Funkbox NYC | Joe Claussell & Tony Touch – Tickets – Cielo – New York, NY – July 15th, 2018

Funkbox NYC | Joe Claussell & Tony Touch

Funkbox NYC | Joe Claussell & Tony Touch

Jul 15

10:00 pm

Tony Touch
Tony Touch
The Legacy Continues. Tony Touch A.K.A Tony Toca continues to be a force to be reckoned with. Tony Touch, an icon in Hip Hop and in the Urban Hispanic genre plus seasoned player in the game, is a true innovator and has revolutionized the DJ game over and over. From his legendary mix tapes, to his skills on the 1's and 2's, he has become one of Hip Hop's most recognized DJ's. This C.E.O/Artist/Producer is now currently working on his 7th commercial release titled "The Piece Maker 3…Return of the 50 MC's" and is expected to make history once again.
Tony Touch began as a B-Boy during the rap music renaissance era of the early 80's. Heavily influenced by pioneers like the Rock Steady Crew, Grandmaster Flash, Red Alert, "Little" Louie Vega, and Jam Master Jay, he quickly shifted his interests towards the turntables. Toca is known for his legendary mix tapes like the original 50 MC's parts 1, 2 and 3. Included in this series are some of the hottest artists in the game such as KRS ONE, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Wyclef, M.O.P., Big L, Mos Def and many more all coming together for one collective piece. This along with the countless other mix tapes, Tony became recognized in the streets and industry as the real 'Mix Tape King.'
Tony Toca evolved his mix tapes to record releases. In 2000, Tony released "The Piece Maker" on Tommy Boy records. This album sold over 400,000 units worldwide and featured legendary artists like Big Pun, Cypress Hill, Wu Tang Clan, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Gang Starr, and much more. The video for the single "I Wonder Why" featuring Total featured cameos from John Leguizamo, Rock Steady and more. Since then, Tony Touch has released the "Piece Maker 2" which also had an all-star line up with features such as P. Diddy, Fat Joe, Sean Paul, Snoop Dog and even the legendary Ruben Blades.
Toca is also known to represent the Latino community to the fullest. It is the result of growing up with Salsa at home and Hip-Hop influence in his lifestyle. In 2005 Tony inked a deal with EMI Records and revolutionized the game once more with his Latin album called "ReggaeTony". The hit single, "Play that Song" featured Nina Sky and B-Real of Cypress Hill. The cd had an all star line up including Tego Calderon, Ivy Queen, Zion y Lennox, N.O.R.E, Voltio, and Soni just to name a few. The album went GOLD and with that success, EMI records moved quickly to release ReggaeTony 2 which featured more heavyweight appearances.
Touch continues to be in demand globally. The proof is in the passport as he has toured over 30 countries including Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico, London, France, Greece, Russia, Brazil, Germany, Columbia, Switzerland, Italy and Cuba. He's also acted as tour DJ for acts like Cypress Hill, Gurus' Jazzmatazz, Rock Steady and the Beatnuts. You also may have caught Tony on TV shows such as "Saturday Night Live" and "The Dave Chapelle Show" spinning for Eminem. And you may have heard him on the airwaves in New York City on such stations as Hot 97, Power 105, and 107.5 WBLS. In 2004, Eminem and manager Paul Rosenberg closed a deal for their own radio station on Sirius XM Satellite called Shade 45. Tony Touch was quickly recruited to host TOCA TUESDAYS from 8pm to Midnight. TOCA TUESDAYS is also a weekly classic Hip Hop party in which he invites legendary DJ's to guest spin.
And if that weren't enough, another weekly party Tony sparked was the FUNKBOX where he plays deep house music with celeb guest DJ's. Both parties have been running over 4 years strong.
Joe Claussell
Joe Claussell
American DJ, remixer, musician, and label owner of both labels Spiritual Life Music and Sacred Rhythm Music.

Born: 1971 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA.

Joaquin "Joe" Claussell was born in Brooklyn to a large and diverse Puerto Rican family with deep musical roots. His first exposure to entertaining audiences was in his own neighborhood at block association events, musically led by one of his elder brothers Larry Claussell. Not long after he hit the club scene, beginning collecting vinyl at the age of 15 and his diverse taste for music and dance led him from a club called "The Inferno" to punk music’s sanctuary "CBGB", the alternative driven "Mudd Club", the more mainstream "Underground", and the legendary "Paradise Garage".

While living in New York City's East Village in the early 1990s, he found and fell in love with a record store called Dance Tracks, forming a friendship with the owner, Claussell became the store’s DJ and had weekly parties that drew a diverse and increasingly devoted crowd of music lovers. Following an invitation from and good friend and owner, Stan Hatzakis, he began producing, completing his first remix “Over” and his produced first track "Awade”. Over time he learned the music business and eventually took over Dance Tracks alongside Stefan Prescott.

In 1996 Claussell launched his independent eclectic world house label Spiritual Life Music from the back of Dance Tracks, and around the same time over saw the birth of Ibadan Records with friend and executive producer Jerome Sydenham. He later expanded into label Sacred Rhythm Music in the 2000s. The labels’ productions featured organic African, Brazilian, Latin, and Middle Eastern rhythms, crossing over into Disco, Jazz, House, and other electronic music, with him being intricately involved in every aspect of the production process: music, writing, selection/creation of the visual art, and graphic design. These labels have nourished many fledgling artists, with first release "Nothing's Changed" by Ten City, followed by works from Jephté Guillaume, Mateo & Matos, Slam Mode, and 3 Generations Walking among others, along with his own first full-length album "Language" (1999).

Popular and underground artists and labels have sought him out for collaboration and remixes, including those of Femi Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Beth Orton, Stuart Matthewman (of Sade), Cassandra Wilson, Diana Ross, and Manuel Göttsching, to name a few. His remixes have revived classics such as Hector Lavoe‘s classic “Alejate;” Cesaria Evora’s “Sangue De Beirona”, and Nina Simone's “Feeling Good” – the latter featuring on prominent TV show “Sex And The City”. Joe’s "Feeling Good" remix sung by the late Nina Simone was solely responsible for the reemergence of the song, which spawned countless remakes.

Since 1996, Claussell joined Francois K and Danny Krivit to play for the legendary “Body & Soul” Sunday afternoon dance party, and for 6 years music and dance lovers from NYC and around the world came every week to experience the totally unique musical journey of classic, world, soul, disco, funk, and house.

Claussell's demand as a producer and remixer keeps him working and continues his worldwide DJ-ing schedule. His artistic talents are also sought after in the visual art world, where he toured with a project titled “Trembling Sensing Space”, produced by Dutch theater director Lidy Six. As a musician, Claussell has toured with the likes of the world-renowned percussionist Mino Cinelu, and he has also played alongside pianist/keyboard extraordinaire Bugge Wesseltoft in a band that includes Erik Truffaz, Ilhan Ersahin, Erik Holm, and Torun Eriksen.

While in New York, he also began the "Sacred Rhythm Party", designed to bring house music and live musicians together in an intimate environment, and his first Internet radio show titled “an invitation to openness”, gives him the freedom playing whatever speaks to him at that moment, as opposed to being at the mercy of the listening audience.

He is the brother of percussionist José "Cochise" Claussell.
Venue Information:
Cielo
18 Little West 12th Street
New York, NY, 10014
http://www.cieloclub.com/