review/intro by Kristopher Upjohn
interview by Jennifer Warner
Audio as burning light registers as teflon textures, a sublime mix of electronica and faux organica feeling - solidity streamlined. You, DJ Abel listener, are carted through flirtations with tribal, buzzing surround sound, airy spacey melodies, robust house-meets-trance - it's sexy, alive! Racing and lean, tight and one mean SOB of a house album. No time wasted jumping into the energy. No unnecessary buildup. Knock, knock, you're there! A job well done. And that's disc one of Abel "Alegria Universo" release, the disc is called "Peak Hour Sessions." "After Sunrise Sessions" - disc two - is appropriately bright, bristling with an invigorating, glossy gleam. Again, hints of trance-like melody. It's the soundtrack of energized bodies and transcended minds kept going long after a full night of dancing. Stars filtering to sunlight, sharp, pointed textures, but sleek. Fired straight across two bursting discs, "Alegria Universo" shows why Cain must have slain Abel. Jealousy! If there's a DJ Cain out there, Abel might want to watch his back.
Find out more in our interview with Abel below!
JW: What were you doing just before this, and what will you be doing later?
Abel: Well, I'm in Miami right now putting some time aside to write a little bit of myself before I get back to my regular programming! Making Music!
What is the absolute best thing about being a DJ?
The best thing about being a DJ is the thrill and high you get after seeing the crowd go wild with something fresh right out of the studio, or a crowd of 5,000 losing their marbles and all hands in the air! Whew! What a rush!
What is the best thing about your last CD?
I have to say that the best thing about, "Alegria Universo" is the variety of music. I love variety!
For those that don't know, what is Allegria?
"Alegria" is America's # 1 top Event. It is not a Circuit party, it's an event. And it's because there is usually 7, sometimes 8 events a year. A circuit party is a "once" a year type of event. Alegria is held at a Dance Club, with different themes each time and a variety of DJ's, Including me as the resident DJ.
Tell us what you were hoping to capture with the mix and music, or tell us anything that gets you excited about the release!
I think I was really trying to capture all the elements of the 15 event all in 2 1/2 hours. What really got me excited about this release was the fact that is was done for the New Year, and that just kinda stamps a little of more positive energy on the cd and the events.
Do you have a favorite party that you play every year, and can you tell us why?
My favorite event is, "Alegria Xtreme" during the "Black Party Weekend" for numerous reasons, but in general, it's the one event I really, really love the most. It's about the music, the crowd, but really all about the energy! And my birthday :)
Have you ever gotten mistaken for the other DJ Abel, who you sound and look nothing like, but you do share the same name?
Actually, There are even more DJ Abel's out there. All with different styles of music. Funny, but true. I use to go by my full name, Abel Aguilera, but one day a promoter told me it was too long, then we were stuck with it. And somewhere down that road, yes I am probally connected to Ms. Christina Aguilera! LOL!
How do you keep being enthusiastic about DJing and producing, after having done it for so long?
Music is my life. It always has been, probally since the age of five. When you are born with it, you die with it. It is my passion, and nothing drives me away from it.
What do you like to do outside of music?
Outside of music, I am really into construction, architecture, and life. I love nature, combined with chill out music, I'm in heaven.
Where are you living now and why there?
I live in Miami. for many reasons, but most of all, because of the weather. A good 24 hr nightclub is hard to find anywhere else!
What's up next for you?
My next Goal is my "ROSABEL" Album with my remix and producing partner, Ralphi Rosario. This is our dream come true. Finally ! All of our original product together for once.
Anything else you'd like to say to the Raves.com and DJfix.com readers?
This Dj Abel is just begining ! Thanks for all you kind support.