Johnny D, a giant in the music industry in general and founder of the legendary Henry Street Music takes us on a journey through the disco records and influences that helped shape the aesthetic of Henry Street. He mixes the eighth installment of A 5 Mag Mix, 5 Magazine’s DJ Mix and Interview series.
Normally the format of our 5 Mag Mix series features a DJ mixing records and then talking to us for a little Q&A. This time, however, we’re just going straight with the mix because:
- It’s Johnny D, and
- He just sat for a wonderful interview with Will Sumsuch for 5 Magazine two weeks ago, which you can read right here.
It’s a duty, an obligation and an honor to inform you that Johnny D’s 20 Years of Henry Street Music: The Definitive Collection is available right now from BBE – just a massive collection of records from the seminal Henry Street Music catalog, including tracks from Kenny Dope, Armand Van Helden, Johnick, Robbie Tronco, Todd Terry, 95 North, Robb Swinga and many others.
“If you go to Traxsource and listen to the top 100,” Johnny tells Will, “you will hear bad new versions of stuff my labels did correctly years before.” We think you’ll agree that the 5xCD collection of Henry Street’s best and brightest retains a shine two decades of time hasn’t dulled in one of the most thoroughly exhaustive surveys of a classic American dance label ever made.
A 5 Mag Mix is 5 Magazine’s exclusive mix and interview series. This set from Johnny D following mixes from Jeremy Sylvester, DJ Godfather, Mr. Mendel, Naeem & Gusto, Parris Mitchell, Zernell and Kool Vibe.
And now a promo mix of some of Johnny D’s favorite disco records – a journey documenting the influences which helped shape the aesthetic of Henry Street, from the man himself: