Adonis

Real Name:
Adonis Smith
Profile:
DJ and producer from Chicago (US). At the very beginning, Adonis was into Citizen Band Radios, back when his nickname was Popcorn Kid (he used to love popcorns!). A CB friend named Love Child introduced him a guy named Gary B (which would be the man behind the robotic vocals on "No Way Back"). Love Child told Adonis that there was this DJ he should meet - Gary B would be the one that would introduce Adonis into the House Music World.

Mr. Acid Budda (Adonis) was the only kid in Chicago with a CB Radio attached to his bike with a motorcycle battery and a generator to power up the CB radio. He was all into technology at the mid eighties.

Gary came over his house, and they talked about the music industry in Chicago, and Adonis played some music there (he was a musician with tons of records in his house, from Blues to Jazz and R&B - but not a DJ or a producer yet), and Gary brought on a record with him which was Jesse Saunders' "On And On" that changed his life.

This early House record gave a very intense inspiration to several of these youngsters willing to take the lead on the dance music Universe. After that meeting, it gave Adonis more of a desire to create House style tracks that would be original and not copies of other records basslines.

"No Way Back" production started with the basslines first, then the drums with the use of the roland TR-808. One day, Adonis was going to studio and Gary B. was with him, so Adonis told him to do the vocals, because he wanted Gary to be a famous DJ like Ron Hardy and Farley (Jackmaster Funk).

The metalic, futuristic vocals - "Release my Soul, I've lost control! Release my Soul, I've lost control! Too far gone! Too far gone... Ain't No Way Back!" suggested quite a lots of interpretations. According to the author, it was like getting lost in the sound of music to a point where you can't find your way back to being normal again. Once you was introduced to the sound, you changed for life; your thinking would be expanded into other dimensions forever. That's what Adonis music was all about.

As soon as Adonis finished recording "No Way Back", Marshall Jefferson heard it; he wanted Adonis to give him the demo tape so that Marshall could have it on an Virgo EP; Marshall Jefferson knew that it would be a big record even before Adonis did, but the author said no, he didn't want to.

Sometime after that, Adonis was at the largest party of the year, and he had the "No Way Back" track on tape. A DJ name Larry Thompson was DJing that night. That's exactly when Adonis found out he was going to have an effect in the Chicago scene. Steve Silk Hurley had just introduced one of his newest track to the fans at the party, and no one had ever heard "No Way Back" before. After playing Hurley's track, Larry Thompson asked Adonis if he could play "No Way Back", so he played, and the whole place lost their minds. All the DJs asked what the f*ck was that, who made that track - then Larry Thompson told Adonis, that he' was on the map now. After that, Larry Sherman from Trax Records pulled Adonis to the side and gave him his business card.
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Singles & EPs

Adonis - No Way Back album art Adonis No Way Back (Single, Comp, EP) Trax Records US 1986 Sell This Version
Adonis - We're Rocking Down The House album art Adonis We're Rocking Down The House (Comp) Trax Records US 1986 Sell This Version
Adonis - The Poke / Whatcha Gonna Do album art Adonis And The Endless Poker's / Out Of Control Adonis And The Endless Poker's / Out Of Control - The Poke / Whatcha Gonna Do D.J. International Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
BL 2471 Adonis - Boops / Do It Properly album art Sly And Robbie* / Adonis Sly And Robbie* / Adonis - Boops / Do It Properly(12", Maxi) Bulletin Records BL 2471 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
SAM 4 Adonis - No Way Back / 7 Ways To Jack / Can You Feel It album art Adonis / Hercules / Mr. Fingers Adonis / Hercules / Mr. Fingers - No Way Back / 7 Ways To Jack / Can You Feel It(12", Promo, Smplr) London Records SAM 4 UK 1987 Sell This Version
Adonis - Acid Poke album art Adonis Acid Poke Desire Records UK 1988 Sell This Version
Adonis - Lack Of Love album art Charles B Featuring Adonis Charles B Featuring Adonis - Lack Of Love (EP) Desire Records UK 1988 Sell This Version
Adonis - H.O.U.S.E. album art Adonis Featuring M. C. Kodak* Adonis Featuring M. C. Kodak* - H.O.U.S.E. Black Market Records (4) UK 1988 Sell This Version
Adonis - Reck The Joint / H.O.U.S.E. album art Adonis Reck The Joint / H.O.U.S.E. Black Market Records (4), Black Market Records (4) Spain 1989 Sell This Version
JTX 15 Adonis - Do You Wanna Jack / Lost In The Sound album art Gentry Ice / Adonis Gentry Ice / Adonis - Do You Wanna Jack / Lost In The Sound(12") Jack Trax JTX 15 UK 1989 Sell This Version
Mathematics-003 Adonis - If album art Adonis Presents Hieroglyphic Being Adonis Presents Hieroglyphic Being - If(12") Mathematics Recordings Mathematics-003 US 2002 Sell This Version
Adonis - Images E.P. album art Adonis Presents Noleian Reusse Adonis Presents Noleian Reusse - Images E.P. (EP) Mathematics Recordings US 2005 Sell This Version
Adonis - Clap Me album art Adonis Presents Jack Frost Adonis Presents Jack Frost - Clap Me Rhythmic Tech US 2009 Sell This Version
Mathematics 036 Adonis - The Invite album art Adonis Presents Late Invitation Adonis Presents Late Invitation - The Invite(12") Mathematics Recordings Mathematics 036 US 2010 Sell This Version
TX112R Adonis - No Way Back - The Covers album art Adonis, Azari & III, Mixhell Adonis, Azari & III, Mixhell - No Way Back - The Covers(12") Trax Records TX112R UK 2015 Sell This Version
CCE030 Adonis - Do You Wanna Jack / Lost In The Sound album art Genrty Ice* / Adonis Genrty Ice* / Adonis - Do You Wanna Jack / Lost In The Sound(12") Chiwax CCE030 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
MATH099 Adonis - After Midnight EP album art Adonis Presents Daryl Pandy* Adonis Presents Daryl Pandy* - After Midnight EP(12", EP) Mathematics Recordings MATH099 US 2017 Sell This Version
CVR008 Adonis - Passin Through The House album art Tyree* And Isis (16) Feat. Adonis Tyree* And Isis (16) Feat. Adonis - Passin Through The House(12") Chicago Vinyl Records CVR008 US 2018 Sell This Version

Compilations

Adonis - Flashcube / No Way Back album art Joey Beltram / Adonis Joey Beltram / Adonis - Flashcube / No Way Back (Comp) Trax Records, Trax Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
TRX BTB 003, TRX BTB003 Adonis - Rockin' Down The House / Girls Out On The Floor album art Adonis / Jesse Valez* Adonis / Jesse Valez* - Rockin' Down The House / Girls Out On The Floor(10", Comp) Trax Records, Trax Records TRX BTB 003, TRX BTB003 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HC-718B Adonis - Dance Mastercuts album art Destiny (55), LNR, Marshall Jefferson, Adonis Destiny (55), LNR, Marshall Jefferson, Adonis - Dance Mastercuts(12", Comp) Dance Mastercuts HC-718B Unknown Sell This Version