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Biography of Groove Junkies
|Real name / ||Evan Landes|
|Moniker(s) / ||Groove Junkies, Nimble Digits|
ABOUT GROOVE JUNKIES:
Born and raised in New York & currently residing in Los Angeles, Producer / DJ and record company owner Evan Landes (pka Groove Junkies, Nimble Digits) has gained wide support and respect throughout the international dance community over two decades for his consistent quality of work. Class, forward thinking and an unbridled passion for quality house music define the essence of MoreHouse Records co-founder. His desire to enlighten, uplift and ultimately transform new listeners into loyal followers on a global level has been his mission since the label’s inception. Evan's strategy of releasing an eclectic array of intoxicating dance grooves which are not bound by any gimmicky trends and memorable songs that stand the test of time, has paid off since MoHo’s doors first opened in 2002. A brilliant collective of singers, musicians, writers & producers, who are featured throughout Groove Junkies impressive catalogue have helped define the “MoHo Sound”. Within the genre of House music, each unique release can run the gamut stylistically - ranging from to deep, tribal, peak hour and electronic influenced tracks to organic soul, funk, afro, latin, jazz and gospel drenched songs.
The labels discography and his personal achievements put him in an elite class amongst his peers. In addition to co-owning the label with wife and recording artist Solara since 2002, he's helped coordinate over 60 successful releases on the MoreHouse imprint, including numerous chart topping hits. Evan's original productions and remixes have amassed an impressive 18 Top 10 positions on Traxsource’s main Top 100 download chart, as well as the coveted no. 1, 2 & 5 slots on the European based DJ Mag Hype Chart and a couple of Top 5 positions in Billboard’s Top 100 Dance chart. In October 2010 his critically acclaimed artist album “In The Zone” shot up to the #1 position on the Top 100 Album Downloads chart on Traxsource.com within 4 days and received ‘Album of the Year & Month’ kudos from numerous industry publications. His body of work has garnered DJ support from industry legends such as Frankie Knuckles, Louie Vega, David Morales, Roger Sanchez, Ben Watt, Joey Negro and Tony Humphries to name a few, along with a ‘who’s who’ list of industry tastemakers.
He's also collaborated on highly charted dance floor anthems for the likes of Om Records and Ben Watt’s Buzzin’ Fly and has contributed to the output of iconic labels such as Island/Def Jam, A&M, Warner Bros., J Records, Interscope, Ultra, Defected, Definity, Soulfuric, Mn2S, and LAY Records.
High profile commissioned remixes for international dance artists and top grossing acts have solidified Evan’s position as one of today’s most consistent and influential producers within the global House music community. Opting for quality over quantity, Groove Junkies treatment’s of songs from artists such as Ben Watt, Frankie Knuckles ft. Nicki Richards, Leela James, Deborah Cox, Marc Evans, Michelle Weeks, Lisa Millett, Carolyn Harding, Richard Earnshaw, Natasha Watts, Samantha James, Colonel Abrams, Rihanna and Pussycat Dolls all showcase Evan’s attention to production detail, his musicality and ability to move the crowd.
Groove Junkies music has been featured on highly successful mix compilations by labels such as Ministry Of Sound, Defected, Hed Kandi, Stereo Sushi, Soulfuric, MN2S, Seamless and Om Records (including compilations by top DJs such as Grammy winner Frankie Knuckles and EDM Superstar Kaskade). His songs have been played & charted on numerous international radio shows such as BBC’s Radio One, Ministry Of Sound, Hed Kandi and Galaxy FM in the UK, as well as Radio Italia in Italy, Pacha Radio in Spain, DV FM in Denmark, Braga Radio in Portugal, UDM in Switzerland, Radio1 Rodos in Greece, Radio Norway, Orbit FM & Pulse Radio in Australia, Beats Radio in So. Africa, KCRW & Power Tools in the US and many more outlets both FM and internet based throughout the world. Groove Junkies immensely popular ‘MoHo Stereo’ Radio Show aired on 5 continents to over one million confirmed listeners each month from 2006-2010.
Nominations for ‘Breakthrough Producer’ at London’s House Music Awards in 2005, and ‘Breakthrough DJ’ at the Ibiza DJ Awards in 2006 found Groove Junkies in company with nominees such as Dennis Ferrer, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso & Jamie Lewis and offered well deserved recognition of Evan’s exceptional ability.
