Johnny “D”

JOHNNY “D” DE MAIRO – THE A&R SIDE

MOST OF THE RECORDS I A&R’D HAVE MY CREDIT ON THEM.

THE IRONY IS THAT I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT TO PUT MY NAME ON ANY RECORDS  UNTIL “MISSING” BY EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL” BECAME A HIT.  RICH CHRISTINA WHO WAS WORKING AT ATLANTIC RECORDS, AND IS ONE OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS CALLED ME WHILE I WAS WORKING AT S.I.N.  HE TOLD ME HE NEEDED TO GET A DANCE MIX DONE FOR THIS FOLK GROUP. HE SENT ME THE SONG. I CALLED TODD TERRY IMMEDIATELY AND TOLD HIM HE HAD TO DO IT.

 AT THIS TIME TODD AND HIS SOUND HAD BEEN DOMINATING THE CLUB SCENE FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS. TODD’S FEE AT THE TIME WAS AT LEAST DOUBLE WHAT I COULD OFFER HIM BUT I OVER-EMPHASIZED THAT THIS WAS A CAREER CHANGER.

HE AGREED. BEN, TRACY AND JUST ABOUT EVERYONE ON THE PLANET WAS VERY AGAINST THIS MIX.  OUTSIDE OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE CLUBS, NOBODY WANTED TO BE BOTHERED.  THE GROUP WAS ABOUT TO BE DROPPED FROM ATLANTIC SO THEY WERE NOT INTERESTED IN THIS SONG BECOMING A HIT. 

A FEW MONTHS LATER,  ATLANTIC RECORDS HIRED ME WHILE THIS RECORD WAS JUST SENT OUT AND WHEN I GOT TO THERE AS A PROMOTION MAN, I SERVICED THE SONG ABOUT 5 DIFFERENT TIMES. THE COMPANY IN U.S. HAD ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA ABOUT THE BUZZ THAT WAS GOING ON WORLDWIDE AND THEY COULD CARE LESS.

AS THE SONG STARTED TO HIT, I WAS READING SOME UK MAGS AND SOME DOUCHEBAG AT EASTWEST WAS TAKING CREDIT FOR THE MIX, (FUNNY SINCE THE RECORD WAS OUT ON BLANCO Y NEGRO IN UK) AND THIS GUY WORKED AT MY SISTER COMPANY - THEN THE BLANCO Y NEGRO PEOPLE STARTED, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, INTERNATIONALLY, JUST ABOUT EVERYONE TOOK CREDIT FOR THE SUCCESS OF “MISSING”. I FIGURED OUT THE SCUMBAGNESS OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS REALLY FAST AND BEGAN TO CREDIT MYSELF FOR JUST ABOUT EVERY PROJECT I PUT TOGETHER.  SOON AFTER, A&R REPS FROM OTHER LABELS FOLLOWED!! YOU KNOW HOW I DEW.

I’M ALSO A LITTLE CONFUSED ABOUT THE OTHER “JOHNNY D’S” FLOATING AROUND.

I KNOW I’M NOT QUINCY JONES, BUT IF YOU ARE IN THE DANCE MUSIC SCENE, YOU HAD TO HEAR OF ME OR WHAT I’VE DONE.  WHEN I APPROACHED ONE OF THESE GUYS, HE DIDN’T THINK THERE WAS AN ISSUE WITH US BOTH HAVING THE SAME NAME??? WHAT?? ACTUALLY, HOW COULD HE? I WOULDNT MIND BEING MIXED UP WITH ME IF I WERE ON THE OTHER SIDE.

 

 

EBTG                                      “MISSING”

THE BUCKETHEADS            “THE BOMB! (THESE SOUNDS FALL INTO MY MIND)

 

BRUCE ROBERTS                 “WHEN THE MONEY’S GONE”

 

 

BETTE MIDLER                     “TO DESERVE YOU”

 

THE BUCKETHEADS            “GOT MYSELF TOGETHER”

 

 

THE BUCKETHEADS            “ALL IN THE MIND” LP

 

NOVECENTO                        “DAY AND NIGHT”

 

QUAD CITY DJ’S                  “COME ON AND RIDE IT (THE TRAIN)”

 

 

BEL CANTO                          “RUMOUR”

 

DONNA LEWIS                     “I LOVE YOU ALWAYS FOREVER”

 

 

JORDAN HILL                       “FOR THE LOVE OF YOU”

 

EBTG                                      “WRONG”

 

 

