Joining Savion Glover and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar this year as a grand marshal is Grammy winning, DJ and Producer Hex Hector! Hex will be bringing his authentic NYC style to the parade this year perched atop one of our many floats down Broadway playing an exclusive dj set and keeping the spirit of house music alive and strong straight through to Tompkins Square Park! He will also be joining the ranks of Jellybean Benitez, Louie Vega and Jonathan Peters as our extra special DJ honorees that have become a Dance Parade tradition.
Beginning back in the late ’70s when his grandmother would play him Salsoul records, Hex Hector devoted his life to New York’s eternally thriving house music community and eventually rose to the top, winning himself a Grammy along with enormous industry clout. Some producers remix one another’s work; others, like Hector, remix the biggest names in the business: Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, and more. Yes, Hector was a go-to guy; if a record label wanted one of its pop hits to crossover to the dancefloors, they called up this man. Furthermore, beyond his big-money remixes for pop stars, Hector also thrived as a DJ, spinning at most of New York’s elite clubs. Despite his industry clout, Hector never released too many of his own albums. In the early 2000s, he began releasing mix albums, but still devoted most of his time to remixing, a gift that won him a Grammy in 2001.
Born to a Puerto Rican family in New York, Hector divided his time between his immediate family and his grandmother. The latter would play music at all hours of the day, all day. And she would play music of all kinds: everything from Santana and Cal Tjader to Al Green and the Rolling Stones; and anything on the Salsoul label, the definitive label for late-’70s disco. All of this musical exposure influenced Hector heavily, to the point where he began DJing at neighborhood parties beginning in 1979. It wasn’t long, then, until he began frequenting the enormous New York club scene: Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage, Kenny Carpenter at Bonds, Jellybean Benitez at the Funhouse, Afrika Bambaataa at the Roxy, Mark Kamins at Danceteria, and so on. By 1986, Hector himself had become a resident DJ at the China Club, where he befriended a young, yet unknown J-Lo. In later years, he would graduate to such clubs as Palladium, Tunnel, Limelight, and Sound Factory, among others. It wasn’t until the late ’90s, though, that his remixing began to eclipse his DJing. He teamed up with Soul Solution in 1996 for a remix of Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart,” which became a huge dancefloor hit, and his remixing assignments continued from there. Within years, he’d become one of the industry’s most-demanded remixers, working for such pop superstars as Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, and more.
Each year, Dance Parade selects various individuals from all corners of the Dance Community to honour for their perseverance, impact, contribution and uniqueness they have represented and supplied throughout their formidable careers. These recognized individuals are chosen by Dance Parade for their contribution to a particular genre of dance. Catch one of our grand marshals on a float in the parade, on stage at DanceFest or at our official after party! Check out our previous honorees…