Paul Johnson (producer)

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Paul Johnson
Birth namePaul Leighton Johnson
Also known asDarien's
Dat Niga Tha Schit
The P.J. Project
Pilly P.
Born1971 (age 48–49)
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
GenresHouse, electronic
Years active1990 - present
LabelsPeacefrog Records
Cajual Records
Relief Records
Dance Mania
Associated acts2 Men On Wax
Brother 2 Brother
Club Style
Disco Thieves

Paul Leighton Johnson (born 1971) is an American house DJ and producer. He is best known for his self-taught D.J. style of house music and his 1999 single, "Get Get Down", which became a worldwide hit.

Musical career[edit]

He first began DJing in Chicago in 1984 when he was 13, and started working as a producer in 1987, 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] and a top 3 hit in Greece.[3] The song reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in December 1999.[4] In 1997 Johnson and his partner Radek 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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson is a double amputee and DJs in a wheelchair. This was primarily due to an accidental gunshot in his shoulder on May 17, 1987[6], at which point he lost one of his legs. A subsequent motor vehicle accident led to his other leg being amputated.


  • 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)


  1. ^ a b Biography,
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 287. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Music & Media: Greece" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004)Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003, (Record Research Inc.)
  5. ^ Billboard Singles,
  6. ^ Paul Johnson Interview

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