Lenny Fontana´s - True House Stories
Graeme Park Episode 29 (10.03.2021)
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Leee John Episode 28 (03.03.2021)
COMING SOON - 03.03.2021
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David Morales Episode 27
With a real passion for music in his veins from a very young age, from very humble beginnings, David Morales was destined to follow his dream and took the opportunity to play music at any given chance.
David's very first gig was playing at the Loft for Lulu.
His first regular Djing spot started at Ozone Layer where Lulu was the hostess.
Still working a job in a restaurant, David was hands on at promoting his events playing legends such as colonel Abrahams at his shows. In the end he became so busy with his music, it meant quitting his day job.
David was fortunate to meet Mike Brady from Paradise Garage and was invited to play at this incredible NYC club in 1983, where he invited legends such as Captain Black and Jocelyn Brown to the party.
Having never experienced using turntables which were the regular go to at Paradise Garage, experiencing their capacities completely blew David away. He was hooked.
With huge names currently on the lineup at Paradise Garage -no one yet knew of David.... But they soon would!!
In 1985, David started to work in music production -David Cole and Bruce Flowers being pivotal to David’s producing career.
In 1987, David worked the record pool which gave him huge experience and contacts within the scene.
In 1989, David first came to the UK for DMC - to his amazement, he was welcomed with open arms by his British fans and was also hugely respected in Italy too.
Nicky Holloway and Pete Tong invited David to play at Estoria, only 40 minutes into his set, he was asked to stop playing just as he was getting into his set, for Jomanda to perform!!
David set up Defmix productions but with very little direction, experience and to just be landed in the midst of music industry, he had to learn the business very quickly in order to succeed.
Making multiple hit records, but never truly reaping the rewards for his hard work and commitment, David worked day in day out making 2-3 tracks every week. David Morales was a true grafter and his passion was what kept him inspired to continue working relentlessly. Despite not earning what he deserved he continued to follow his dream.
Remixing is where David found his fortune in the industry. Frankie knuckles and David worked on so many remixes, in fact rewriting entire tracks and even changing the titles of the tracks, David simply received a flat fee and did not gain the recognition he deserved.
Mariah Carey “Dream Lover”, was his 1st superstar track remix. At first, he questioned the track due to it being extremely commercial (at the same time rejecting remix work for legends such as David Bowie) this remix became one of the songs David Morales is so famous for.
David also had the incredible opportunity to work with Todd Terry, a born musician, no need for any equipment - the SP1200 was the weapon!!
David is all for advances in technology and plugins etc. - his motto- simply work them to the absolute max.
Listening to David's story working with the legendary Byron Stingily but making him record vocals from the bathroom because of the acoustics on his vocals was priceless!!
Having worked on remixes for Michael and Janet Jackson, you would expect David to be living the high life - the truth is it involved signing non disclosures, bag checks etc. - security was paramount, not quite the fairytale you would have imagined.
Working alongside Aretha Franklin - one of David's biggest fears was -'how do you give constructive criticism to such an absolute legend'???? In the words of Aretha - Less is more and more is less. She absolutely embraced his opinion and gained her respect for his honesty.
Julio Iglesias was another star that David worked with. Giving his mother a dream come true, David arranged for Julio to call his mother to say ‘hi’ was just one of the many hi lights of working with such legendary musicians.
Donna Summer was David’s absolute no 1 idol and working with Jocelyn Brown was, yet another dream come true - to David, Jocelyn was an incredible legend he never imagined he would ever work with. Much to David's dismay he was arrested in Japan during his career. How was that for David?? At 57 years of age - truly mortifying, listen to David's very raw and open account of coping in a Japanese prison where no-one spoke his language and all of his basic rights were taken away. An experience that will live with David forever but taught him about the importance of the simplicity of life - Health and Freedom. One of the memories David has about this true horror was when a prison officer recognized David and played his music - which really helped him get through this ordeal. What an unimaginable situation to be catapulted into -the uncertainty and fear was a truly horrific experience for this world-famous legend. This taught David a massive lesson in life -Appreciate what you have!! Something we are all starting to understand with lockdown.
