House Music DJ and Producer. Chicago, IL.

Bio: If anyone tried to keep track of such things, DJ Paul Johnson would most likely carry the title as the most prolific House Music producer in history. The admirable efforts of fans to catalog his huge library of underground EPs, edits released and unreleased and official productions on his page at discogs.com really doesn’t even scratch the surface.

Paul Johnson began DJing in 1984 at the age of 13. Though he’s been in a wheelchair since he was injured by an accidental gunshot on May 17, 1987, Paul would go on to release music on nearly every seminal Chicago House label of the 1990s, including Relief, Cajual, Dance Mania, Nite Life, Dust Traxx, Moody and more. He was one of the first Southside House Music DJs to cross over to play distinctly different audiences at in the worldwide rave scene and his releases on Dance Mania are widely considered to be some of the earliest specimens of a new genre that came to be called Ghetto House.

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Cinthie’s Got The Groove

"Everything I've made I made myself so no one can take it away from me." Berlin native Cinthie is independent, resilient - and she's also making some of the best house music on the planet.
Urban Kickz Records

Discograph: Roman Zawodny & the Sound of UKR

Digging deep into the catalog of UKR, one of the most dynamic, relentless and consistently brilliant techno labels in North America.

Lester Fitzpatrick: A Chicago Story

Tristan Dominguez talks to the ultra-prolific Chicago producer Lester Fitzpatrick.
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Dance Mania is Still Running This Shit

Of the dozens of classic Chicago House labels that ran aground at the turn of the millennium, none was more lamented than Dance Mania....

Gant-Man: Born Into This

When Gant-Man says that music is his life, it's more than a cliche. Once the world's "youngest professional DJ", he's since become a cornerstone...

Flava In Ya Ear: 5 Mag Interviews DJ Lil’ Tal (Exclusive Mix Added)

Photo: 'Tal-Paul: Paul Johnson (left) and DJ Lil'Tal (right) are the Doobie Brothas, from the artwork for the Doobie Bruthas EP on Dance Mania. This...

Chicago House Legend Paul Johnson Seriously Injured in Accident

Update (28 Dec 2010 14:26:00) from Agency Sounds: Per Paul Johnson, permission must be obtained from Paul Johnson prior to hosting a benefit in...
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Gene Farris: The 5 Magazine Interview

ONE OF THE MOST accomplished DJs and producers of House Music's "second wave" of the 1990s, Gene Farris picked up himself and his Farris...
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The Paul Johnson Story

EVERY PRODUCER, DJ, dancer or fanatic will tell you that House music is in their blood. DJs drag their crates from gig to gig,...

All DJ Paul Johnson Content

Cinthie photo by Marie Staggat

Cinthie’s Got The Groove

"Everything I've made I made myself so no one can take it away from me." Berlin native Cinthie is independent, resilient - and she's also making some of the best house music on the planet.
John Simmons All I Can Say Paul Johnson Remix

Veteran Chicago DJ John Simmons Makes His Debut on Tevo Howard’s Label

Long overdue! Veteran Chicago house DJ John Simmons breaks it down with his premiere release ALL I CAN SAY on Tevo Howard's label. Listen to the Paul Johnson remix now.

My House Music Festival Features DJ Pierre, Terry Hunter, More

Returning to Pilsen the annual festival stretches over two days August 10 through 11 2019 in Harrison Park, Chicago.

Heads up! Chicago’s House of SOL festival starts this week

House of Sol - one of the festivals that makes Chicago such an amazing place for music - kicks off with Chicago house heroes Paul Johnson, DJ Heather, Kid Enigma, Ed Nine, Shazam Bangles and more.

#ListenUp Paul Johnson Remixes Torrfisk on “A 2 The K”

Torrfisk returns to Apollo Music Group with bleary party jams that evoke the sights, sounds and smells of a '90s Chicago loft.

Raw a f: Raw Culture’s Savage Beat Dealers Return on Pushers 03

Raw Culture is having a moment, making music that gives the more precious lo-fi house producers a sucker punch and steals their bike.

Tonight Tonight Tonight: Oliver Dollar & Paul Johnson at Spybar

Thrilled to see a line-up like this in Chicago! Oliver Dollar is on a worldwide Another Day Another Dollar album release tour. Fresh from Los Angeles, the Berlin-born producer is dropping into Spybar tonight with Paul Johnson, Alex Peace and Brian Boncher.

420 Party Saturday with Paul Johnson & Gene Farris

A day party with some altitude provided by Gene Farris, Paul Johnson, Gettoblaster and John Summit.
Urban Kickz Records

Discograph: Roman Zawodny & the Sound of UKR

Digging deep into the catalog of UKR, one of the most dynamic, relentless and consistently brilliant techno labels in North America.

The Legendary CAJMERE Added to Housegiving at Navy Pier Lineup

Cajmere joins the line-up for HOUSEGIVING November 21 2018 - Thanksgiving Eve - at Navy Pier with Terry Hunter, Paul Johnson, Ron Trent and DJ Heather. And it's FREE - a fundraiser for Chicago's homeless.

Black Wednesday at Navy Pier: Four Legends of Chicago House to Benefit the City’s...

Sequence Chicago: Housegiving is November 21 2018 with Paul Johnson, DJ Heather, Terry Hunter and Ron Trent, and it's FREE.

Jerry C King: Psalm 23 (Paul Johnson Remix)

Paul Johnson gives Jerry C King's "Psalm 23" a spiritual workout. The remix pack is out now from Love Vibration Nation.

Lester Fitzpatrick: A Chicago Story

Tristan Dominguez talks to the ultra-prolific Chicago producer Lester Fitzpatrick.

The City of Chicago is Throwing the Best House Music Festival of 2018

The Chicago debut of Louie Vega's Elements of Life, Chez Damier, Ron Trent, Paul Johnson, Zernell, Mike Dunn, Ron Carroll, Joe Smooth, DJ Deeon and more pack the line-up for the Chicago House Music Festival on Saturday May 26 2018.
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Paul Johnson “Chicago/Miami Mix” – 5 Mag’s NMM (March 2009)

5 Mag Mix from Paul Johnson circa 2009. Back when March meant Miami and lots and lots of CDRs in your bag.
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Paul Johnson Remixes Johnny Fiasco’s Yolo

Rapturous remix from Chicago House legend Paul Johnson of a Johnny Fiasco track from Nuphuture Traxx's back catalog.

15 Years of Soul: Inside the New Issue of 5 Mag

Oli Lazarus of Reel People & Papa Records, Andre Crom, Lone Dancer and more inside the brand new issue of 5 Magazine, ready for download.
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Meet The Teachers: Every Set from Boiler Room Chicago 2017

A tribute to a tribute to Chicago with DJ Pierre, DJ Hyperactive, Glenn Underground, Paul Johnson, Boo Williams, Mike Dearborn and Ron Trent.
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Rondell Adams: A 5 Mag Mix #35

FIERCE new mix and interview from Rondell Adams for A 5 Mag Mix, 5 Magazine's signature House Music mix series.

Paul Johnson Announces Dance Mania x Relief Records Tour

Chicago House Music legend Paul Johnson announces available dates for sets based on his Dance Mania and Relief-era sound.
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