“The race goes not to the swift.”
When words & sounds collide. The Foremost Poets aka jOHNNYDANGEROUs has been reshaping Dance, Funk and the spoken word. jOHNNY is Philadelphia born, raised in Newark, New Jersey. He began his love for music as a Jazz Band & Drum Major in Arts High School & the Barringer High School band in the 1980's. He began his career as a resident DJ at Club America from 1989-1990, alongside DJs Naeem Johnson, DJ Camacho, Carlton Rosebure, DJ Slim, Messy Marv (Virginia), Kerri Chandler & many others from Jersey. With many House Music greats, Johnny is one of the original 1990 inventors of The Deep House Sound through his own blend of future funk & spoken word. His career is replete with diversity, dropping a catalog of underground singles under two different names. In 1990, he released his first underground Foremost Poets single "Reasons To Be Dismal?" on Nu Groove/ SBK Records. A few years later, with no promotion, he dropped the jOHNNYDANGEROUs atomic bomb "Problem 13 (I Beat That Bitch With A Bat)" (1993).
In 1998, Johnny recorded "MoonRaker" on Sound-Men On Wax (SOW) Records. This record crossed over into many styles of electronic dance music and can be heard in big rooms, festivals and local venues worldwide. All DJs from David Guetta to Funk Master Flex use jOHNNY's vocal acapellas as "DJ tools”. Known for various productions and remixes, his vocals are most frequently sampled and his sound is emulated worldwide.
"There may be many Johnny Dangerous', but there's only one Foremost Poets.
"The Foremost Poets & jOHNNYDANGEROUs is one person."
"Back in 1990, I was too shy to be jOHNNYDANGEROUs, but people would call me that; and so I thought it would be better to call myself the Foremost Poets which would give me a chance to catch my confidence. And as time picked up, I began to do jOHNNYDANGEROUs records, and I never dropped the Foremost Poets. The "Foremost Poets" gives me the opportunity to do all kinds of things. I have always had an affinity for film and scoring. Every once in a while, when I do a song I get a chance to practice acting. I'll do different voices, different tracks for different characters. The good thing is I have produced a character within all these many characters in singing, spoken word, producing as well as remixes - and it has turned into a cluster of a personality."
~ Slices Interview (2011)
"I've engineered over 2 decades of sessions from the 90s to now. Quiet as it's kept, I stepped away from the music world and went into film & video production. Walking away was a good idea. It healed my hearing from the unnecessary roughness of club-standard volumes. It allowed me to provide better sounding mixes as well as recognizing the necessity for clearer vocals on some of the strongest track arrangements. Now I also do Mastering sessions for others & I treat every master with the respect it deserves without prejudice."