If a Utopian
nightclub experience actually exists on this mortal plane we call Earth,
I believe I witnessed it firsthand last year at the Cherry 5 Closing Party
at Nation. Propelled by a frenzied whirlwind of pulsating beats, penetrating
rhythms, and powerful vocals, the incomparable DJ Manny Lehman led thousands
of party revelers on a paranormal pilgrimage to the Promised Land under
the potent spell of his phonographic prowess. Consistently stellar performances
have become the norm for this Puerto Rican prodigy, and the remarkable combination
of his exceptional talent, a playfully personable disposition, and the uncanny
ability to dominate any room he plays has catapulted Manny to the pinnacle
of dance floor prominence.
paragraph, slightly revised from an article I wrote for Miamigo magazine
last June, should help prepare you for whats in store at the Cherry
Six Closing Party on Sunday night. Manny has consistently amazed revelers
across the continent, and there is no doubt that his performance this year
will be equally sublime.
year has been a whirlwind of artistic accomplishments for Manny. Not only
has he headlined just about every major circuit party in the country, but
he was also recently recruited to remix Madonnas new single, What
It Feels Like For A Girl. Its no surprise that Manny was absolutely
ecstatic when the head of 4Play Records (the label that releases Mannys
CDs) told him he had made the arrangements with Madonnas manager.
Before I knew it, Manny recalls, I had a Madonna a cappella
in my hands. Hes still waiting to hear if his mix will be included
on the singles commercial release, but he is a little worried that
an unfortunate leak of his version of the song on Napster might jeopardize
this incredible opportunity. Either way, this is one hot song that will
surely find its way into peak rotation Sunday night.
he loves DJing, Manny is ready to take a more active role in the creation
of what we hear on the dance floor. With the release of his next CD, which
he promises will focus more on original productions, Manny begins strategically
moving in that direction. He has long been an advocate of breaking new talent
on the dance floor (think Ce Ce Peniston and her mega-hit Finally),
but he will be making a conscious effort to rededicate himself to discovering
and developing new dance artists. He already has a special little
diva in mind, and is planning to finally unveil an exceptional all-girl
group he has been cultivating for some time now.
to his frantic circuit schedule, regular gigs in Los Angeles, New York,
and South Beach keep Mannys frequent flyer miles accumulating at an
impressive pace, not to mention occasional sets in Washington and San Francisco.
Velvet Nation has even ranked Manny as its single most requested DJ. Manny
says he finds the crowds in DC to be very responsive and diverse in
musical tastes, [which] helps keep me on my toes. Recalling last years
Cherry event, which Manny referred to as over the top and probably
one of the best parties Ive ever played in another interview,
he continues, Im proud to be back for a second year helping
a very high-profile event. It always feels good to contribute to the community.
After a busy summer playing Gay Pride events across
North America, Manny plans to scale back his hectic DJ schedule
so that he can concentrate more on his studio work and artist
development. He will, however, continue spinning live at select
circuit events, and will take a trip abroad to share his immense
talent with European audiences. An incredibly successful past
few years notwithstanding, it is becoming increasingly apparent
that Manny Lehman has only just begun to realize his extraordinary