True House Stories™ Podcast with special guests by Lenny Fontana

True House Stories™ Podcast with special guests by Lenny Fontana

Lenny Fontana is one of the greatest House Music Producers to come out of the original New York City Club scene. A True Legend who has worked with many other incredible artists such as Chris Willis, Byron Stingily, Carole Sylvan, D Train, Crystal Waters, Alison Limerick, Shirley Lites, Meli’sa Morgan and Lee John (Imagination) to name just a few. Lenny Fontana has DJed all over the world throughout his career. He was the First American DJ to play at the world famous ‘Pacha’ - (Ibiza). Lenny has played at iconic venues such as Ministry Of Sound - (London), ‘Studio 54’ - (New York City), ‘Hacienda’ - (Manchester), ‘La Queen’ - (Paris) and he also DJ'ed for the closing party at ‘The Chevron’ - (Melbourne). Each Wednesday Lenny Fontana will be joined by a very special DJ / Producer / Vocalist for a Facebook Live that will blow your mind! Lenny will be chatting with his guests about their music careers to discover the true stories of working in this industry. He will be unveiling the true 'behind the scenes' stories on how his guests succeeded and continue to survive in this business. Listen to Lenny’s amazing guests as they share their journeys and achievements that have kept them top of the game and reveal some of the many incredible memories and experiences witnessed during their music careers. Expect to hear their untold stories about the joys of their work but also the many pitfalls that are hidden beneath which make this industry a very fun and exciting, yet highly competitive and challenging environment to be part of. Imagine being the fly on the wall as you listen to 2 truly iconic faces in the music industry as they go deep into their experiences over their time working in the music industry.

