Joe Smooth is one of the pioneers of the style of music known today as house music. He is a self-taught musician who from the age of 12 has been creating music that is inspiring to all that his sound has touched. In 1985 he joined the DJ International family and quickly became a central force behind everything written or produced from the visionary label. He has worked with such artists as Destiny’s Child, Sisqo, Donell Jones, Whitney Houston, R Kelly, Joe, The Art Of Noise, Sterling Void, The Pet Shop Boys, Janet Jackson, Brian Mcknight, Atlantic Starr, The Style Council, New Order, Frankie Knuckles, Marshal Jefferson, A Guy Called Gerald, Lil Louis, D’Bora, Tyree Cooper, Fast Eddie, Fingers Inc., Steve Hurley… and The List Goes On
In 1988, with musical production work building and traveling abroad Joe Smooth left the club scene for a short break to put his concentration fully into his productions during which time he penned the classic house anthem “Promised Land” which is still as popular today as it was 20 years ago. In 1990, Joe Smooth saw a need for a serious underground house club in Chicago and opened the greatly successful Warehouse nightclub, named in tribute to the legendary Warehouse nightclub of the early eighties. In 1994 after selling his interest in the warehouse to his partners Joe Smooth looking for new horizons, and to get back to music, ventured to European shores and landed in Rome to work on a label idea with producer Claudio Donato “Active Bass Music” distributed by the now dissolved flying records network.
Thru the late nineties til present day Joe Smooth developed the business entity Obelisk Productions Multimedia, a company whose purpose is to exploit his music catalog and intellectual properties, and has done extensive work with Slang Music Group and Nu Soul. Joe’s work at Slang and Nu Soul included projects featuring Whitney Houston, Donnell Jones, Destiny’s Child, Joe, Mary Mary, Omarion, Janet Jackson, Pink, Amerie, and Sisqo to name a few. Today he is considered a Chicago dj legend due to the mystic he created at the Smart Bar, Warehouse and clubs that get a chance to experience his magic today.