1/17/18 – Paul Johnson, Ben Davis (BDAY!), JP Soul
(Dance Mania, Relief Records – Chicago)
BEN DAVIS (Happy Birthday!!)
(Vibelords – SF)
(Roam Recordings – SF)
PAUL JOHNSON was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, the birthplace of house music where he started DJing in the mid-80s and started producing in 1990. He produced and released over 445 E.P’s for some of the most consistent labels like Dance Mania, Cajual, Relief, Dusttraxx, Peacefrog and Moody Recordings which sold over 3.5 million copies of his 1999’s hit record ‘Get Get Down’ worldwide.
His remix work and collaborations with Destiny’s Child, Jon B, Steve “Silk” Hurley, DJ Skip, Ce Ce Peniston, Daft Punk, DJ Sneak, K-Alexi, Stacy Kidd, Joey Beltram, Green Velvet, Armando and Ron Trent made its way into all the big jocks boxes and remain there to this day.
Johnson has released many singles which have made it to many countries top 50 billboard’s and higher. “He’s a hit making machine” say’s Yellow Records CEO Bob Sinclar and he’s shown so many artists the way. Much respect to everything that Paul Johnson has done for house music.
When Paul Johnson plays you receive electrifying performances and an unwavering commitment to excellence crediting him the respect of both fans and peers alike. His distinctive rhythmic and soulful sound is what keeps house music fans craving for more. There is reason for Paul being mentioned as the very first artist in Daft Punk’s teachers.
“House music, from my mind, to my heart, Thru my hands. The message is universal.”
Ben Davis (Vibelords) is a 20 year veteran of the San Francisco House Music scene. Originally hailing from the Midwest Rave scene he put down roots in SF in 1998 (OK 19 year veteran) and quickly established himself as a tastemaker first at Housewares (1999-2002) and then at the legendary Tweekin Records (2002-2007).
Dj’ing all over the West Coast including residencies at The Top and 12 Monkeys parties he could always be found dropping the funkiest beats at some of the best underground and club venues around.
After a long hiatus from the scene being a responsible family man and raising two kids he is back with new purpose. With a new crew and a bright vision for the future.
JP Soul is a veteran dj/producer from San Francisco most known for his impeccable DJ sets, his prolific streak of unique productions, and his widely acclaimed record label Roam Recordings. JP got his start djing raves on the East Coast of the US in the early 90s, held a weekly residency for 8 years starting in New York and then moving to San Francisco, and has been releasing music since 2001. He has collaborated with the likes of the 40 Thieves, Anthony Mansfield, Sleazy McQueen, and Jeniluv (as JP & Vulinej). In addition to releasing music on his own label he has releases on Nein, Leng, Whiskey Disco, Rotten City, Emerald and Doreen, Logical, La Dame Noir, Wicked, and Meant Records.
As an internationally recognized artist JP Soul has played top events such as Block 9 at Glastonbury, Red Light Radio in Amsterdam, La Dame Noir in Marseille, and upcoming at the Alfresco festival in the UK along with several undergrounds and beach parties across Europe. JP Soul is also a long time staple of the San Francisco dance music community where he plays regularly for some of SF’s more discerning clubs and promoters such as Sunset Sound System, Housepitality, Monarch, and The Great Northern among others. He has also become a fixture in the LA warehouse scene hosting Roam parties with his partner Jeniluv and djing for seminal promoters Who is Jack and Better Late.
As the boss of Roam Recordings he has released music from well respected artists such as The Emperor Machine, Zombies in Miami, Jonathan Kusuma, Curses, Autarkic, Hardway Bros, Eric Duncan, Pillowtalk, Black Spuma, DJ Rocca, Rodion, Iñigo Vontier, Damon Jee, Concret, Thomaas Banks of Psychemagik, The Hacker, Tronik Youth, Heretic, and many others.
Though a seasoned artist and long time force in the music industry JP Soul is really hitting his stride now with a slew of forward thinking dance music coming out regularly along with an ever growing reputation for his energetic and creative dj performances.