Tennerz: Reelsoul – Get Myself Together (Mr V. Remix) (Reelsoul Musik)
We already knew Reelsoul was producing and remixing. And he also pretty much happens to sing in style. We also knew the man was pretty much into uplifting vibes (remember Soul: ID‘s ‘Believe). Therefore, ‘Get Myself Together’ makes no exception.
Last but not least, we knew he established a signature sound that speaks to itself for the lovers of quality vibes. Well, the good thing is that Mr V seems to have enhanced it on his rework. All in all makin’ of ‘Get Myself Together’ an essential joint for 2017…
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– William Rodriquez III found his early influences in the wide rage of musical sounds and styles which his dad introduced him to. From Cerrone to Loose Ends. Not to mention the various tones of Hip-Hop and Dance Music that surrounded him.
An avid collector of 45’s by the age of 4, this experience continued to have an expression for Will‘s creative outlet. By the age of 10, he taught himself by ear to play the keyboard. His cousin bringin’ his attention to Deep House cuts from labels such as Strictly Rhythm and Nervous. And a year after, he eventually started spinnin’. Nurturin’ his craft musical arrangements across the board from Hip-Hop, Rare Groove & Underground House Parties.
By 1992, Will was making beats with two tape decks and a keyboard. This rich musical assortment continued to thrive on his passion for production. As he continued to advance himself in the art of making music so did his sound. His rich soulful debut, ‘Take Me To A Place’ found a home on Frankie Feliciano‘s Ricanstruction label.
He quickly followed with a string of releases for various labels, meanwhile establishing an instantly recognizable signature. Therefore turnin’ countless jams into essential cuts. From The Laybouts & Pete Simpson‘s ‘Thank You’ to Soul: ID‘s ‘Believe’. But also Marc Cotterell‘s ‘Into The Light’. Or Diephuis featuring Jocelyn Brown‘s ‘Don’t Quit’. Not to mention Sterling Ensemble featuring Lee Wilson‘s ‘Everybody’ to name a few.
No surprisingly, Reelsoul also crafted masterpieces under his own banner. Beginning with the memorable ‘For The Love Of You’ featuring Kyra back in 2010 on MN2S. And ‘Get Myself Together’ on his recently launched Reelsoul Musik label.
– Experiencing Mr. V’s (aka Victor Font) DJ sets, original productions, or remixes is like taking a trip back in time to Dance Music’s golden age…
Before superstar DJ’s took over the spotlight, Dance Music was a cultural phenomenon that did what no other form of music could do… Bring people together! It didn’t matter what race or sexual orientation you came from. Why? Because Dance Music was all about embracing our differences and creating a homogeneous vibe. The music was built heavily on traditional song structures and lot of heart and soul. DJ’s played whatever it took to get the party going and the music was never predictable. It is with this classic spirit and enthusiasm that NYC Mr. V targets today’s Dance Music world. Mr. V is a throwback in the purest sense.
Growing up in the 1980’s the open-minded Mr. V got heavily influenced by House, Hip-Hop, Latin, Garage and Disco classics, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz. Despite wanting to be a professional DJ, it wasn’t until he met Louie Vega that he found his calling. “Louie used to have his party called Underground Network. That’s where I discovered a deeper taste for House music. I always wanted to be a DJ. And Louie’s type of music – that whole soulful sound – is what I wanted to play…”
Louie Vega saw the drive and potential in Mr. V and hired him as his assistant at his Masters At Work label. In this position Mr. V was given a rare glimpse into the global dance scene and before long was taking to the decks alongside his mentor.
In addition to his busy DJ schedule Mr. V has also made quite a name for himself as a producer. In 2001, along with Alix Alvarez, Mr. V launched his Sole Channel Music label. An opportunity to release music with complete control and artistic freedom. Standing among their most famous cuts, ‘Somethin’ Wit Jazz’ which got released back in 2005 as the opening cut to Mr. V‘s ‘The Dance Ritual Project’ clearly embodies what the man is about.
Combining his multifaceted skills as a DJ/producer/remixer, and with an ear towards Dance Music’s roots, Mr. V is definitely a name to watch out for!