Evan's DJ touring has showcased his talent on an international level at some of the hottest venues and festivals to an ever growing fan-base. Having headlined extensively throughout the world, Evan holds an impeccable reputation throughout clubland’s most discerning dance floors. As Groove Junkies 'founding father' and now solo member, he's earned a reputation for exceptional DJing skills and flawless programming ability. His versatility working with various genres have allowed him to display his talent on the biggest of stages, as well as more intimate settings.
He has headlined on 5 different continents and rocked the decks at such diverse venues / festivals / parties as Detroit’s Electronic Movement Festival, The Electric Daisy Carnival, Def Mix @ Pacha, Ibiza, Club Essential in Riga Latvia, Catwalk in Barcelona Spain, Turmills & The End in London, Street Parade in Zurich Switzerland, SHE @ Trademark in Sydney Australia, Indochine in Jakarta, Fruto Beach in Cartagena Colombia, Mansion in Miami, Ruby Skye in San Francisco, The Smart Bar in Chicago and DEEP & Balance in Los Angeles to name a few.
He has shared the stage with DJ heavyweights and recording artists such as Frankie Knuckles, Francois K., Hec Romero, Ben Watt, Grant Nelson, Kaskade, Terry Hunter, DJ Spen, Brian Tappert, Ron Carroll, Jamie Lewis, Bobby & Steve, Andy Caldwell, DJ Meme, Jellybean Benitez, King Britt, DJ Spinna, Marlon D., Marques Wyatt, Anastacia, CeCe Peniston, Michelle Weeks, Tortured Soul, Barbara Tucker, Dawn Tallman, Kenny Bobien and many more…
There’s no shortage of US based DJ’s & House producers, so it takes something quite special to rise above the rest and shine. The fact that Groove Junkies have cultivated such a strong reputation in such varied corners of this industry is testament not only to Evan’s enormous talent as a producer, his unbridled skill as a DJ and record label executive, but a combination of all - intertwined with that rarest of things; true star quality. There are no indications of letting up the pressure in 2013 and beyond.
ABOUT MOREHOUSE RECORDS:
Class, consistency, forward thinking and an unbridled passion for quality house music define the essence of MoreHouse Records. Founders Evan & LMH Landes’ desire to enlighten and ultimately transform new listeners into loyal followers on a global level has been their mission since the label’s inception. MoHo’s strategy of releasing an eclectic array of intoxicating dance grooves which are not bound by any gimmicky trends, and memorable songs that stand the test of time has paid off since their doors first opened in 2002. A brilliant collective of singers, musicians, writers & producers, who are featured throughout MoreHouses’ impressive catalogue have helped define the “MoHo Sound”. Each unique release can run the gamut stylistically - ranging from organic soul, funk, afro, latin, jazz and gospel drenched songs, to peak hour, deep, tribal, and electronic influenced tracks.
After the label’s first release "Inside My Soul" garnered immediate critical acclaim and international attention and subsequent hit singles "Gonna Get By" & "Deeper" took clubland by storm, MoreHouse had positioned themselves as one of dance music’s elite imprints. Within a relatively short period of time by industry standards, the label had earned the praise and support from even the most jaded house purists. The aforementioned songs, penned and produced under Landes’ highly regarded production moniker Groove Junkies, along with other MoreHouse chart toppers have been played, charted and reviewed by a who’s who list of tastemaker's over the years. Titles such as "Music's Gotcha Jumpin,'" “Dr Feelgood,” "Oh Lord," “Black Man In The White House,” "Sunshine," “In The Zone,” “The White Light,” ”Far Away,” “God Bless The Child,” “Ray’s Groove,” and most recently a fab cover of the Beatles “Let It Be” have received consistent club and mix show support from industry legends such as Frankie Knuckles, Louie Vega, David Morales, Ben Watt, Tony Humphries, Roger Sanchez, Joey Negro, Danny Rampling, Richard Earnshaw, DJ Spinna, CJ MacKintosh, and Brian Tappert to name a few.
MoreHouse has graced the pages of hi-profile trade magazines such as DJ Mag, IDJ, M8 and DJ Times. Label/Artist featured articles and stellar reviews of chart topping MoHo releases have bolstered their reputation as one of the worlds most respected indie dance labels.
