D.C. "I used to get fired from clubs for playing this music,"
recalls Peter "Razor" Osback, one-half of the innovative remix/production
team Razor N Guido, referring to the duos progressive hard-house
sound. "I got fired from a club six times on [New Yorks] Long
Island. Now, the clubs will do anything to get us to play."
nobody is todays trendsetter and tomorrows superstar. It has
often been said that making it big in the entertainment industry is just
a matter of being in the right place at the right time. That, and an ample
amount of talent, of course. It may be a tired cliché, but Razor
N Guido attribute much of their past success to unexpected opportunities
and impeccable timing.
acts new continuous mix CD of original material, appropriately titled
"Dancefloor" which Groovilicious/Strictly Rhythm will have
in stores Nov. 7 the venerable men behind the infectious and influential
club/crossover hits as "Do It Again" are relying more heavily
on talent these days and have adeptly executed this exhaustive and revolutionary
think the album shows how eclectic we are musically," says Guido (Osario),
whose songs are published by Gomixx (ASCAP); Osbacks songs are handled
by Ray Zorman (ASCAP). "For us, this was the first time writing and
producing full-on vocals. It was truly a learning experience."
consisting of genuine dance music, the album showcases many different styles
of the clubland experience. It also spotlights the vocal talents of Octahvia,
Darrel Martin, Alan T., Reneé, and fellow Groovilicious artist Reina.
both very talented, amazing guys," notes Reina, who sings on (and co-penned)
two tracks, "You" and "Miss The Way," the sets
first single. "They let me have total creative freedom."
to Bari Gossman, VP of promotion at Strictly Rhythm, "Miss The Way"
was delivered to rhythm-crossover and top 40 radio the week of Oct. 9. In
this issue, the song climbs 11 spots to No. 19 on the Billboard Hot Dance
Music/Club Play chart.
confirms a strong Internet promotion in addition to radio. "Inside
each CD will be a special code," she explains. "So, purchasers
of the disc can go to a site [liquidaudio.com/strictlyrhythm/], enter the
code, and have access to free files of extended club mixes of various album
tracks, including Junior Vasquezs mix of Miss The Way."
Gossman, "weve entered into a kiosk promotional program with
S3, the company that makes the Rio player."
can also visit Strictly.com for audio streaming of various tracks from "Dancefloor."
of the album, Razor N Guido, who recently completed a tour of Japan
and who are booked by Michael Schweiger of New York-based Track Central
Booking will spend the next several months touring throughout the
U.S. and Europe.
confirms dates in Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Orlando, Fla.;
among other cities. In Europe, the act will spend much time in the U.K.
are not touring, Razor N Guido plan to refocus their energy on remixing
other artists work. "For a good eight or nine months, we werent
taking on any additional projects," Guido says of the pairs self-imposed
break from remixing to concentrate on the album. "Were starting
to re-establish contacts and telling people, Hey, were here,
were back. So now the remixes are starting to come in again."
remix projects include Isaac Hayes, De La Soul, and Sugar Babies.
horizon for the twosome are a multitude of remixes, original productions,
and songwriting, as well as the development of artists.
have a lot of areas that we havent yet covered," says Guido.
"We appreciate everything thats been given to us and where weve
gone, but we have only just begun."
At the end of the day, explains Gossman, "were
dealing with two very talented guys who bring a great mix
of underground and mainstream sounds to the table. With Dancefloor,
Razor N Guido have made an album that is extremely accessible
to the crossover market and their original core audience,
which is the underground club community."