House music DJ- Producer Erick Morillo who is best known for the 1993 hit “I Like to Move It,” was found dead this morning in Miami Beach.
Morillo was well known in the international house music space and he was best known for his ’90s track “I Like to Move It,” which he released under the moniker Reel 2 Real. The track appeared on 1994’s Move It! and gained popularity when it was featured heavily in the 2005 animated film Madagascar. He was also the 3-time winner of the DJ Awards’ best House DJ. Alongside that he also won the best International DJ award 3-times. His most recent win was in 2009.
He also produced music under various other aliases including The Dronez, RAW, RBM, Smooth Touch, Deep Soul and Minsters de la Funk. Morillo also started a management company called Double Platinum with fellow DJ Junior Sanchez and others. He was also behind a label called Subliminal Records.
Morillo was born in 1971 in New York, but spent most of his early years in Cartagena, Columbia where he lived with his family. He moved back to the United States at the age of 11, which is when he began DJing at weddings for friends and family. He began DJing at local clubs in New York where he met Latin reggae star El General with whom he collaborated in 1991 on the single “Muevelo” as well as “Anasthasia,” which went platinum. He then met house veteran “Little” Louie Vega, with whom he worked on the 1992 house anthem “Ride on the Rhythm.”
Erick Morillo was arrested and charged with sexual battery of a woman last month. The alleged incident took place in Miami Beach in December 2019. Morillo initially denied the allegations but then turned himself in to the police after his DNA was found when the woman was examined in the hospital. He was reportedly scheduled for a court hearing this Friday, September 4.