In 2020, Covid hits and it totally destroyed David’s plans for DJing and releasing tracks -not one to be beaten, David set up Sunday MASS which has kept him so relevant in the industry and he is still able to play his music. Sunday MASS has been David's salvation during lockdown. Playing his music and still connecting with his followers.
If there ever was a 'True House Stories' show to tune in to, make it the 'True House Stories' of David Morales, an absolute gentleman, an inspiration, a born entertainer. Respect!!!
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Derrick McKenzie Episode 26
Derrick McKenzie you would probably initially tune in to hear about his Jamiroquai fame, but ’True House Stories’ reveals so much more about the man behind the drums of one of the world’s greatest bands in the history of music. Learn how Derrick first picked up his mum’s coat hangers at the age of 5 years old and started to rock out a rhythm. His dad’s music was pivotal to the music he grew to love. Still rocking the coat hangers at the age of 10, he started a band with his friends and practiced relentlessly with coat hangers on his mum’s stool which he used as a makeshift drum kit.
Derrick had an amazing talent for rocking a rhythm, self-taught he played purely by feeling the vibe and practiced religiously to perfect his techniques. At the age of 15 he joined a band ‘Pure & Simple’ and pulled in his first semi pro gig. He continued with this band for a couple of years working a lover’s rock style - soulful style with an old school reggae vibe which really set the foundation for Derrick’s future in the music industry.
As any parent would dread, Derrick asked for a drum kit, and was told to get a job and buy it himself. Determined Derrick, went off to work at Marks & Spencer, and he managed to fulfil his dream, saving £400 and purchasing his first basic drum kit.
During the 80’s, Jazz funk became Derrick’s new genre of choice having discovered bands such as Incognito, Brand New Heavies, Beggar & Co. Derrick joined a band called ‘Tranzyence’. Disco was in his veins though, Derrick had a real love for funk deep down in his soul and was inspired by bands such as Blood Stone, Brass Construction, Donald Byrd, Patrice Rushen.
Up against more popular genres, Derrick still hadn’t quite hit the success he was destined for. It was a tough getting gigs as Derrick was still very young and inexperienced, but he never gave up. He continued to feel that overriding passion for drumming, continuing to work early shifts to ensure he could always make time to practice drumming in the afternoons.
Determined to follow his dream, Derrick joined ‘Candyland’ -5 piece indie dance band who worked hard to get gigs, sending demos to record labels and music mags and pulled in a weekly residency at a club in London. The band recorded an album which resulted in a 5-week tour across America. At this point Derrick thought he had finally made it in the industry, still not knowing what his future held.
Moving on to a pop band ‘Freaky Realistic’, lasting 6 months , he then joined ‘Urban Species’ a rap outfit signed to ‘Talking Loud Records’ where he toured the UK and Europe as part of the rhythm section. Not completely feeling the hip hop vibe, Derrick landed himself an audition for a band he had never heard of. A band that would change his life forever. After 2 long days of auditioning, Derrick was invited to became the drummer for the incredible band ‘Jamiroquai’.
Watch this truly remarkable show and hear what the future plans are for Jamiroquai, learn about how Derrick has continued to work during lockdown and remain a very significant name on the scene by working for Mi-House Radio and producing his own disco / funk music and collaborations with other amazing producers in the music industry.
Derrick McKenzie is a ’True House Stories’ legend. Always determined to follow his dream and never giving up hope, he is an inspiration to us all.
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Farley & Heller Episode 25
Farley & Heller both begin their humble beginnings at the start of the Acid House Movement. They both Dj and happened to work separately at Danny Rampling’s famous Shoom night in the 1980’s. In this interview you will hear them talk about their big club hit with Diva vocalist Loleatta Holloway and how they were responsible for creating the huge house banger track called "Ultra Flava." They are both responsible for running a successful brand-named Junior Boys Own. Terry Farley went on to create a successful club night in London called Faith and published a very successful magazine as well. Pete Heller in his own right had a huge hit with Big Love and together they toured the world as international Dj’s. Come listen and learn about the UK clubbing history and how it entangles with the US Clubbing scene.
