When thinking about Tony Humphries, you might be minded of his epic stint at KISS FM as one of its greatest Mastermixers; or of his residency at one of the greatest US clubs, The Zanzibar; or, even, the walls that are lined with gold discs, from Indeep to Janet Jackson; or even his legendary eclecticism. Tony is all of those things and more Tony Humphries has been DJing nearly 35 years, an incredible achievement. His big break came through a chance meeting with Mastermixer Shep Pettibone at the offices of Prelude Records. Tony handed the maestro a tape and Humphries’ star rose as his KISS FM show (and later HOT 97) lasted for decades.
Humphries has long been associated with New Jersey and the reason for that is his long-held residency at Club Zanzibar in Newark that began in 1982. Zanzibar became synonymous with a new soulful electronic sound, labelled the Jersey sound, but with Tony’s hands at the tiller it was a vastly more varied menu than that suggests. “It wasn’t like going to a house club, everything was intertwined,” explains Tony. “The hours were long, so obviously you didn’t want to hear ten hours of straight house music. If you’re going to pay $15-20 to hear this guy, you want to hear the whole *** spectrum. You had to come with everything possible. Talking Heads and The B-52s don’t sound like Zanzibar/Garage records, but they were. I think that’s what the Zanzibar’s appeal was.” As his reputation in Europe was being established He was coaxed in the early ’90s for residencies at both Ministry of Sound in London and Echoes in Rimini on the Italian Riviera. In 2009, Body & Soul promoter John Davis brought Tony together with ‘Little’ Louie Vega and David Morales for a ten-hour session at New York’s Webster Hall that was appropriately dubbed the Kings of House. Little did any of them anticipate the success that this would be, turning into a worldwide phenomenon that has straddled continents and cities.
Although Tony is often seen more as a DJ than a remixer, his forays into the studio have always been productive. He has gone on to remix scores of artists from Soul II Soul to Janet Jackson “Together Again”. Tony was enticed back into the studio in 2013 by Frankie Knuckles who asked Tony to do a swap mix for a track he’d been working on. As Frankie told Tony, “You’re a great remixer. I just thought folks needed to be reminded.”
Now we bring you “Oh Adam” stays true with its house roots, but this track slips you into a bit of blues, with the riff piano and some nice deep organ sounds just hitting the right spot. On the dance floor you can just close your eyes and feel a New Orleans Sunday Morning.
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Tony Humphries “Oh Adam” Tony Records