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Roy Davis Jr


Roy Davis Jr Bio

Roy Davis Jr’s funky electronic music has quenched thirsty fans like communal wine.

The electronic tracks produced by this legendary DJ/producer of Chicago’s dance music scene have received massive radio and club play around the globe. Roy describes his style as “soul electrica,” a hybrid of r&b dance, soul, hip-hop and electronic music. His masterful way of mixing of r&b, house and big-room floor-stomping tech-dance tunes has created classic club anthems and made Davis one of the most sought-after DJs in the world.

He was introduced to dance music by late 80s legends such as DJ Pierre, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Marshall Jefferson, and Lil’ Louis. “I’ve always been in to music but these were the DJs that really inspired me. Lil’ Louis was always my favourite DJ because he knew how to play it all, from mellow club classics to big room bangers; he was always so diverse – he taught me how to mix it up, and that’s how I got my style,” says Davis Jr. “I started DJ-ing myself when I was twelve or thirteen spinning break dance music, Italian disco, and then house.”

The big turning point for Roy Davis Jr was in ’93 while he was still in college, and where he was asked to work as an A&R scout for Strictly Rhythm in New York. He went out to the East Coast weekly, and was subsequently hired to start his own sub-label called Red Cat records. You cannot mention Roy Davis Jr without mentioning Gabriel, released in ‘98 on Large; Gabriel was hailed as Dance Tune Of The Year by countless publications worldwide and sold by the millions. Produced with vocalist and multi-talented musician Peven Everett, Gabriel is a certified soulful house anthem that sounds as fresh as the day it was made. Credited by some with kick-starting the UK garage scene it was a tune that would change Roy’s musical direction and take him back to his spiritual roots.

Chart-topping releases such as Enjoy The Ride, Modjo Lady, Join his Kingdom and Rock Shock were licensed to Daft Punk’s label, and have led to massive dance floor overloads at such renowned venues as Chicago’s Club Metro and Troubador in Los Angeles, along with Tokyo’s Yellow and Club Air. Davis’ reputation as a producer has attracted the attention of major labels such as Warner Brothers, Sony and Universal, who have sought his expertise in the creation of dance mixes for their top artists. The talented Davis has created Billboard chart-toppers for Eric Benet/Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Seal, Patti LaBelle, Terry Dexter, Christina Milian and Morcheeba. His original productions and remixes garnered rave reviews in such publications as, URB, Flaunt and Vibe.

Davis has six albums to his name such as The Secret Mission (1995, Power Music Records), Soul Electrica (1999, Peacefrog Records), Traxx From The Mile (2001, Bombay Records), Chicago Forever (2004, Ubiquity Records), Water For Thirsty Children (2004, Nice+Smooth) and the latest God Life Music (2009, Lantern).

With recent DJ gigs racking up air miles between Dubai, Ecuador, England, Australia, Russia, France, Canada and US, along with a steady stream of production work, it is safe to say Roy Davis Jr remains busy. Currently, Roy Davis Jr is working on his next full-length album due to come out on Miles End and Soul Electric Records entitled Destroy & Rebuild and has also been gracing the internet with his Chicago Urban House Radio show on Scion 17 FM.