Masters At Work
Gimme MAW! Pioneering house duo “Little” Louie Vega and Kenny Dope revisit their peerless career.
Their name says it all – Masters At Work. “Little” Louie Vega and Kenny Dope Gonzalez celebrate more than 20 years together, shepherding dance music down new paths with their inventive production style and imaginative feel for different musical forms. Synonymous with the rise and peak of NYC house music, Kenny Dope and Louie Vega met through their mutual friend Todd Terry, resulting in a fruitful production partnership that saw timeless hits for labels like Cutting Records, Nervous, Strictly Rhythm and their own MAW outfit. With remixes being their specialty, the Masters At Work treatment has been given to a diverse roster of artists: from Madonna to Debbie Gibson and Lisa Stansfield to Saint Etienne, Michael Jackson, Brand New Heavies, and about 800 other artists. The two native New Yorkers have amassed an overwhelming body of work in that time, one that includes hundreds of original productions, remixes and side projects, redefining the way we think of music in clubs. They defiantly mix everything they can find – house, hip hop, funk, disco, Latin, African and jazz – into a universal groove. They paid tribute to their influences with the Nuyorican Soul project, a decidedly New York neighbourhood music joint venture that included Roy Ayers, Vincent Montana Jr. and Jocelyn Brown, among others. In doing so, MAW has become a cultural mélange unto itself, emblematic of the multicultural society in which we live. Oh, and there is still their DJ work. Completely able to hold their own separately, it’s when they come together that things are brought to another level. Kenny Dope’s roughness and beat-heavy touch jells nicely with Louie Vega’s more elegant approach.