Erick Morillo has remixed everyone from Whitney Houston to the Basement Jaxx, from the Sneaker Pimps to Macy Gray. He runs the legendary Subliminal Records empire and has collaborated with the likes of the Audio Bullys. He's a platinum selling artist and has topped the charts worldwide as the producer behind Reel 2 Reel's hit 'I Like To Move It.'
But his biggest achievement to date? "I'd have to say it was when I bought my Mum a house," grins the New York born producer. "I'd put her through a lot of shit when I was younger, and like every kid I said 'when I grow up I'll buy you a house.' To be in a position, so early in my career, where I could actually do that was the most fulfilling moment in my career so far."
As a producer Morillo has been responsible for a bewildering array of tracks, under pseudonyms that include Ministers De la Funk, The Dronez (a project alongside Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero and Jose Nunez, which won the trio the remixer of the year award in 2001), RAW, Smooth Touch, RBM, Deep Soul, Club Ultimate and Li'l Mo Ying Yang amongst others. As a DJ, he's played the world over and from his legendary Subliminal Session parties at Pacha in Ibiza, to his roadblock events at the Crobar in Miami, Erick approaches everything he does with an unrivaled work hard/play hard mentality.
"I'm a workaholic," he admits. "Sometimes I'll be in the studio 24/7 - but when it comes to enjoying myself I can keep up with the best of them. At Radio 1's party in Miami this year I was standing on top of the bar, two Tequila bottles in my hands just pouring it into clubbers' mouths. That was a good night!"
Raised in Colombia, then New Jersey, Erick was weaned on a musical diet of Latin rhythms, reggae, and hip hop. Having started DJing at the age of 11 and securing himself several gigs playing friends and families' weddings, he decided to take a studio engineering course at the local Center of Media Arts.
He was soon inducted into the house fraternity through his friend Marc Anthony (the Salsa King), while he was working with Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez on "Ride On The Rhythm". "Louie's kinda watched out for me since the beginning," smiles Erick. "He never really told me how I should do things, he's just always been supportive."