Hex Hector
by Karlyn

Remixology from Amazon.com Okay, here I was in beautiful South Beach, at the Winter Music Conference poolside party on Wednesday, and who is playing a DJ set but one of my favorites of all time, Hex Hector! This amazing man has done remixes for everyone from Jennifer Lopez, Toni Braxton, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston to Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner! He's held residencies at legendary New York nightclubs like Tunnel, Limelight, Palladium, and Sound Factory.

I really wanted to get the chance to meet Hex (who happened to win a Grammy for Remixer of the Year 2001), so after his set I went up, introduced myself, and told him I'd love the opportunity to interview him sometime while he was in town…he said I could do it right then! I was beside myself with happiness, giddy even! After he finished talking to his fans (and believe me, there were a ton of fans!), we went inside (it was quieter, more conducive to an interview) and he gave me the chance to ask him anything and everything that was on my mind!

Lunar: People tend to think of you as a remixer. What do you have coming up?

Hex: I've also done a lot of production, with a lot of different people. I actually just finished producing a single for Ricky Martin. I produced Donna Summers' comeback single, "I Will Go With You." I've produced songs on Patti LaBelle's remix album... but my claim to fame is definitely remixing.

Lunar: I know it's been a long time, but what did you think about working with Madonna?

Hex: I don't have a lot to say about that, because I didn't actually get to meet her. I spoke to her over the phone, and she left me a bunch of silly messages, like "Where the fuck is my mix?," because she was way behind on schedule, and she wanted to get it out, and I was sort of taking my time with it. So she kind of chewed me out for that, but I thought it was funny.

Lunar: Have you done any work with other producers recently?

Hex: Well, I don't work with other producers, I have a partner, his name is Mac Quayle, and we do a lot of work together. I also work with another cat named Dezrok, who's my best friend, and we work on specific projects-whereas Mac and I do pretty much everything.

Lunar: Cool... You won a Grammy last year, and you know what song they told you it was for, [but] what song do you think it was for?

Hex: The Grammy was actually for a body of work, it was actually six tunes that were submitted for the year 2000.

Lunar: Do you think there was one song that helped to push you above other contestants?

Hex: I have no idea what that would be, if there was. I've just been doing it for a long time, and I was grateful to be recognized by NARAS (the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences).

Lunar: When did you get started?

Hex: I've been DJing for almost twenty-five years now, and it got to a point where I knew I wanted to do more than just being a DJ. I mean, I love spinning, it's still my favorite thing to do in the world, but I wanted to take my life and my personal career to another level. So I got into production about ten years ago. That was when I actually did my first record.

Lunar: You mentioned how you love spinning, and I noticed a big difference between seeing you at Exit (NYC), in which you spun harder house, and doing a smaller party, like this, outside. What do you tend to stick with, or do you go all over the board?

Hex: Well, I'm definitely more house based. I mean, I love house music, I love tribal, and I love drums. I'm Latin, so I'm really into the percussion aspect of dance music. There is no formula; I just try to go with what the crowd is feeling. Unfortunately, today I just brought CDs with me, because I knew it was going to be hot, I didn't want to have to carry vinyl, and on stages people jump around-its notorious for records to skip on stages-so I decided to keep it simple and just bring CDs.

Hex Hector press photo Lunar: Do you remember playing at Exit?

Hex: Of course!

Lunar: What did you think of it? What do you think of it now being shut down?

Hex: Exit is, you know, I never really liked Exit. It's too cavernous in there to really create any kind of vibe. It's really big and it's hard to connect with the crowd. I prefer more intimate venues-unless it's a special event, then a big venue is appropriate.

Lunar: Since you brought up the subject of CDs, what do you think of CD decks? Do you think it takes something away from having the vinyl?

Hex: I have no offense against CD decks, whatever works for them. As long as they're out there creating and playing music, and making people happy, then I'm all for it. Me personally, I like vinyl. I like putting my hands on something, and I think it sounds a lot better than CDs. Vinyl has a warmer, richer, more low-end sound. It just, to me, transcends music, and it makes it that much better; whereas CDs have a vibe, but it just doesn't sound as good as the vinyl. I'm an old school vinyl-head.

