|Birth name||Rachael Cain|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, Producer, CEO|
Screamin' Rachael, a Chicago native, was born Rachael Cain. Dubbed the “Queen of House Music” by Billboard magazine, Rachael has been instrumental in the rise of the House genre. As the co-founder of Trax Records, created in 1983 with Larry Sherman, she has worked with artists such as Grandmaster Melle Mel, Marshall Jefferson, Colonel Abrams, Afrika Bambaataa, and many others.
Her collaborations with artists have produced club classics like "Can You Feel It" by Larry Heard, "Acid Tracks" by Phuture, "No Way Back" by Adonis, and "The House Music Anthem (Move Your Body)" by Marshall Jefferson. These tracks, especially "Move Your Body", caused the House scene in Chicago to explode, and House began to be recognized outside of Chicago.
When Screamin Rachael signed with Trax, she was the first house artist to have a major label deal. "Fun with Bad Boys," which she released in 1987 with her friend and mentor, Afrika Bambaataa, was also the springboard that launched the Hip House sound. In the 1990s, Rachael lost control of the Trax Records label. She bought it back in the late 2000s, and as president, solely owns the label.
Lines of business
In 2007, Rachael founded a new label, called Phuture Trax Records. That, and the TV show Trax Television, are owned and operated 100% by Rachael, along with the Trax trademark.
In popular culture
Rachael was part of the 1980s-1990s Club Kids scene and, in the documentary about its founder, titled Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig (2015), she discusses her reaction to the disappearance of her friend Andre "Angel" Melendez and a song she wrote about it, titled "Give Me My Freedom/Murder in Clubland".
Her background has resulted in her being the subject of and in her making an appearance in multiple books, films, and documentaries. These include:
- The History of House Music
- Nightclubbing
- The Last Party
- Techno Style
- Party Monster: The Shockumentary (1998), Michael Alig details his and Gitsie's cross country drive after Alig and his roommate, Robert D. "Freeze" Riggs, had murdered Angel Melendez. The trip included a visit to Alig's friend, Screamin Rachael, who promptly released a song based on Angel's disappearance and rumors about his murder, titled "Give Me My Freedom/Murder in Clubland".
- Party Monster (2003)
- Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig (2015)
- As herself in the film Night Owl (1993)
- New York Magazine Jul 12, 1993, p.38, Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- "Trax co-founder Screamin' Rachael picks her top 10 records from the seminal label's catalogue - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- Christian Santana. "Screamin' Rachael "Extacy" - XLR8R". XLR8R. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- Hruska, Rachelle (June 24, 2008). "Interview With Richie Rich". vimeo.
- Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig. 2015.
- Michael Alig, Party Monster: The Shockumentary (1998), 41:40
- Screamin Rachael Cain, Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig (2015)
- Trax Records discography from discogs.com
- Web site of the now-revived label
- Top 5: Trax Records Releases
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