Testimonials

Here are just a few testimonials from people who have worked with or have been associated with Ray Pinky Velazquez...

...I listened to some of the tracks on your Dance CD- and I really can see the progression of your work in the TURN YOU ON mix! You are entering your creative GOLDEN YEARS!

Great Pinky! I like both re-mixes! Let's get feedback on this one. Love to have a CD of it. Will send you one of the HOT MOONLIGHT SOON, I'll be playing it on WOR am 12 midnight Nov 23 rd on the Joe Franklin show. Love KLG.

Karen Lynn Gorney

In Response To Pinky's Remix of Let Me Turn You On.

To read Karen's Interview From DJsPortal.com CLICK HERE

This is Tony Smitherman Content Manager from KCBD News Channel 11 in Lubbock Texas... ...I have added a new area that deals with Dance Music... We currently feature a Dance Central section dealing with current events... Our new section consists of Top 10 lists from around the world as well as Music Reviews, Interviews, etc. To help keep our viewers informed... Please take a minute and give us a review, as I'm sure you'll be impressed. Here is a link to the Top Tens. Here is a link to the Record Reviews

We would appreciate any press kits or new music that you might want reviewed or featured on our web site. My goal is to provide as much information to the community as possible in hopes that people that may have never thought about the dance culture, may come across something that interests and enlightens them. Also, I intend to provide our local dance community with up to date reviews, interviews, and Top 10 lists in order to fulfill their entertainment information needs. The Entertainment section of the web site is slated to go National in less than a month. ...These reviews, Top 10 lists, and stories will be viewed on a regular basis by hundreds of thousands of people across the country and throughout the world. Our company owns stations in Toledo, Oh, Louisville, KY, Columbia, SC, Jackson, MS, Evansville, IN, 4 locations in Texas, Montgomery, Al, Wilmington, NC, 2 stations in Georgia, 2 stations in LA, and Biloxi, MS. As you can see, this information will be made available to a vast area of the US. Please send us each, any information, promos, demos, press kits, or other pertinent information to me

Tony Smitherman

Rene Hewitt

...I believe, now I know the next BIG money label is going to be the one who goes against the grain, and finds a bright new artist with a fresh new sound, a new voice, and who takes hip hop back to the streets. Hip Hop fans will get tired of all these pop corn records and will migrate back to street records. Trust me it always happens, Hip hop never completely ever totally goes pop, and it never will because hip hop fans are board easily they want change every so often... AGAIN thanks so much for your input, I apprieciate it GREATLY!!!! And even after a slew of Street records, fans will get tired again of kill shot em up records and once again go back to clean pop records. I agree with you, we need more good radio records and radio tracks, I am interested in hearing your tracks for sale, and any other helpful comments you may have. Please send me snipet cd or something like that so i can hear the full quality of your work...

EXILE ENT. Tony Pitts

...I've been doing so much performing lately I haven't had time to think....these people are going INSANE over the North Carolina song you produced for us on that rocky beat... i tell everybody about you and who im working with and they dont believe me...

Capa (Brian Young) The White Owls

This jam is def. radio material, I've been bumping it all day in my car and I'm def. feeling that beat and new girl hook, she def. enhances L.O.S, the remix. Given that we're all perfectionists, this time around, I'll make sure it gets recorded right so that we can proceed onto an agreement. I'll be in touch and expecting the CD. Later.

Alex a.k.a Krooked, Infinite-E-Records
In Response To Pinky's Remix of EVP's LOS.

Hey Pinky, my name is Victor Rosado & I used to go to the Ipanema to listen to you play and baby, you were good! Man, I remember meeting people there that are still good friends of mine to this day. Thank you for those good times & fond memories, I will never forget as I cherish those along with THE GARAGE, LOFT, GALLERY, BARNEY GOOGLES, TOWNHOUSE 48. You may not remember me but I worked with David at THE LOFT at 99 Prince Street for a couple of years then we moved to 3RD Street in the lower east side. I was Larry Maniac & also had the opportunity to work closely with him at THE GARAGE & world tours to Japan & Europe. I don't know if you remember Mike Stone but you definately have to remember Richard Long. Well, anyway I saw your inetrview on this web site and wanted to say hello to someone I admired a lot from the old days. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

DJ - Victor Rosado

I can't believe the difference between the before and after mixes of the material you're working on! Hearing what you've developed for E.V.P. and Prime Flo, it's evident that you're in-tune with the current market of music out there! You've obviously developed a fantastic ear through years of experience. I have great respect for your quest for perfection. I never have to guess what direction you're headed.

