Susan Morabito

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Susan Morabito wanted to become a radio DJ until she found out they don't get to play what they want all the time. In 1982, after mixing her own tapes, a nightclub in her native Cleveland, Ohio, gave…
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Susan Morabito wanted to become a radio DJ until she found out they don't get to play what they want all the time. In 1982, after mixing her own tapes, a nightclub in her native Cleveland, Ohio, gave her the opportunity to start playing them. After she relocated to New York City in 1987, she worked in a record store and opened one of her own, RPM, in the city's West Village. As a club DJ, her breakthrough came after participating in the Stonewall Gay Games in 1995. Two years later, she released the first of several commercial mix CDs for the Whirling label, Black Party -- a set led by her remix of Gloworm's "Young Hearts." Equinox and Love to Dance followed respectively in 1998 and 1999. After issuing Ocean Drive: The Mix (2000), Morabito established a monthly party in N.Y.C. called Secret and a new residency in Miami, Florida, simply called Dance. The Centaur label issued a handful of Morabito mixes throughout the 2000s, including Global Groove: The New Groove (2001), Pride (2001), and Blue Ball, Vol. 3. Throughout that decade, as well as the one that followed, Morabito remained active with an international reach.