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Sandy Rivera

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Sandy Rivera is an American record producer, House music DJ and label owner. Born in New York City, he is now based in New Jersey.

Rivera started his career at age 13 as a DJ in his native Spanish Harlem. He began producing house music in 1992, specializing in a more soulful sound. He has worked under a variety of pseudonyms, including Kings of Tomorrow, Soul Vision and Mysterious People, either alone or with partners Jose Burgos, Haze and Jay ‘Sinister’ Sealee (Rivera has parted ways with Sealee in 2002). He is the owner of labels BlackWiz (founded 1993) and Deep Vision Records (founded 1995).

Rivera’s best known track is “Finally”, released in 2000 as Kings of Tomorrow at Defected Records, with vocals by Julie McKnight, which peaked at number 24 in the UK Top 40 Chart and at number 17 on the Billboard dance chart, and appeared in a large number of compilations from labels such as Ministry Of Sound, Hed Kandi and Warner Music. The track is included in K.O.T.’s first album It’s in the Lifestyle. The same album also yielded the track “Young Hearts”. The second K.O.T. album was released in 2005, with the name Trouble. Rivera claims this is his first album produced without recourse to samples, and marks the official separation between this and other aliases: Kings of Tomorrow is used for more radio-friendly tracks, while his real name will be used for club-friendly tracks.

As a producer and remixer, Sandy Rivera has worked for a variety of other artists, including veteran jazz musician Terry Callier, Gisele Jackson, Bini & Martini, Michelle Weeks, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Walter L. Robinson.

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  • NEFTUNE

    Been a while since I've visited!... I am a College Radio DJ!!! KSPC.org -My show is called Merry Go Sound with DJ Nefrettiti as of SEPTEMBER 13th 2014 Merry Go Sound will air live Saturdayz @ 11pm - 1am (PST - USA)...May 22, 2014 was my Debut show... Broken Beat...Soul - Jazz - Funk - Rock - Nerd Hop...that's right Nerd Hop! - check me out....check it out!

    15 Sep 9:22pm Reply
  • jewel6

    check his old/new track. Available on soundcloud It's called "Hey".

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • CodeQ

    Persuasion is huuuuge!

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • get_in

    Remix Persuasion and win over £1200 on Digidesign/M-Audio home studio... more info here ... closing date December 15th 09.

    23 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Marcus_surfer

    Persuasion ;)

    26 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Takuma_Sato

    yehh 'persuasion' is FunTastic!!

    22 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Apoelistas

    'Persuasion' is amazing..

    4 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Like_Insomnia

    I can`t stop! Was inspired by this track when scripted a party ))

    28 Jun 2009 Reply
  • megjiro

    Holy cow, what a lucky day for me to actually talk to him. He was so nice and friendly. Love him even more...Come back to Japan soon Sandy!!

    29 Apr 2009 Reply

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