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Forest Hills, NY
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Dare 2B Dif'rnt

Dare 2B Dif’rnt is a co-ed act that consists of Debra Torres and Paulie D. They both hail from Staten Island, New York and got together in 1993. Paulie had studio time booked for himself and Lisa Gonzalez known as Split Dis. They were to record a cover of the Machine disco classic “There But For The Grace Of God.” They chose this song because the original made waves with its reference to a place with “No blacks, no Jews, no Gays.” They wanted to flip the line to make it a positive one by replacing that line with “No crack, no crime, no A.I.D.S.” They felt in a small way they could affect the world in a positive way. However on the day of the studio appointment Lisa had to back out of the act due to some long term dental work that she didn’t realize would affect her pronunciation of certain words. Debra Torres was Lisa’s cousin and since she knew the tune and happened to be there hanging out, volunteered to do it. Debra and Paulie worked together so well that they decided to make it permanent and changed their name to Dare 2B Dif’rnt. That studio effort became the “B” side of their debut ZYX release in 1994 called “A World Of Love.” “A World Of Love” scored number one placements on the International Hi-NRG Chart in DMA Magazine and in Streetsound Magazine on the Canadian Dance Chart. It was also a Sales Breakout in Billboard Magazine. “A World Of Love” was also licensed to Indo China where it still appears on compilations today in it’s original version. This single led to many gigs, the first of which found them performing with KC & The Sunshine Band!

They followed up “A World Of Love” with a cover of the Melissa Etheridge hit “Come To My Window.” Where the first one established them in the clubs, this one went straight to radio, going top 10 on the Hitmakers Mix Show Chart and garnering enough airplay, (particularly in Texas) that the group popped up as Chartbound in the Billboard Radio Monitor. Performances in clubs such as the Rock Island in San Antonio for KTFM, the Sound Factory in San Francisco for the Billboard Dance Music Summit and Sanctuary in Miami for the Winter Music Conference followed and they soon became a hot live act. Both of these singles were produced by B Squared D Productions which was made up of Billy and Walter Brandt who went onto success as part of the group Seven & The Sun on Atlantic Records (“Walk With Me”) and Guiseppe D. (Celine Dion, N-Sync, Michael Jackson), who still remains one of the hottest remixer/ producers in the dance business.

ZYX released as their third single a white label extended mix of the Tony Moran produced “Live Without Your Love.” At that very time their A&R guy and Promotion man at ZYX, Harry Frank Towers left to do the same job at Popular Records and the new A&R man Kevin Doyle was more interested in bringing in his own acts than working with the artists already signed to the company. A commercial release of that extended version of “Live Without Your Love” was never to be even though the single was an out the box add on the radio in Chicago on Energy 88. Debra and Paul started proceedings to get a release from ZYX to join Harry at Popular but the proceedings took a bit longer than Debra was willing to wait so she left to pursue a career as an Emergency Medical Technician with the New York City Fire Department.

For the next couple of years Debra and Paulie toyed with the idea of coming back, the events of September 11th 2001 made that a possibility. Debra is a member of the FDNYEMS. So when the Twin Towers fell she was called to the scene and remained there for many months searching through the rubble for her friends and also working in the morgue at Ground Zero. She eventually came to the decision that rerecording “A World Of Love” would be a positive statement and help her get through one of the most difficult experiences anybody could ever go through. They were positive that this was the right move after they heard from Lexington, Kentucky disc jockey Marvin Collett who told them that after 9/11 he ended each evening with the original “A World Of Love” as he wanted to send people out into the world with a positive feeling at such a difficult time. In 2003 “A World Of Love” was remixed by Guiseppe D. and came out on Cetacean Records. It became a top 15 mix show single and secured airplay in a number of markets of which KNRJ in Phoenix had it in gold rotation until they went off the air in 2009

Their next single “Please” was on the TVI subsidiary Sirenia Records (formerly Cetacean). “Please” was written by Paulie D. as a description of the day he moved out of the house to pursue life with his lover as a Gay man. This tune pays tribute musically as an Interpolation of the Bronski Beat single “Smalltown Boy.” It was produced by Chris “The Greek” with remixes from Chris Brophy from the UK, Liquid 360 and Guiseppe D. The Liquid 360 mix entitled “Mother May I,” has additional vocals by Bruce Donnally of Liquid 360. He added the first verse of “Smalltown Boy” and perfectly integrated it into the track to really nail home the connection between the two songs. “Please” was featured on “The Wedding Party” compilation raising money for Gay Rights and Same Sex Marriage Initiatives. It was released in July 2005 by the Tone 1 Music Group. Also Centaur Records licensed it for their Pride CD mixed by world reknown DJ and Splash NY resident Max Rodriguez which was released in June, 2006.

Their latest single, “There’s Somethin’ In The Air” is an homage to a time when Studio 54 was all the rage and the world was Hustling! The original production was from Chris “The Greek” however the remix chores were handled by Friscia & Lamboy, Georgie Porgie and Josh Harris! All indications are that this will be their next smash! They started gigging in the Summer of ‘08 in support of this single which will also include 2 Remixes of their classic, “A World Of Love” as produced by the Phoenix native Q-Bik and Brazilian DJ Keiroz. Dare 2B Dif’rnt is an out and proud dance act whose mission is to affect our culture in a positive way while breaking down the boundaries that hold not just Gay people but all oppressed people back. “Please” in particular, was a statement about acceptance and the unconditional love of parents. If one mother can hear this song and accept their child for who and what they are, than Dare 2B Dif’rnt’s mission has been accomplished. Welcome to their “World Of Love!”