Paul Johnson, a towering figure in the Chicago house music scene and founder of Dust Traxx records, has died of complications from COVID. Earlier this year, he released a wonderful New Year’s Day set performed at the shore of Lake Michigan.
His biggest hit was 1999’s “Get Get Down,” which was a huge summer jam that year. If you were going out in Chicago in the late 1990s and caught his show, it was always gonna be a stone gas, honey.
Via Block Club Chicago:
He started as a 13-year-old DJ before becoming a revered producer and creating his own House label, Dust Traxx. Recently, Johnson was spinning regularly at Le Nocturne in Uptown.
The Chicago native enjoyed global success, playing venues across six continents.
Johnson was admitted to Little Company of Mary Hospital in suburban Evergreen Park in mid-July, a week after being diagnosed. He then was placed on a ventilator, which he chronicled on his Instagram page.
Warning: his Instagram posts from the hospital are hard to watch, but they show the seriousness of COVID. Please get vaccinated and mask up for yourself, your loved ones, your neighbors, and your country.
Here’s another great set he did, which is a better way to remember him.
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