by Matt Kalkhoff

A true circuit pioneer, Warren Gluck helped define today’s circuit parties back when many of us were still dancing in diapers. During his prolific 25-year career, Warren has captivated audiences around the world with his distinct blend of jazzy instrumental, creamy vocal house, and high energy trance music. He has also dutifully earned the respect and admiration of several generations of dance floor disciples by anticipating trends and creatively incorporating them into his live sets. It is with great honor and anticipation that the White Party Committee welcomes legendary DJ Warren Gluck back to Miami Beach where he will headline Leche on Friday night at Level.

Warren doesn’t make it down to South Florida as often as he’d like, but he’s no stranger to Miami Beach or the White Party – he has played the past four Recovery Parties. He is truly looking forward to headlining one of White Party Week’s major events this year. “I’m extremely honored,” Warren says. “I love the club Level, so I’m really looking forward to spinning there, and to working with [lighting director] Ross Berger again.”

Raised on Long Island along with two siblings, Warren developed a fascination with music at an early age while studying voice in high school and singing in a chorus. Shortly thereafter he discovered his natural turntable talents while making tapes at home, and eventually found work DJing at various local clubs. Word of his proficiency quickly spread, and after gigs at The Monster on Fire Island and in Key West, Warren was chosen to play the grand opening of The Monster in New York City in 1982. He still spins four nights a week at the West Village club, regularly plays at the Pavilion on Fire Island during the summer, and frequently travels around the globe performing at the circuit’s premier parties.

A self-described workaholic, Warren first found inspiration back in the early 70s while listening to Ray Thode, the opening DJ at the Saint in New York City, the renowned club where Warren eventually held a residency himself. During his remarkable career, Warren has had the opportunity to influence and inspire his own protegees, not the least of whom is DJ Keana. Warren will share billing with Keana at Leche. When he’s not working, Warren loves to go out dancing, and says he appreciates hearing a wide variety of musical styles. One night could find him enjoying the sounds of Susan Morabito; the next night he could be dancing the night away under the direction of Junior Vasquez. “I appreciate a good evening of music, whatever style it is,” he says. “I’m open to many styles and am always picking up pointers. You can never stop learning.”

If you like what you hear at Level on Friday night (and we know you will), you can also catch Warren at one his many other upcoming events, including a return to Miami in March for his debut at DHRF’s Winter Party alongside another fellow Leche DJ, Tracy Young. You can also catch him at his annual pre-party down in Sydney for Mardi Gras. If you want to take Warren home with you (figuratively, of course), you can purchase the Cherry 5 CD as well as the forthcoming “Pump,” the Centaur compilation that Warren has mixed for the acclaimed Global Groove series. The CD is slated for release in October.

Warren is extremely grateful for his past experiences and thoroughly optimistic about the future. His love of dance music and keen ability to deliver it to the masses in grand style will undoubtedly ensure that Warren Gluck remains an essential contributor to the circuit party scene. “It’s been a great honor for me all through the years to entertain all the boys and girls, and I look forward to many more years of it. It’s a great pleasure.”

© 2000 Matt Kalkhoff

This profile was featured in October/November 2000 at