Terri Goff,
Pinky's Background Vocalist

This is Tony Smitherman Content Manager from KCBD News Channel 11 in Lubbock Texas... ...I have added a new area that deals with Dance Music... We currently feature a Dance Central section dealing with current events... Our new section consists of Top 10 lists from around the world as well as Music Reviews, Interviews, etc. To help keep our viewers informed... Please take a minute and give us a review, as I'm sure you'll be impressed. Here is a link to the Top Tens. Here is a link to the Record Reviews.

We would appreciate any press kits or new music that you might want reviewed or featured on our web site. My goal is to provide as much information to the community as possible in hopes that people that may have never thought about the dance culture, may come across something that interests and enlightens them. Also, I intend to provide our local dance community with up to date reviews, interviews, and Top 10 lists in order to fulfill their entertainment information needs. The Entertainment section of the web site is slated to go National in less than a month. ...These reviews, Top 10 lists, and stories will be viewed on a regular basis by hundreds of thousands of people across the country and throughout the world. Our company owns stations in Toledo, Oh, Louisville, KY, Columbia, SC, Jackson, MS, Evansville, IN, 4 locations in Texas, Montgomery, Al, Wilmington, NC, 2 stations in Georgia, 2 stations in LA, and Biloxi, MS. As you can see, this information will be made available to a vast area of the US. Please send us each, any information, promos, demos, press kits, or other pertinent information to me

Tony Smitherman
Rene Hewitt

...I believe, now I know the next BIG money label is going to be the one who goes against the grain, and finds a bright new artist with a fresh new sound, a new voice, and who takes hip hop back to the streets. Hip Hop fans will get tired of all these pop corn records and will migrate back to street records. Trust me it always happens, Hip hop never completely ever totally goes pop, and it never will because hip hop fans are board easily they want change every so often... AGAIN thanks so much for your input, I apprieciate it GREATLY!!!! And even after a slew of Street records, fans will get tired again of kill shot em up records and once again go back to clean pop records. I agree with you, we need more good radio records and radio tracks, I am interested in hearing your tracks for sale, and any other helpful comments you may have. Please send me snipet cd or something like that so i can hear the full quality of your work...

EXILE ENT. Tony Pitts

...I've been doing so much performing lately I haven't had time to think....these people are going INSANE over the North Carolina song you produced for us on that rocky beat... i tell everybody about you and who im working with and they dont believe me...

Capa (Brian Young)
The White Owls

This jam is def. radio material, I've been bumping it all day in my car and I'm def. feeling that beat and new girl hook, she def. enhances L.O.S, the remix. Given that we're all perfectionists, this time around, I'll make sure it gets recorded right so that we can proceed onto an agreement. I'll be in touch and expecting the CD. Later.

Alex a.k.a Krooked, Infinite-E-Records.
In Response To Pinky's Remix of EVP's LOS.

Hey Pinky, my name is Victor Rosado & I used to go to the Ipanema to listen to you play and baby, you were good! Man, I remember meeting people there that are still good friends of mine to this day. Thank you for those good times & fond memories, I will never forget as I cherish those along with THE GARAGE, LOFT, GALLERY, BARNEY GOOGLES, TOWNHOUSE 48. You may not remember me but I worked with David at THE LOFT at 99 Prince Street for a couple of years then we moved to 3RD Street in the lower east side. I was Larry Maniac & also had the opportunity to work closely with him at THE GARAGE & world tours to Japan & Europe. I don't know if you remember Mike Stone but you definately have to remember Richard Long. Well, anyway I saw your inetrview on this web site and wanted to say hello to someone I admired a lot from the old days. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

DJ - Victor Rosado

I can't believe the difference between the before and after mixes of the material you're working on! Hearing what you've developed for E.V.P. and Prime Flo, it's evident that you're in-tune with the current market of music out there! You've obviously developed a fantastic ear through years of experience. I have great respect for your quest for perfection. I never have to guess what direction you're headed.

Terri Goff, Pinky's Web Page Designer & Background Vocalist

It was great pleasure to me interview you for Polish and international readers Pinky. You're real living legend in the discotheque industry. I hope to hold contact with you for good. We're both in the famous disco Deejay Hall of Fame what means a lot to me and I'm proud of this.

Y@HUDEEJAY Fellow DeeJay Hall-of-Famer

You are with some of the real heavyweights of Disco Dance Music DJ Hall of Fame and you deserve it. You were around in the beginning and helped Disco get its life .... I am proud of you, brother.

