Sunday, February 21, 2016
▲ PAUL JOHNSON
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, the birthplace of house music, Paul Johnson, started making waves in the music community at the early age of thirteen. In the summer of 1984, Paul Johnson taught himself how to spin after watching his cousin Marc spin and scratch in his bedroom. As a self taught artist, Paul's pulsating energy and passion are apparent in all his work. In high school while his peers were holding down after school jobs, Paul was a popular radio DJ. Raw talent, dedication and a deep love for house music have made Paul Johnson one of the most sought after DJ's in the world.
Paul Johnson's musical resume is both extensive and impressive; he released his first record in 1990 titled, "Overload" on Dance Mania Records. During this time, Paul quickly made a name for himself as a producer, responsible for many of the now famous DJ/Producers that we all know and love. Paul's innovative and inspiring production work gained industry recognition as the go to guy. Paul has released over 200 E.P's himself as well as a vast amount of music for some of the most consistently underground dance labels, all prior to signing with Peacefrog Records. Paul also boasts 12" releases on the likes of Cajual / Relief and Dance Mania which led to his debut album release, "Bump Talkin", in 1994. "Bump Talkin" and the follow up release, "Feel The Music", became two of the most talked about releases of their time.
In 1998, Paul Johnson released his dance floor killer "Get Get Down" which sold over 3 million copies worldwide. "Get Get Down" was an international mega hit; its smooth melodic beats could be heard in clubs from Chicago to Ibiza, quickly gaining crossover success. Paul achieved record book notoriety, earning him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, for the most said word in a song. "Get Get Down" was also licensed on more than 100 CD and house compilations worldwide. Since good music stands the test of time, "Get Get Down" still has an infectious body moving effect on dance floors all over the world. With Paul Johnson you receive electrifying performances and an unwavering commitment to excellence crediting him the respect of both fans and peers alike.
Paul Johnson unsurpassed crowd pleasing capabilities have made him one of the best DJ's to come out of Chicago, packing dance floors all over the planet. This living legend doesn't seem ready to stop anytime soon, his remix work for Destiny's Child, Jon B, Ce Ce Peniston, Daft Punk, D.J Sneak, K-Alexi, Stacy Kidd, Joey Beltram, Green Velvet, Armando and Ron Trent, just to name a few have made its way into all the big jocks boxes and remain there to this day. His distinctive rhythmic and soulful sound is what keeps house music fans craving for more. As a seasoned artist, Paul Johnson has released singles which all have made it to many countries top 50 billboard's and higher. Continuing to do what he was born to do, in February 2010 Paul released "Sound of P.J." on Mindtravel Recordings Italy and "World Feel It - So Much" on Sonrisa Records Australia. His latest releases are already satisfying his enormous yet growing fan base and are being played in clubs nationwide. "He's a hit making machine" say's Yello Records CEO Bob Sinclair and he's shown so many artists the way. Much respect to everything that Paul Johnson has done and is going to do for house music
▲ JASON JINX
You can't make music if you don't love it.
And you can't make great dance music if you don't love to dance. Even now, with a well established DJ, production and remix career that keeps Jason Jinx more than busy, you'll still see him out, taking in new music and working the dance floor just like he would back in the day as a teen.
Back then in the late eighties / early nineties New York City was a melting pot of various clicks and scenes: industrial, techno, rave, hip-hop, house Kids from all over: Brooklyn, NYC, Queens, Long Island they were all getting down. Jinx was one of them, and in 1991 at 19 years old the beginning of his DJ career was a natural extension of that partying experience. Jinx' first DJ residency was for a night called NASA at the Shelter, NY. He also went on to residencies at the Tunnel, Limelight and The Loft.
Early on Jinx uncovered the break-beat sound that was coming out of the UK, and while at NASA one of his two sets a night would be drum and bass - the other, house. Jinx was the only New York DJ spinning full drum and bass sets at the time and he soon gained the respect and support of UK labels and producers.
Some of his first forays into production (released on Sm:)e Communications) were drum and bass tracks, as well as house. Although now when DJing, Jason's sets are purely house music and his productions are house too, his openness when it comes to new music speaks through those productions. Admitting he's 'not a purist' when it comes to sounds and equipment - for Jinx the important thing is to 'be innovative, use what's available, take the technology we have - computers, digital audio - and use it to the fullest, creatively.' That creativity extends beyond engineering, production and mixing - all of which Jinx does himself - he will also pick up the bass, guitar or keys to augment his work. Over 60 singles and remixes have come out of Jinx' studio for labels like Defected, Strictly Rhythm, Groove On, Moody, Subversive, Ovum, and King Street to name a few. Recently a huge dance floor buzz picked out the track 'Your First Time' on Fluential Records. And under the moniker Joystick, Jinx has made a lot of noise on the Yoshitoshi label with cuts like 'Go Insane', 'Spinnin Around', and the 'Chelate Ep', as well as his remixes of Eddie Amador's 'Rise', Mysterious People's 'Fly Away', and PQM's 'The Flying Song'. Creating tracks as a DJ crafts a set, Jinx plays with dynamics that build and build on the dance floor. It's a warm sound, but built around hard, supremely danceable beats - like 'When You Know You're There' on Subliminal Records, which has been making waves in clubs both sides of the Atlantic.
Jinx describes his style as 'New School Old School' - employing new production techniques but 'trying to keep the feeling of the old school house I grew up on and loved - New York, vocal, piano-y house. Although he admits he still loves to 'bang out tracks' occasionally - for that certain special energy that can be captured with fewer hours in the studio - Jinx's focus now is on producing quality vocal house music - great dance floor records. The DJ spirit still thrives too, and he continues to be in demand across the US, Europe and Canada.
Whether producing an original track, remixing someone else's or DJing to a packed floor, Jason Jinx has an instinctive feel for what is fun, and what the dance floor will respond to. It's that love for music - and for house music in particular that makes his productions work and keeps the faithful returning to the floor.
▲ AARON LACRATE
Baltimore club DJ/producer Aaron LaCrate is the founder of Milkcrate Records. His style of music draws from a variety of club styles, primarily ghetto-tech, dirty rap, grime, electro, and bass music. Though he'd been active as a DJ in Baltimore since the 1990s, LaCrate didn't begin to make a name for himself internationally until 2006 with the Bmore Gutter Music mix album on Milkcrate Records. Also that year, he released the Blow Remix EP, which featured a number of raps by Amanda Blank and co-productions by Debonair Samir, and remixed Lily Allen's hit single "Smile." LaCrate subsequently toured as a DJ with Allen and teamed with DJ/producer Mark Ronson for a series of YoYo club nights in New York City. Meanwhile, his production work continued with a remix of Dizzee Rascal's "Pussyole" in 2007 and the Delicious Gutter Remixes 12" EP (featuring Young MC and Master Ace Incorporated) in 2008. There was also Wow That's What I Call Gutter Music, Vol. 1 (2007), a Milkcrate Records release that compiled some of LaCrate and Samir's recent production work.
Sunday February 21 2016
The Paradox 1310 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230
The Paradox 1310 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230