Paul Johnson, the influential Chicago home producer, has died. A put up on Johnson’s Fb web page revealed the information that he died this morning, which was additionally confirmed to Mixmag by Johnson’s agent. In July, Johnson shared movies on his Instagram web page from the hospital, revealing that he had examined constructive for COVID-19. He was 50 years previous.
Johnson began DJing within the Eighties and threw events in his mom’s basement. Sooner or later, a pal’s gun unintentionally discharged within the basement, leading to a taking pictures accident that led to Johnson’s use of a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He had one leg amputated in 2003, and the opposite leg was amputated attributable to a automobile accident in 2010.
“This a part of my life takes over 80 % of something,” Johnson stated, referring to his well being whereas mendacity in a hospital mattress, in an interview revealed in 2014. “I’m at all times smiling after I’m on the road, I’m at all times doing something that anyone needs,” he stated. “However after I go residence, I’m hurtin’.”
By the ’90s, Johnson produced music for Chicago home labels together with Moody, Dancemania, Reduction, Nite Life, Defected, and extra. He co-founded the label Mud Traxx in 1997. His 1999 tune “Get Get Down” was amongst his largest hits internationally. He had information with Robert Armani as Traxxmen and with Gant Garrard as Brother 2 Brother. He remained lively as a touring DJ and recording artist up till 2021. On the Daft Punk tune “Lecturers,” Johnson’s is the primary title uttered throughout an extended record of the duo’s influences.