The jaw-dropping Los Angeles home of the late producer/DJ Erick Morillo has gone on the market for $7.99 million. Morillo, an award-winning fixture in the international DJ world for decades, was best known for producing the evergreen 1993 dance smash, “I Like to Move It,” under the pseudonym Reel 2 Real. The real estate listing shows some spectacular views, but for recording pros, it also offers a glimpse at Morillo’s well-equipped home studio as well.
For many recordists, the coolest eye-candy here may be the vintage E-mu Systems SP 1200 Sampler/Drum Machine perched atop the Argosy rack, but there’s plenty of outboard gear to ogle, including an Empirical Labs Distressor and, beneath the computer monitor, a Dangerous Music Monitor ST Monitor Controller.
That monitor controller came in hand, no doubt, as Morillo cycled between the white Avalon by EAW Avalon Club.Three loudspeakers suspended from the ceiling, the Dynaudio M1 two-way nearfields on the desk, and the Genelec 1031A studio monitors lying atop the Dynaudios.
The rest of the house isn’t that shabby either. Besides having massive views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign, the Harry Gesner-designed two-story house has its own elevator, a separate in-law residence, an infinity pool, an owner’s suite, custom-built bar and more.
Morillo died in at his home in Miami, FL on September 1, 2020 from what the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s office called “acute ketamine toxicity,” citing substances such as MDMA and cocaine use as factors.