DANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL  |  16th - 23th AUGUST 2014 | CROATIA

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By 1992 Victor began receiving calls to DJ at clubs from countries as far away as Japan , thanks to Victors engineer of the time , Gomi. It was also at this time that two of Victor's tracks, "Feel So Right" by Solution and "I Want you To Know" by Groove Committee (which Larry Levan championed in his sets at some of his final gigs in Japan) went on to become a significant piece of the ‘Simonelli Sound’.Todd Terry , approached Victor to commend , him on his works , and to license Production from him. Todd told Victor , "When you got a sound thats working , just keep on with it". 1993 saw Victor working on "In The .Closet" by Michael Jackson, featuring The Mystery Girl, Madonna (their only ever duet). At this point he began pumping out productions steadily,such as the blinding, "It's So Good" by Creative Force , which then new to the business Mathius Heilbronn Engineered. The unforgettable , “I Know A Place” by Sound Of One , which Roger Sanchez released on his first Label at the time , and the classic "Dirty Games" on Nu Groove (USA) and Vinyl Solution (UK). Street Players Vol 1 EP was also made this year , which went onto inspire the making of Kenny Dopes "The Bomb" (which was created a couple of years later by Kenny). Deep Dish had not yet formed but both Sharam and Dubfire approached Victor and asked his advise on making tracks , equing , mixing , etc.Shortly thereafter they formed Yoshi Toshi Records and began Producing themselves.

During this year Victor made his first of many trips to England,and helped set up Suburban Records with Tommy Musto who also owned Fourth Floor Records at the time. 1994 Victor worked on a variety of re-mixes for many artists including T-Connection , Jon Secada , Sabrina Pope (her first record) , Red-Light , Michael Proctor , Connie Harvey , Take That , and Fonda Rae as well as having written, produced and mixed songs for various underground dance music artists on Sub-Urban, Vinyl Solution UK, Eight Ball,Centre Stage Records,and many other independent labels around the world.This year saw Simonelli making his first trips to Italy, Germany, San Francisco, L.A., Australia, Switzerland, Portugal, Ibiza, and France, which this in turn opened the flood gates and calls for him to DJ. Boy George connected with Victor , complementing him on his works , and asked to be informed of all of Victors Releases. Kerri Chandler early on in his production years , borrowed victors talents on his Ionosphere EP All Join Hands track this year. In late '94, Victor met up with Barry Koven and Vincent Dimino to form BASSLINE Records and BIG BIG TRAX. Most notable releases on the label have been New York's Finest's, anthemic, "Do You Feel Me", Connie Harvey's gospel inspired, "Thank You Lord", Urban Blues Project’s unforgettable, "Deliver Me", Colonel Abrhams classi., “Not Gonna Let”, and Mone's soulful, "Better Way" and “Never Gonna Be The Same”.

It was also during this time that he launched his own production company, V.J.S. Productions, Inc., where he nurtured the likes of (and in some cases actually discovered and introduced to the business) , DJ Angel Morales (aka Angel Moraes), Jazz ‘N’ Groove, (Brian Tappert - Roy Grant), Urban Blues Project, (Marc Pomeroy), Federal Hill ,Harlem Hustlers, and Jay Jay (Hernandez) and Julius Papp to name a few.It was also at this time that John Ciafone approached Victor for guidance and advise on business and Music Making , which after several conversations, and introduction to Lem Springsteen , lead to creation of Mood to Swing 1995-1996 saw Victor signing a record deal with MCA Records for a compilation series entitled, Sound of Simonelli. His DJ Gigs had reached the point of another weekend, another country. Due to so much European work, Victor decided to expand his corporation and set up VJS Productions, Inc. Europe.In NY, amongst his many mixes/productions in the works Vocalist Michelle Weeks feautured on her first fully credited release , Groove Trend ft. Michelle Weeks - Don't Stop was mixed by Victor and Tommy, introducing and launching Michelle Weeks onto the scene. By late 1996 VIctor was putting the final touches on the European extension of his company in Rome. 1997 saw Victor broaden his business by setting up a Recording Studio in Rome. In addition he began his own Record Label called West Side Records which had three releases as of October ‘97. As well as cultivating new talent such as Kings of Tomorrow/Sandy Rivera (whos first Remix ever , was for Victor) , Johan S. and Soul Creation, (Jose Burgos, and Duece Martinez), (On West Side's first and second releases) as well as his own productions on the label.


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