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Whenever the birth of House Music is discussed, there is always one name which crops up repeatedly and which is credited with being the single most influential record label in House Music history …………….. That name is DJ International.
Founded by musician Rocky Jones, DJ International records was the right label in the right place at the right time. Chicago in 1985 was a city which was moving to its own particular beat and that beat was House Music. The key movers and shakers in the clubs were Frankie Knuckles at The Warehouse and Ron Hardy at the Music Box, who were responsible for influencing a whole new generation of Chicago-based artists who were experimenting with the unique rhythms they were hearing at these two Chicago clubs.
Before long a steady stream of new artists began to emerge from Chicago club land and inevitably they beat a path to the hottest new label with the coolest name in town, DJ International. The list is like a who’s-who of House Music and includes Steve “Silk” Hurley, Chip E, Fingers Inc, Tyree, Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Kenny “Jammin” Jason, Bam Bam, Sterling Void, Joe Smooth, Adonis, Fast Eddie and veteran Frankie Knuckles amongst many other names.
The impact which DJ International had upon the spread of House Music internationally cannot be understated. They scored a No.1 UK Pop hit with Steve “Silk” Hurley’s “Jack Your Body? and a top 10 UK smash with Farley “Jackmaster” Funk’s “Love Can’t Turn Around” as well as being the first label to take their artists to the UK and Europe thus putting House Music on the global map.
Following over 200 releases across no less than 4 different labels within the group, DJ International ruled the early era of House and it’s legacy survives to this day with virtually all of the releases now commanding huge prices on the 12″ collectors circuit and it’s ideas being routinely sampled and copied by today’s new producers and artists.
DJ International has always remained privately owned by Rocky Jones and he is proud to announce that the label will be promoting it’s first new record on DJ International since the early 1990′s.
Written by- Ian Dewhearst
DJ International is the Original House Music Company. Founded in the year 1985