Out of the Shadows


Sept. 14, 2012

Welcome back to another week in Universal Rhythm Sessions. This week we welcome...DJ Manic!

New York native DJ Manic’s passion for music and natural ability to DJ, began long before he was of legal age. As a young boy he was inspired to pursue the Music & DJ industry while spending his free time at his uncle’s entertainment company. As Manic grew older, he was determined to take his DJ skills to the next level. He was so drawn to this profession, the only place you could find him was analyzing music, mixing and refining his art. It only took a few club appearances for him to earn his nickname: "Manic". The name Manic describes him well because of his unique style: combining a blend of skill, ability to read the dance floor and dynamically control the energy. His particular taste in music allows him to be diverse, exciting and on the cutting edge.

As co-producer of the song “Never Ending” along with Ronnie Ventura and Alan Scott Plotkin featuring Latrice Verrett, it debuted at "Hot Shot Breakout" ( #31) on the Billboard Dance charts. Ten weeks strong on the charts, “Never Ending” climbed to #25. Manic once again teamed up with Ventura and Plotkin to co-produce other hits including, “The Freaks” featuring Latrice Verrett and “Music Is Your Life” feat. Dana Devine both which were signed and release on Nuuf Music.

With influences from Danny Tenaglia, Sandy Rivera, Dennis Ferrer, Satoshi Tomiie, Louie Vega, David Morales, and Erick Morillo, Manic's DJ sets take the listener on a musical journey through deep and minimal to tribal and vocal house with latin and percussive Afro elements that are guaranteed to make the dance floor groove in perfect unity. Manic has been privileged to share stages with many international stars including: Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry, Anane Vega, Benji Candelario, Richie Santana, Peter Bailey, Masi & Mello, Chris Moody, Todd Gardner, and many others.

Creating, crafting and refining his music everyday, is Manic's drive and soul. Manic still remains close to his performance roots by making regular cameo appearances at some of the worlds most prestigious clubs. When he DJ's, be ready for a night of top-notch cutting edge underground music that will take the dancefloor to the edge.

We hope you enjoy this juicy mix filled with lots of dope classic samples and deep groovey tracks to keep your head boppin for sure. Thank you Manic for the mix, let the Manicomio begin! Remember to email us with any comments or questions about the show or the artists featured. We can be reached via Facebook at www.facebook.com/johnrivasmusic or follow us on Instagram @johnrivasmusic or via Twitter @djmentor For more on DJ Manic make sure to check out his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/djmanicnyc 

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