Marty Angelo
Disco Step By Step
Disco DJ Hall Of Fame

With all your valuable contributions to Disco and dance music it was an honor and pleasure to interview you for the article which appears at DiscoMusic.com. We've all seen your name on the credits of countless records over the years so it was nice to hear the background behind the making of these classics. Thank you and continued success.

Bernard F. Lopez
DiscoMusic.com
Disco DJ Hall Of Fame

Thanks for contacting me...Marty has been great and I am really grateful to him for putting us in contact with each other. Of course I would love to have the song remixed for a club version. I just visited your website and it is very impressive...good for you...We can discuss this further, your input would be highly appreciated. I would have to contact Butch Ingram, he is my producer and the writer of the song and involved in all decisions. The fact that you are interested is very exciting for me. Let's be in touch and we'll take it from here.

Cherrill Rae
Artist

"Pinky Velazquez IS disco!!!"

Monica Lynch
WFMU host and former president of Tommy Boy Music

When I was the deejay in New York City's COPACABANA from 1973 to 1978, our main competition was IPANEMA and CASABLANCA. The latter was strictly a "salsa" club that occasionally played DISCO. It was about a block and a half east. But the main competition was IPANEMA which was further away, but very close by. The two clubs had "girls" that dressed the part of Brazilian dancers. The interiors were classic, festive and if you didn't know better, you could easily confuse them. And the clientèle was the same. We both played Brazilian Disco-Samba or Carnival music, both had Salsa nights, and both played the latest DISCO of the times. The differences were management(The Copa was totally a MOB club) and the live shows at The COPACABANA would always be the "Top Of The Food Chain Talent". RAY "Pinky" Velázquez made it tough on me, but that was an actual blessing; I HAD to be a better deejay, because PINKY could play those turntables like a virtuoso violinist. He was smooth, sharp and innovative. He blended better then anyone not named Jimmy Burgess. So I have nothing but total respect for him and his talent. My friends in Jersey would rave about him and IPANEMA, and it would piss me off. But they were right. That place rocked, it was always busy, and PINKY was never off! I believe that The COPACABANA had a few advantages as well, it made a lot more money, but that is another story all-together. There were many, many people who would be at The COPACABANA on Friday night, then end up at IPANEMA. And on Saturday night they would go to IPANEMA first, and then end up at The COPACABANA. And visa-versa. So what I am saying is that I think the world of Ray. Even though we were never friends, we couldn't visit each others clubs, we were both busy working. He is in my eyes one of the all-time best deejays ever.

Pete Dennis
DJ, Copacabana ,NYC

I too have seen PINKY in action. He was pretty sensational. I was one of those guys that went back and forth between IPANEMA and The Copacabana. IPANEMA was a little bigger, but wasn't busy during the week like The COPACABANA was. PINKY was into his own thing, Pete was friendlier to those who made requests, he took them. PINKY didn't. That was the only difference I saw between the two. PINKY became a huge Superstar, Pete didn't. That was a difference as well. Both kicked butt. I was at both places every weekend from 75 to 77, every weekend. IPANEMA women were hotter!!

Jose "Pepe" Sal

Everyone should do what they think best!! If it is any help, BOBBY B. my dance partner, loved the red zone mix, and it was really GREAT to dance to. It is definitely sleezy and this is a great plus!.... melodic chorus or no chorus. Andrew and I saw the song in his show and the audience went wild when the Turn You On melodic chorus came on. This may be influencing our comments. I'll do the Polish interview with Yahu! Told him to send questions. Did you know I'm part Polish?

Karen Lynn Gorney
Artist

Hey Pinky, I never heard you spin but I know people who had and they rave about you. I remember walking by Impanema's all the time but was to scared to go in. I am about 3 years younger then you according to your stats in Disco-Disco.com, maybe because I was to young.

Anyway I have two quick questions if you could indulge me please.

1. Where can i purchase any of your mixes from back in the day? (Disco Oriented like from Impanema's)

2. Are there any clubs or establishments that still play Disco music, or that have theme night's to that effect?

Thanks truly...Lance

Of all the DJs I heard live in a club-----> Walter Gibbons made me move the most.

After him the guys that excited me were: (in order) Francois K, Louie Vega, Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Timmy Regisford, Todd Terry, Bacho Manguel, Bobby DJ, Tom Savarese, Hector 'Papo' Medina, Bobby Vitteritti, Pinky, Doug Reddick, Tee Scott, Nicky Siano, LL, David Mancuso (and he didn't mix), and my teacher & mentor to this day, DJ Paul Solari.

