A quintessential dance music insider goes on the record.
Few people have been there for as many of dance music's foundational moments as Judy Weinstein. Her story starts right at the beginning: at David Mancuso's Loft, which she'd eventually have a hand in managing. She worked with Mancuso on his seminal record pool before going on to form her own, For The Record, which serviced New York's DJ circuit during its heyday. Weinstein is probably best known, though, for the company she keeps by way of Def Mix, the label and management company she founded with her old record pool employee David Morales in the '80s. Def Mix never had a big roster, but the artists she worked with, including Morales, Satoshi Tomiie and the late Frankie Knuckles, are legendary. When I visited Def Mix's office in Manhattan on a recent Friday afternoon, I found her still hard at work on a number of projects, including Knuckles's posthumous House Masters compilation, which saw release earlier this week through Defected. From her time as Larry Levan's roommate to her first inadvertent trip to Ibiza, she brought a wealth of stories to this decades-spanning conversation.