Authorities said Monday that DJ and music producer Eric Morillo, who helped popularize the house’s music, was found dead in Miami Beach. He was 49 years old.
Police said officers were called to Morillo’s residence on Monday, where he was found dead. The cause of death was not yet determined.
“There were no obvious signs of foul play,” the Miami Beach department said. “The cause of death will be determined by the Miami Dad Medical Examiner’s Office.”
Morillo was arrested by Miami Beach police last month accused of sexual battery in an alleged assault in December. He was scheduled to appear in court on Friday, police said.
Morillo denied the allegations.
“This is a very unfortunate incident where our detectives acted to make some sort of settlement for the victim,” Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodríguez said in an August 6 statement.
For nearly 30 years, Morillo was a popular figure in the world of house music, a Chicago-born disco disco sound in the 1980s and taken on a global ride in the following decade by British rave DJs including Paul Oakenfold and Pete Tong Was.
Born in Columbia and once based in New York City, Morillo was the creator of the second wave house, which sometimes offered his aggressive voice and Robin S., “Show Me Love”) in favor of more aggressive percussion and world influences. Were, including dub, reggaeton. And Latin flavor.
One result was Reel 2 Real’s “Go on Move”, known as “I Like to Move It”, with pato vocals from Trinidadian-born American artist Mad Stuntman. It reached chart status in the United States and Europe.
In the 1990s and 2010s, Morillo was a one-man economic machine in the industry, promoting record labels such as Unconscious and Subusa, promoting and managing artists, producing, remixing, and appearing as a DJ top in the super-club Was meant to be.
In 2005, he helped Club Pach on Ibiza’s Spanish Party Isle to open a 2,665-capacity venue in New York, when large nightclubs were becoming the largest stage for dance music artists. Places like Pacha helped set the stage for big festivals such as the 2010 electronic dance music era, Las Vegas Superclub, and Electric Daisy Carnival.
In the mid-2000s, Morillo released three tracks featuring rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, an occasional presence in the Miami club scene at the time.
At the 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Steve Angelo of the chart-topping act Swedish house mafia introduced Morillo Stjest as “the guy who taught me how to DJ in clubs.”
Morillo’s Sunrise performance in Ibiza made him a symbol of the party’s lifestyle, and in an interview with BBC Radio One’s Tong in 2016, he admitted that he had walked, saying that alcohol and drug addiction The use ended with addiction to kimine.
The DJ never lost credibility with the pujaris of dance music. He occasionally performed back-to-back with Danny Tengalia, one of the most iconic DJs of house music.
Los Angeles radio veteran “Swedish” Egil Alvik, founder of grooveradio.com “said he would be the one who would like to go and check out other DJs.” “He didn’t just play one record in the next record. He would create and create sounds, release it and recreate it.”
He stated that Morillo was a music tastemaker who led fans of dance music to new artists.
“People saw him for new remixes, dubbed, vocal records,” Alvik said. “He helped promote and manage various DJs. He did all the things that many DJs wish they could do one or two of those things.”
Anthony Cusumano has contributed.