Kiss-FM in 1981. What started as a substitution slot Shep Pettiboone became a permanent residency, and the studio became a training ground for Humphries’s production skills. He would move on to serve on the boards on records by the likes of Soul II Soul, Donna Summer, Jungle Brother, Chaka Khan, and Janet Jackson; his first gold record was Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit”, the sample source for The Notorious B.I.G.’s breakout single “Juicy”.
Humphries’s residency at Jersey’s Zanzibar, a seminal club and imprint centered him in a sonic movement known as the New Jersey Sound (Humphries himself is a Brooklyn native). This style, based around playful disco harmonies, powerful gospel-style vocals, and dense, uptempo rhythms, is in full force throughout Humphries’ beloved remixes, like his take on Blaze’s “So Special”, Nina Simone’s “Turn Me On”, or The Sugarcubes’s “Hit”. Currently, he heads Tony Records, which boasts releases from artists like Todd Terry, Angela Johnson, Kenny Carpenter and Liquid People.
SOUP NYC (stands for Support Our Underground Properly), one of the city’s key proponents of authentic house music, is the perfect crew to host Tony Humphries at Cielo, and with resident Love & Logic rocking the decks alongside George Quest and TonyLee, we’re expecting huge things.