GRAMMY-nominated electronic DJ/producer/remixer Richard Humpty Vission recently participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview discussing the changing role of DJs, the different flavors of house music from around the world and being nominated for a GRAMMY in 2000, among other topics.
"To get that phone call [that says] 'you're nominated' is the best thing in the world," said Vission. "Now … I want other artists that I'm producing to get nominated. … I want somebody else to have that experience."
Raised in Los Angeles, Vission emerged as one of the preeminent L.A.-area DJ/producers in the late '80s. In 1992 he formed the Movement with producer A.J. Mora and rapper Hazze, subsequently releasing the hit single "Jump!" and a self-titled album that peaked at No. 8 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. Following a tour with the Movement, Vission founded the Aqua Boogie label and in 1995 joined with British remixer Peter Lorimer to form the production team Vission & Lorimer. The duo subsequently produced dance hits for artists such as Crystal Waters, N-Joi, Raw Stylus, Martha Wash, and the Brand New Heavies.
Vission has since remixed tracks for artists including Steve Aoki, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Major Lazer, Radiohead, Donna Summer, and Madonna. Vission has also collaborated with Britney Spears, co-writing two tracks off her 2013 Top 5 album Britney Jean. He earned a 2000 GRAMMY nomination for Remixer Of The Year, Non-Classical.
As a solo artist, Vission has released several albums, including 1997's Richard Humpty Vission, which cracked the Billboard 200, and 2001's Damn That DJ Made My Day, which peaked at No. 11 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart. In addition to his recording career, Vission is the host of L.A. radio station Power 106-FM's "Power Tools," the longest-running after-hours mix show.
Vission is currently on tour throughout the United States, with select dates scheduled through September.