Billboard has a long feature in their latest issue, covering Mariah Carey’s life and career from videos to memes ahead of the Billboard Music Awards. Of note is Steven J. Horowitz’s short interview with David Morales, who remixed Mariah Carey’s 1993 breakthrough single “Dreamlover.”

“Dreamlover” is the song that made Mariah a pop star – I mean a real transcendent one – and it was the first time she was given authority over the remixes of one of her singles. The remix by David Morales went to #1 on the US Dance Club Songs in addition to the original scoring #1 on the Top 40 charts. Morales told Horowitz:

“There are very few people that Mariah will go into the studio with as far as producers go, because we always reconstruct everything for the most part. And with [the ‘Dreamlover’ remix] we were producing a new song. The way she sang it was different, the background was different. We changed the game of remixing at that point. Mariah opened up a whole other door, and not many people at that time were capable of that. When other big artists saw what I did with Mariah, they wanted that. She’s how I got into the studio with Toni Braxton, Aretha Franklin, Seal and Donna Summer.”


Morales was later nominated for a Grammy Award for his work on Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy.” The two would also collaborate on “Always Be My Baby,” “Can’t Take That Away,” “Fly Away,” “Honey,” “Say Somethin’,” “Touch My Body” and several other club remixes.

Read the rest of the piece here (about halfway down).