Cielo Presents | Tony Humphries & Rissa Garcia – Tickets – Cielo – New York, NY – August 5th, 2017

Cielo Presents | Tony Humphries & Rissa Garcia

Cielo Presents | Tony Humphries & Rissa Garcia

Aug 05

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm (event ends at 4:00 am)


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Tony Humphries
Tony Humphries
When thinking about Tony Humphries, you might be minded of his epic stint at KISS FM as one of its greatest Mastermixers; or of his residency at one of the greatest US clubs, The Zanzibar; or, even, the walls that are lined with gold discs, from Indeep to Janet Jackson; or even his legendary eclecticism. Tony is all of those things and more. But then, there's the Tony of today, restless, questing, searching for new challenges. Which is pretty much how Tony has always been.

Few people realise just how deeply steeped in performing Tony Humphries' family is. His father, Rene Grand, an émigré from Colombia in the 1950s, was a prominent bandleader in New York, alongside peers like Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri. Plus he has a raft of cousins, uncles and aunts who have forged a career in the performing arts. Tony was born to it.

Tony Humphries has been DJing nearly 35 years, an incredible achievement that in any other industry would have been rewarded with a carriage clock or service medal. His big break came through a chance meeting with Mastermixer Shep Pettibone at the offices of Prelude Records. Tony handed the maestro a tape and the rest is history. Humphries' star rose as his KISS FM show (and later HOT 97) lasted for decades.

Although Humphries was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, he has long been associated with New Jersey and the reason for that is his long-held residency at Club Zanzibar in Newark that began in 1982. Zanzibar became synonymous with a new soulful electronic sound, labelled the Jersey sound, but with Tony's hands at the tiller it was a vastly more varied menu than that suggests. "It wasn't like going to a house club, everything was intertwined," explains Tony. "The hours were long, so obviously you didn't want to hear ten hours of straight house music. If you're going to pay $15-20 to hear this guy, you want to hear the whole damn spectrum. You had to come with everything possible. Talking Heads and The B-52s don't sound like Zanzibar/Garage records, but they were. I think that's what the Zanzibar's appeal was."

Although Tony is often seen more as a DJ than a remixer, his forays into the studio have always been productive. His remix of Mtume's 'Juicy Fruit' has been sampled on several big hip hop and R&B hits and Fresh Band's 'Come Back Lover' is rightly regarded as one of the best disco songs of the 1980s. He has gone on to remix scores of artists from Soul II Soul to Janet Jackson (which earned him a gold disc). Poignantly, Tony was enticed back into the studio in 2013 by Frankie Knuckles who asked Tony to do a swap mix for a track he'd been working on. As Frankie told Tony, "You're a great remixer. I just thought folks needed to be reminded."

His reputation in Europe, established via illegally copied tapes of his KISS shows, grew hugely after successful jaunts to influential parties like Danny Rampling's Shoom & Norman Jay's High On Hope in London. He was coaxed back to Europe in the early '90s for residencies at both Ministry of Sound in London and Echoes in Rimini on the Italian Riviera.

Tony's first label venture Yellorange was launched in 1998 and ran the gamut of styles, from the soulful vocals of Mel'isa Morgan, Miguel Plansencia's Afro-Cuban flavors, through to Soweto Funk's Italo-grooves. His latest venture, Tony Records is, "showcasing younger artists and producers doing soulful music in a modern form." Check Tony's own recent release Housework EP, which fuses blues, gospel and worksongs into a brilliantly contemporary setting (or even his new mix compilation with DJ Spen, Quintessentials, demonstrating his expansive style).

In 2009, Body & Soul promoter John Davis brought Tony together with 'Little' Louie Vega and David Morales for a ten-hour session at New York's Webster Hall that was appropriately dubbed the Kings of House. Little did any of them anticipate the success that this would be, turning into a worldwide phenomenon that has straddled continents and cities, as well as regular trips to the likes of Pacha Ibiza.

What strikes anyone when meeting Tony Humphries is not what he's done or where he's been, but where he's going. ""Growing up in Boston, our biggest influence was the New York house scene and no one embodies this spirit more than Tony Humphries," explains Soul Clap's Eli Goldstein. "For us, the gospel, deep, tribal sound he created at his Zanzibar residency reached us through the many remixes and tracks named after the legendary club. We finally had the honor of opening for Tony this year and we were blown away by his ability to represent the old, while pushing a unique, modern house sound. There is clearly only one Tony Humphries!" Amen to that.
Rissa Garcia
Rissa Garcia
Born and raised in what was once considered the mecca of house music, New York City, Rissa caught the music bug at a very early age."Music has and will always be the one constant in my life . Ever since I could remember there was music playing in my head. I grew up listening to all sorts of rhythms from Latin to jazz, R&B to soul, from house to rock and disco to funk.

Born and raised in what was once considered the mecca of house music, New York City, Rissa caught the music bug at a very early age."Music has and will always be the one constant in my life . Ever since I could remember there was music playing in my head. I grew up listening to all sorts of rhythms from Latin to jazz, R&B to soul, from house to rock and disco to funk. Years later I made my way into the club scene. I started to go clubbing at around 16 years old. My friends and I would happen to know the DJ that was playing and he could always get us in but at that time it was more about the partying and the whole going out with your friends thing. It wasn't so much about the music until early 2000. In 2000 is when I discovered my home, a whole in the wall called Vinyl with a DJ named Danny Tenaglia. I just fell in love with everything about that place and especially the music. My soul just seemed to come alive and it completely engulfed me. From the lights to the vibe to the dark walls and the sexiness in the air, this is exactly what I have been searching for this was my Paradise Garage. " Inspired by the man who poured his heart and soul into his music,along with many others who do the same, I began to collect records and learn how to dj. My first gig back in 2004 was at a small lounge on the lower east side and since then I have been lucky enough to have played some of the best venues in NY like Cielo,Love,Pacha,Rebel and PubIlic Assembly. In August of 2007, I started my own imprint NightChild records and over the past three years we have release over 20 EPs and continue to develop our sound and strive to bring you quality music from some talented young up and coming producers around the globe."

DJ/producer Rissa Garcia is Nightchild Records label boss and has an understanding of the beats that sets her apart from the crowd. Rissa Garcia offers a sound that is perfectly aligned with the high grade electronic beat that exemplifies the classy side of house music. Nightchild Sessions are pure quality and geared for true houselovers. The vibe is warm and friendly, never straying too far into the deepness and always skirting around the underground funk that makes her sets such a delight. Check out Rissa on Soundcloud or Facebook from running commentary on what she gets up to in the studio, you won’t be disappointed.
-Shayne Mann
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Venue Information:
18 Little West 12th Street
New York, NY, 10014