Whether he's wreaking havoc in the DJ booth or in the studio for
superstars like Madonna, Johnny Vicious has made an indelible mark on the
world's dance floors and is regarded as a turntable phenomenon as well as an
invincible producer and remixer. He is without question lauded internationally as
one of dance music's brightest stars. The particular style that he has perfected
over the years has propelled him into a class of his own.
Prior to achieving worldwide notoriety Johnny's roots date back to New
Jersey where he was born and raised. As a child he initially favored Rock music
but began toying with a pair of turntables and became instantly enamored with
dance music's sinuous energy. “One minute I was into Motley Crue and the next I
was listening to Tony Humphries’ mix show on Kiss-FM. I started DJing in my
friend's basement, and I didn't know what I was doing. It sounded like trains
crashing.” Johnny's mixing skills quickly improved and in 1989 he earned a slot
spinning at Manhattan’s famed Palladium nightclub; his first Big Apple show
DJing with the legend Larry Levan live on Hot 97.
From then on he never looked back. Appearances at the most legendary
clubs in N.Y.C. like Red Zone, Palladium, and Sound Factory followed, and
Johnny parlayed these gigs into a residency at the world renowned Roxy. Soon
after, Johnny collaborated with Jeffery Rodman and created Vicious Music
releasing his seminal Liquid Bass EP, showcasing his mange of beats and
samples that established him as one of the most promising rising artists in dance
music and put him on the map worldwide. Phone calls and faxes rolled and he
found himself spinning at the worlds best clubs from Europe to Japan to
Johnny Vicious is adamant about one thing– it’s his forward-looking vision
of dance music, which rails against stagnation and thrives on pushing the
envelope. His relentless production touch has been felt by pop notables such as
Madonna, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Natasha Bedingfield, Shakira,
Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Akon, 36 Mafia, Justin Timberlake, Kat
Deluna, The Veronica's, The Ting Tings, Ashlee Tisdale, Veronica, Byron
Stingley, Lula, Brain Bug, IIo, React, Duncan Sheik, Chicane, Amber, Filter,
Simply Red, Aretha Franklin, Deborah Cox, Jimmy Sommerville and
Kristine W. As well as underground legends such as Candido, First Choice,
Loleatta Holloway, Karen Finley and Shades of Love.
His unique combination of house, trance and eclectic vocals provided a
recipe for success producing chart-topping hits such as “Ecstasy” Featuring Lula,
and “Moments” Featuring Myndy K. This contributed to him securing his own mix
show on New York City’s biggest radio dance station W.K.T.U. where he was
heard breaking his newest remix and productions on Saturday Nights. That soon
led him to residencies at Sound Factory, Tunnel, and Exit from which he started
one of the most successful parties in NYC on Friday nights “Sexy at the Roxy.”
Johnny was also a big part of the Ultra Records family where he
mixed four of Ultra's top selling CD's Ultra Dance 01, 03, Ultra Trance 03, Ministry of sounds “Club Nation”, and “Clubbers Guide”selling over a million CD's.
Johnny also has 5 releases on Thrive records and is now working on his new label. "Warehouse" which will consist of new artists,underground tracks.
While he is doing major-label mixes, he still want to keep himself in the underground, as a DJ, he always want to hear new records, and as a producer he always want to make new sounds. Dance music will always be around, and Johnny always be a part of it.