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Peter Rauhofer: Farewell To A Dance Icon

UPDATE from Peter's manager: "There will be a candle vigil in remembrance of Peter Rauhofer at the site of the old Roxy (515 w. 18th Street, New York City) on Sunday, May 19th at 8pm. All are welcome!"

We were saddened to learn of the loss of Peter Rauhofer. Last month it was made public that after suffering a seizure, the legendary DJ / producer had been diagnosed with a large brain tumor. Peter sadly lost his battle with brain cancer this week, at age 48.

The Grammy Recording Academy issued the following statement:

“Peter Rauhofer was an innovative and gifted DJ, producer and remixer. His acclaimed dance mixes of recordings by Madonna, Rihanna, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey solidified him as pioneer of club music. In 1999, under the moniker Club 69, Peter received a GRAMMY for Remixer of the Year for Cher’s anthem ‘Believe’ and other inventive work he did that year. His impact on EDM will continue to inspire music lovers and keep them dancing.”

Rauhofer earned two subsequent Grammy nominations for Remixer Of The Year in 2000, and Best Remixed Recording for his spine-tingling treatment of Christina Aguilera's ‘Beautiful’ in 2003.

Peter enjoyed a long history with Madonna, who initially requested a remix of ‘Ray Of Light’ single, ‘Nothing Really Matters’. Rauhofer remembered: “I wanted her to like my work so much, that I made 5 different mixes of ‘Nothing Really Matters’ and asked her to choose the one she liked the best. I thought to myself, “If I make only one remix and she doesn't like it, she will never work with me again.” But she liked all my mixes for the song and they ended up on the single.”

The pop icon continued to commission Rauhofer remixes, with the pair achieving an unbeatable string of #1 Billboard Club tracks. On her social media channels, Madonna paid tribute to her frequent collaborator.

Rauhofer was a king of the New York gay club scene, reigning for years at The Roxy before launching his own clubbing brand in the form of his infamous ‘WORK!’ parties. were invited to come on board as the official media partner of Peter’s 2011 ‘WORK!’ event at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, NYC.

Our team were Peter’s guests that night, and the scene inside that party was unforgettable. The entire ballroom was bouncing in true circuit party style, as the stage filled with 20 futuristic go-go dancers. Jumbo video screens showed cartoon images of brawling pop divas, while steam jets erupted then confetti rained over the crowd.

We stood in the VIP balcony and couldn’t quite believe our eyes at the scene unfolding below. At the centre of it all was Peter Rauhofer’s music, which will now be his greatest legacy. It was just one of so many dancefloor memories that he has provided. Through his music, Peter Rauhofer will live forever.


You can join the tribute for Peter on and watch clips, share pictures, your memories and more.


Rauhofer's 1992 camp classic, 'Let Me Be Your Underwear' 

Mariah Carey performs a Rauhofer remix at Fashion Rocks


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