Roy Davis Jr.
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 Garage, Electronic Disco, R&B Dance House, Soul, Hip Hop and Electronic music. His masterful way of mixing of Garage Funky Soulful Electronic Music, Disco House, Big Room floor-stomping Tech-House tunes has created classic club anthems, making Davis one of the most sought-after DJs in the world.
He was introduced to dance music by late 1980’s legends 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 favorite DJ because he knew how to play it all, from Mellow, Club, Classics and Big Room Bang! he was so diverse – he taught me how to mix it up, that’s how I got my style,” says Davis Jr. “ I started DJing myself when I was 12 or 13, spinning break dance music, Italian disco, then house.”
The big turning point for Roy Davis Jr. was in 1993. While in college he was asked to work as and A+R scout for Strictly Rhythm in NYC. Once a member of the group “Phuture” Responsible for producing “Rise From Your Grave” A huge record for Strictly Rhythm, He went out to the East Coast weekly, and was subsequently hired to start his own sub-label called Red Cat records. You can’t mention Roy Davis Jr. without mentioning “Gabriel,” Released in 1996 on Large Music out of Chicago, “Gabriel: was hailed “Dance Tune Of The Year” Once XL Recordings licensed the song by countless publications worldwide and sold by the truckload. Produced with vocalist and multi-talented musician Peven Everett, “Gabriel: is a certified house music anthem that sounds as fresh as the day it was made and it just got remade again this year for Jess Mills a top notch vocalist on Universal Island Music. Also 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 The Believers ”Who Dares To Believe In Me” “Enjoy The Ride”, “Modjo Lady” “Join his Kingdom,” “Next To Me” with Fred Everything and “Rock Shock” licensed to Daft Punk’s label which also made it into a Alvin Ailey Broadway Dance Play by the name of “Grace”, Roy Davis Jr was the only Artist to this day who was signed to Thomas Bangalter’s Label Roule’ out of Paris, he also performed at massive Clubs such as the “Queen Club” in Paris, Ministry Of Sound in England, Chicago’s Club METRO/ SMARTBAR, TROUBADOR in Los Angeles, Cream Fields in England, Wakarusa Festival, Audiotistic Festival in L.A. along with Tokyo’s YELLOW and CLUB AIR. Davis’ reputation as a dj/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. Blidge, Seal, Patti LaBelle, Terry Dexter, Christina Milian, and Morcheeba. His original productions and remix work garnered rave reviews in such publications as RollingStone.com, URB, Flaunt and Vibe & many more.
With recent DJ gigs racking up air miles between Dubai, Ecuador, England, Australia, Russia, France, Canada and all over the USA, and also he performed live at the largest EDM Festival “Coachella” held right outside of Palm Springs CA. with his brother Hip Hop Artist “J.NOIZE” rocking the stages as well were Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog and the come to life 2 Pac hologram, Swedish House Mafia, Kaskade & many others. Along with a steady stream of production work & remixes, it’s 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 Radio!www.Scionav.com, which has been rated the number #1, show for Scion Radio for over 3 years.
Roy Davis’s Last album “God, Life, Music” Received fantastic reviews on all levels on every blog site to Maxim magazine. His single “I Have A Vision” was even used for a TV commercial in the UK for Mama’s and
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