Hey there disco boys and girls-
This month, I wanted to show some respect to some amazingly talented men I've been lucky to get to know over the past couple years. DJ's Corey Craig and Saul Ruiz are DJ's and producers that have truly become important influences on much of my sound. After being turned on to their podcasts by shared friends, I was fortunate to meet both of them during my travels in 2010, and we have stayed close ever since. When Corey and Saul spin, it truly evokes happiness and joy that many other DJ's seem to miss. And isn't that why we all do this?
Not only do Corey and Saul DJ, but they have become a production duo creating some amazing mixes. They are not only incredibly talented producers, but wonderful and sweet men. See below for more info on Corey and Saul.
DJ Corey Craig’s award-winning signature mix of Soulful, Progressive and Tech House has launched him as one of the hottest most sought after talent across the globe. His New York residencies include Rockit @ Quo, Club 57, Sip N Twirl, and the Fire Island Pines.
His special guest sets include Pines Party with Moto Blanco and on Governor’s Island with Freemasons. Headlining work includes the 2009 NYC Pride Pier Dance, Out at La Ronde (Montreal), Black and White Ball 2010 with Deborah Cox, Big Chill Gay Ski Weekend 2010 and Ascension 2011
Globally, Corey Craig has performed special sets for XXL (London), Parking (Montreal), S4 (Dallas), during Sydney’s Mardi Gras, Matinee: La Leche (Sydney), Sandblast Asbury Park, Atlanta Pride @ Georgia Aquarium and Halloween’s in New Orleans.
Corey has also provided live sets for “National Underwear Day”, Diesel, Perry Ellis, 2Xist, Marc Ecko, Loris Diran, GLAAD Media Awards, OUT 100, Revel, Empire State Pride Agenda and Saint At Large. His wildly popular podcasts are featured by taste making A-list blogs and venues all over the world.
DJ Saul Ruiz, born in 1982 in Guadalajara, Mexico, started getting involved with music at the age 10. Childhood piano lessons sparked an early interest in music and after experiencing a sound check at his uncle's nightclub during a day visit, an instant connection to "Dance" music was made.
Love for music also led Ruiz to join his school-band for five years. Here, he learned to play the tenor sax. Armed with pair of handed-down turntables from his dad and a huge disco record collection from his mom, Ruiz started to his music mixing journey. Much practicing and polishing of his mixing skills, led Ruiz to became a part-time Deejay at the age of 17.
His involvement in his school band continued into high school where he switched out the sax and started to play the bass guitar.
After starting a web-design company, he thought it would be a good idea to produce web pages with original music. In 2007 he then joined Nopal Beat Studios for an electronic music production course that changed his life. He discovered his dream and also a way to pour all those ideas that had been flying inside his head. It didn't take long for his first release "Tell Me The Truth" (a hidden meaning behind the title some say) under Bearlin Records. Leaving all that behind, he moved to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming more involved in music.
In 2008, he decided to sign-up at The Institute Of Audio Research in NYC for the Audio Recording and Production program. Graduating with honors and as a mentor, Ruiz kept producing and remixing, but now with Audio Engineering skills under his wing. His mixes are now being played at many clubs and in different countries. Ruiz is now a full-time producer, re-mixer and audio engineer.
Ruiz met Corey Craig at a local NYC nightclub in NYC in 2007. After a few years of planning they got together and launched the remixing duo "R2C2". Their sound is a well crafted mixture of Progressive House, Electro, Tropical Disco and Post Circuit upbeat harmony.
Ruiz and Craig have had various hits like "Kelis - Acapella", "Alexis Jordan - Happiness" and their most successful remix "Robyn - Indestructible". R2C2 is currently working on new projects for 2012 as well as a joint podcast. Stay tuned!
After getting to know these two men, I feel so lucky to be a part of such a collaborative and positive community. It's just one more reason to show much respect.
Much love boys, and much respect!
DJ Craig Gaibler