Join me for part one of an exclusive conversation with legendary DJ/producer Jesse Saunders. For those of you that may not be familiar with the history of house music this interview contains some interesting background information from an individual considered by many to be the originator of this genre. Jesse discusses the “Old Skool New Skool, Vol. 2” compilation which features tracks from a diverse group of artist.
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With “On & On,” Jes Say Records released the world’s 1st known form of House Music on 12 inch vinyl. The label continued to release hit after hit including “Undercover” by Dr. Derelict, “Funk U Up” by Jesse Saunders, “Real Love” by Jesse’s Gang and “It’s OK” by The Force. On & On was the first House record to be played in regular rotation on radio. “Funk U Up” shattered the barrier at radio by becoming #1 in major markets in the Midwest. “Real Love” blasted all other artists including Madonna and Prince at the commercial radio level by reigning #1 for 6 consecutive weeks on WBMX and WGCI (Chicago), hitting the top 10 at WJLB (Detroit), WTLC (Indianapolis) and hitting the Billboard charts as high as #25. Jes Say Records set the bar for House music everywhere!
Broken Records carried on the tradition by launching with its 1st release “The Chicago Reunion” Album, which brought together the world’s Pioneers and Grammy nominees including Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson, Ten City, Jesse himself, and Dr. Derelict a/k/a Wayne Williams (known around the world as R. Kelly’s DJ) on a 2 CD set of original and remixed classics. 3 of the singles “Yeah/Let Me Hear U” by Jesse Saunders, Baby Wants to Ride” by Frankie Knuckles and “I Can’t Stand It” by DJ Pierre charted high domestically as well as in Europe and Asia. The label went on to re-release the world’s 1st House record On & On (20th anniversary edition) and the critically acclaimed “The Stripper EP” by DJ Ernan in 2003 on vinyl. These songs are currently released digitally as well.
2011 brought incomparable releases such as Time Is Now by Inaya Day, Celebrity Status by the amazing Rap Artist, Moc-1, Above The Sound Cloud series 3 featuring more up and coming Producers from around the world, I Hear House Music and House Music Buffet by the Originator and the 2nd installment of Old Skool New Skool. In the future, we will be branching into RnB and Hip Hop, as well as Pop/Alternative, but everything will always have a good HOUSE MIX. The original tradition of innovation and quality continues 27 years into the future on BROKEN RECORDS!