Episodes

January 26, 2022 30 min
TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ MARK FARINA # 075 - PART 1 Mark Farina born in Chicago, Illinois, USA is an American disc jockey and musician, known for Chicago House Music, Acid Jazz and Downtempo works. His notable releases include "Mood" (KMS Records, 1989) and the Mushroom Jazz series (OM Records, 1996–2011), and is also known from the house compilations EL Divino. He is primarily identified with the House Music scene based in Sa...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ MARK FARINA # 075 - PART 2 Mark Farina speaks about his club life and getting a job at the record store in Chicago. He makes his alliance with Derrick Carter and Stacey Pullen. Shelter Club gives him his first residency in Chicago and the rest is the history. He then works hard to become one of the few DJ’s that travel around the USA and Canada for the last three decades. He has plans to keep rolling forward a...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ JABIG # 074 - PART 1 JaBig shares with us his life as a young man in Africa and making the transition of moving to Canada. His DJ career begins with teenage dances and two stereos. He teaches himself the art of blending vinyl, CD’s and cassettes. The most important part in the beginning of his music journey was the selection of music. He always wanted to have all the right music that would make the people happ...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ JABIG # 074 - PART 2 JaBig is one of the first DJ’s to utilize the internet to its fullest in the early part of the 2000’s. He saw a massive opening with a new platform called YouTube to showcase and stream his mixes. He took the risk and uploaded his mix on there and it took off immediately. Years and years of working on Youtube he has uploaded over 800 different mixes. Over time and copyright control with al...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ CHAD JACKSON # 073 - PART 1 Chad Jackson sits with Lenny Fontana and discusses in this episode how he started his life in the music with piano lessons. He also was dancing a lot at all the big events in the northern scene. He begins his music career as a record collector and following the dj's. He befriends Manchester DJ Greg Wilson and the rest is history.
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ CHAD JACKSON # 073 - PART 2 Chad Jackson in this part talks about his start with his new professional DJ work in the clubs. He begins in the northern part of the UK and is given the chance to take over from DJ Greg Wilson. As he explains it the baton was passed on to him and he is focused on making his Radio show an incredible listening experience on Radio Piccadilly Manchester. In 1986 he decided to sign hims...
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Kayper sits with us on True House Stories and explains how she became a DJ from being a drummer. She gets her humble beginnings from her brother purchasing two Technics 1200 and just learning on her own. She even explains how her name Kayper came to be from her school days. She gets a call from a friend who was promoting a student night at Ministry Of Sound and her big break and she is then offered a residency at the club. One thin...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ KAYPER MONDESIR # 072 - PART 2 Kayper in this segment explains how she finds a college outside London to study Music Technology. Listen to hear talk about her parents try to discourage her from being a DJ. Against all the odds she pushes on and then at one gig a BBC talent agent discovers her and experienced her set and asked her to come for a meeting at Radio and try out for a show. She is offered a weekly sh...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ CRYSTAL WATERS # 071 - PART 1 Crystal Waters a true icon in house music speaks about her humble beginnings from a young child and being exposed to some of the greatest musicians because of her dad who was a famous jazz musician. She toured with her dad as a young artist and was able to get an education of what it is like to be an artist. As she finished college she takes a job with the State, at the Parole Boa...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ CRYSTAL WATERS # 071 - PART 2 Crystal Waters in this part shares with us her life after success and at the same time trying to define herself as a true dance pop artist. She was in the middle of a divorce and battling with her production company and record label over the contracts through her lawyers. As you will hear from herself this is never an easy thing to be dealing with especially when there is a lot of...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ JOHNNY “D” DE MAIRO (HENRY STREET RECORDS) # 070 - PART 1 Johnny D Demairo in part 1 speaks about his start from his older sister introducing him to disco music and then in 1979 walking into a roller rink and hearing this music as well at the teen disco. At that moment he knew his life changed and wanted to be part of this music thing. He finds Disco and it becomes everything. His young professional career sta...
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Johnny D De Mairo in this part speaks about his professional music life, the beginnings of Henry Street Music, his promotions duties at SIN Promotions, and to eventually being hired to work at Atlantic Records in Crossover A&R Promotion. He shares with us what the responsibilities are expected when you are working to hold down these positions. He signed one of the most incredible songs in dance music The Bucketheads “The Bomb” ...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ RAY PINKY VELAZQUEZ # 069 - PART 1 Ray Pinky Velazquez gets his start from his father being the manager of an equipment famous Electric Shop called Leonard's Electrics back in the 1970s. The owner of the Brazilian Disco called Ipanema spoke to Ray's dad and Ray's father advised the owner to try his son out for the DJ position. Well to say the least Ray went to the tryout and the rest is history. Co...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ RAY PINKY VELAZQUEZ # 069 - PART 2 Ray Pinky Velazquez known as the DJ, Artist, A&R, Remixer and Editor speaks about his beginnings of 99 Prince Street Record Pool. He leaves that pool to join Eddie Rivera's IDRC Record Pool and because of that move, Eddie helps put him forward for the A&R Consultant at Vanguard Records. In this part he explains what it was like working for older owners of a famous...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES™ W/ ROWETTA SPECIAL SHOW 007 - PART 1 Rowetta who is considered true musical royalty in our music business. Against all the odds of growing up rough, she pursues a musical career. Her adult life begins very young being married at age 16 and having two kids before she is 18. She tells it all from being a battered young wife to the front lead singer of the Happy Mondays. A very special Sunday Edition and a must wat...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES™ W/ ROWETTA SPECIAL SHOW 007 - PART 2 Rowetta, is a British singer. She is best known for her work with the Happy Mondays, recording and touring with the band from 1990 and recently reforming with the original lineup. Her 1989 track "Reach Out” on Bush Records has been sampled by Steve Angello, Laidback Luke and Todd Terry. She was also the last woman standing, finishing fourth, in the First Series of The X F...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ JENS LISSAT # 068 - PART 1 Jens Lissat explains his young life as a child in Hamburg Germany. His mom was a DJ who played at a afternoon tea dance with one Gramophone. His older sister has a huge influence on him and since she was seven years older she was already up on the new sounds of disco. She was bringing home new music that he was listening to and Jens personally was more into Glam Rock. His sister take...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ JENS LISSAT # 068 - PART 2 Jens Lissat in this part talks about his life in the music business. He picks it up from Disco and how he works his way into getting different residencies in other cities in Germany. He also self learns editing with the cassette pause button. The next phase of his life will be “The Megamix” His first professional job comes from WEA and they ask him to work on Phil Collins with three ...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ RON CARROLL # 067 - PART 1 Ron Carroll joins us on True House Stories for a special tell all no holds bar deep interview. He is a true Chicago native and a huge contributor to the house music scene. His humble beginnings start with school dances and throwing house basement parties. He even creates a house basement party that becomes huge in the South Side of Chicago where he was inviting guests DJ's such a...
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TRUE HOUSE STORIES W/ RON CARROLL # 067 - PART 2 Ron Carroll’s DJ Career in the late 1980s is cut short and you can hear why in this part of the interview. The Poster Wars Begin and Ron is blackballed from being able to promote or DJ at any parties in Chicago. Because he is shut out this now forces him to find another way to earn money in the music business. He discovers music production as his saving grace. In the productions worl...
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