Long standing American house music producer Harry Romero is a well-established figure on the worldwide music circuit.
A prominent global DJ and producer since the 90’s, early productions on Cutting Records and Cutting Traxx helped set the tone for Harry’s career trajectory, opening the doors to a coveted BBC Radio 1 ‘Essential Mix’ in recent times and this is his first headline feature release on Crosstown Rebels having previously hit the Beatport charts with his well-received digital release on Rebellion. Talented vocalist Jessica Eve is no stranger to the house scene, appearing on several of Harry’s tracks over the years including Dancin, What Happened and Feel Good most recently. Mobilee affiliate Rodriguez Jr. has been a prevalent producer since the mid-2000s, the French native’s Cercle performance has amassed over 2.5 million views on Youtube, whilst his latest album, Blisss, received widespread industry acclaim upon its release last year.
Harry Romero Feat. Jessica Eve – It Hurts (Remixed by Rodriguez Jr.). OUT NOW on Crosstown Rebels
Balance Selections 168: Harry Romero
1. Harry Romero – I Love
2. Harry Romero – The City
3. Honey Dijon – The Underground (Louie Vega remix)
4. Harry Romero – Hot Sh-t
5. Demuir – One Must Choose
6. Felix the Housecat – It’s a Party (Luke Solomon remix)
7. DownLow – The Tribe (Harry Romero Remix)
8. Nick Fanciulli & Black Circle – Leap of Faith
9. Vega & Romero – El Ritmo
10. Nina Simone – Be My Husband (Maurice Joshua unreleased mix)
11. DJ Sneak – He a Star
12. Rita Lee – Mania (Harry Romero Remix)
13. Harry Romero – Mira (Unreleased)
14. DJ Ioan – Untitled (Unreleased)
Balance Selections Q+A
My last 3 releases:
DOWNLow (US) – The Tribe (Harry Romero Remix)
Harry Romero feat. Jessica Eve – It Hurts
Harry Romero & Lex Luca – Use Me
What music did you listen to as a child?
Hip-hop, reggae, salsa, meringue, rock, disco and Latin freestyle. I call my father the original DJ in my house as he had a stereo that no one was allowed to touch! He would explain to me who the artists were. And my Mom was into Columbian folk music. Meanwhile, me and my brother would listen to DJ Red Alert!
When was the first time that you realised that you liked electronic music?
I mean, it was stuff on Tommy Boy like Planet Rock or John Robie productions… I knew about that before I knew Kraftwerk! I first heard Kraftwerk in a record store somewhere.
When was the first time you saw a DJ in a club?
It was actually a teen party to see Run DMC, so it would have been Jam Master Jay, somewhere in New Jersey. Fucking cool, no? It wasn’t a bloke at a pub!
Which producers/artists/acts inspire you?
Musicians : Black Sabbath, John Robie, Bob Marley and The Wailers… Nirvana is dope. Disco labels like Prelude, and Salsoul… People like Shep Pettibone and Jellybean. I like Dua Lipa, it’s pop, but it’s cool, and it’s pop without the cheese. And Gaga ! I remixed her first single ‘Let’s Dance’. I also hung out with her at a party in Miami before she was Gaga! She was supercool.
What was the last album that you downloaded/bought?
The last CD I bought in a store was the first Arctic Monkeys album… and yes, it was on CD. I heard something in Europe and came home and picked it up.
What is your current production and DJ set up like?
Production – Logic Pro. Hardware – Omega 8, ATCx and Studio Electronics SE1. Juno 106 and Minimoog Voyager. And all the Roland boutique stuff!
What releases do you have on the horizon?
A brand new single with Louie Vega on Bambossa is the big one! What an honour. It’s a collaboration that’s been on my bucket list forever.
Tell us more about the podcast you made for Balance?
All my mixes are live. I respect the brand. So I keep it in a vein of who asked me to participate but also flex my muscles. Straight upfront house and jackin’ business!
The top track in my DJ wallet currently is:
Carl Craig’s remix of Beanfield ‘Tides’ – it’s an edit! I added some loops and a kick drum, a HR special.
If I could recommend only one of my tracks for you to listen to it would be:
Harry Romero – RWP came out on Crosstown’s offshoot. A good friend Rob Fernandez passed away, and I came home and started writing and it took me a couple of years to finish it. I’m super-proud of it.
If I could recommend only one track for you to listen to it would be:
Lil’ Louis – French Kiss. The root of everything I do
The last movie I watched that I really liked:
The Sound Of Metal. Amazing acting. Hard to watch because I am a man who makes music! Makes you think about how important hearing is.
My favourite TV show:
I started watching Yellowstone, a Kevin Costner show. A cowboy mafia story … The acting, the stories, the scenery… I recommend it.