 

BONNIE TYLER                    “TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD”

 

   

TORI AMOS                           “PROFESSIONAL WIDOW”

 

FRANCIS DUNNERY           “SPIRITUAL”

 

GYPSY KINGS                      “LA RUMBA DE NICOLAS”

 

 

FULL INTENTION                “AMERICA (I LOVE AMERICA)”

ROBERTA FLACK                “KILLING ME SOFTLY”

 

 

RANDY CRAWFORD           “FORGET ME NOTS”

 

TORI AMOS                           “IN THE SPRINGTIME OF HIS VOODOO”

 

 

James Newton Howard            “THEME FROM ‘ER’”

 

THE BRAXTONS                   “THE BOSS”

 

 

MARK MORRISON              “RETURN OF THE MACK”

 

  

ALL STAR MADNESS          “MAGIC”

 

 

             

PET SHOP BOYS                   “TO STEP ASIDE”

 

    

AALIYAH                               “ONE IN A MILLION”

     

ROBIN S.                                “IT MUST BE LOVE”

 

   

POE                                         “HELLO”

 

 

RUPAUL                                 “CELEBRATE”

 

LINDA EDER                         “SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN”

 

 

DUNCAN SHEIK                   “REASONS FOR LIVING”

LILI HAYDN                          “STRANGER”

 

ANGELICA                            “QUANDO MI EN VU”

 

 

AALIYAH                               ‘THE ONE I GAVE MY HEART TO”

 

 

JODY WATLEY                     “OFF THE HOOK”

 

BEBE WINANS                      “THANK YOU”

 

DIMITRI FROM PARIS         “SACRE FRANCAIS”

 

 

JODY WATLEY                     “IF I’M NOT IN LOVE”

DONNA LEWIS                     “LOVE HIM”

DIMITRI FROM PARIS         “UNE VERY STYLISH FILLE”

TORI AMOS                           “JACKIE’S STRENGTH”

 

  

TORI AMOS                           “FATHER LUCIFER”

 

 

 

HEDWIG & ANGRY INCH   “ANGRY INCH”

TRUE SOLACE                      “THANK YOU”

POCKETSIZE             “WALKING”

EBTG                                      “FIVE FATHOMS”

 

 

CHRISTIAN FALK                “MAKE IT RIGHT”

 

LINDA EDER                         “NEVER DANCE”

EBTG                                      “TEMPERAMENTAL”

 

KID ROCK                             “COWBOY”

J-SHIN                                    “ONE NIGHT STAND”

J-SHIN                                    “TREAT U BETTER”

BIF NAKED                           “LUCKY”

 

LINDA EDER                         “VIENNA”

 

 

SHABOOM                            “TOTALLY”

DEBELAH MORGAN            “DANCE WITH ME”

CHANGING FACES              “THAT OTHER WOMAN”

ANGELA VIA             “I DON’T CARE”

EBTG                                      “LULLABY OF CLUBLAND”

DONNA SUMMER                “THE POWER OF ONE”

GYPSY KINGS                      “AMI WA WA”

BARRATT WAUGH               “A TIME FOR US”

 

ASHLEY BALLARD              “HOTTIE”

 

SUNSHINE ANDERSON      “HEARD IT ALL BEFORE”

 

 

UNCLE KRACKER               “FOLLOW ME”

 

WILLA FORD                        “I WANNA BE BAD”

SOUL LOGIC                         “LET’S GET TOGETHER”

DEBELAH MORGAN            “WHY DID YOU HAVE TO BE”

LINA                                       “IT’S ALLRIGHT”

 

KINGS OF TOMORROW     “FINALLY”

WILLA FORD                        “DID YA UNDERSTAND THAT”

 

 

M2M                                       “EVERYTHING”

M2M                                       “DON’T SAY YOU LOVE ME”

TITIYO                                   “COME ALONG”

MELODICA                            “SONG FOR VIOLIN”

 

 

BRANDY                                “WHAT ABOUT US”

 

 

BRANDY                                “FULL MOON”

 

JEWEL                                    “SERVE THE EGO”

 

LAURA PAUSINI                   “SURRENDER”

 

CRAIG DAVID                       “WHAT’S YOUR FLAVA”

DUNCAN SHEIK                   “ON A HIGH”

 

LAURA PAUSINI                   “IF THAT’S LOVE”

 

 

WAYNE WONDER               “NO LETTING GO”

 

JEWEL                                    “INTUITION”

