Roy Davis Jr. was introduced to dance music in the late 1980’s by legends as DJ Pierre, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Marshall Jefferson and Lil’ Louis. Davis began mixing when he was 13, mixing breaks, disco and then years later, house, techno and acid.
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’ and ‘Inside Out’, He went out to the East Coast weekly, and was subsequently hired to start his own sub-label called Red Cat records. A few years later Roy Davis and singer-songwriter Peven Everett released ‘Gabriel’ in 1996 on Large Music and XL Recordings, the record then went on to sell over 200,000 copies and reach #22 in the UK Charts. The record was and still is hailed by some for kick-starting the UK garage scene.
Roy’s discography extends pass the successes of Gabriel with 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 Musical 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 then went on to release records such as ‘All I Do’ on Omar-S’ label FXHE and ‘Under Tha Sun’ released on Downtown 161. Besides Roy’s long standing dedication to underground dance music and touring throughout the world as a DJ, Davis has also created records for Eric Benet/Faith Evans, Mary J. Blidge, Seal, Patti LaBelle, Terry Dexter, Christina Milian and Morcheeba.
7 albums deep and hundreds of records to his name Davis continues to innovate a sound which is so integral to Chicago’s history. Recent collaborations with Zed Bias on SWAMP81, a recent reissue on Dutch label Clone and continued touring throughout Europe and and the rest of the world goes to prove Roy is not afraid to experiment in an ever changing world of house and techno.
We are excited to welcome him to the podcast series this week!
Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
This podcast was about freshest new tracks from around the world.
What’s your personal favourite track on it?
I would like to say the Cosmocrank track by DJ Spinna because it just sounds so different, even when I dropped it this past weekend I had a lot of people asking me about it.
What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
My special ingredient in this mix is cool electronic house music.
What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
It’s really hard to say which spot is better than another or which country is my favourite. I’m feeling the support of my fans wherever I go, and love having the freedom to be open and relaxed wherever I play. When fans trust you like that it’s made every place I’ve played special, and allowed me to bring them something different at every gig.
What have you got coming up?
What I have coming up is a streamline of different remixes and a couple of new tracks, one with Terry Dexter and myself called “Just A Little Bit Of Love” is about to drop on Griffintown Records. There is also a forthcoming tune named the “Untold Story”, and right now I am currently working on my next album.
And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
For you out there checking out my latest music and mixes… I want to personally thank you for giving me that motivation to keep doing what I love to do, without you there is no RDJ! Peace & Love!
1. Roy Davis Jr. & Terry Dexter – Just A Little Bit Of Love (Emmaculate Remix) [Griffintown Records]
2. RDJ VS Kendrick – Lamar House Loyalty Dub [Unreleased]
3. Roy Davis Jr. & Harry Dennis – Sensitive Love [Unreleased]
4. Waajeed – Winston’s Midnight Disco [Dirt Tech Reck]
5. DJ Spinna – Cosmocrank [Local Talk]
6. Waajeed – Better Late Than Never [Dirt Tech Reck]
7. Jaxx Madicine – Montreux [Local Talk]
8. God’s Child – El Elyon (Original Scroll Mix) [Unreleased]
9. DJ Emmaculate – Efunk [T’s Box]
10. Gershon Jackson – Huggin’ & A Luvin’ (Mike Dunn Remix) [Defected]
11. Ples Jones – Bring It Back [Exceptional Music]
12. Roy Davis Jr – Untold Story [312 House Society]