Lunar: Were you at the Winter Music Conference last year?

Hex: No.

Lunar: So you would not be able to tell me your take on the difference between last year and now.

Hex: This is actually only my second time coming to this thing. Last time I was here was five years ago, and I just came out of curiosity.

Lunar: Any P&D deals coming up?

Hex: Right now, no, because I'm just knee-deep in trying to create a brand new album from scratch. It is an album of all original material, its going to be an H2Q album. H2Q is the name I go under when I work with my partner, Mac Quayle. It's going to be completely different from what you are used to hearing from my previous works. It's going to be cinematic; it's going to be dark, percussive.

Lunar: What BPM will it be around?

Hex: It's going to go all over the place. From 80 BPM all the way up to 140. So we're going to really give you a journey.

Lunar: Where do you think the 'average Joe,' living in a small town without any underground vinyl shop, should go to get your music?

Hex: There are tons of music outlets that sell my CDs, most of the retail chains carry a lot of my music and you could definitely purchase it over the net. There are also some great websites from record stores you could go to, like Satellite, Deca Dance is another great one, Perfect Beat on the West Coast is actually pretty good. There are tons of places.

Lunar: Do you feel that people not living in big cities are able to get a lot of exposure to your music?

Hex: Absolutely! I've DJed in places in Middle America, and they're really up on the music. Whereas before, maybe five or six years ago, if I'd go out and play in St. Louis, Missouri, and played one of my cool underground tracks, they'd be "What the fuck is that?" Now, they're a little more astute about music, and they do the research, so I'm really happy with how the country has progressed in regards to dance music.

Lunar: Do you feel dance music has become too commercialized, or do you feel that most people are keeping to their original roots?

Hex: As long as there are new and up-and-coming producers and DJs who are passionate about what they do, and love what they do, then there is going to be a ton of new music. There are new guys coming up all the time.

Lunar: What do you think about Justin Timberlake being nominated for two International Dance Music Awards this year?

Hex: Um, I think it's interesting.

Lunar: You do a lot of circuit parties. Do you have any coming up, and if so, where?

Hex: I've got a huge one, actually the third largest in North America, the Saint At Large Black Party, which will be 5,000 plus, this coming Saturday (March 22, 2003) in New York City.

Lunar: Do you see yourself coming through Atlanta any time soon?

Hex: Hey, man, if Atlanta would have me, I'd definitely go back. I played there a few years ago, and it was actually a weird space. I was told it was a space that Nike created.

Lunar: The Nike Pavilion?

Hex: Yeah, the Nike Pavilion. I did a party there, it was amazing, and I had a great time!

Lunar: A lot of people have been saying that raves are dead, what do you think about that?

Hex: Actually, I have no idea about raves. I've never spun one; I've never been to one. I'm definitely more of a club DJ.

Lunar: What about the statement that house music is dead?

Hex: House will never die.

Lunar: Anything else you feel you should tell the people in Atlanta?

Hex: Just keep loving dance music, you know? Keep supporting it. Love music, and continue buying it, and continue seeking it out, and enough of the downloading already!

To learn more about DJ extraordinaire Hex Hector, visit his website at www.hexmusic.com

At Amazon.com

Remixology - Hex Hector
Track Listing:

  1. Wish I Didn't Miss You - Angie Stone
  2. Temperamental - Everything But The Girl
  3. Soul To Bare - Joi Cardwell
  4. Runnin - Basstoy
  5. Manga - Timo Maas
  6. Tribal Pleasures - Richie Santana AKA Soul Penetrator
  7. Things Just Ain't The Same - Deborah Cox
  8. Deep Jungle - Lithium
  9. I Feel So Fine - KMC
  10. We Get Together - HQ2 Presents Kim Sozzi
  11. Starlight In Daden - Ekova
  12. Ekabo - Maw feat. Wunmi
  13. Koro Koro - No Smoke
  14. It's You - ESP
  15. Fade - Solu Music feat. Kimblee



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