Erick Morillo

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Biography

  • Born in New York and raised in Colombia and Union City, New Jersey. Morillo has been a DJ since the age of twelve, entranced by the turntable trickery of the masters. Disc jockey, producer, all-round social gadfly and party animal. Are you ready for so..
    There really is very little in the world of music and entertainment that Erick Morillo hasn’t turned his hand to. He’s a platinum-selling artist, he’s topped the charts worldwide as the producer behind Reel 2 Real’s hit “I Like To Move It” (used in both Madagascar movies, reaching millions of viewers worldwide and covered by Will I Am in Madagascar 2) and he’s been responsible for a bewildering array of dance-floor tracks including ‘Reach’, ‘Believe’, ‘Do What You Want’ and ‘I Feel Love’ - under pseudonyms including Ministers De La Funk, The Dronez (with Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero and Jose Nunez) and Li’l Mo Ying Yang. He’s remixed everyone from Whitney Houston to Basement Jaxx and continues to run the legendary Subliminal Records house music empire. On his debut album he collaborated with Puff Daddy and Boy George alike. For over a decade now, Erick has remained one of the most in-demand and instantly recognizable DJs in the world. From the instant success of his weekly ‘Sessions’ parties in New York, to hosting events like the annual road-blocking Subliminal Sessions parties in Miami at Winter Music Conference, to his coveted residency at Ministry of Sound (he’s still one of the only American DJs to ever hold one) and of course his now legendary Subliminal Sessions parties at Pacha Ibiza, Morillo just doesn’t stop. His non-stop DJing schedule at one point saw him straddling the globe playing up to a whopping 30 gigs a month, particularly in the summer months where he’ll play from Rome and Mykonos to London. He’s also become a familiar television personality through his appearances on MTV and MTV Ibiza two years in a row whilst starring in a seven part series for UK TV station Channel 4. Raised in Colombia, then New Jersey, Erick was weaned on a musical diet of Latin rhythms, reggae and hip-hop. He started DJing at the age of 11 and after securing himself DJ sets at several local gigs decided to take a studio engineering course at the local Centre of Media Arts. He was soon inducted into the house fraternity through his friend Marc Anthony (the Salsa King), whilst he was working with the now legendary Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez on “Ride On The Rhythm”. “Louie’s watched out for me since the beginning,” he says of the Masters At Work legend. One minor detail: in the booth at Pacha last time they played together was a certain supermodel called Naomi Campbell and beside her was one of Erick’s musical heroes, the legendary Quincy Jones. “Can you believe it? Quincy Jones came to my party,” he says, still in shock. “When we saw him there, Louie and I decided to play a bunch of his classics, like Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’. He told me he loved my bass lines,” smiles Erick. “One of the proudest days in my life.” In 1997, after spending almost a year of meticulously planning everything from logos to packaging, Morillo took it that one step further and launched Subliminal Records with his production partners Harry Romero and Jose Nunez. Guided by Morillo’s ear and studio presence, the brand has gone on to become synonymous with a funk-fuelled, soulful house sound. And in 2004 Erick released his first artist album worldwide, entitled “My World” it featured heavyweight collaborations from the likes of Puff Daddy, DJ Rap, Boy George and even a reunion with the Mad Stuntman. The lead single ‘Break Down The Doors’ featured The Audio Bullys, and in the years that followed, further singles and club tracks followed. After ‘Live Your Life’ and ‘Stronger’ came Erick’s collaboration with Skin and Eddie Thonieck, “If This Ain’t Love”, quickly followed by ‘Elephant’ featuring Alexandra Burke, a Top 5 UK smash. The global touring continued, as did his dominance at clubs from Pacha Ibiza and Ministry Of Sound in London. After a well-documented break from the scene, Morillo returned to his spiritual home of Ibiza in 2014. But unlike previous seasons, he only took on one show, at Space: “I decided to take a step back and I really got to see the industry changing. I did one party at Space for their 25th birthday, two sets, one outside and then I did the last 4 hours of the terrace, which brought back a bunch of memories! I loved playing and it was a great statement to make.” Fast-forward to the summer of 2015 and things are right where he wants them to be, with Subliminal re-launching in the digital sphere with a whole raft of new ideas and remixes planned for the start of 2016. Tracks like ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ and ‘Shiny Disco Balls’ are ripe for remixing, but Erick promises that the focus will remain on the new as much as the classic catalogue. “It’s going to be great music from house to techno – a little bit of everything,” he says. “We’re going to be releasing lots of records from different people.” With a super-successful summer spent in and out of Space, Ibiza with Luciano’s Cadenza party, as well as key shows from Marquee in New York and LIV in Miami to Avalon in LA and back, Erick is firing on all cylinders. He has several original productions and key collaborations that have now dropped, including ‘Something For Carl Cox’, a fun techno jam that Erick made for, well, guess who, a searing deep house club track called ‘The Restorer’ and another with Harry Romero called ‘Going To LA’. And he also has a solo double-header dropping on Subliminal Records in November 2015. “I’m releasing a two part EP titled Limitless which will consist of a track titled ‘I Want You’ followed by ‘Trapped’ - both great records,” he nods. And the label is also gearing up for some major moves at the start of 2016. A-List artists such as Kolsch and The Martinez Brothers will be remixing the very best of the classic catalogue. Erick, meanwhile, is happy to be living in LA. “LA is the place to be, not just because the record industry is there but also the artists. It’s a great place to be and a great place to network. I want to be in the mix!”
