#musicmoney gets the low down on talented Chicago DJ collective @MASTERMIX_6
By owston, Feb 17 2020 10:34PM
Welcome to the Mastermix 6 website. In 1984, Chicago's top Adult Contemporary and R&B radio station WGCI 107.5 FM under the direction of the P.D. Graham Armstrong and Evan Luck a radio personality, created the "Mastermix 6" DJ team, an On Air Dance Mix Show featuring renowned local DJs in Chicago. As the show started building its notoriety and fanbase, DJs Carlos Valderrama, JMJ (Jam Master J), and Matt Warren became a permanent fixture on the mix show. Subsequently, with the addition of Tony Cano, Mario Reyes, and Jorge Suarez, the Mastermix 6 were also considered early pioneers and contributors to the shaping of the Chicago dance music culture.
All members are well-established professionals in every aspect of the Dance Music Industry. Their overall resumes includes nightclubs, radio, mobile, retail, publications, record labels, studio production, marketing, and promotions. Their music knowledge spans from the late 70's thru the dance and house music formation of the 80's and into the present.
The team believes Chicago DJ's are the BEST masters of the "Mix". Its mixing style, turntable creativity and skills are unique and well recognized (Turntablism). Globally, Chicago has produced top DJs and takes credit for the creation of House Music. In addition, Chicago commercial radio stations were one of the first to establish the "DJ Mix Shows" which sets the trends for others to imitate. The Mastermix 6 invites you to share their experiences and listen or download their mixes.
The history of the Chicago House Sound is etched in stone. Club and radio dj's that contributed to this genre in it's heydays have reunited as a team under the MASTERMIX 6. The team consists of six musically talented and well established individuals who have joined to share our music history dating back to the 70s. Familiarize yourself with their music format, thru their mixes. For more info: www.mastermix6.com
In 1984, Chicago's top Adult Contemporary and R&B radio station WGCI 107.5 FM under the direction of management, created the "Mastermix 6" DJ team, an On Air Dance Mix Show featuring renowned local DJs in Chicago. As the show started building its notoriety and fan base, DJs Carlos Valderrama, JMJ (Jam Master Jay) and Matt Warren became a permanent fixture on the mix show. Subsequently, with the addition of Tony Cano, Mario Reyes, and Jorge Suarez, the Mastermix 6 were also considered early pioneers and contributors to the shaping of the Chicago dance music culture.
JMJ (Jam Master J) began his DJ career in Chicago’s south suburbs in 1980. His style then is much as it is today, taking a “no rules, no limits” approach to music, blending multiple genres seamlessly. He quickly became one of the best technical DJ’s in the Chicago area, with a sharp ear for programming and advanced turntable skills, often “editing” tracks on the fly by looping, beat juggling, doubling, tripling, etc. Recent production work includes releases or edits on various labels and with new projects already lined up for 2018. JMJ’s Soundcloud page has exceeded 1 million plays and over 150,000 downloads to date, and he’s hit the top 10 on both the Traxsource and Juno Soul/Funk/Disco charts.
Considered to be one of the architects of Chicago house music, Mario Reyes began his career as a DJ in late 1977. In 1979-1980, he became the resident DJ at one of Chicago’s hottest clubs, Jenal's Disco. In 1981, he became part of the Hot Mix Dance Party mix show on WBMX 102.7 FM. A veteran DJ of over 40 years, Mario continues to perform at some Chicago’s top venues and his love & passion for dance music remains to sizzle.
Matt has been a valuable part of the international Dance music community for over three decades. His many accomplishments have earned him a loyal following amongst DJ`s and club-goers looking for the next beat. Matt began his career as a DJ in 1979. By 1983 he was not only spinning records in some of Chicago's hottest clubs, but was also serving as a Billboard reporter and radio mix show at Chicago's WGCI 107.5 FM.
In 1982, Tony obtained his first DJ equipment and began to master the art of the blend. His popularity as a DJ grew among his circle of friends, Tony began to play private and school sponsored events. In 1989, Tony became the resident DJ at a legendary Coconuts Night Club. Tony went on to become the resident DJ at Casanova’s, Erik’s North, China Club, and Shadow’s Night Club throughout the 90’s. In the late 90’s, Tony launched his own house music based web site called “GottaHaveHouse.Com”. This website was instrumental in exposing many talented DJs from around the world to a global audience and became an outlet for introducing modern soul music to the masses as well. Tony, along with his brother Frank, and friends from around the globe posted weekly mixes to the website to the delight of an audience around the world.
By the early 80's, he had taken residency at various key nightclubs in Chicago, participated in DJ battles, was featured on radio mix shows, became record store buyer, reviewed music for a large dance music publications, and produced/remixed in the recording studio. In the 90's, Jorge became Billboard Magazine music reporter, which allowed him to develop national contacts and relationships. He continued his DJ employment well into the late 2000's. Today, Jorge has been recognized and was asked to be part of a team in which members have contributed to the making of the 'history of the sound that Chicago built'.
All members are well-established professionals in every aspect of the Dance Music Industry. Their overall resumes include nightclubs, radio, mobile, retail, publications, record labels, studio production, marketing, and promotions. Chicago has produced top celebrity DJs and takes credit for the creation of House Music. Their music knowledge spans from the late 70's thru the dance and house music formation of the 80's and into the present.
In 1978 at the early age of sixteen Carlos began spinning records at local house parties and events. By 1980 Carlos was known and widely recognized for his influential skills on the turntables after participating in one of Chicago’s largest DJ Competitions. Thereafter Carlos began performing at some of Chicago’s major festivals and elite nightclubs. Carlos became a HOUSEHOLD name and was recruited as a “Mastermixer” known as “Cookin' Carlos Vaderrama for Chicago’s WGCI 107.5 FM and a frequent DJ guest on WBMX 102.7 FM urban radio stations. To date, these mixes can still be found at various DJ online sites.
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