CIELO 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY | KENNY "DOPE" GONZALEZ, HECTOR ROMERO, & RISSA GARCIA
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CIELO 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY | KENNY "DOPE" GONZALEZ, HECTOR ROMERO, & RISSA GARCIA
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2018-01-20 22:00:00
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Starts: 20.01.2018 22:00
Ends: 21.01.2018 04:00
Location:
Cielo
18 Little West 12th Street
NY 10014 New York, New York
United States
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Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez
KENNY "DOPE" GONZALEZ 
Born: 7 June 1970 in Brooklyn, New York City. 

Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez is an NYC-based DJ, music producer, and recording artist. Best known for his house music, hip-hop, and funk productions/edits/re-edits. Often he works with partner Louie Vega mainly as Masters At Work or Nuyorican Soul, but also using other aliases either for joint work or their own side projects. 

He owned the Dopewax label.

 
Hector Romero
HECTOR ROMERO 
A natural progression within the Def Mix camp gave Hector Romero his most recent business opportunity as a participating partner in Satoshi Tomiie’s upstart imprint SAW.RECORDINGS.

Picture the summer 1983…In the Bronx, NY a block party, also known as a street jam, is in full effect. A 13 year old kid steps in front of the turntables and starts playing a combination of Latin, House and Hip Hop music. The crowd goes wild and quickly the neighborhood nicknames the young kid ‘Baby Hec’ Romero. As his notoriety and age grows, he finds himself playing at the premier Latin Dance Club ‘La Mirage’, and doing nights at the hippest street club the ‘Devils Nest’. The very same club where friend Louie Vega got his start. Soon after that, "Baby Hec" Romero (a name that has taken years to shed) found himself DJ-ing at some of New York City’s legendary clubs and underground spots such as Save the Robots, The Red Zone, famed Palladium, and the Roxy.

In 1994, Judy Weinstein recruited Hector Romero to work at Def Mix Productions and assist in the creation of Definity Records, an imprint Weinstein and partner David Morales was working on launching. Hector found he was not as interested in Remixing or Producing but he loved the balance between the creative DJ and the businessman. A&R, and working on the business end of Music, was a better fit. Weinstein took him under her wing and taught him the technique of good business management. The longtime business arrangement garnered him the position of Label Manager of Definity Records the Def Mix imprint.

Romero has found a balance by playing records at spots such as Filter 14 in NYC, Stereo in Montreal, Locomia in Portugal, and in other clubs around the globe. Mixing different types of music together is his "sound" and it is this mixture that has again increased his celebrity with the Club Culture throughout major European Cities, Canada, and the USA.

A natural progression within the Def Mix camp gave Hector Romero his most recent business opportunity as a participating partner in Satoshi Tomiie’s upstart imprint SAW.RECORDINGS. Weinstein, also an investor and a believer in the duo team, is working closely with Romero to strengthen his profile as a DJ through the Def Mix Tours. With Romero’s business savvy, the success of Tomiie & Romero’s dream company is insured. As one of the creative forces of SAW, Hector brings to the team his experience as label manager, and his A&R and negotiation abilities.

As a DJ, Hector Romero continues to play on weekends and will be joining the others at Def Mix in a Spring through Fall 2002 world tour.

 
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
excerpts from DeeperVibes.net 
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