24 May 1973 (age 44)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Richard Vission’s musical career started when DJ culture was taking flight in Los Angeles. There were no superstar DJs to follow. It was just two turntables, a mixer and hours spent perfecting mixes, buying records, and making mixtapes. In 1994 Vission Co-founded the indie-label Aqua Boogie Records based in Los Angeles with long time friends and partners AJ Mora and DJ Tony B! The label had domestic and intentional success with club hits like The Feeling by Sugar and Energy by Devone’. Vission's DJing style was so addictive that when he and his friends starting throwing house parties - literally, in someone's backyard - 2,000 kids would show up and be happy to pay $3 to get in. Local club promoters couldn’t help but notice, and booked the DJ responsible for them. As his club DJ career took off, Vission began working at a local radio station. He started at the bottom, working his way up for two years, building his street credibility at local events, always a mixtape ready in his pocket, until the chance came: “They didn't have a DJ to mix so they played my tape. More than 100 people called in asking, ‘Who was that mixing?!?’” The response opened the door to hosting and mixing Power 106's POWER TOOLS. Now at fourteen years, it’s the longest running underground mix show in America, and it won Vission the 2003 DanceStar Award for Best Radio Show.
Vission didn’t leave the clubs behind: he continues to DJ more than 80 shows every year. New Year’s Eve 2001 he played at the L.A. Coliseum for more than 35,000 screaming fans – and the polar opposite of the party spectrum, at Madonna’s private birthday party at her house for 60 people. That comes close to performing with her at the Grammy’s, the same year he received his Grammy Remixer of The Year nomination in 2000.
That Grammy nod kicked his remixing into high-profile gear, with everyone wanting a little Richard Vission twist: recently The Killers, The Bravery, Usher, Sting and Felix da Housecat. Already under his belt are over twenty #1 hits on Billboard's Dance Music Chart. His DJ mix compilations have made him one of the best selling American DJs, with SoundScans exceeding 700,000 units, numbers usually unheard of in electronic music, much less DJ mix compilations
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