RICH MEDINA "A DANCE TURNED TO ROMANCE" MIX CD & T-SHIRT
Features exclusive Mix CD by Rich Medina for 101.
There are few nightclub DJs that have accomplished as much on a global scale as Rich Medina. From his humble beginnings as a young b-boy-turned-DJ in Lakewood, NJ, to his current status manning the decks as one of the most popular DJs in Philadelphia NYC, Rich Medina has consistently taken multi-ethnic crowds on a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, Afrobeat, funk and soul, unearthing one musical gem after another, for almost 20 years.
In addition to his own events, Rich has performed in front of crowds of thousands, DJing shows with artists like Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Nathan Haines, Roy Ayers, Gil Scott-Heron, The Roots, Jill Scott, Antibalas, Zap Mama, and Femi Kuti, among many others. From NYC to LA to London to Tokyo, and everywhere in between, music lovers know not to miss a club night when Rich Medina is manning the decks.
"When I was approached to be the next DJ on the 101 Apparel roster, I committed immediately. I was also quickly clear that I wanted to do a mix that was not only universal conceptually, but also unique to the perspectives of the brilliant DJs who'd done 101 Apparel mixes before me. I firmly believe that just about every person who's ever danced with someone at a party, club, or musical setting of almost any sort has experienced attraction, or felt romantic. It could be just one song in the course of a night, but that song can often lead to lasting friendships, intimate relations , and in some cases, families. Many who've studied US club culture also have many romantic notions about the Paradise Garage and Loft era in NYC where legendary pioneers Larry Levan and David Mancuso, along with their pioneering brothers and sisters, laid down the fundamental blueprint that many consider "The Gold Standard" for club concepts and atmosphere. For me, music in and of itself is love, and love songs don't always come in the form of a ballad. Songs written in the spirit of love and romance as the theme are some of the best "feeling" songs any of us have ever experienced, and I put this mix together with that in mind. I can only hope that you enjoy "A Dance Turned Into Romance" as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Bless up, and rock rock on".
- RICH MEDINA