Junior Vasquez — the iconic DJ and producer who remixed everyone from Britney Spears to Cher — has opened up about his tumultuous past with Madonna, and his wish they could be as close again.
“Her and I together. We were like brother and sister. Junior Vasquez and Madonna. We became a pair musically. I would like to collaborate again or [for her to] just be my friend … [It’s] more of the friendship that I want back,” Vasquez exclusively told “Page Six TV” ahead of his gay pride appearance at PlayStation on Saturday.
Vasquez and the “Material Girl” had a huge falling out in the mid ‘90s after he released the tune, “If Madonna Calls,” without the singer’s permission.
“It was a very confusing time because I know why she did it … because she didn’t want anyone to make money or fame off of her actual name,” he said. “But [I thought] it’s just a campy record. I ran into her a couple of times, but snub snub … I lost a friend,” he said.
Vasquez also told us Madge had a jealous streak.
“If I played a certain record… [like] if I played Vanessa Williams, she would look up at me funny [in the club],” he said. “There was a battle between her and Cyndi Lauper, but the battle was with me. Cyndi would say, ‘Oh, you’re going to see your other girlfriend now,’ because they were sort of rivals,” he said.
Vasquez, 68, has spent his later years out of the limelight in rural Pennsylvania, after beating a crystal meth addiction. But the house music legend, who was responsible for the beats at Sound Factory and Palladium, says he’s ready to come back.
“My time will pass when I’ve passed … I want to get back into the studio,” he said. A rep for Madonna did not comment.