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DJ Sneak Special Show Episode 001
There has been a lot of controversy about DJ Sneak and his stance about the music industry recently which has caused a real stir. Sit back and watch the reasons why DJ Sneak has been so vocal recently.
DJ Sneak gives us a very raw, honest and open insight about the reasons for his opinions.
This show demonstrates how DJ Sneak has come to these conclusions with very valid points and gained the respect back of an entire nation from his ’True House Stories’ show tonight.
DJ Sneak has been honest, open and shown how hard he has had to work in the early days of his career, which is so far away from how it is today.
Instead of allowing himself to be controlled by social media and music platforms, DJ Sneak spoke to Lenny Fontana about how he is going back to his roots and Respect to him for his decisions.
This is one truly incredible insight into DJ Sneak - watch it, listen to him speak from the heart and then make your judgment about his recent outbursts.
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Ben Liebrand Episode 24
‘True House Stories’ of Ben Liebrand with Lenny Fontana gives a fascinating insight about how the music scene has advanced since the 1980’s and the reasons why.
Ben Liebrand grew up in the Netherlands and played such a huge role in the way the music scene advanced and continued to build over the next 4 decades. Learn in this interview about how Ben’s fascination for technology and amazing ear for music and why it was so pivotal in the advances in DJing and music production.
Ben’s passion for technology and belief on creating his music from scratch without the involvement of external input is the reason he is so creative and has led to over 800 incredible productions and remixes.
This is a truly fascinating interview about Ben’s input in changing the entire music scene helping it to progress throughout the last 40 years and still be pivotal to today’s sound.
Discover how Ben Liebrand’s career started by chance in a club in 1978 and how he progressed very quickly to playing peak slots in clubs in Holland due to his discovery of beat matching which is still how DJs play today. Discover how Ben worked on remixes with amazing bands such as Salt n Peppa, Pet Shop Boys and Human League. Lenny Fontana uncovers the story of how Ben Liebrand’s skill for beat matching led to DJing on Dutch radio and how this new technique was so pivotal to how music is played on radio and in clubs to this day.
Ben explains the differences between producing original tracks versus remixing, and his stance on different genres of music throughout his lifetime.
Ben fully embracing digital progression and gives his about his opinions about analogue versus digital evolution. Such a huge instigator due to his never-ending excitement for advances in technology and equipment, Ben explains his excitement about why he embraces this.
Ben has been working in the industry for 42 years now and it is clear to see how he played such a huge part in the evolution of music taking us through 4 decades of multiple musical genres and hoe he adapted to these changes but has also experienced many pitfalls along the way. Tune in to find out all about these tough times and how Ben is still such a huge leading figure in the industry.
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Greg Wilson Episode 23
Being on the scene at the same time as Lenny Fontana, this is a fascinating discussion with Greg Wilson about the UK versus USA music scene with 2 of the most knowledgeable artists in the music industry. One of the UK’s greatest DJs & Producers -Greg Wilson speaks about how he became a face in the underground UK music scene in the 70s and beyond. Learn about how Greg was part of the disco, jazz, electro funk and hip hop scenes and how he moved on to producing re-edits due to the difficulty of obtaining remix work. A truly spectacular story with a UK legend - this is a show packed full of undocumented stories of Greg Wilson.
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Louie Vega Episode 22
‘True House Stories’ brings you the legend Louie Vega - one of the world’s most successful music producers and DJs worldwide. As a classically trained musician, discover Louie’s roots - nights spent at the Paradise Garage, working in a record pool, meeting Jocelyn Brown, Jellybean Benitez which had a huge impact on Louie’s music productions. Making and breaking his own records and for other artists such as Todd Terry. DJing at Studio 54 and working through a variety of genres including disco, hip hop and house. Taking to the road, Louie played in Japan, UK - playing for Norman J and meeting artists such as Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold and Paul trouble Anderson. Setting up Masters at Work with Kenny Dope to further his later productions. Working with Don Welsh and Barbara Tucker, Louie’s career went from strength to strength - becoming a resident at Elite. Relentless studio time due to his passion of making music, playing at the Sound Factory from 92-97 and networking with industry people such as Frankie Knuckles and Gladys Pizarro from Strictly Rhythm. Within months the club was packed out and was so pivotal to his next steps in the industry. This is where Louie truly found his place and tapped into his own zone of music. DJing with David Cole who played live keyboards during Louie’s set. In addition, having George Benson singing a live impromptu set. Learn about how Nuyorican Soul emerged and the story behind this new moniker. Louie Vega - one of the most iconic, yet humble artists out there, tune in and listen to this absolutely immense journey of a ‘True House Stories’ legend.
