Adonis

Adonis

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Biography

Despite his formal training and lack of clubbing experience, Adonis made waves on the dancefloor when he recorded several of the best Chicago house singles of the 1980s, including "No Way Back," "Do It Properly" and "We're Rockin' Down the House." Born on Chicago's west side, he became interested in contemporary jazz -- which he studied at the American Conservatory of Music -- but also listened to '70s funk like Parliament, Funkadelic and Earth, Wind & Fire. After hanging out with a neighbor's R&B group for awhile, he was called on to play bass and eventually joined as a full-time member. He gigged with several different bands during the early '80s (including one with Larry Heard, the only other major house producer not previously involved with Chicago's clubscene) and gradually became more interested in the keyboard player's synthesizers than his own bass guitar. A friend introduced him to house music via Jesse Saunders' "On and On"; after feeling a drive to make better-produced music than what he had heard, Adonis began recording.--more-- Despite his musical education, early singles like "No Way Back" and "We're Rockin' Down the House" weren't any more melodic than most house records around. In fact, they were less so, with pounding basslines and minimalistic rhythms that made waves in the clubs and became classics of the Chicago house explosion. Record-label trouble forced Adonis to semi-retire from recording before he could gain any kind of major contract, but he continued to produce and remix on an independent basis into the '90s. In 1993, he and two other house legends (Farley Jackmaster Funk and Chip E) entered the studio and recorded material as Black Balls. ~ John Bush

Years Active:

'00s

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Ulay, Oh How I Became the Bomb $1.29 View In Itunes
No Way Back (Vocal Mix) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Do It Properly Adonis & 2 Puerto Ricans, A Black Man & A Dominican $0.99 View In Itunes
Do It Properly Adonis $-1 View In Itunes
We're Rockin' Down the House Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Do It Properly 2 Puerto Ricans & Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
No Way Back (Vocal Mix) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Adonis Ludwig Goransson $1.29 View In Itunes
No Way Back (Vocal) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
No Way Back (Vocal Mix) Adonis $1.29 View In Itunes
No Way Back (Instrumental Mix) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Two the Max Adonis $-1 View In Itunes
Linda (feat. Zamil & Meysel) Harrisom, Jerry & Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Prince Igor (Mykonos Mix) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Adonis (feat. Delaney Jane) Enzo Darren $1.29 View In Itunes
No Way Out Adonis $-1 View In Itunes
Do It Properly Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
No Way Back (Greg Wilson Edit) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
No Way Back Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
No Way Back (Greg Wilson Re-Edit) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
We’re Rocking Down the House (Basement Jaxx Jazz Nitebeatz Mix) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
No Way Back Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Adonis Etro Anime $0.99 View In Itunes
Do It Properly Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
We're Rockin' Down the House (Down Break) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
We're Rockin' Down the House (Toby Tobias & Hardway Bros Re-Edit) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Children (Dave Morales Lounge Mix) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Adonis Manuelle Musik & Steffen Sonnenschein $1.29 View In Itunes
Adonis Shapist $0.99 View In Itunes
Loud and Heavy Cody Jinks $0.99 View In Itunes
Cast No Stones Cody Jinks $0.99 View In Itunes
We're Rockin' Down the House (Instrumental) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Finally (Feat. I15) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Lost and Found (Del Mar Edit) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
We're Rockin' Down the House (I.S.O. Vocal) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Break Hearts How I Became the Bomb $1.29 View In Itunes
Who I Do It For Mike Beatz & Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Something's Got To Give How I Became the Bomb $1.29 View In Itunes
The Way You Do Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Late At Night How I Became the Bomb $1.29 View In Itunes
No Call Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
We're Gonna Dance Cody Jinks $0.99 View In Itunes
Adonis (Original Mix) Boys Noize $0.99 View In Itunes
Rain Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Adonis Alkistis Protopsalti & Dimitra Galani $0.99 View In Itunes
You Tried (Feat. Phresh) Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
Mamma Song Cody Jinks $0.99 View In Itunes
Bus Love Adonis $0.99 View In Itunes
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