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junior sanchez



A union of mind and body characterizes Junior Sanchez’s attitude toward the sound he creates and the results he seeks. “Music should make you move and at the same time make you think,” he declares. Precocious beyond his twenty-three years, his constant desire to reinvent his sound has earned him respect worldwide as one of the most innovative young DJ/producer/remixer's today. Junior’s upbringing contributed to his artistic philosophy and flexibility. His family from Bahia, the musical center of Brazil, moved frequently within New Jersey exposing Sanchez to a wide variety of taste and attitudes. “I have never listened to just one type of music,” he reminisces. “Between moving and having five older brothers and a sister with diverse tastes from ABBA to freestyle to disco to industrial new wave, I learned to appreciate all kinds of music early on. I began to see how they all worked together.” Another source of musical inspiration was his mother whose huge collection of records and no-nonsense work ethic provided the foundation and inspiration to purse his dreams. “She made me believe anything was possible. Even when I was young, I saw the light at the end of the tunnel.” That light first shined through a producer named Tony Rodriguez, a roommate of one of Junior’s older brothers. Rodriquez had produced “Fly Teta” under his name Jose Chinga. The popular Latin freestyle track influenced Junior in more ways than one. “Tony started it for me. He gave me my first crate of records and showed me what a studio was made of.”