A journey through the dynamic scene of dance remixes is incomplete without encountering the legend that is Hex Hector. Starting with humble beginnings, the New York-based DJ and remixer rose to prominence by shaping the contours of the dance music scene for more than a decade. One of the most pivotal moments of his illustrious career was an early rejection that became a blessing in disguise.
Picture this: a young Hex Hector presents a remix of Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart” to music mogul Clive Davis, only to be met with skepticism. Clive suggests he work with Soul Solution instead. Unbeknownst to Hex at the time, this move would propel the remix into a massive gay anthem, setting the tone for a new era of progressive and tribal house music.
Fast forward two years later, and Davis approached Hector to work his magic on Deborah Cox’s lead single off her sophomore album “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here.” This turned out to be a pivotal moment that further solidified Hex Hector’s standing in the realm of elite production remix DJs. Although he didn’t receive top billing—his name was subtly tucked away in the liner credits—the impact of his work was anything but footnote material. The remix was a smash hit, serving as a testament to Hector’s prowess in reimagining songs in a way that captured the audience’s imagination while filling dance floors across the globe.
The monumental success of “Un-Break My Heart” and “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” coincided with a new generation of DJs that were taking dance floors to new heights providing fresh new sounds never heard before. Club 69’s Peter Rauhofer, Victor Calderone, Thunderpuss, Junior Vasquez, and Jonathan Peters followed in Hex Hector’s footsteps, incorporating a fresh, new progressive big room style into their remixes.
Now, let’s delve into the Tribute to Hex Hector we’ve all been buzzing about. We scoured the expansive catalog of Hex’s creations, paying meticulous attention to your favorite mixes while curating the ultimate dance experience. Contrary to Jason’s belief (sorry, buddy), the absence of certain tracks doesn’t detract from the overall quality of the setlist. While Hex’s Wikipedia page does provide an exhaustive list, its reliability can sometimes be sketchy. If you want to verify the legitimacy of a particular remix, Discogs is your go-to resource.
Rather than truncate these gems, I let most of the tracks breathe, running their full course with only minor edits to their intros and outros. For fans of the divas like Deborah Cox, Toni Braxton and Whitney Houston, some of my mixshow edits can also be found in their respective Diva Series collections.
Each set in this tribute series is a pure distillation of Hex Hector’s creative brilliance, but like you, I have my personal favorites. Melanie C’s “I Turn To You,” Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs,” and Sarah Brightman’s haunting “Harem (Cançao do Mar)” resonate for myriad reasons. Solu Music’s “Fade” featuring Kimblee is also a stand-out, blending perfectly into the Hex Hector mosaic we’ve pieced together.
The musical odyssey doesn’t end here. We have a whopping seven more installments coming your way, ready to keep your feet moving and your soul grooving. So whether you’re burning these sets to CDs or streaming them on your favorite platform, prepare for an exhilarating dance music experience that’s the epitome of Hex Hector’s enduring legacy.
Until the next time…ENJOY!
Album : Hex Hector Mixology v1
Genre : Circuit House Classics
Year : 2015
Total Time : 01:16:35
1. Melanie C – I Turn To You (Hex Club Mix)
2. Ricky Martin – She Bangs (Hex Club Mix)
3. Kim Sozzi – Feelin’ Me (Hex & Mac Quayle Club Mix)
4. Anastacia – One Day In Your Life (Hex & Mac Quayle Club Mix)
5. Sarah Brightman – Harem (Cançao do Mar) (Hex Vocal Mix)
6. Lara Fabian – I Am Who I Am (HQ2 Club Mix)
7. Veronica – Rise (Hex Futura Mix)
8. Rhona – Satisfied (Hex’s Club Mix)
9. Solu Music feat. Kimblee – Fade (Hex Vocal Mix)
10. Janet Jackson – Someone To Call My Lover (HQ2 Club Mix)