July 11, 2019
What do you really know about DJ Green Velvet? Sure, you may have heard of songs like Deceiver, Shake & Pop or Flash and are down to go to La La Land with him, but we’re going to fill you in on what has made him the incredible performer he is today.
Chicago born Curtis Jones grew up with a musically inclined father, Jones was exposed to the professional musician lifestyle and as a child, he played the saxophone and the keyboard, but felt the instruments remained his father’s passion, not his. After attending University of Illinois to study chemical engineering, he decided he no longer wanted music to just be a hobby and in 1991, he left the master’s program he was enrolled in at UC-Berkeley.
In 1991, he released the Underground Goodies EP as Cajmere on his own label, Cajual. He found a love in Chicago’s deep-rooted house music scene, which inspired much of his early house music. A year later, he produced his first breakthrough hit Coffeepot (It’s Time for the Percolator) and his collaboration with Dajae on Brighter Days landed him #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music chart.
Jones’ career has always been an evolution of change. In 1993, he created Relief, an offshoot to his other record company and with this new label first release, renamed himself for what he is known to us today: Green Velvet. DJing under his monikers, he created hits such as Preacher Man, Answering Machine, and Flash (a #1 US dance hit in 1995). In 2001, his punk-inspired album entitled Whatever explored more political themes such as alienation in Sleepwalking, drug use in La La Land and racism in When.
The evolution of Green Velvet has shaped him into the legend he is today and is continuing to create more hits such as his 2018 release of False Claim and his 2019 song Microwave.
Don’t miss out on the legend himself when he takes over our decks for the Red Bull Deep Summer event on Sunday, July 28th. To book your VIP table or purchase tickets, head to the Cabana website here.