Dance music pioneer…studio genius….house music legend.
Those are just a few of the words and phrases that anyone who has ever been enraptured by the grooves provided by the dearly departed DJ Guido Osorio can come up with describe him. As one half of the iconic dance music production Razor N’ Guido, Mr. Osorio carved out a path that was like no other in the game, which is why the announcement of his gone-too-soon passing a few days ago has struck many in the music heart.
Miami bred but went on to make his way up the coast to eventually own the NYC nightlife scene, Guido Osorio would eventually link up with fellow DJ Razor (Peter Ozback), and instantly the newly joined beat brothers would put their special talents to work in the studio. At the time the two met, Ozback was involved in a band that dabbled in rap and had brought on Osorio to pick his music brain for his vast knowledge in hip hop.
Also at the time of this soon-to-be genius pairing, Osorio was cooking up his own club remixes while learning the tricks and trades of the studio, although he felt he wasn’t ready to serve us with any of his own material. The pair’s first official recording was “Good Time” for Empire State, but the two would further cement their explosive partnership when Ozback received a spec mix from Johnny Vicious, who they knew from wildly popular New York MTV DJ Skribble.
Soon after, the red-hot duo were offered quite a beat buffet of assignments, which included a retelling of Robert Miles‘ classic groove “Fable,” as well as a powerhouse rewire of Biggie’s trademark anthem, “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.” The duo also started recording under the name Razor N’ GO, which many people confused as one person or a different project altogether, which led them to settle with Razor N’ Guido….and we’re so glad they did.
Razor N’ Guido’s newfound career also received a lot of help from the legendary DJ Junior Vasquez, who along with fellow NYC DJ’s Danny Tenaglia, Jonathan Peters, Erick Morillo and Vicious, all showed music love to the destructive duo by putting their one-of-a-kind Tribal influenced anthems in heavy rotations during their whirling sets.
Their first official album, Dance Floor, released on the legendary Strictly Rhythm record label off shoot, Groovilicous Records, would further ignite the pair into the strobe light stratosphere. An earth shattering set that was–and most certainly still is–full of dance music life, as clearly evident in floor fires, “Do It Again,” “Imagination,” “You,” or any other one of the destructive headphones ready cuts that are laced on this cherished dance record.
The success of the album led the duo to continue to produce remixes at a nonstop pace, as well as helping them rightfully slay their mark of being the Kings of the Circuit party scene. While making their electrified rounds through the years, Razor N’ Guido would go on to produce remixes for Madonna, Shakira, DJ DeMarko! (“Drop a House” is a very personal favorite) Whitney Houston, Basement Jaxx, Vernessa Mitchell, and of course, Ms. Kim English, in which the duo turned her thunderous “Unspeakable Joy” and turned it into a pure tornado of destruction that still hold the power to make you feel it once those opening thumps gallop on. Priceless.
As anyone can see (or hear), Razor N’ Guido certainly proved they had what it takes to helm a long-lasting career in the dance music industry, which is why the loss of Mr. Osorio will certainly be felt by many in the industry for years to come. A few of Guido’s colleagues stopped by to offer their warm words of love for the late music master mind, in which you can feel that one thing is clear throughout their kind thoughts–that Osorio was a kind soul who just knew how to bring that one-of-a-kind dance music heat to whatever project he magically touched.
DJ Tracy Young: “So, I wasn’t one of the lucky ones to have hung out with Guido Osorio in any great lengths of time.” We would run into to each other here and there and exchange emails to one another. With that said, I had always heard nothing but great things about Guido and how kind he was. What I can tell you about was the genius of GUIDO. He was half of the duo that I consider true musical geniuses. Razor & Guido defined nightlife in the 90’s and early 2000’s. They were being played in every nightclub all over the world. They have been in permanent rotation in my sets since the first time I’ve heard them. He will forever live on musically in all of our hearts. He is gone too soon however left many good memories with each track he left behind”.
DJ Barry Harris:“I don’t have a lot as I didn’t get to hang out with him all that much, but one year at the Winter Music Conference after Thunderpuss blew up no one really knew I was Kon Kan 10 years earlier. Guido was the only one at the time who knew and comment about it to me how he remembered “I Beg Your Pardon” and said it was ‘the bomb.’ I also told him that you, Razor & Guido win the ‘over the top drama’ song with Vernessa Mitchells “This Joy.” I did a lot of buildup Drama on the Thunderpuss mixes but could never outdo their mix of “This Joy” nor ever get close to their ‘super drama.'”
Sandy Bar: “To the family and friends, please accept my condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts. Everyone had love and respect for him, we will miss “Guido.” He is in my heart, as I know he is in many. My thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone that he touched. You have my deepest sympathy. We love you Guido!”
DJ John Michael Di Sprito: “The first time I had ever heard Guido live, he was playing at Shampoo in Philly. I had actually came all the way down from NY to specifically see him because I figured the chances of me catching a set of his live would be far and few in between and he did NOT disappoint. This was sometime in the late 90’s early 2000’s. It would be at least another 10+ years before I would actually get the chance to meet him in person and it was one of those rare occasions when someone you admire turns out to be even MORE amazing than you had hoped. He brought light to every room he was in. Anytime I had ever heard him play in recent years, you could just see the crowd looking at him, beaming. He was just that kind of teddy bear. His ear and ability to create not just remixes live but real-time dance floor MOMENTS was not something you come across often. He will be missed by so many, in so many ways.”
DJ Dave Audé: “Guido was a dance music icon. Not just musically speaking but on a personal level too. I’m a West Coast guy so I never really got to hang out or work in the studio with Guido, but he always answered emails, and just recently had nothing but nice things to say when he reached out. Pure class. If there ever is a Dance Music Hall of Fame, I would be the first to suggest he be included. I’m sure he’s rocking dancefloors in heaven, #RIP.”
If you would like to pay your respects to the gone-too-soon dance music legend, show your Guido love right here.
Groove on, Mr. Osorio.