Paul Johnson (producer)
|Birth name||Paul Leighton Johnson|
|Also known as||Darien's|
Dat Niga Tha Schit
The P.J. Project
|Born||1971 (age 48–49)|
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Years active||1990 - present|
|Associated acts||2 Men On Wax|
Brother 2 Brother
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.
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. His tune "Get Get Down" became an international house hit, sustaining airplay for several years in clubs and was a top 5 hit in the UK Singles Chart and a top 3 hit in Greece. The song reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in December 1999. 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.
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, 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)
- Biography, Allmusic.com
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 287. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Music & Media: Greece" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004)Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003, (Record Research Inc.)
- Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com
- Paul Johnson Interview