Chanté Moore - This Time (The Bomb Mix) [R.I.P. Frankie Knuckles, Legacy Lives]
Spring 2000 marked one of the most significant chapters of my lifetime. After 5 months interning at King Street Sounds/Nite Grooves Records, I began working at Def Mix Productions, co-founded by Judy Weinstein, David Morales, and the late great Frankie Knuckles (may he rest in peace). At such a young age, one of my biggest dreams had manifested in front of my eyes.
As one can imagine, there are literally thousands of personal/musical moments to be shared exemplifying the magic Frankie radiated whenever he was present. But seriously, it would take weeks. Just realize, his very essence always provided me with an overdose of poise, patience, and passion (all of which were summed up in ultimate perfection).
The knowledge & experience I gained from my duration at Def Mix has proven to be invaluable through the years (endless gratitude to my DM family). However, there were a multitude of times spent simply bugging out. One of the most memorable of which involves Frankie Knuckles' re-production of “This Time" by Chanté Moore. It clearly dates back to the Sound Factory Bar era of his repertoire; but, five years after its initial release, you could find David (Morales) cranking the volume up past “11” while playing it…many times repeatedly…daily at the Broadway offices. Judy (Weinstein) wasn’t the least bit amused by this lol. But one thing was certain after each time David did it, the mood was unanimous throughout the office: Frankie had achieved the ultimate perfection on this recording. For me, the remix quickly became synonymous with 9AM Sunday mornings near the St Lawrence River in Montreal, at Club Stereo each month where Morales was guaranteed to have everyone in a euphoric frenzy with the sounds of FK (aka perfection).
What you hear in this record is exactly what I knew and loved in the personal mentor that made it: Poise. Patience. Passion.
We’ve heard the saying, “nobody’s perfect.” However, I’m not so sure about that.
Mr. Frankie Knuckles (January 18, 1955 - March 31, 2014), you are missed dearly. May you rest in peace.
I want to thank everyone all over the world for the outpouring of love and support for our loss. I want to apologize to everyone for being quiet and not answering my phone or emails. To say that it’s been a difficult time is an understatement. Thank god for family and friends and having some comfort in knowing that my dear brother has touched so many souls and was loved by many. Although we are all mourning his passing, it’s something that he would not have wanted. He would want us to celebrate his ascension to a better place. Frankie was always a leader, never a follower. I have to admit to say that I wish he had taken me with him, that’s how much it hurts but he would not have agreed. Frankie was many things to me. He was beyond an inspiration. He was a brother, a mentor, a friend and my king. I am very fortunate to have been able to spend so many incredible moments with him. We travelled the world together. We laughed„ we cried and we danced together so many times. I was introduced to Frankie in 1987 by Judy Weinstein at our office. It was the beginning of a brotherly love. He came to Brooklyn to visit and meet my son Brandon when he was just born. We started along with Judy a company which is now considered one of House Music’s brands of our generation DEF MIX. We’ve mixed and produced many records together. Together we created the “DEF MIX” sound. I can only describe Frankie in one word….EPIC…Frankie had class, finesse. He never raised his voice. He never had to. Frankie had a natural death stare lol. He was an amazing cook. I would go visit him after my set at Red Zone when he was playing at Sound Factory. I would bring him reels of my new productions. When we were together in the booth, you felt it. Frankie was the parent and I was the kid on a leash lol. I have so many fond memories of my brother. I will always cherish them. The “TEARS” will never stop flowing but they will be “TEARS” of joy knowing that he is watching over all of us. He would want us to carry on and that is what we all must do. I will always play a song in his name. HAIL THE TRUE KING OF HOUSE. We will once again dance, cry and laugh together. “YOU ARE NOT ALONE”…FRANKIE KNUCKLES….ENCORE!!!…I LOVE YOU!!!
- David Morales