Louie Vega is certainly a Master at Work, part of the famous DJ duo that personified class and perfection both behind the decks and with their iconic productions.
Louie Vega returns to Leeds after a long hiatus to play for legendary club night Hard Times on August bank holiday. The US house legend – with bowler hat in tow – always pleases his audiences with punchy basslines and classic grooves. We caught up with him to talk good times and Hard Times.
What should someone expect of one of your sets right now?
Good music – I can go in many different places at different times. But, at the same, I can give you the best of today’s genre.
Do you ever play clubs nowadays that can compare to Studio 54?
I’ve played in many great places around the world as well as at top clubs in New York since the mid 80s.
Why did you stop producing as Masters at Work?
We took a break to do our own individual labels, productions, signing new talent and letting our individual creative minds do some work on their own. It’s been great having Vega Records with over 120 releases, Elements of Life (my live band project) and over seven albums released in the past eight years. Kenny Dope has Dope Wax and Kaydee, and he has his share of wonderful projects.
M.A.W. had 10 years of producing well over 1,500 pieces of music and I have to say that’s a substantial body of work we’re very proud of.
What keeps you going after all these years?
A passion for this music. DJing, producing, performing, writing, and so much more. I am still just as excited about it as before. It’s a big part of my life.
What does Hard Times mean to you?
Hard Times made a big contribution to the US house scene in quite a few ways. They made it possible for many of us USA DJs to come and play at their venues and super events. In fact, Hard Times was very instrumental in bringing together lots of wonderful house heads in the UK. Their parties and events were always put together with class and presented in very creative ways. As Masters at Work we even did a track for Hard Times back in the 90s. They promoted our music in a big way and made lots of noise about us in many regions of the UK. Now Hard Times the brand comes back with even more quality events and they are ready for the world today.
What do you like to do outside of music?
I have fun with my son: movies, basketball, amusement parks, travelling around the world. fun family vacations.
What else are you looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to my new album with Elements of Life. Also new projects with Anane (my wife, solo artist, lead singer of Elements of Life, and our new sunset ritual events). There is also a big surprise with Masters at Work.
Will there ever be a reunion do you think?
The answer is yes, but it is not really a reunion since we never broke up. We just took a break and did our own projects. Yes, we will reunite and make some more great music soon. We are DJing at Space for Carl Cox’s birthday in Ibiza, then at Ushuaia for Luciano and the Cadenza family in September. We’ve already played Rock in Rio, Brazil and Lisbon. look out for lots more Masters at Work news in the autumn.