Joey Negro is the most recognisable pseudonym of master British DJ/producer/remixer Dave Lee. Under a plethora of other monikers including Akabu, Doug Willis, The Sunburst Band, Jakatta, Raven Maize, Sessomatto and Z Factor, Dave was one of the first artists to incorporate Disco samples in House music when he began his production career in 1988. Indeed, he was in the studio making credible British House music when many luminaries around him were still busy getting to grips with their decks.
Dave is still widely regarded as one of the forefathers of the UK dance scene who is still as productive as ever in the studio and behind the decks most weekends. A producer first, his work ethic is legendary, having been involved in well over 300 productions, countless albums and a healthy stack of pop/crossover hit singles including Jakatta’s ‘American Dream’ that made the UK Top 10.
Joey Negro has also been commissioned to remix the likes of Kelly Rowland, Empire of the Sun, Mariah Carey, Labrynth, Pet Shop Boys, Diana Ross and many many more. He also conceived and produced the UK number 1 ‘Relight My Fire’ by Take That. However, despite the crossover successes the majority of Dave’s productions have had their heart in underground clubland with releases on many seminal house music labels – Transmat, Nu Groove, Quark, JBO, Azuli, Deconstruction, Guidance and NRK. Republic Records was Dave’s own imprint, it was at the time, one of the UK’s first soulful house labels releasing classics such as Phase II ‘Reachin’’ and Turntable Orchestra ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ as well as some early productions of his own such as Raven Maize ‘Forever Together’.
Z Records was another label that was set up to release product on, ‘Do What You Feel’ eventually crossed from a club hit to a top 40 pop hit when picked up by Virgin Records. Yet more top 40 hits followed, as did remix work by the bucket load. These days his label ZR is not only a vehicle for him to release his own music but has become a very cool brand featuring productions and remixes from both cutting edge and established producers such as Dennis Ferrer, Opolopo, Henrik Schwarz, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Frankie Knuckles.
Dave’s work producing live Disco act The Sunburst Band has been the source of much praise and adoration also. Joey Negro, like so many SSW DJs is an avid record collector, his collection has been put to great use putting comps together for numerous stables including BBE, Harmless and NRK. His DJ sets reflect his extensive love of music ranging from rare Disco through to vocal and classic House and often into more deep, electronic and techy areas, his sets littered with exclusives old and new. He has held a residency at Defected’s ‘Glitterbox’ night in Ibiza for the last two years, a residency that will continue throughout the summer of 2016. Count yourselves lucky he has found time to play for a second time at SSW.