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Tony Prince Episode 21
The Prince who actually meets the king - Elvis Presley!!
Tony Prince -he sang and danced with Paul McCartney. He partied with Queen prior to their 1st album release promo’d on radio Luxembourg.Tony set up Mixmag and now runs the World Famous DMC World DJ Championships and DMC Magazine. Soon to set up a brand-new Radio Station - Radio DMC. A ‘True House Stories’ legend.
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John Morales Episode 20
Discover how John Morales began producing music at a very young age using a basic tape cassette and looping on this to the equipment he uses today.
One of the most successful producers in the music industry, hear about the trials and tribulations about needing to be inspired to make his music have that special magic, dealing with record labels and how selling songs today compared to how it was back in the day. A truly fascinating interview.
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Eric Kupper Episode 19
Tune in and hear about this absolute legend as he worked to produce some of the biggest, most pivotal songs in house music. Creator of the Whistle Song - Listen to how he worked with legends such as Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Mark Kamins and Rupaul and the stories behind Eric’s legendary productions. Discover how he formed Director’s Cut. A truly inspiring story that needs to be heard!!
Tune in now and hear exactly how to add that magic into your productions.
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Byron Singily (Ten City) Episode 18
A very raw in-depth discussion with Byron stingily about his career in the music industry. Listen to his stories of his inspirational producing partners Marshall Jefferson and CeCe Rogers. Discover the difficulties faced producing house music in the pop industry. So many stories, so many memories. Tune in and enjoy the journey of Byron Stingily with Lenny Fontana.
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The Ritchie Family Episode 17
The Ritchie Family were the very first female disco group who have the most incredible ‘True House Stories’ to tell. In this episode, they speak very honestly and openly about the trials and tribulations of record deals. They reveal many unknown facts such as working with legends such as John Lennon no less and how it was touring the world. This is a must watch for all of you that respect and follow the original disco acts. So many unheard before stories about the success of The Ritchie Family as well as the many pitfalls they faced along the way.
E-Smoove Episode 16
In this show, Lenny Fontana is joined by Chicago’s House Legend - E Smoove for a no holds barred interview on becoming a successful DJ and Producer in the heart of the House Capital - Chicago. He tells it all from the humble beginnings to his rise to fame and the artist pseudo names like "Thick Dick" on Subliminal Records. Listen to him tell the stories of working on remixes for Michael Jackson and many other countless pop artists. Expect the shocking truth about record deals, the competitive world of dance music in Chicago and how to make a name for yourself in the music industry.
Warning: This is a very raw, honest and open interview that will blow your mind!!
Love To Be Episode 15
UK Super Brand "Love 2 Be" serving the finest in house music since 1995 sits with Lenny Fontana on True House Stories. Founding fathers DJ Tony Walker and Dj Marc Dennis share there club experience over the last 25 years.
Gladys Pizarro Episode 14
Gladys Pizarro known for her golden ears and killer instinct helped shaped the humble beginnings of house music. The songs that she signed to her former label Strictly Rhythm Records are all known classics. Today she is in the middle of shooting a documentary called "Gotta Have House" and is the owner of her new label called Launch Entertainment. How fitting the name is since she helped launch a lot of the house music royalty that is revered today. A must watch episode.
Kathy Brown Episode 13
This episode we are joined with diva vocalist NYC Vocalist Kathy Brown. She has earned a huge name in soulful house music with a string of successful hit records and a story to match. Taking us from the beginning in Gospel Music to R&B and Rap. She shares how she discovered house music and how she has not looked back since. Kathy explains dealing with the highs and lows of being in the music business and how to stay relevant.
