Groove Junkies is American house record producer and DJ based out of Los Angeles, CA. “Groove Junkies” consists of founding member Evan Landes who produces House, Soul and is popular in Europe, Australia, UK, China, Japan, and USA.
Groove Junkies is considered a leader of the soulful house movement and has produced and remixed some of the most prominent artists of our time. “Groove Junkies” music has been featured on BBC, KPWR, and Ministry of Sound. Various articles have been written about Groove Junkies in prominent dance music publications such as Dj Mag and M8 Magazine.
Born and raised in New York, Evan Landes (pka Groove Junkies) has gained support throughout the international dance community for his consistent quality of work. Thought provoking lyrics, undeniable hooks, and impeccable production are the signature elements that define the ‘Groove Junkies’ sound. Evan’s musical palette runs the gamut from Soul, Funk, R&B and Jazz, to Rock, Gospel & Latin rhythms. A wide range of Artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Teddy Pendergrass, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, The Beatles, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Tito Puente and Aretha Franklin have all had an enormous influence on Evan’s writing, producing and DJing style.
As founding member of Groove Junkies he has launched numerous assaults on global dance charts since 1995. Having had previous releases on Virgin, and Champion, he launched his own MoreHouse label in 2002. He’s gone from strength to strength with each release, gaining support from industry heavyweights such as Frankie Knuckles, Louie Vega, David Morales, Roger Sanchez, Ben Watt, Joey Negro and Tony Humphries to name a few. His original chart topping songs such as “Deeper,” “Gonna Get By,” “Sunshine,” “Oh Lord,” “Dr Feelgood,” “Music’s Gotcha Jumpin’,” “Free Your Mind,” “Black Man In The White House,” “Far Away,” “The White Light” and “You Know How To Love Me” have inspired a legion of loyal fans throughout the global dance community.
In October 2010 his critically acclaimed artist album “In The Zone” shot up to the coveted #1 position on the Top 100 Album Downloads chart on traxsource.com within 4 days and received numerous ‘Album of the Year & Month’ kudos form numerous industry publications. This, along with his best selling compilations (Om, Bargrooves, Kinkysweet), high profile remixes (Rihanna, Frankie Knuckles, Ben Watt, Pussycat Dolls, Deborah Cox, Leela James, Michelle Weeks, Lisa Millett) and popular syndicated radio show MoHo Stereo, have solidified Evan’s position as one of today’s most consistent and influential artists within the global house community.
Nominations for ‘Breakthrough Producer’ at London’s House Music Awards in 2005, and ‘Breakthrough DJ’ at the Ibiza DJ Awards in 2006 have offered well deserved recognition of Evan’s exceptional ability.
Evan Landes has had success as a producer and DJ on an international scale and has remixed top grossing acts in the USA such as Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” on Def Jam Recordings, Pussycat Dolls’ “StickWitU” on A&M Records, Leela James “Good Times” on Warner Bros. Records, as well as international recording artists such as Ben Watt “Lone Cat” on Buzzin’ Fly, Frankie Knuckles feat. Nicki Richards “Matter Of Time” & “I’ve Had Enough” on Definity, Michelle Weeks “My Change” on Devotion and Marc Evans “Giving Me Joy” on Defected Records to name just a few. “Groove Junkies” have also helped jump start & solidify careers of such artist as Ida Corr, Solara, Indeya, Diane Carter, and Alexander Sky (Alexander Polinsky), TC Moses, on Evan’s imprint MoreHouse Records.
Evan’s DJ touring has showcased his talent on an international level at some of the hottest venues, and festivals to an ever growing fan-base. Having headlined extensively throughout the world, Evan holds an impeccable reputation throughout clubland’s most discerning dance floors. As Groove Junkies ‘founding father’ and now solo member, he’s earned a reputation for exceptional DJing skills, and flawless programming ability. Evan has headlined on 5 different continents and rocked the decks at such diverse venues/festivals/parties as Def Mix @ Pacha, Ibiza, Club Essential in Riga Latvia, Catwalk in Barcelona, Turmills in London, SHE @ Trademark in Sydney Australia, Mansion in Miami, The Smart Bar in Chicago, Detroit’s Electronic Movement Festival, and the Electric Daisy Carnival, Balance & DEEP in Los Angeles to name a few. He has shared the stage with DJ Heavyweights such as Frankie Knuckles, Francois K., Hec Romero, Ben Watt, Grant Nelson, Kaskade, Terry Hunter, Brian Tappert, Ron Carroll, Jamie Lewis, Bobby & Steve, Andy Caldwell, DJ Meme, Jellybean Benitez, Jay J, Victor Simonelli, CJ Mackintosh, Marlon D., Tedd Patterson, Tortured Soul, Barbara Tucker, Michael Watford, Dawn Tallman, Thelma Houston, Kenny Bobien and many more.
Evan Landes has contributed to the output on labels such as Island/Def Jam, A &M, Warner Bros., J Records, Interscope, Ultra, Defected, Definity, Om Records, Soulfuric, Mn2S and Buzzin’ Fly. Original productions and remixes by Groove Junkies have also been licensed to Universal, Defected ITH, Hed Kandi, Ministry of Sound, OM, Seamless, and MN2S.
“Groove Junkies” music has been featured on some of the highest grossing mix compilations of all time by labels such as Defected Records, Hed Kandi, Om Records, and Ministry of Sound as well as featured on mix compilations by some of the highest profile DJs such as Grammy nominated Jay-J and Grammy winner Frankie Knuckles.
There’s no shortage of US based house producers, so it takes something quite special to rise above the rest and shine. The fact that Groove Junkies have cultivated such a strong reputation in such varied corners of this industry is testament not only to Evan’s enormous talent as a producer and his unbridled skill as a DJ, but a combination of both – intertwined with that rarest of things; true star quality. There are no indications of letting up the pressure in 2011/12, as he continues his prolific studio output, maintains his international DJ commitments, and continues to host his acclaimed monthly MoHo Stereo Radio Show on a variety of high profile media outlets throughout the world. With further awards nominations most probably in the pipeline and the dance floor bombs guaranteed to be flowing, Evan Landes is a force that can not be ignored.