Joey Negro

Real Name:
David Russell Lee
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Joey Negro was the main alias Dave Lee worked under from 1990 to July 2020, when he announced he was dropping it.

In 1990 he was given an opportunity for his first solo release on Nu Groove Records. Believing his own name to be somewhat mundane, he decided an alias was required. Unable to think of a suitable name and under pressure to meet a deadline, he took inspiration from the artist names that were present on two records amongst a pile upon his desk. Elements from Pal Joey and J Walter Negro were used to form the main artist alias used on "Joey Negro - Do It, Believe It".
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Albums

VDJ 2714 Joey Negro - Universe Of Love album art Joey Negro Universe Of Love (Album) Virgin VDJ 2714 UK 1993 Sell This Version
ZEDDCD001 Joey Negro - Here Comes The Sunburst Band album art Joey Negro Presents The Sunburst Band Joey Negro Presents The Sunburst Band - Here Comes The Sunburst Band (Album) Z Records ZEDDCD001 UK 1998 Sell This Version
VIA-0020 Joey Negro - Until The End Of Time album art Joey Negro Presents The Sunburst Band Joey Negro Presents The Sunburst Band - Until The End Of Time (Album) Z Records VIA-0020 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
VIR-0071 Joey Negro - Moving With The Shakers album art Joey Negro And The Sunburst Band Joey Negro And The Sunburst Band - Moving With The Shakers (Album) Z Records VIR-0071 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
ZEDDLP026 Joey Negro - The Secret Life Of Us album art Joey Negro And The Sunburst Band Joey Negro And The Sunburst Band - The Secret Life Of Us (Album) Z Records ZEDDLP026 UK 2012 Sell This Version
ZEDDCD-041JP Joey Negro - Produced With Love album art Joey Negro Produced With Love (Comp, Album) Z Records ZEDDCD-041JP Japan 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

NG 045 Joey Negro - Do It, Believe It album art Joey Negro Do It, Believe It Nu Groove Records NG 045 US 1990 Sell This Version
TEN 391 Joey Negro - Do What You Feel album art Joey Negro Do What You Feel (Single) Z Records, Z Records TEN 391 UK 1991 Sell This Version
LICT160 Joey Negro - Reachin' album art Joey Negro Presents Phase II Joey Negro Presents Phase II - Reachin' (EP, Single) Republic Records (2) LICT160 UK 1991 Sell This Version
ZEDEP 002 Joey Negro - Above & Beyond E.P. album art Joey Negro Above & Beyond E.P.(12", EP) Z Records ZEDEP 002 UK 1991 Sell This Version
4509-91663-0 Joey Negro Presents Lifeforce Joey Negro Presents Lifeforce - Feel Your Body (Maxi) EastWest 4509-91663-0 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
JNCD 397 Joey Negro - Enter Your Fantasy EP album art Joey Negro Enter Your Fantasy EP (EP) 10 Records, 10 Records JNCD 397 UK 1992 Sell This Version
VSTD 1470, 7243 8 39527 1 7 Joey Negro - What A Life / Universe Of Love album art Joey Negro What A Life / Universe Of Love (Single) 10 Records, Virgin, Z Records VSTD 1470, 7243 8 39527 1 7 UK 1993 Sell This Version
VS 1466, 7243 8 92096 7 9 Joey Negro - What Happened To The Music album art Joey Negro What Happened To The Music (Single) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin VS 1466, 7243 8 92096 7 9 UK 1993 Sell This Version
NWKTDJ 68/2 Joey Negro Meets The Reese Project Joey Negro Meets The Reese Project - So Deep Network Records NWKTDJ 68/2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
ZEDD 12 023 Joey Negro - Sunburn EP album art Joey Negro Presents The Sunburst Band Joey Negro Presents The Sunburst Band - Sunburn EP (EP) Z Records ZEDD 12 023 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RESHAPE 013 Joey Negro - Can't Get High Without U / New York City Woman album art Joey Negro Feat. Taka Boom Joey Negro Feat. Taka Boom - Can't Get High Without U / New York City Woman Z Records RESHAPE 013 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
ZEDD 12 026 Joey Negro - Ease Your Mind / Atlantic Forest album art Joey Negro Presents The Sunburst Band Joey Negro Presents The Sunburst Band - Ease Your Mind / Atlantic Forest(12") Z Records ZEDD 12 026 UK 1998 Sell This Version
FTR 4027-2 Joey Negro - Can't Get High Without U album art Joey Negro Featuring Taka Boom Joey Negro Featuring Taka Boom - Can't Get High Without U (Single, Maxi) Subliminal FTR 4027-2 France 1998 Sell This Version
ZEDD 12 034 Joey Negro - Discotizer album art Joey Negro Presents Foreal People Joey Negro Presents Foreal People - Discotizer(12") Z Records ZEDD 12 034 UK 1999 Sell This Version
TINT 023 Joey Negro Featuring Taka Boom / Kluster Joey Negro Featuring Taka Boom / Kluster - Must Be The Music / Back To The Funk Tinted Records TINT 023 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
SUB 24 Joey Negro - Must Be The Music album art Joey Negro Featuring Taka Boom Joey Negro Featuring Taka Boom - Must Be The Music (Single, Maxi) Subliminal SUB 24 US 1999 Sell This Version
ZEDD12045 Joey Negro - Skate Dancer album art Joey Negro Presents Doug Willis Joey Negro Presents Doug Willis - Skate Dancer Z Records ZEDD12045 UK 2000 Sell This Version
YOLACDX03, YOLA03 Joey Negro - Saturday album art Joey Negro Featuring Taka Boom Joey Negro Featuring Taka Boom - Saturday (Single, Maxi) Yola Records, Yola Records YOLACDX03, YOLA03 UK 2000 Sell This Version
ZEDD 12 047 Joey Negro - Do U Love What U Feel album art Joey Negro Presents Raw Essence Featuring Maxine McClain Joey Negro Presents Raw Essence Featuring Maxine McClain - Do U Love What U Feel Z Records ZEDD 12 047 UK 2000 Sell This Version

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lastmonkeyleft

lastmonkeyleft

July 21, 2020
edited 2 months ago
On the origins of the pseudonym “Joey Negro” and his decision to stop using it (Facebook post, 7/21/20):

I’ve understandably been asked the question of how did you come up with the alias Joey Negro many times. If you don’t know, here’s the story. Back in 1990 I’d produced my first solo release and I wasn’t sure if it was any good or what to do with it. I was running a label called Republic (owned by Rough Trade) at the time and had licensed material from the NYC label Nu Groove on several occasions. They were a super cool label, so I sent my song to Frank and Karen there and they said they liked it and had a gap in the schedule so would be prepared release it. Normally I’m ok at thinking of names but I just couldn’t come up with anything and the label said they really needed all the credits by the end of the week. I had a pile of records next to my desk at work, amongst them was Pal Joey “Reach Up To Mars” and J Walter Negro “Shoot The Pump”. I wrote down a few of the names off the vinyl and put them next to each other.

The one time I’d heard a J Walter Negro record on the radio as a new release the DJ announced it as “Negro”, the Spanish pronunciation, and that’s how I heard the name as I used it. Why didn’t I use Dave Lee? In retrospect I should have done, but to be completely honest it just seemed boring compared to the likes of Junior Vasquez, David Morales or Frankie Knuckles who were making some of my favourite records at the time. The Spanish house label Blanco Y Negro had a big record with Real Wild House and there was another song Piano Negro, I felt Joey Negro gave it a Latin American feel so it would fit in peoples record boxes. Many of the disco records I bought in the late 70s/early 80s were producers under pseudonyms, there didn’t seem anything odd about not using my birth name. Back then I never ever imagined the name as a longterm thing that I’d ever DJ under or be addressed as face to face. It was just for the label of a record.

The Nu Groove release did ok but I didn’t plan to re use the alter ego. However a year later I had finished a new EP and I was going to use the alias Raven Maize, but I played it to a friend and he said it sounded like the follow up to the Nu Groove release (and nothing like the earlier Raven Maize record) and I should use the name Joey Negro. I saw his point and took the advice on board. A few months later I remixed a track off that EP into a song called “Do What You Feel” and that became a big club hit that got into the bottom end of the pop charts. The name suddenly became well known to clubbers and record labels. I then began doing lots of remixes and even when I put Dave Lee on the mix name credits, the record label would change it to Joey Negro – and in fairness to them this was the name the general public was familiar with.

Over the subsequent years I’ve collaborated with loads of black artists, and of course the name has come up many times whilst working in the studio. I’ve explained the history of how it came to be and no one has ever said anything on the lines that they find it offensive or I should change it - in fact quite the opposite. Like a lot of DJs there are photos of me on social media, flyers and in interviews. I’m obviously not Black and it would be wrong if I was pretending to be. I don’t think I have sold more records because people thought I was black but fully accept there could be confusion.

In truth I’ve not felt comfortable with the name Joey Negro for a while, especially as I’ve got older. I’ve stopped using it a few times but establishing a new name as an artist isn’t easy and I’ve ended up going back to it. I understand now though that it’s not appropriate for me to carry on using the name. I’ve recently received emails, tweets etc saying that it is unacceptable and people find it out of place in 2020 - and I agree. From now on I’m dropping Joey Negro as a pseudonym, and all those future releases that weren’t already in production will carry the name Dave Lee.
I’m sorry to have caused any offence. My whole life has been about music but particularly black music, I love soul, funk, disco, jazz in a way that’s impossible for me to articulate in words and I have tried to champion it with the best intentions. Please be aware the changes are not instant everywhere, Best Dave Lee“
Neo_Chayanne

Neo_Chayanne

May 29, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
One of the most respected house music artist for me on the house music scene! Someone in the same league as Phil Asher, MAW or Mood II Swing...Nuff said! This guy is a BIG BIG legend! Those who know, they know what i'm talking about! Big respect to sir Joey Negro!
brownrice1

brownrice1

March 28, 2015
This guy is the Martin Scorsese of funky-ass music!
He takes hard to find gems and then injects them with disco glitterball liquid funk steroids.
Never Retire!
caio.ck1

caio.ck1

November 7, 2012
Now a days is really ease to say “I´m a DJ” but if you make a “H.S.I” “House Scene Investigation” You Will discover that only few “DJs” can support this confirmation. And Mr. David Russell Lee (Joey Negro) is one of them. He has a large discography inspires him to create most of yours productions and remixes on Old School rare good stuffs.

Hoje em dia é muito fácil dizer que você é um “DJ”, porém, pouquíssimos conseguem sustentar esta afirmação. Mr. David Russell Lee (Joey Negro) certamente pode ser considerado um desses poucos pois através de sua vasta discografia ele encontra inspiração para criar suas produções e remixes (principalmente quando ele consulta as raízes do bom Old School).
Mr.Fonk

Mr.Fonk

April 24, 2003
respect to Mr.Dave Lee! Through his legendary compilations with early House & Disco gems, Joey Negro taught me more of the roots of electronic music than anyone else could have ever done!

He's also very capable of producing re-interpretations of old classic tracks that you would never expect to hear on a dancefloor again.

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