SUGAR RAY                          “MR. BARTENDER”

 

LINDA EDER                         “I AM WHAT I AM”

LUCY WOODWARD            “BLINDSIDED”

BLUEMAN GROUP               “THE CURRENT”

 

WILLA FORD                        “TOAST TO MEN”

 

 

JEWEL                                    “STAND”

 

KEVIN LYTTLE                     “TURN ME ON”

 

 

CHERIE                                  “I’M READY”

 

BRANDY                                “TALK ABOUT OUR LOVE”

THE CORRS                           “SUMMER SUNSHINE”

THE CORRS                           “ANGEL”

 

 

RUPEE                                    “TEMPTED TO TOUCH”

 

 

BRANDY                                “WHO IS SHE 2U”

FABOLOUS                           “BABY”

FABOLOUS                           “TIT 4 TAT”

 

TAMIA                                    “STILL”

 

VANESSA WILLIAMS          “YOU ARE EVERYTHING”

RYAN CABRERA                  “TRUE”

 

 

ROB THOMAS                       “LONELY NO MORE”

 

 

MISSY ELLIOT                      “LOSE CONTROL”

 

 

MISSY ELLIOT                      “TEARY EYED”

 

ROB THOMAS                       “THIS IS HOW A HEART BREAKS”

JEWEL                                    “ONLY ONE TOO”

 

  

LIL’ KIM                                “WHOA”

LIL’ KIM                                “LIGHTER’S UP”

LIL’ KIM                                “BIG MOMMA THANG”

CASSIE                                   “ME & U”

CASSIE                                   “LONG WAY 2 GO”

DANITY KANE                     “SHOW STOPPER”

DIDDY/NICOLE (PCD)         “COME TO ME”

DIDDY/CHRISTINA A.         “TELL ME”

 

JUNIOR SENIOR                   “MOVE YOUR FEET”

MICK JAGGER                      “CHARMED LIFE”

 

GYM CLASS HEROES          “CLOTHES OFF”

 

 

CUPID                                    “CUPID SHUFFLE”

DANITY KANE                     “DAMAGED”

MUSIQ/MARY J                    “IF YOU LEAVE”

MARINA CHELLO                “SIDELINE”

MUSIQ SOULCHILD            “TEACH ME”

JASON MRAZ                        “I’M YOURS”

PARAMORE                           “MISERY BUSINESS”

DAY 26                                   “GOT ME GOING”

CASSIE                                   “OFFICIAL GIRL”

DANITY KANE                     “BAD GIRL”

ESTELLE                                “LOVE ME PLEASE”

JAHEIM                                  “NEVER”

KEKE PALMER                     ‘FOOTWORKIN”

DIDDY/KEYSHIA COLE       “LAST NIGHT”

MARINA CHELLO                “WHATS DONE IS DONE”

COBRA STARSHIP               “GOOD GIRLS GO BAD”

RUBEN STUDDARD “TOGETHER”

CASSIE                                   “LET’S GET CRAZY”

TONI BRAXTON                   “YESTERDAY”

 

 

 

 

 

 

FULL CDS

 

VARIOUS                               “START THE PARTY”

 

STACY LATTISAW               “THE VERY BEST OF…)

 

CHANGE                                “THE VERY BEST OF…)

 

VARIOUS                               “EVERYBODY DANCE”

VARIOUS                               “BIG BEAT FUTURE CLASSICS”

VARIOUS                               “BIG BEAT URBAN CLASSICS”

VARIOUS                               “BIG BEAT CLASSIC DANCE”

 

KC & SUNSHINE BAND      “REMIX ALBUM”

 

ROBERTA FLACK                ‘THE VERY BEST OF…)

 

OL’ DIRTY BASTARD          “THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION”

 

EBTG                                      “ADAPT OR DIE.. (10 YEARS OF REMIXES)

 

 

VARIOUS                               “CLUBPLANET MIXED CD CROOKLYN CLAN”

 

VARIOUS                               “THE TOMMY BOY STORY VOL. 1”

 

   

VARIOUS                               “JOURNEY INTO PARADISE (LARRY LEVAN)”

 

BRANDY                                “THE BEST OF…)

 

VARIOUS                               “WORK OUT”

VARIOUS                               “STRICTLY DANCE”

THE BUCKETHEADS            “ALL IN THE MIND”

 

ASHFORD & SIMPSON       “HITS, REMIXES & RARITIES” WB YEARS

 

 

HENRY STREET GROOVES

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