IT’S BEEN SEVEN YEARS SINCE DANCE MUSIC POWERHO– USES TONY MORAN AND MARTHA WASH HAVE COLLABORATED ON A CLUB TRACK.
IN CASE YOU’VE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK, TONY MORAN IS THE TWO-TIME GRAMMY-NOMINATED DJ AND PRODUCER, BEST KNOWN FOR HIS WORK WITH POP ARTISTS LIKE RIHANNA, GLORIA ESTEFAN, CHER, KRISTINE W AND COUNTLESS OTHERS. HE HAS ALSO RELEASED MAJOR INDIE DANCE HITS LIKE “CAFE CON ALEGRIA” AND “THE PROMISE.”
Martha Wash is one of the original Weather Girls whose hit song “It’s Raining Men” is a Pride staple. Her ‘90s tracks “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” and “Strike It Up” still play on dance floors and R&B radio today.
Moran and Wash’s last collaboration, 2007’s “Keep Your Body Workin,” rose all the way to #1 on the Billboard dance chart. Can they do it again?
Be among the first to hear their new song, “I’m Not Coming Down,” live when the two dance legends collide at BPM Nightclub on Friday, May 9. We spoke to Tony Moran after his White Party set in Palm Springs.
It’s so nice to see you working with Martha Wash again!
Martha and I have been longtime friends and collaborators.
Why did it take so long to come together again?
We have done other things in the studio that we never quite finished.
What made “I’m Not Coming Down” different?
From the beginning, I could really see the personal attachment Martha had to the song. She cowrote it, and it clearly shows that she is the master of her destiny. I knew I had to remix it.
Is it crazy to think that “Keep Your Body Workin’” was seven years ago?
Time flies! You know, the song was #1 at the end of 2007 and stayed at #1 for the first week of 2008. That was pretty awesome!
How has the club scene changed since then?
It has changed considerably. Dance music has separated into multi sub-genres. People have expanded their ideas on what a party experience can be.
You began your career back in the freestyle days of 1981. Do you think freestyle will ever come back?
Yes. It will evolve, but the vibe that gave it that unique flavor will remain. I occasionally do some freestyle performances. I was surprised when 8,000 people showed up at the last one in Atlantic City.
Do you keep in touch with TKA, Sa-Fire, the Cover Girls or Lisette Melendez?
Yes! All of them look and are doing great. The songs that they recorded have all become cult classics, and they all continue to tour together, playing for huge crowds. They still have their moves, and guess what? So do I!
How have you managed to persevere in the ever-changing music biz for so long?
I don’t force myself to change. I simply go with it.
I just completed a new song with house music legend Todd Terry. I sing in it!
Do you remember first meeting Tony Moran?
It was so many years ago! I really don’t remember the exact time. I would often see him back then in passing, at shows we were both performing.
Your first collaboration with Tony was on “Keep Your Body Workin’.”Seven years ago!
Why did it take so long for you two to come together again?
Our schedules were always in conflict.
Is “I’m Not Coming Down” the first song you have written?
It was written in collaboration with Jim Carolan and Brandy Anderson. I wrote a few other songs on my new album, including “Destiny” with Zach Adam.
What is the song’s message?
Always keep your head up and believe that the higher power is looking out for your good. You have to believe.
We can’t wait to see you May 9 at BPM.
Get ready for fun and positivity!
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