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    Selected discography

    Original 2012 Shawnee Taylor, Denis The Menace Love In Me Subliminal & Sandro Monte ft. Erick Morillo 2012 Erick Morillo & Konshens ft. Sympho Nympho Murder The Dance Floor Subliminal 2012 Sympho Nympho Ft. Shawnee Taylor Colors Subliminal 2012 In The Screen Ft. Rachael Starr Keep On Dancin Subliminal 2012 Sympho Nympho We Groove Subliminal 2012 Sympho Nympho Make You Sweat Subliminal 2012 Alexandra Burke feat. Erick Morillo Elephant Sony 2012 Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick feat. Skin If This Ain’t Love Subliminal 2011 Sympho Nympho Build It Up Subliminal 2011 Lasers Lights Out Subliminal 2011 In The Screen & Rony Seikaly Fly Away Subliminal 2011 In The Screen We Are The Night Subliminal 2011 Erick Morillo & Harry Romero Pa Ra Ra Bambosa 2011 Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick Stronger Subliminal Ft. Shawnee Taylor 2010 Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick Live Your Life Subliminal Ft. Shawnee Taylor 2010 Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick Nothing Better Subliminal 2009 Erick Morillo & Richard Grey I’m Back Subliminal 2009 Erick Morillo & Richard Grey Say the Word Subliminal 2009 Erick Morillo & DLG Where Are You Now Subliminal 2009 Erick Morillo Ft. Deborah Cooper I Get Lifted Subliminal 2009 Erick Morillo & Richard Grey Life Goes On Subliminal 2009 Erick Morillo & Harry Romero Ft. P.Diddy Make A Movie Subliminal 2008 Erick Morillo & DLG Where Are You Now Subliminal 2006 Erick Morillo Dance I Said Subliminal 2006 Erick Morillo Jazz in Your Face Subliminal 2005 Erick Morillo Waiting In The Darkness Subliminal 2005 Erick Morillo The 2 Sides of My World Unknown 2005 Erick Morillo What Do You Want Unknown 2005 Erick Morillo What Do You Want Pt2 Unknown 2005 Erick Morillo What Do You Want Pt3 Unknown 2005 Erick Morillo Break Down The Doors Unknown 2004 Erick Morillo My World Subliminal 2004 Erick Morillo, Harry Romero & Jose Nunez Dancin Subliminal 2002 Erick Morillo Come Make Over Me Subliminal 1996 Erick Morillo Jazz It Up Strictly Rhythm 1996 Reel 2 Real Are You Ready For Some More Strictly Rhythm 1996 Reel 2 Real Jazz It Up Strictly Rhythm 1996 Reel 2 Real Mueve La Cadera Strictly Rhythm 1996 Erick Morillo Work It Strictly Rhythm 1995 Reel 2 Real Conway Strictly Rhythm 1995 Erick Morillo Live And More Strictly Rhythm 1993 Reel 2 Real Go On Move Strictly Rhythm 1993 Reel 2 Real I Like To Move It Strictly Rhythm 1992 Reel 2 Real Funky Buddha Strictly Rhythm Remixes 2012 Craig David Ft. Erick Morillo Get Drunk Up Subliminal (Sympho Nympho Remix) 2012 Eddie Amador & Harry Romero We Are The Beautiful Ones Subliminal Ft. Countre Black (Sympho Nympho Remix) 2012 David John (Sympho Nympho Remix) Mr. Fantastic Subliminal 2004 Erick Morillo, Harry Romero & Jose Nunez Dancin Subliminal 2005 Abel The Kid, Javi Reina & Raul Orti In My Eyes Subliminal 2005 Anthony Rother Father Subliminal 2004 Harry Choo Choo Romero What Happened Bambossa 2003 Crystal Method Born