Don’t think, don’t question, just listen: it’s “Automatic” by Richard Vission, a new mix CD out October 4th, 2005 via his recently inked deal with Thrive Records. “Automatic” is the 10th release in Vission’s mix CD catalogue, and his first double CD ever. The first disc is an explosive 20 track mix featuring Mylo, Plump DJ’s, The Bravery, INXS and Green Velvet. Disc 2 is a collection of Richard Vission productions & remixes including three original Vission songs: “Automatic,” “Somebody” and “Freeze”, all featuring Stranger Days. The lead single, “Automatic”, is a wicked blend of dirty analogue basses, squelchy synths, nasty guitars and a hook that will stick in your head for weeks: "I keep searchin', searchin' for that perfect feelin."
Richard Vission’s musical career started when DJ culture was taking flight in Los Angeles. There were no superstar DJs to follow. It was just two turntables, a mixer and hours spent perfecting mixes, buying records, and making mixtapes. Vission's DJing style was so addictive that when he and his friends starting throwing house parties (literally, in someone's backyard), 2,000 kids would show up and be happy to pay $3 to get in. Local club promoters couldn’t help but notice, and booked the DJ responsible for them. As his club DJ career took off, Vission began working at a local radio station. He started at the bottom, working his way up for two years, building his street credibility at local events, always a mixtape ready in his pocket, until the chance came: “They didn't have a DJ to mix so they played my tape. More than 100 people called in asking, ‘Who was that mixing?!?’” The response opened the door to hosting and mixing Power 106's POWER TOOLS. Now at fourteen years, it’s the longest running underground mix show in America, and it won Vission the 2003 DanceStar Award for Best Radio Show.
Vission didn’t leave the clubs behind: he continues to DJ more than 80 shows every year. New Year’s Eve 2001, he played at the L.A. Coliseum for more than 35,000 screaming fans. He also played the polar opposite of the party spectrum, at Madonna’s private birthday party at her house, for 60 people. That comes in a close second to performing with her at the Grammy’s, the same year he received his Grammy nomination for Remixer of The Year in 2000.
That Grammy nod kicked his remixing into high-profile gear, with everyone wanting a little Richard Vission twist: recently The Killers, The Bravery, Usher, Sting and Felix da Housecat. Already under his belt are over twenty #1 hits on Billboard's Dance Music Chart. His DJ mix compilations have made him one of the best selling American DJs, with SoundScans exceeding 700,000 units, numbers usually unheard of in electronic music, much less DJ mix compilations.
Sounds like he might be busy, right? How about time for a new band? Last year, Richard formed Stranger Days. "I've always wanted to be in a rock band, I was just better at spinning records than playing the guitar.” Their sound? Think Berlin vs. The Killers vs. The Knack. “I'm having the time of my life... One day I'm recording live drums with Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, The Vandals, and Devo) for my band, the next day I'm working on a sick breakdown that's gonna drive the dance floor mad. It's kinda like having a mistress live with you and your wife... never a dull moment." Vission’s non-stop touring schedule continues in 2006, with more than 80 dates in North America in support of Automatic.