Not unlike the U.S. Marine Corps, Centaur Entertainment
is looking for a few good men. These recruits, however, do
not have to survive a rigorous and torturous series of grueling
physical and mental tests before becoming full-fledged Marines.
Instead, they just have to look good, photograph well, and
be able to fluidly express themselves while describing their
personal experiences on the dance floor and beyond.
Centaur diligently set out to find a new spokesperson for its intensely
popular Global Groove CD series. The coveted spot being vacated by the ever-popular
Brandon, who will always be remembered as the original Global Groove Guy,
offers a one-year modeling contract with Centaur, $1,500 in cash, a trip
to New York for Pride 2001, and a host of other prizes. David Morgan, who
exclusively photographed Brandon for Centaur, will also relinquish his enviable
duties to a successor who will continue the grand tradition.
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was preparing for its crackdown
on the numerous illegally pirated dance music compilations several years
ago, Nick DeBiase, an entertainment attorney at the time, took advantage
of a unique opportunity. Making use of his vast knowledge, experience and
connections in the music industry, DeBiase founded Centaur Entertainment,
and proudly led the way for the gay community to begin legally producing
fully-licensed dance music compilations. Mixed by DJs like Julian Marsh,
Tony Moran, and David Knapp, Centaurs early CDs commemorated such
benefit dance events as Winter and White Parties in Miami, as well as Gay
Pride celebrations around the country.
in an effort to fulfill increasingly high demand from record stores and
consumers for its product, DeBiase decided to double Centaurs production
in 2000 with a monthly CD series that offered continuity and distinctly
provocative themes. The hottest DJs on the circuit were recruited to mix
the CDs including David Knapp, Warren Gluck, Roland Belmares and Rob Davis.
Based on the incredible popularity of Global Groove, DeBiase will continue
it as a perennial series, unveiling a new look and fresh feel each year.
Legendary DJ Susan Morabito will blend the tunes for the next Global Groove
installment in January, and Antoine Clamaran (Paris) and Alex Lauterstein
(NYC) will be featured in subsequent months.
its deep commitment to charity, Centaur donated 100% of the proceeds from
its most successful CD to date, "Dance With Angels," to the AmFAR
and Care Resource AIDS charities. The CD, mixed by Julian Marsh, included
selections from artists like Madonna, Janet Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Donna
Summer, Aretha Franklin and others. Centaurs next benefit project,
"Utopia," which is slated for release in February 2001, will feature
a mixture of ballads and up-tempo tracks from artists like Nancy Griffith,
Moby, Boy George and Rufus Wainwright. It is expected to be Centaurs
largest cross-over album, reaching a much wider array of listeners while
still satisfying its core audience of dance music enthusiasts. Human Rights
Campaign Fund (HRC), Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, and Gay
& Lesbian Centers around the country will share 100% of the proceeds
from "Utopia." A breast cancer benefit CD is also forthcoming
in October 2001.
devotion to charitable causes notwithstanding, DeBiase would like to see
Centaur Entertainment continue to grow as a financially successful company.
To accomplish this, DeBiase has divided Centaur into three separate divisions.
In addition to the record label, Centaur also operates distribution and
production companies. The distribution arm, heralded as one of the best
in the country for an independent dance record label, has placed Centaurs
product in almost every major chain across the country, in gay and lesbian
lifestyle stores, and in select international markets. In January 2001,
Centaur will begin distributing other labels product as well. Inspired
by his early experience on Broadway, DeBiase also formed Centaur Productions
which is currently developing two Broadway musicals and one animated movie
all that were not enough, DeBiase co-owns Emerge Records with acclaimed
DJ/producer Tony Moran which focuses on discovering and developing up-and-coming
artists, writers and producers. DeBiase and Moran will release and promote
exploratory singles on Emerge to determine if a full album is warranted
by a particular artist. All resulting albums will be released and distributed
relatively short life, Centaur Entertainment has become a formidable force
in the music industry by revolutionizing and legitimizing the way compilation
CDs are produced and distributed. At the same time, Centaur has filled a
tremendous void in the dance music community and raised hundreds of thousands
of dollars for charity in the process. By continuing to provide the gay
and lesbian community with superb entertainment, and by branching out into
other areas and markets as well, Centaur will no doubt continue to influence,
inspire and entertain us for many years to come.
As a Titanium Sponsor of Care Resources White
Party Week, Centaurs presence in Miami later this week
will be significant. Throughout the week, DeBiase and his
staff will be continuing their exhaustive search for the new
Global Groove Guy. For more information on the model search
or Centaur Entertainment in general, please visit their website
or call (888) 9-CENTAUR.