Joey NegroHe was headfirst into the studio making credible and outstanding British House music when many luminaries around him were still busy getting to grips with their decks and justifiably continues to be widely regarded as one of the founding Heroes of the international dance music scene.
Almost twenty years on and UK house pioneer and Z Records head honcho, Dave Lee aka JAKATTA, JOEY NEGRO, SESSOMATTO, DOUG WILLIS, RAVEN MAIZE, Z FACTOR, AKABU, THE SUNBURST BAND , etc is still at the forefront of the global scene but still isnt committing himself to just one name!
Universally acknowledged as the MASTER of all things DANCE-FLOOR and CREDIBLE, Dave, under the pseudonym of JOEY NEGRO, was one of the first producers to sample disco music on his cult house imprint Republic Records and was largely responsible for giving meaning to the term disco house. However with a production and musical repertoire as varied as his infamous aliases are numerous, he has provided a wildly diverse stream of club and chart essentials. So despite his taking cover under a string of different aliases, we can confirm that its our very own Mr Lee behind everything from the huge ambient hit American Dream (Jakatta), the much lauded jazz meets house project The Sunburst Band and current electro club stormers such as Akabu.
A hugely respected PRODUCER and REMIXER first and foremost, Negro uses his DJing talents as a sound-bed for tweaking his musical creations to perfection. His work ethic is legendary, having been involved in well over 200 productions, countless albums, and a healthy stack of hit singles. An acknowledged expert in all things funk, soul and disco, hes the helpful consultant depended on by radio and TV producers. This same encyclopaedic musical knowledge has also made him the choice arranger of compilations ranging from Generic current Dance (Defected In the House etc ) to the specialist Disco, Funk and Boogie compilations his many fans feverishly collect.
He has worked with a GALAXY OF Huge STARS from Lionel Ritchie, Mariah Carey to Seal and his own productions have been used to promote everything from Sex in The City, Chanel perfume to Euro 2004 footie coverage. Indeed his latest massive club must-have Make A Move on Me was first used in North America to promote a rather famous rubbery kind of birth control after attracting the marketing supremos attention when it first aired on an episode of titillating lesbian drama the L Word.
As a DJ he strives to reflect his extensive love of a massive variety of quality music by playing the kind of eclectic and mind-blowing sets which showcase the many edits and updates of old tracks hes become famous for. The real skill of Joey Negro though, lies in his ability to make these tracks mix in seamlessly and stand alongside the very freshest cuts in his box, making him a favourite at Festivals worldwide.
Im forever chopping up new records in the studio to make them work better in clubs I cant help myself I want dancers to experience the very best highs a record has to offer, even if it means I have to spend a few days in the studio re-arranging something. I couldnt be a producer without being a DJ and certainly DJing would be a whole lot less fun if I didnt get to tweak the music I was playing out.
Not content with being the most commercially successful house producer in the UK (this is the man who has had more TOP 10 HITS than other UK house producer after all), compiling and mixing endless successful compilations and running the heavyweight successful house label Z RECORDS , Joey Negro continues to play out all over the world and make records, simply because he enjoys it.
And while he is always on the move, he has still found time to bring us another huge dance hit, the aforementioned Make a Move on Me, a timely retort to those doubters who have decried dance music as an endangered genre, but just as importantly, a rather tongue-in cheek theme tune for a certain brand of condoms!
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Also forthcoming from Joey Negro
Destination Boogie : Classic 80s Boogie
Compiled and mixed by Joey Negro and Sean P
Bob Marley Exodus Joey Negro Remix
Dave Lee Youre Not Alone
Akabu Phuture Bound Remixes
January 12th 22:00
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