Now take in considerstion that I have not heard ANYBODY in a club since 2000 when I heard Louie Vega at The Sound Factory Bar in NYC.

There was this guy named Richie from Bklyn that could light it up. He would play 2 copies of "ASK ME" by E,P & P, (the 45) and run the intro FLAWLESSLY---you would think it was an edit!!! That was back in '74----lotsa water under the bridge since then.

Today I love the tRH boys both--->PD & DJ Ray. Dancer & Hippie's CDs are the bomb also!!! They all cause lots of musical excitement in my household. I wanna be there when "tRH BOYS" finally make the full comeback & play in a nightclub. It will be magical---I want to be the 3rd base coach!!!

Jay Negron
DJ ,Tropicalia, NYC

Deejays were the brains behind the heart & soul(the music) of the Disco Era. It was us who made things happen, who turned the world on their heels with the music we played, and the mixing we executed and for many, the LIVE re-mixes we performed nightly. But most of us, no-one ever heard of. Only those who worked at SUPER CLUBS got recognition. They were not the best, they were just the ones you heard of. There were hundreds if not thousand's of simply fantastic deejays whose effortless blending of songs was perfect, without a hitch. Few realized when he mixed it, just a comment like,"oh, he mixed in a new song", or "That is a different song". Those deejays were in every major city in the world, not just New York City. Heck, you could go on a cruise and find a great deejay out at sea! While JELLYBEAN, Larry Levan and many other SUPERSTAR Deejays ruled in NYC, they were in no way the best. I was at Townhouse 48 and heard John spin live. No superstar! Just one of thousands that did the same thing. Larry would have had a hard time keeping a job in another city, if his name wasn't LARRY LEVAN. His personality and crazy off the wall changes in music, was not mixing. It was him, and created the MYTH and Legend of Larry. Many loved his style, me included. But as far as "Mixing", his left a lot to be desired. Beat mixing was not his thing, he did it, knew how, but it wasn't him. Others like Robbie Leslie and Nicky Siano could mix with the best of them, some nights above average. But again, they had a name, played at huge super clubs. But the deejay at HARLOWS could too. So could the deejay at OSKOS, or the deejay at SCARAMOUCHE, or the deejay at ELEGANTES or BINGHAMPTON'S FERRY BOAT. Even the deejay at VISIONS OF KENDALL. See, few have heard of these clubs less their deejays. But they were every bit as good as the "Superstars". Then there were some who were LIVE REMIXERS. These were the true stars. They would make a fresh new remix of any song they wanted to, nightly, with vinyl records, by interchanging the song itself. A hit record could remain a hit months longer because of them. A new,nightly,world premiere version of,lets say, HOT SHOT by Karen Young, could continue to make HOT SHOT a crowd favorite for months longer than the average club. Some deejays were specialist at this, I was one of those. So was the "Superstar" Ray "Pinky" Velazquez. So was Billy Swann, Alex Garcia, Ray Juanes, Octavio Machado, Aldo Marin, Louie Martinee, and Bobby Lombardi to name a few off the top of my head. But to be known and recognized as a true "Superstar", you had to go to New York and make a name for yourself as Scott Blackwell and John Celigia did. But they were at the right place at the right time, or they knew someone of importance. Or they too would have simply remained in Clubs as a "Hidden Gem" of a deejay. Hopefully a lot of you will have plenty to say about this, and we can get this site hopping.

Pete Denis
Dj Copacabana, NYC

Pinky,

I was just reminiscing about the good old days at 240 W 52 st then I looked on the internet and found an article that had an email for you. Figured I give it a shot. Since 75 through 77 I would hangout at Ipanema on most nights. Remember the renovations at the club too. On some nights the stamp from Ipanema was the same as a latin club down the corner on Broadway (can't remember the name) and we would go back and forth.

Just wanted to say thanks for playing some of the best music I ever heard. Went to many places but you and Ronnie always played the best music in town. Fridays we would come and listen to you then Saturdays Ronnie! Always think of you if I hear "Don't Let be be Misunderstood" or "Im Mad as hell" from ElCoco.

Tuesdays for Salsa, Sunday's for Samba . It was hard staying away from there you guys made it a home away from home.

Even getting there & catching the reel playing "Nitghts In White Satin", "Brazil, Peanut Vendor", "Wet Weekend"! You did not hear shit like that anywhere else.

Thanks for the memories , hope you and your family are well. Hope Ronnie is well too, that son of a gun doesn't get the recognition he deserves.

Regards,
Frank Manso