Ferrer is one of the hottest producers of the moment with
original releases and remixes on a wide assortment of respected
labels. His music has been championed by Garage 416 favourite
guest dj's like Joe Claussell (Spiritual Life Music) and
Jerome Sydenham (Ibadan Records). Sharing a recording studio
with his mentor Kerri "Kaoz 6:23" Chandler,
Dennis has unleashed music on his own imprint - SFERE Recordings.
Dennis' current production and remixes include "Good Love"
by dj Pierre on King Street Records, "Reality" by house
vocalist Kenny Bobien, and "It's Alright" by Anthony
HERE to check out the profile on Dennis Ferrer by
deep house producer Miguel Graça (pronounced "grass-a")
has been turning heads for years with his unique production style
and beautiful songs. His new album on Bombay Records entitled
"Monkey Mass" is in stores now and a 12"
single from the album, "The Wellbeing", is already drawing
rave reviews from industry insiders lucky enough to get a white
label. But Miguel Graça is no overnight success.
As a choirboy in his native Portugal, Miguel discovered his musical
talent at an early age and explored it by studying the piano and
developing his vocal skills. His passion for music has turned
into a lifelong pursuit. Whether producing, remixing, DJing or
selling records, Miguel has been involved with the recording industry
for over a decade.
After playing in a band in the 80s Miguel began producing his
own material. In 1991, at the age of 20, he produced his first
club hit: "There 4 U" by M.G. feat. Stephenson. It was
awarded the supreme sign of recognition from the scene at the
time by being bootlegged in New York City. "There 4 U"
charted heavily in the U.K., played on regular rotation on Kiss
100 FM, and grabbed the attention of legendary Garage DJ/Producer
Robert Ouimet, who became his production partner.
Over the next 6 years Graça and Ouimet shared a studio
and ran Front Records. They released many internationally acclaimed
house tracks together and developed a solid following for their
Red Light moniker. Highlights of their prolific discography include
"Who Needs Enemies," "The Dance," "Keep
it Open" and "Thankful" feat. David Gordon, all
on Hi-Bias Records. "Thankful" went on to win the 1994
JUNO Award for best original dance recording.
Miguel recorded under several other aliases before releasing his
first track under his own name, "Up to the Sky" on Ferox
in 1997. He also remixed "Voices in my Mind" by Masters
At Work (Da Grooves Productions) and Jestofunk's classic "Can
We Live." Many of his tracks have been licensed around the
world, including "Rollin'" to a Radio Nova compilation,
"Realize" to Amalgamations of Sound, and "Latin
Soul" (Guidance) to a variety of compilations. Recently,
Miguel finished a remix of Llorca's "Indigo Blues"
for the respected label F-Com, and his remix of KemeticJust's
"See the Light" (Bombay) was a deep hit at the 2001
WMC in Miami. As well, his spooky-dub remix of Roy Davis Jr.'s
"Watch Them Come" made heads all over the whole say,
and turn up the volume.
Miguel's first full-length album with Bombay, "Shining Stars"
(released summer 2000), was a collaboration with various Montreal
musicians and vocalists and "a reflection of everything I've
realized, things that I have figured out and come to peace with,"
says Miguel. A garage/house classic from start to finish, three
12-inch singles were released from the album, including the international
club hit "Pineapple" and "Speak My Mind",
which features a Johnny Fiasco remix. A video for "Speak
My Mind" was produced, shot in 35mm at Montreal's infamous
Stereo afterhours, and the track found a home on dance floors
and charts around the world.
Miguel is constantly touring as a DJ in North America and Europe
- he played for Respect is Burning in Lausanne, a Radio Nova showcase
in Paris, and other club dates. In April 2002 he will embark on
his first tour of Australia and New Zealand, following which he
will tour North America and Europe in support of "Monkey
Somehow, Miguel finds time to maintain a grueling studio schedule
- his next album is almost ready - and hold three residencies
in Montreal, while gigging in other North American cities around
the world, including clubs such as Twilo (N.Y.), Mad Bar (Chicago),
OstGut (Berlin), and more. He also co-presents the Groove Cocketail
(sic) radio show on CIBL 101.5 FM in Montreal. Visit Miguel's
site at www.bombayrecords.com/miguelgraca!
us celebrate Dennis' return appearance and Miguel's debut Garage
416 appearance & CD release with T.O.'s own Denise Benson
(Glide, Mental Chatter CKLN 88.1fm), Ray Prasad (Vibes&Vinyl
CKLN 88.1), Blueprint (Jason Klaps, Mike K. & Alan
Lo), and Moreno (Level 101).
not miss the return of Dennis Ferrer plus the Garage 416 debut
of Miguel Graça!