Too Slow Subliminal 2002 Erick Morillo Drugs Punks Mix Sondos 2002 Modjo Lady MCA USA 2002 Junior Jack How You Thrill Me Subliminal 2002 Whiplash Ghetto Tears Subliminal 2002 Jose Nunez Air Race Subliminal 2001 SuperFunk Last Dance Virgin 2001 LL Cool J You & Me Def Jam 2001 Cirque De Paris Know You Byte Records 2001 Kid Crème Austin’s Groove Subliminal 2001 Money Chocolate Keep The Love Subliminal 2001 Jaimy & Kenny D Keep On Touching Sondos 2001 Par-t-One Im So Crazy Subliminal 2001 Macy Gray Sexuouston Im Your Baby Tonic Arista 2000 Johnny Corporate Sunday Shouting Defected 2000 Tanga Chick Brasil Over Zurich Subliminal 2000 Bob Sinclar I Feel For You Subliminal 2000 Artful Dodger Please Don’t Turn Me On LondonRecords 2000 Onephatdeeva In & Out of My Life Subliminal 2000 The Committee Screen & Shout Subliminal 2000 Bob Sinclair My Only Love Subliminal 2000 Thick Dick Welcome To the Jungle Sondos 1999 The Rule I Need Your Love Subliminal 1999 Jose Nunez Ft. Octavia Hold On Subliminal 1999 Peter Heller Big Love London FFRR 1999 Basement Jaxx Red Alert XL Recordings 1999 Diana Ross Not Over You Yet EMI Chrysalis 1999 Enrique Iglesias Bailamos InterscopeRecords 1999 Precious Say It Again EMI Chrysalis 1999 Sneaker Pimps Low 5 Clean Up 1999 DJ Rap Born To Be Alive Sony UK 1999 Technique U & Me CreationRecords 1999 Madison Avenue Don’t Call Me Baby Virgin Records 1999 Sneaker Pimps 10 to 20 Clean Up 1998 Jocelyn Brown Ain’t No Mountain High Sony 1998 Babe Instinct Disco Babes EMI 1998 Richard F Good Love Subliminal 1998 Jose Nunez In My Life Subliminal 1998 Ultra Nate Found A Cure Strictly Rhythm 1998 Billie She Wants You Virgin 1997 Basement Jaxx Fly Life Multiply Records 1997 Boris Dlugosch Hold Your Head Up High Positiva Records 1997 Smoking Beats Dreams A&M 1997 Quad City DJ’s Come On Ride The Train Atlantic 1996 Hipgrinders Keep It Up Gossip Records 1995 Crystal Waters What I Need Mercury 1995 Stex One Moment In Time Warner Brothers 1993 Tag Team Whoop There It Is Bellmark Records 1993 Reality Yolanda Strictly Rhythm 1993 S.A.S Instinct Compilations 2011 Erick Morillo Subliminal Invasion Subliminal 2010 Erick Morillo Voodoo Nights Subliminal 2009 Erick Morillo Be Bad Subliminal 2009 Erick Morillo Strictly Erick Morillo Strictly Rhythm 2008 Erick Morillo Subliminal Sessions 12 Subliminal 2007 Erick Morillo Subliminal Sessions 11 Subliminal 2006 Erick Morillo Subliminal Sessions 10 Subliminal 2006 Erick Morillo A|X Paradiso 2005 Erick Morillo Subliminal Sessions 9 Subliminal 2006 Erick Morillo Subliminal Winter Sessions Vol. 2 Subliminal 2005 Erick Morillo Subliminal Winter Sessions Vol.1 Subliminal 2004 Erick Morillo Subliminal Sessions 5 Subliminal 2004 Erick Morillo Subliminal Sessions 3 Subliminal 2002 Erick Morillo Subliminal Sessions 1 Subliminal 2000 Erick Morillo & Little Louie Vega House Nation 1999 Erick Morillo Ministry of Sound Sessions 10 Subliminal 1998 Erick Morillo Ministry of Sound Sessions 9 Subliminal Albums 2005 Erick Morillo The 2 Sides of My World Subliminal 2004 Erick Morillo My World Subliminal