Joe Valentín

Joe ValentínBorn in Newark, NJ, Joe was brought up in a musically diverse and multi-cultural environment.  Through his uncle, Joe's Hispanic roots were nurtured by Latin jazz and salsa maestros whom mastered their instruments (vocal or otherwise) such as Mongo Santamaria, Ruben Blades, Hector Lavoe, Eddie Palmieri, Dave Valentín and Johnny Pacheco to name a few. Many of these Latin composers exhibited the rich, rhythmic African influence that is typical of the Caribbean culture that flows through Joe's veins. His uncle also exposed Joe to 60s/70s classic rock artists like Jimi Hendrix, Santana, and Janis Joplin, the poetry and music of Gil Scott-Heron, and the soulful sounds of singer/songwriter Richie Havens.

Joe's African-American step-father added to the soundtrack of Joe's childhood when he listened to the harmonious tones of groups such as Earth, Wind, and Fire and The Chi Lites, the savory vocals of solo artists like Teena Marie and Stacy Lattisaw, smooth jazz greats like Herbie Hancock and George Benson, and the funky extraterrestrial sounds of Parliament. 

The surrounding urban streets introduced Joe to commercial music typical of the era with the most influential of these being hip hop. Rakim, Boogie Down Productions, Poor Righteous Teachers, Gang Starr, and other conscientious rappers were paramount in the development of Joe's insatiable appetite for the art of music.

This smorgasbord of musical talents laid the foundation on which his love for house music was built. "The beauty of house," as Joe puts it, "is that it has the ability to bring people of different backgrounds and cultures together through music." With the framework of house having been established, it was only natural for Joe's passion for music to move onto the dance floor.

In his teens, Joe frequented places like Club Zanzibar in Newark and Sound Factory Bar, Wild Pitch, and, of course, the legendary, Club Shelter in NYC. With his tall, athletic frame, yet light-on-his-feet agility, he soon became a notable house dancer among his peers. A virtuoso on the dance floor, Joe was nicknamed Sklz by a fellow dancer. Joe shared his penchant for house music with anyone willing to listen, watch, and learn, inspiring a new generation of dancers and future DJs and producers from Newark, Irvington, and Elizabeth, NJ. 

During a 13-year hiatus from the house scene, Joe faced many of life's challenges. However, music remained ever-present. Responsibly choosing to meet the obligations of family life, Joe no longer attended the clubs as he once had. Dancing, nevertheless, continued to serve as a way for Joe to release the tension that would build from daily life.

With a major part of his adult responsibilities having been met, he resurfaced onto the house club scene in the spring of 2009 never having skipped a beat. Later that year, Joe established a production and DJ tandem known as HellenBach Music. With Joe acting as the creative engine, he and his partner served up a few singles and remixes that were released through Soulgasm Music and Strictly Rhythm.

Joe continued to hone his craft. In 2012, he studied music technology, theory, and piano under the tutelage of Grammy winner Robert Navarro. Joe strongly believed that a solid foundation in these areas would provide him the canvas on which he could manifest his artistic expression. So, he worked relentlessly at sharpening his skills. Having completed his studies, Joe felt confident he had gathered enough understanding to take the next step up in the music-filled edifice known as house.

In 2014, he established his own record label, Track Turners Music. Ultimately, Joe's goal is to reach people in a profoundly meaningful way, encouraging and uplifting them through his music. His first release, Revival, was an enlightening composition in which, through spoken word, Joe expressed just that. While he still produces, Joe continues to sharpen his skill set in other areas. 

Though he had been DJing for some time, in 2015, Joe began uploading mixes on a regular basis. Summoning the broad and diverse range of musical influences from his youth, Joe's mixes are, to paraphrase a fan's eloquently stated commentary, an eclectic collection of songs intricately woven together.

You can check out one of Joe's mixes below. To listen to and download his other archived mixes, click here.



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