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Joey Negro (DJ Set)

01 / 07 / 2017
Joey Negro (DJ Set)

Joey Negro is the most well-known pseudonym of master British DJ/producer/remixer Dave Lee. Under a plethora of other monikers including Akabu, Doug Willis, The Sunburst Band, Sessomatto, and Z Factor, Dave was one of the first artists to incorporate disco samples in house music when he began his production career in 1988. Indeed, he was in the studio making credible and outstanding British House music when many luminaries around him were still busy getting to grips with their decks. Little has changed since then and Dave is still widely regarded as one of the most credible and in-demand artists on the global scene. 

Joey Negro, as an entity, was born in 1990 with the release of “Do It Believe It’ on US cult house label Nu Groove.  The track was a breakthrough success and was followed by ‘Do What You Feel’, which was released on his second label and successor to Republic, Z Records. ‘Do What You Feel’ eventually crossed from a club hit to a top 40 pop hit. Another Top 40 track followed with “Love Fantasy” and an album “Universe of Love” soon after that. Throughout the 90’s and milenia, a continual stream of remixes and releases followed with artists such as Diana Ross, Kelly Rowland and Empire of The Sun getting the JN touch. Dave continued to put out music on Z Records as well as other choice indies JBO, Azuli and NRK. In 2017 ZR continues to release both singles and albums and draft in the highest quality remixers such as Hot Toddy, Crackazat, Opolopo and Sean McCabe.

Dave has produced four albums of nu school boogie disco under the name The Sunburst Band, containing much-loved tracks ‘Everyday’, ‘Garden of Love’, ‘Rough Times’ and ‘Secret Life of Us’. His remixes of Erro “Change For Me”, MAW “Backfired” and Reese Project “Direct Me” are considered classics of the house genre. His discography is undoubtedly impressive and his deep understanding as a selector of all things disco and house on the dancefloor have ensured his status on the global DJ circuit worldwide to this day. Joey Negro's sets reflect his extensive love of music ranging from rare disco through to vocal and classic house often into more deep, electronic and techy areas, his sets littered with exclusives, old and new. 

In 2016 things continued apace with Remixed with Love Vol. 2, which included exclusive reworks of Robert Palmer, Grace Jones and Christopher Cross all from the original master tapes. Things are looking like they’ll be busy in 2017 with a brand new JN artist LP and RWL 3 not far behind.

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