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Their name says it all: Masters At Work. “Little” Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez have spent more than 20 years together, shepherding dance music down new paths with their inventive production style and imaginative feel for different musical forms.

In a 2012 session that was part of Red Bull Music Academy’s ‘New York City To the SF Bay’ lecture series in San Francisco, the two dancefloor dons discussed growing up in New York, their early DJ sets, their work as Nuyorican Soul, and more.

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Synonymous with the rise and peak of NYC house music, Kenny Dope and Louie Vega met through their mutual friend Todd Terry, resulting in a fruitful production partnership full of timeless hits. With remixes being their speciality, the Masters at Work treatment has been given to a diverse roster of artists: from Madonna, Debbie Gibson, and Lisa Stansfield to Saint Etienne, Michael Jackson, Brand New Heavies, and about 800 other artists. They defiantly mix everything they can find – house, hip-hop, funk, disco, Latin, African and jazz – into a universal groove.

3:13 – Growing up in New York City
10:36 – The first sets
24:56 – Early house and the Masters at Work dubs
36:36 – Nuyorican Soul and collaborations
46:42 – Slowing down in the 2000s
57:00 – Modern DJing

19:23 – Masters at Work – “Justa Lil Dope”
21:25 – Masters at Work – “The Ha Dance”
29:42 – Masters at Work feat. India – “I Can’t Get No Sleep”
30:55 – Saint Etienne – “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” / Saint Etienne – “Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Masters at Work dub)”
34:08 – Masters at Work – “Deep Inside”
38:30 – Nuyorican Soul – “The Nervous Track”

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