"I'm the guy pushing to change the sound from record to record...the struggle for most producers is to NOT sound the same every time, which is something not everyone can accomplish", explains the diversely talented Harry "Choo Choo" Romero. The DJ and producer remarks, “I am always into combining eclectic flavors and bringing new concepts into the studio".
Sounds refreshing? Well, it's true. In a day when many young producers of dance music have talent and bright ideas, very few also have the forethought and the consistent reputation of Harry Romero.
Harry had the privilege of being raised in a musical family -- his mother soaked the air with the Latin rhythms of merengue and cumbia, while his father, a former opera tenor, practiced his scales and listened to Beethoven. As a result, Harry is constantly looking to expand musically, and has.
The Run-DMC inspired Choo Choo (the train conductor’s cap worn since childhood may have something to do with the nickname) felt the impact of the Latin-freestyle movement in the 80s, and jump-started his career as a DJ with a high-voltage performance at a New Jersey dance club. From there, he was taken under the wing of Millennium Music, a management company and production team. Harry worked with their label, Gossip Records (distributed by Strictly Rhythm), creating demos and gathering some useful industry-related knowledge.
Part of what the future was to hold was Harry’s decision to join forces with Erick Morillo and his now internationally famed label, Subliminal Records. Along with Morillo and producer/DJ Jose Nunez, Harry played a definitive role in laying the foundation for what has come to be the highest quality dance music label.
The collaborations with his labelmates and others have been extremely important for Harry in developing his name and his body of work. Constipated Monkeys, Harry’s acclaimed partnership with Jose Nunez has produced several percussive, funky tracks including “Cro-Magnon” and “Erectus”. Another Subliminal collective, Ministers De La Funk, a trio comprised of Romero, Morillo & Nunez, created one of the label’s biggest hits “Believe” with Jocelyn Brown on vocals. Under the guise of The Dronez, the three remixed some of club lands biggest tunes including Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and Madison Avenue’s “Don’t Call Me Baby”. The prestigious Muzik Awards honored the mastery of Harry and fellow Dronez, deeming them the “Remixers of the Year” in 1999.
Equally competent in his own right Harry enjoyed success with “Hazin & Phazin” which Defected licensed in the UK, “Just Can’t Get Enough” featuring Inaya Day on vocals which AMPM snapped up and consequently saw enter the top 40 in the UK national charts, and recently the darker deeper sound of “Beats Vol 1” and “Beats Vol 2”. Perfecto Records snapped up Beats 2, after watching crowd reactions to Paul Oakenfold and Timo Maas dropping the track. His talents ever expanding, Harry has been sought after for various solo remix projects including Basement Jaxx’ “Bingo Bango” and Modjo’s “Lady”.
Known best for his flawless original productions and remix wizardry, 2002 saw Harry lending his unmistakable technical skill and impeccable taste for the first time to a solo DJ compilation, “Subliminal Sessions Two”. He combined highly eclectic musical flavor with the instinctive precision so many have come to revere.
2004 saw the release of his debut artist album, “That Beat.” With hit singles “Calling Me,” “I Go Back” and “Be The One,” this album hit the house music scene and just exploded upon them. Harry held the Album Release Party during the 2004 Winter Music Conference in Miami, Florida, and spent the next few months touring the globe, promoting the album.
Still riding high from the recent success of “That Beat,” Harry mixed Subliminal Sessions 7, out Summer 2004 on Subliminal. In 2007, he released a compilation for the popular Ministry of Sound series, “Sessions mixed by Harry Choo Choo Romero.” Additionally, he has recently produced remixes for major artists Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, and Korn.
2008 into 2009 saw the beginning of a string of new releases on his Bambossa label, including “Cumbia”, “Dentro De Mi”, “The Crawl”, and new remix package of Harry’s classic “Night at the Black”. Harry also released “Lifting Me High” on CR2 Records and “Phuture” on Ovum Recordings.
Slipping into 2010 and Harry’s sound continues to evolve with a string of releases for Eric Morrillo’s Subliminal label, Sondos, Steve Angello’s Size Recordings and Toolroom.
He also releases two mix compilations on Subliminal and CR2 heading into 2010, while continuing the flow of new tracks through Bambossa. This multitalented dj/producer/remixer just doesn’t quit!