MoreHouse songs have been played and charted on numerous international radio shows such as BBC’s Radio One, Ministry Of Sound, Hed Kandi & Galaxy FM in the UK, as well as Radio Italia in Italy, Pacha Radio in Spain, DV FM in Denmark, Braga Radio in Portugal, UDM in Switzerland, Radio1 Rodos in Greece, Radio Norway, Orbit FM & Pulse Radio in Australia, Beats Radio in So. Africa, KCRW & Power Tools in the US and many more outlets both FM and internet based throughout the world. Groove Junkies immensely popular ‘MoHo Stereo’ Radio Show aired on 5 continents to over one million confirmed listeners each month from 2006-2010.
MoHo’s rich discography can boast licensing songs to some of the most successful branded House compilation series such as Defected's "In The House" & "Connected", Hed Kandi's "Stereo Sushi", Ministry Of Sound's "House Sexy", Seamless Recordings "Bargrooves" and Om Records "House of Om" to name a few. In 2008 MoreHouse issued its 100th license for 3rd party compilations.
Building upon an already loyal fan base and forever evolving, MoreHouse’s tougher sibling label MoHo 180 launched in the fall of 2008 with great results. 180’s first release “I Put My Faith In You,” produced by Danish sensation Morten Trust (aka Soulmagic) and featuring EDM superstar Ida Corr rocked main room dance floors. MoHo’s branded events in So. Beach, Miami at the Shelbourne (MoHo in SoBe) and in their hometown of Los Angeles at Libertine & Dragon Bar (MoHo Los Angeles) attracted thousands of partygoers and house enthusiasts from around the world.
2009 brought on the introduction of MoHo’s highly acclaimed compilation series MoHo Vault’s & MoHo Essential’s, as well as a Top 10 Singles download hit “Shut Up n’ Dance” feat. Wendy Brune on Traxsource.
2010 marked the release of Groove Junkies debut artist album “IN THE ZONE” which received Album of the Year & Album of the Month kudos and rave reviews from industry tastemakers. It also garnered the coveted #1 Album Download slot and spawned two more Top 10 Single downloads ( “Far Away” feat. TC Moses and “What’s Freedom” co-penned by Solara & feat. Joi Carwell) on Traxsource.
Keeping the momentum moving forward, MoreHouse scored two more Top 10 single downloads on Traxsource with Groove Junkies amazing cover of Phyllis Hyman’s “You Know How To Love Me,” featuring MoHo veteran Indeya in 2011 and with their Gospel house treatment of Billie Holiday’s classic “God Bless The Child” featuring newcomer Chellena Black in 2012 – their 15th overall Top 10 download on Traxsource!
‘Future Classics’ to be on the lookout for on MoreHouse & MoHo 180 include original releases from Evan under his new Deep House alias ‘Nimble Digits’ and Groove Junkies moniker, along with a variety of singles from a vast array of gifted artists on both labels. The fall of 2012 also marked MoreHouse’s 10 Year Anniversary. Retrospective compilations celebrating the achievement are scheduled for release throughout 2013. Expect nothing less than fresh, high quality releases on both imprints in the upcoming months and years to com
Selected discography of Groove Junkies
ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS (Partial discography)
Virgin Records "Everybody Needs to Be Loved"
Champion Records "Music is Life"
Om Records "Just Groovin"
Om Records "Paradise"
MoreHouse Records "Inside My Soul" Groove Junkies pres. Solomon Henderson
MoreHouse Records "Gonna Get By" Groove Junkies feat. Indeya
MoreHouse Records "Deeper" Groove Junkies feat. Solara & Raya Beam
MoreHouse Records "Don't Cha Give Up" Groove Junkies feat. Diane Carter
MoreHouse Records "Gonna Get By" Part II" Groove Junkies feat. Indeya
MoreHouse Records "Wake Up Everybody" Groove Junkies
MoreHouse Records "Oh Lord" Groove Junkies pres. Indeya
MoreHouse Records "Love Has Come Around" Morten Trust
MoreHouse Records "Midnight" Groove Junkies
MoreHouse Records "Didn't I Bring You Love" Groove Junkies pres. Diva 2 Diva
