Louie Vega Bio

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Louie Vega bio

Luis Fernando Vega, better known as "Little" Louie Vega, is an American musician of Puerto Rican ancestry who started his DJ career spinning records at the age of 13. He is one-half of the Masters At Work musical production team. Vega was born to a musician family, as his father was a jazz saxophonist, and his uncle was a singer. By 1985, Louie, a cousin of Eric Vega’s, a popular event creator and promoter in New York City, began playing house and block parties in his local Bronx neighborhood, as well as engineering and mixing. His first nightclub residency was at the Devil's Nest, in the Bronx, and later he moved to Roseland, Studio 54 and the Palladium in Manhattan. During the 1990s, Vega was playing at one of the most influential nightclubs for house music, The Sound Factory Bar. By the mid-1990s, the Masters At Work team had Vega spending less time behind the turntables and more time in the studio as part of the team's remixers. Vega released 100+ original freestyle productions from 1985 to 1990. Linking with New York House pioneer Todd Terry on “And the Beat Goes On” and “Give Yourself To Me,” Vega soon met Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez in 1991, in doing so began Masters At Work. Their critically acclaimed album Nuyorican Soul and producing and remixing music with and for artists like Jamiroquai, Tito Puente, George Benson, and Earth Wind & Fire, just to name a few have made Masters At Work. The past few years have seen Vega produce albums (on his label Vega Records) for artists including Anané, Luisito Quintero and Elements of Life (his live band project), as well as releasing individual tracks and more than 25 compilations on the industry’s most revered imprints, Defected Records, Kingstreet, Azuli, Division (Italy), & Strictly Rhythm Records while building Vega Records into the independent powerhouse. Ultimate recognition came in 2006, when he received a Grammy Award for the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category, with his remix of Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly.” After more than 20 years in the game, Louie Vega’s contributions continue to positively influence the global House and world music scenes.

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