When many people go into business with friends, there’s often arguments and disagreements over business decisions and sometimes, this can put a friendship at risk. DJ and producer Matt Warren who had founded Sunset Records with Miguel Garcia, Alex and Robert Rojo who were three of his closest friends in 1985, was enjoying a successful career by 1987. He was just about to record a new track which he hoped to release on Sunset Records.
This was Bang The Box, which Matt had written, mixed and produced at Chicago Traxx Recording Studio. Matt had recorded three mixes, Bang The House Mix, Bang The 808 and Bang The Club which were engineered by the late Steve Spapperi. With the three tracks recorded, Matt couldn’t wait to play them to his friends and business partners.
When Matt arrived at the meeting, he already knew that the track was going to be a success, and couldn’t wait to play the track to his three business partners and friends who usually loved the music he made. Not this time: they didn’t like Bang The Box and didn’t want to release the track on Sunset Records. For Matt this was a huge disappointment.
While Matt could’ve left Bang The Box unreleased, he knew within his heart of heart that the track was going to be a hit. Matt wasn’t willing to leave what he later described as a “house banger” unreleased, and with a heavy heart, decided to resign from Sunset Records. After that, Matt founded AKA Dance Music which allowed him to released Bang The Box and not jeopardise his friendships. It was the best of both worlds.
When the newly founded AKA Dance Music released Bang The Box in 1987, Matt’s belief in Bang The Box was justified as the song sold over 50,000 copies in America along. This was the perfect start to Matt’s new label.
Matt’s former partners at Sunset Records who hadn’t liked Bang The Box watched as his “house banger” became a huge success and is now regarded as a house classic. This was just the latest successful single Matt had released or produced since 1985.
Despite Sunset Records losing out on the chance to release a hugely successful single, Matt’s former partners were happy to see their friend enjoy more success. Thirty-one years later, and Matt and his three former business partners at Sunset Records are still the best of friends.