K Klass Episode 12
This week we welcome one of the most successful production teams in the UK House Scene. Paul Roberts & Russell Morgan, the dynamic duo and the men behind the succesful brand K- Klass. A lot of hit song and loads of successful remixes. We learned from them that the journey began from a live band to becoming a DJ/Remix team and back to performing live.
J Kriv Episode 11
This episode we are joined by Jason Kriv one of the founding members of the House Music Band Tortured Soul on Central Park Records take us on his journey in the music business. Finding and making his mark as a successful record producer, remixer, and dj.
Mark Lower Episode 10
This episode we are joined by one of our younger heroes in disco house music, French DJ Mark Lower. You can listen how he takes us on his rise to fame from a young boy and playing his first ever dance music set at age 12 in a Northern French Club and all the way to signing one of his first big tracks to Nervous Records NYC. A fantastic heart felt warm story.
Seamus Haji Episode 009
Todays Episode we sit with Dj/Producer/A&R Man Of Big Love / Defected / Glitterbox Seamus Haji. He shares with us his start in the early 1980s known as Dj Slick to his rise in the house scene as Dj Seamus. Come check out his story on the road to success and the pitfalls.
Norman Jay (MBE) Episode 008
This episode has to be one of those incredible interviews. Norman Jay MBE walks us through his life's path from a young boy discovering music from his father and then to become the very popular and well sort out DJ in the 1980s and even through today. His story is moving and there may eventually be a full movie made about it. Tune in to catch this True House Story by one of UK's Elder Statesman.
Andy Williams Episode 007
This edition we speak with the man behind Qwestlife, Yam Who, and Midnight Riot Records founder Andy Williams. He shares with us his rise to fame and how he created the label that is so strong today. One of the biggest indie labels in the UK for dance and disco music. A must watch.
Toney Lee Episode 006
Lenny Fontana interviews Brooklyn Born Artist Toney Lee. Toney shares his stride to Reach To The Top and his life story in the music industry and how music has changed through social media and what he did to survive the times. A very inspiration video and the message is extraordinary.
D.C. LaRue Episode 005
This weeks edition we bring you the vocalist producer and writer, DC Larue. He is a true diamond from the disco era and he was blessed to be involved with many different artists such as the Disco Queen Donna Summer and to work alongside huge industry giants such as Neil Bogart the owner from Casablanca Records. His story is the who's who of the disco industry and here shares how his iconic release "Cathedrals" came to life.
CeCe Rogers Episode 004
On this weeks edition Lenny interviewed CeCe Rogers where he takes us on a journey of his beginnings in dance music and making the transition from R&B and becoming a highly sorted artist in the House Music Game. Come listen to CeCe Rogers share his story with Lenny Fontana.
Natasha Kitty Katt Episode 003
On this edition of True House Stories we are joined with a young starlet named Natasha Kitty Kat who is being interviewed by NYC DJ Lenny Fontana on the True House Stories Program. MIss Kitty Kat takes the time to share with us her life as a teenager and how she found her love for soul and R&B and sharing this with her biggest fan her dad. She has been blessed to play for great events such as Glitterbox, Southport Weekender and many other huge clubs around UK and Europe. She is a true inspiration for the woman wanting to take a chance and going after there dreams. A fantastic interview and inspiring.
Michael Gray Episode 002
On this edition of True House Stories we are joined with Michael Gray being interviewed by Lenny Fontana on the True House Stories Program. Michael takes the time to share with us us his life as a teenager and how he found his love for soul and R&B music eventually making his life path in the music business. He is responsible for many hit records including "Weekend" and all the remixes as one half of Full Intention. Listen to this Grammy Nominated Artist explain it all from the pitfalls to the successes. A great interview and a must watch.
Marshall Jefferson Episode 001
In the hot seat is no other than Chicago Record Producer DJ Marshall Jefferson who is known as “The Godfather Of House Music” In this two hour interview he tells you about all his life in dance music and sharing his secrets and rise to fame. A no holds barred interview conducted by NYC DJ Lenny Fontana with his new weekly program called “True House Stories” Get the popcorn and pour a drink this is worth seeing.