INPUT | THUMP Night with Paul Johnson, Anthony Naples, Star Eyes and Free Magic
74 Wythe Avenue
New York, NY, 11211
This event is 21 and over
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.
As a newcomer to the NYC electronic scene, Anthony Naples sure has been stirring things up.
Growing up in Miami and developing a penchant for artists like DJ Laz and Power 96, Anthonyhas honed in on his craft and incorporated these sounds of the times. His first release on the newly founded Mister Saturday Night label is also their first. Tracks like Mad Disrespect andTusk are built with Garage and Jersey Sound in mind; vintage sounding drum machines swing off time with paired vocal samples.
He's also garnered a fair share of praise from musicians like Four Tet, who says "this will be one of the tunes of the year."
Catch Mr. Naples as he spins alongside Brooklyn Bass Residents Judge Wise, T'Angelo, and Evan Michael for a late night session at Cameo Gallery that is sure to not be missed.
The first time Star Eyes touched a turntable was at the age of 15, when she decided she wanted to take up Djing. Sick of listening to rave DJ’s with bad taste in breakbeats, she began buying jungle with the intention of playing to her bedroom walls. After giving out tapes to her friends and having her mixes featured on L.A.‘s Underground Source info line, friends began asking her to play out at local jungle events. At that time, she was the only female junglist playing out in the Los Angeles area. In 1995, Star Eyes moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley. Star Eyes’ name would soon become synonymous with the San Francisco jungle sound. Founding the B.A.S.S. Kru with original members DJ Abstract, Flux, and Hak from San Jose, she helped throw a series of weekly clubs and one-offs (Bass Instinct, Audio Impact, etc.) that would establish S.F. as a hotbed for drum and bass to this day. Star Eyes also released Ruffage during this time, a tape which has passed through ravers hands from the West to East Coast and back again.
For the last six years, 22-year old Star Eyes has been an integral figure in West Coast drum and bass. With her skillful mixing, diverse track selection, and her ear for what works the crowd, she is known for tearing up dancefloors worldwide. She is one of the original residents (alongside Sage) of San Francisco’s most popular and longest running drum and bass night, Eklektic, where she has played alongside UK favorites such as Storm and Bailey, John B, Fierce, and Technical Itch. Eklektic has been featured in Details, Playboy and Urb (among other magazines), as well as being named “Best Drum and Bass” club in San Francisco by the Bay Guardian. An avid traveler, Star Eyes has played internationally as well. Her overseas gigs include playing London’s long-running Movement night (residents are Bryan G, JJ Frost, and Ray Keith), the Rachdingue club in Barcelona (Spain), the Bikini in Toulouse (France), and O.P.A. and Radio Nova in Paris, France. Stateside, she has rocked it from East to West. On the East, Star Eyes was a resident at Jungle Roots in Boston, and played in New York (Konkrete Jungle, Jungle Nation, Camoflauge), Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Miami. In the West, she is a resident with Dynamo productions in Seattle, and has played in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City. The Midwest loves Star Eyes as well: Chicago, Columbus, Minneapolis and Madison, as well as filling in for absentee headliners Trace and Ed Rush at the infamous Further rave in 1997. She has played alongside such heavy hitters as DJ SS, DJ Rap, DJ Dazee, Jumping Jack Frost, Storm & Bailey, Stakka & Skynet, Storm & Bailey, John B, Perfect Combination, Dieselboy, Dara, Rob Playford and many more. Star Eyes has been featured in Urb Magazine, Option, Xlr8r, Massive and Bean Magazine. You may have also seen Star Eyes’ name in print – when she’s not DJ’ing, Star Eyes (Viviann Host) is Editor for the San Francisco edition of Flyer Magazine and writes for dance music magazines nationwide.
Free Magic and Faso are the resident DJs of Discovery, a monthly club night in Brooklyn every second Saturday. Playing with the threads connecting House, Disco, and Techno, they set the mood for diverse headliners booked according to who’s records spends the most time in their record crates.Discovery Recordings provides a vinyl outlet for material from friends and their own studios.
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