Paul Johnson (producer)

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Paul Johnson
Birth name Paul Leighton Johnson
Also known as Darien's
Dat Niga Tha Schit
The P.J. Project
Pilly P.
Pjay
Smooth Stan Smith
Yonkapin
Born 1971
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres House, electronic
Years active 1990 - present
Labels Peacefrog Records
Cajual Records
Relief Records
Dance Mania
Associated acts 2 Men On Wax
Brother 2 Brother
Club Style
Disco Thieves
Traxmen

Paul Leighton Johnson (born 1971) is an American house DJ and producer.

Musical career[edit]

He first began DJing in Chicago in 1985, and started working as a producer in 1990, doing tracks for Chicago house labels Dance Mania, Relief, Cajual, Nite Life, Undaground Therapy, Defected, DJax Up Beats, Peacefrog, and Moody.[1] His tune "Get Get Down" became an international house hit, sustaining airplay for several years in clubs[1] and was a top 5 hit in the UK Singles Chart.[2] The song reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in December 1999, and remained on the survey for 18 weeks.[3] Johnson started the Chicago house label Dust Traxx, and has worked with Robert Armani under the name Traxmen and with Gant Garrard as Brother 2 Brother. His 2004 track, "Follow This Beat", hit #8 on the US Dance chart.[4]

Johnson is unable to walk and DJs in a wheelchair, due to an accidental gunshot in his shoulder on May 12, 1987.[5]

Discography[edit]

  • Second Coming (ACV, 1996)
  • Feel the Music (Peacefrog, 1996)
  • The Groove I Have (Moody, 1999)
  • In Motion, Vol. 3 (Distance, 1999)
  • Mix Connection, Vol. 1 (Wagram, 2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Biography, Allmusic.com
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 287. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004)Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003, (Record Research Inc.)
  4. ^ Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com
  5. ^ Paul Johnson Interview

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