MoreHouse Records "I Put My Faith In You" Morten Trust feat. Ida Corr
MoreHouse Records "Sunshine (Sol Brillante)" Groove Junkies pres. Solara
MoreHouse Records "I've Got It Bad" Groove Junkies pres. Alexander Sky
MoreHouse Records "Music's Gotcha Jumpin'" Groove Junkies feat. Indeya
MoreHouse Records "Feels Like Home" Groove Junkies feat. Diane Carter
MoreHouse Records "Catch Your Shine" Groove Junkies pres. Kathie Talbot
MoreHouse Records "Devotion" Groove Junkies feat. T.C. Moses
MoreHouse Records "Dr. Feelgood" FSB featuring Diane Carter
MoreHouse Records "Devotion Part 2" Groove Junkies feat. T.C. Moses
MoreHouse Records "Oh Lord 2006" Groove Junkies feat. Indeya
MoreHouse Records "I Believe In Dreams" Groove Junkies and Andy Caldwell feat. Alexander Sky
MoreHouse Records "Free Your Mind" Groove Junkies feat. TC Moses
MoreHouse Records "Music's Gotcha Jumpin' 2007" Groove Junkies feat. Indeya
MoreHouse Records "Music's Gotcha Jumpin 2007 Pt. 2" Groove Junkies feat. Indeya
MoreHouse Records "Life is What You Make It" MoHo All Stars feat. Solara
MoreHouse Records "So Damn Crazy" Groove Junkies feat. TC Moses
MoreHouse Records "Work It Out" Groove Junkies feat. Wendy Brune'
MoreHouse Records "MoHo Essentials Vol. 1" Various Artist
Evan Landes has had success as a producer and DJ on an international scale and has remixed top grossing acts in the USA such as Rihanna's "Take a Bow" on Def Jam Recordings, Pussycat Dolls' "StickWitU" on A&M Records, Leela James "Good Times" on Warner Bros. Records, as well as international recording artists such as Ben Watt "Lone Cat" on Buzzin' Fly, Frankie Knuckles feat. Nicki Richards "Matter Of Time" & "I've Had Enough" on Definity, Michelle Weeks "My Change" on Devotion and Marc Evans "Giving Me Joy" on Defected Records to name just a few. "Groove Junkies" have also helped jump start & solidify careers of such artist as Ida Corr, Solara, Indeya, Diane Carter, Alexander Sky, TC Moses, Chellena Black and Baskerville Jones on Evan's imprint MoreHouse Records.
Deep Sensations "Love Has Come Around" Sunswept Music 2003
Lone Cat (Holding On) "Lone Cat (Holding On)" Buzzin' Fly Records
Music Is The Answer 2004 "Music Is The Answer" Dotdotdot Records
Para Goza "Para Goza" Essence Records
Praise His Name (Part 1) "Praise His Name" MAP Dance
Praise His Name (Part 2) "Praise His Name" MAP Dance
Fire "Fire" Ündo Music
Soulfuric Vaults Vol. 1 "He Is The Galaxy" Soulfuric Records
Leela James "Good Times" Warner Bros. Records
"Inside & Out" Duffnote Recordings
"Rise" OM Records
West Coast Excursions Vol. 3 "Soul Symphony" Transport Recordings
"Tropical Paradise" MAP Dance
Pussycat Dolls "StickwitU" A&M Records
Marc Evans "Given Me Joy" Defected Records
Rihanna "Take A Bow" Def Jam Records
MIX COMPILATIONS PRODUCED BY GROOVE JUNKIES
Aside from chart topping original productions, and remixes, Evan's discog also includes a host of Groove Junkies mixed compilations such as the best-selling Bargrooves ‘Mimosa’ CD (Seamless), the critically acclaimed ‘House of Om’ & ‘Summer Sessions’ Om Records, the ultra hip ‘After Dark / Los Angeles’ (Kinkysweet), and ‘Late Night with Groove Junkies’ Swank Records.
Om Records "House of Om" and Summer Session"
Swank Recordings "Late Night w/ Groove Junkies"
Seamless "BarGrooves" mixed by Groove Junkies
FEATURED ON (partial list)
"Groove Junkies" music has been featured on some of the highest grossing mix compilations of all time by labels such as Defected Records, Hed Kandi, Om Records, and Ministry of Sound as well as featured on mix compilations by some of the highest profile DJs such as Grammy nominated Jay-J and Grammy winner Frankie Knuckles.
Evan Landes has contributed to the output on labels such as Island/Def Jam, A &M, Warner Bros., J Records, Interscope, Ultra, Defected, Definity, Om Records, Soulfuric, Mn2S and Buzzin’ Fly. Original productions and remixes by Groove Junkies have also been licensed to Universal, Defected ITH, Hed Kandi, Ministry of Sound, OM, Seamless, and MN2S.