Children of the Night
The Creation of that song was indeed a very special night, and one of my favorites
Studio sessions of all time. For one thing, it was all about the people at universal studio, a classic magical place, where many amazing records were made that no longer exists. There was top engineer Richard Fairbanks, Darryl Pandy, Marshall Jefferson, & Ron Hardy, and Kevin Irving who sang the lead vocals. The rest of us all joined in on backgrounds, and the unity was incredible.
Move Your Body
You just have to know Marshall Jefferson to understand how humble & innocent he is about his music. I heard about the record and really wanted to hear it immediately, so while visiting DJ International I stole it! When I next saw Marshall I told Him that he had just written his Rock around The Clock, and people would remember him for it forever. His reply was “You Think So Screamin’?
Guess I was right!
First of all Ron Hardy was and still is my favorite DJ of all time. It’s a pity that we lost him & only a group of people got to hear him at the music box. He never had the chance to travel to Europe, so the Box was really his special Domain. At the Time Ron worked at Trax where he did A&R. Larry decided to press the record on white vinyl. Of Course in typical Trax fashion there was a vinyl imperfection. The original pressing had a brown streak. Those lucky enough to have it refer to the vinyl as “That’s the Shit”.
Can You Feel It
Larry Heard AKA Mr. Fingers wrote what I consider to be the most iconic instrumental of the Trax Catalogue. It has been re recorded many times with various spoken word, and vocals, and each time it’s a hit. When you have that amazing Track as a backbone its no surprise. My Favorite version is the one featuring Chuck D. The unity for all people expressed on it really sums up the reason for house music. “ You may be black, white, Jew or Gentile it don’t matter in our house…
Back when Jesse Saunders, Vince Lawrence, and myself recorded it, we were just kids with a big dream. I don’t think that at that time we realized just how much those lyrics expressed our future and what was to come. “I’ve got to have them until, only dreams make my life for real, Imagination is strong there’s still time why don’t you come along”. That was the first song of mine I ever heard on the radio, I can’t even explain what that felt like. It was a lot different from the punk music I was doing at the time, but I knew it was a special turning point for me…
Jorge Cruz came to us with Nic Sarno’s cut the flow to remix. It was great and I knew it would be a challenge to come up with something worthy of the original. I went to Joe Smooth’s home studio, and we just did the record on the spot. Nothing was pre- arranged at all. Joe is so talented, that working with him is always a fantastic adventure for me. So the title of the song matched the way we created the mix. It just flowed, free form & free style, and it worked! I’d also like to add that Nic was very pleased with our re-creation!
There is no Place
In 1999 Trax opened an office at Espace Kiron in Paris. I had the time of my life!
Getting to know groups like Daft Punk, Super Funk, Bustafunk, and others at that formidable time literally created house music history. I found this cool underground record store called KGB where I loved to hang out. It was there that I meet David Chong. I find producers and talent for Trax based on my initial feelings, usually before I even hear their music, as I did with David. I really knew nothing about him! He did the project There Is no Place featuring my French ZULU Nation brother DEE NASTY. When I DJ I always play it.
First of all I love DJ Rush! I refer to him as the Jimmy Hendrix of House; because of the sounds he creates, with his own unusual twist. His cuts are powerful, sparse, and truly avant-garde. Rush & I click as friends and on many levels. For one thing Rush is a club kid, and so am I. One day the subject of club kids in Chicago & New York came up. We spoke about our days at Limelight in NYC, and our times at Chicago’s infamous party at Red Dog. So he created his own homage to the windy city kids, where he refers to Jo Jo Baby who is one of the most Fabulous Club Kids ever!
This is a super rare cut that I love. It features Harry Denis, who I refer to as the beat poet of house music. No one writes or delivers lyrics like Harry. You’ve probably heard him on records like the Jungle, and time marches on. One night after doing a radio interview with Bad Boy Bill, we stayed up till morning listening to love can’t turn around. I must admit we were quite high! I really got to know Harry, and had him autograph a picture for me which read, “don’t be a Donnie”, referring to the girl in his most familiar track. The next afternoon we stopped by a little shop in my neighborhood called Gallimaufry Gallery, I can’t help but think I was an inspiration.