A legendary DJ, entertainer and straight up talent after all of our thunderous dance music hearts, dearly departed NYC owning DJ Peter Rauhofer only had one mission while he was on this dance music planet–to make us fucking move for our god damn lives….and that he most certainly did.
Before he became an NYC dance music icon, Mr. Rauhofer spent his earlier dance days in his hometown of Vienna, Austria. While working at a local record store that was stacked and ready with all kinds of delicious imports, he fell in deep with the dance music decadence (don’t we all?) that would soon not just become a part of his life, but a part of our lives as well.
By the early ’80s, Rauhofer got his practice on while making his rounds spinning at clubs around town. A few months into those magic moments, he would link up with a small Austrian record label, GIG Records, and quickly become their international A&R director, which would serve him with beatloads of success, most notably when his production of “Let Me Be Your Underwear,” released under the legendary Club 69 moniker became a breakthrough smash on the U.S. dance charts. The monster banger not only set the stage for the debut of the Club 69 full-length, Adults Only (all day), but it would soon find Rauhofer managing his time between Austria and the States.
By the time the late ’90s rolled (literally) around, Rauhofer had become a funkdafied force to be reckoned with on the exploding dance scene (which he certainly helped ignite), as he would expand his headphones beyond the delightfully gripping talons of Club 69, going on to record under even more dance music monikers, including House Heroes (“Magic Orgasm,” yas dancing queen) ) and speaking of kweens, “Pimps, Pumps & Pushers” also became another certified smash that would be served to all of us under another famous Rauhofer disguise, Size Queen.
After using all of those monikers to create the official Club 69 record label, sophomore set, Style, was soon dished out, instantly becoming a fan favorite and Billboard bulldozing success, thanks to the power of “Drama” and “Muscles,” which are still simply that fire. Also during this whirling time, Rauhofer lent his headphones to the ultra-successful Essential Mix collections and was also became a highly sought after remixer, owning assignments from lots and lots of big names including dearly departed divas Whitney Houston & Donna Summer, as well as Mariah Carey, Ultra Nate, Scissor Sisters, Xtina, Suzanne Palmer, Britney Spears (that fucking “Toxic” remix, though) Pet Shop Boys, Lady Gaga, RiRi, Yoko Ono (yes, that Yoko Ono) and the one-and-only Cher, in which his powerhouse remix of “Believe” would hand him a Grammy for Remixer of the Year. Certainly well, well deserved.
Of course, one diva that Rauhofer had so much fun with remixing for days was our favorite Material Girl, Madonna, of which the turntable mastermind took several of her singles, including “American Life,” “Get Together” (that fucking Private Vocal Mix, though), “Miles Away” and “4 Minutes” and turned them into pieces of destructive dance music art.
The same can also be said for his pounding take on Madge’s fourth Music single, “Impressive Instant,” which you know he spun the fuck out at Limelight, Roxy, Rosaland Ballroom or any other NYC hotspot he gave it to us on the dance floor of life. When the iconic DJ left us on May 7th, 2013 after losing his battle with a brain tumor, he not only left us with a legacy, but beats in a collection that will sound as fresh as the day as he served them out to us.
And that is the straight up Peter Rauhofer dance music truth.