Morales: Mariah's no diva
"Mariah's a great woman. I remixed her last single It's Like That and we've been working together for 12 years." As for claims Mariah's a diva, David's not so sure. "Is she a snob? No. Is she someone that likes things the way she does, cause she can afford to? Why not?" he said.
"What woman isn't a diva? You don't have to be famous to be a diva. You can be a diva in your own house. She might have flowers, candy, honey in her dressing room. I'm sure she never started that way. But it's no different to when I work in a club and people ask what I want and I say food, soda, bottle of champagne. Being a diva means mistreating people and being nasty and treaing people like slaves. That's what a diva is."
After working with the superstar for years David revealed that she's a wonder to work with. He said: "I've never seen Mariah be unkind to anyone. She's the best person I've worked with on remixes. She's the one that I've spent the most time with."
Record labels have sought David's magic remixing touch for more than 10 years, in the hope of adding that special touch to their artists' tracks. From Tina Turner to Eric Clapton and Julio Iglesias to The Spice Girls, David's worked his magic on their releases. "Aretha Franklin was the one where I sh*t in my pants the most," he said.
"Julio Iglesias is another phenomenon, he was very funny and very nice. I've never had bad experiences with singers." But David says that at one point he almost became disollusioned with the DJing scene. "It was interesting for all those years, until they started making everything into a house track. Then suddenly everybody wanted to make every record a house record. It was like 'take a ballad make it a house record, take a mid-tempo record, let's make it into a house record.' That's when it became boring for me to mix records. To always make a house beat, it just became boring."
"When I had a big hit, everybody wanted a record like that. They'd say: 'I want something like Finally Ce Ce Peniston; give me something like Dream Lover Mariah Carey.' But I said everything's got its own individuality. It's no different to now when something new comes out and everyone jumps on that because it's a tried formula that works. Everyone nowadays says 'you gotta put a rapper on it' to appeal to the younger generation. Then everybdoy's got a rapper on their record."
Despite being an international DJ, remixer and producer - not to mention being co-owner of the Def Mix record label - David's not driven by the big bucks. "I'd still do a cheap DJing date. I wouldn't say 'oh I'm a top-paid DJ and I've been doing it 30 years. Unless you've got what I want then don't call me.'"
The Grammy award winner says he'll never forget his Brooklyn roots and how he started out. "I don't forget where I come from," he said. "I would still do it for nothing. If I walked into a place and there's a great party going on, if I had my records and someone said 'hey Dave do you want to play some records?' I'm not going to say well how much will you pay me? If my mate's playing and says come on Dave, play with me let's get together then of course - it'd be my pleasure."
"When I was doing it years ago it was my second job. It supplemented my income. Even when I was a promoter aged 20, I was doing parties on a Friday night and I was making $1000 a night. It was like wow! I could have quit my job. Now, I'm at the point where I can survive. I can buy a house, a fancy car. I have my son with me right now on tour. Here we are in Ibiza and I'm like, check out what we're doing. We're relaxing, having dinner by the marina and I'm like, I'm getting paid for this. It's a joke!"
"When people ever ask me do you think you'll stop. I say stop what. This is natural for me. I think I will cut back on the travelling. That's where the work comes in. As great as it is flying round in a jet, you don't have to worry about connections and delays, lost luggage. I'm 43 now, DJ for another ten years. I'm in good health. As long as I can contain my good health I'll keep it up."
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