Shep PETTIBONE Mastermixes Remixer Shep Pettibone first emerged during the early '80s as a force in disco, boogie, hip-hop and house. Starting with Arthur Baker, he was responsible for Afrika Bambaataa and the Jazzy Five's influential "Jazzy Sensation," and concurrent with the rise of scratching and other turntable innovations created KISS-FM's "MasterMixes." By the mid-'80s,Pettibone was in hot demand, producing and remixing tracks for such dance-pop innovators as the Pet Shop Boys and New Order; his most successful collaboration, however, was with Madonna, for whom he produced a series of hits, including "Vogue," "Causing a Commotion," and "Justify My Love."For a long time it was impossible to live in New York without hearing 'This is a KISS Master Mix... Mix... Mix... by Shep Pettibone!' resounding across the airwaves and into the streets. While there had been disco radio mixes before Pettibone, there was never anything like the buzz that kept building on the streets until demand was such for his remixed tapes that Prelude released the landmark KISS Master Mixes LP. Pettibone, at 22, worked part time at 'WBLS, where he won recognition for his remix of MFSB's 'Love Is The Message' in 1980. Sheps perspective differed from others in that he had a strong pop orientation and the fact that he liked to get right to the point, where the remix needed to be as familiar as the song itself. Shep's "Mastermixes" were remixes of hit post-disco and dance songs of the time, and continued into 1983, after which Shep became more closely involved with Salsoul Records and expanded into studio mixing and production. He was one of the first to submit multiple remixes (with different approaches) to be released all on the same single. Today this is standard practice to market a song to a multitude of different radio formats and markets.Shep's "Mastermixes" would often incorporate the "dub" version or instrumental version of the 12" single.
Shep Pettibone "Mastermixes" CD