About Bad Boy Bill
It wasn’t very long ago that a bizarre and glorious new sound begancreeping out of nightclubs in Chicago. Before this future musiccaptivated the world, before it spread to London and New York, beforeit was even given a name, this new soundcaptured the imagination of a young Chicago teenager who prior tocoming out of his teens would have a name synonymous with ChicagoHouse Music: That name was Bad Boy Bill.
Beginning his career when he was a freshman in High School, it was atime when most people hadn’t even heard of House Music yet. But for Bill it was a fresh and amazing sound and he had to be involved.Influenced heavily by the Legendary Hot Mix 5, Bill spent day andnight working on his craft eventually catching the eyes of the veryradio stations he spent all of his time listening to. By the time hegraduated high school Bill was a regular on the radio and one of themost popular DJ’s in Chicago.
While only a teenager Bad Boy Bill was already releasing music on alabel he founded with his friend Mike “Hitman” Wilson called“International House Records”. Bills tracks were being played by DJ’sall over the country while his DJ Schedule was getting so busy that hewas booked almost every night of the week. It seemed that Chicago could not get enough of Bad Boy Bill and he gave them what they wantedworking endlessly mixing on the radio, making mix Cd’s, producingmusic and Deejaying at nightclubs clubs he wasn’t even old enough toget in to.
Bill’s passion for House Music and his astounding natural ability behind theturntables eventually led him to the competition scene where he wouldwin numerous DJ Battles across the country including placing inmultiple DMC Championships. Bill constantly pushed the envelope andcame up with incredible style and techniques to punish his competitionincluding a performance so infamous it was censored on the DMC contestvideo.
While still very young The Bad Boy Bill legacy continued to take offwith his “Hot Mix” mix tape series. During a time when you couldn’tdrive down the streets of Chicago without hearing Bad Boy Bills HotMixes blasting out of someone’s speakers, the tapes spread throughoutthe city as everyone had to have them as soon as they came out.Selling out of the trunk of his car and at local record stores, itbecame nearly impossible to keep up with the demand, which led Bill tohis next venture of starting the record company Mix ConnectionMultimedia.
Mix Connection’s first order of business was to make Bill one of thefirst DJ’s to sell legal mix tapes at major retail stores. The fullylicensed “Bangin the Box” mix series was the first of its kind andsold hundreds of thousands of copies in stores around the world.
As Bill’s mix-tape sales increased, so did Americas fascination withelectronic music. Word began to spread throughout the country aboutBad Boy Bill and he quickly started to get booked across America andabroad making Bill one of the earlier touring DJs and thus paving theway for what were to become todays “Rockstar” DJ’sAs Bill’s popularity increased, he kept his feet firmly rooted inChicago’s House scene, expanding the Mix Connection empire by formingthe legendary labels Moody Recordings and re-inventing InternationalHouse Records (IHR). The labels were a huge success and allowed Billto discover talent in Chicago as well as other parts of the worldreleasing some of the era’s best house music including Paul Johnsons“Get Get Down” which was one of the highest selling house records ofall time. Bill continued to expand the company forming additionallabels under the Mix Connection Umbrella.In the 2000’s Bill continued his innovation, taking the concept of DJ mix to thenext level with his “Behind the Decks” CD/DVDs. The DVD’s again werethe first of their kind and unlike the typical mix CD, came fullystocked with live show footage, incredible visuals and lots of behindthe scenes footage which gave fans a chance to truly get a feel ofwhat its like to be on the road and in the studio with Bad Boy Bill.Bills dominance of the House Music scene, his one of a kind mixreleases, his incredible live shows (which now became some of thefirst DJ shows to include live custom visuals along with his own teamof dancers) combined with the success of his record labels led Bill tobe crowned as Americas Favorite DJ by BPM Magazine in 2003 as well as in 2006
Always one step ahead of the pack, it was in this same era that Bill foresawthe industry’s shift to digital media, and teamed up with a smallgroup of friends to co-found Beatport.com. Starting out as a smallwebsite Beatport quickly exploded and revolutionized the DJ world andhas now become the worlds leading distributor of electronic music.
In 2009, after years of touring and industry innovation, Bad Boy Billfinally made time to accomplish his goal of producing his own album.Bad Boy Bill “The Album” was a long time coming and it did notdisappoint the thousands of fans who eagerly awaited its release. Therecord was a huge success on multiple levels with singles such as“Falling Anthem” and “Do What You Like” topping dance charts all overthe world while other tracks were quickly licensed for use on TV showsand Commercials.
While Bill continues to go strong with an intense tour schedule andcountless hours in the studio working on upcoming releases; one thingthat will not change is his fans demands for Bad Boy Bills signatureMix Cd’s. The “Behind the Decks Radio show” a monthly podcast andfree download became Bills answer to the swarms of fans thatconstantly asked him for new mixes. Unlike other podcasts the Behindthe Decks radio show gives you the feel of a live Bad Boy Bill DJ setfilled with exclusive tracks and Bad Boy Bill style mixing andscratching. Upon its launch the radio show was immediately picked upby radio stations across the world for syndication.
In an industry that’s notoriously fickle, and regularly dethrones it’stop DJs forthe next big thing, Bad Boy Bill has consistently stayed ahead of the pack. His innovation has shaped the industry, not just behind the decks, but inevery aspectof the business. Bad Boy Bill is the rare embodiment of past, present,and future. Hewill always be a legend for his contribution to the EDM world, he islauded for what he’s doing today, and the industry and his legions offans are always wondering what he will do next.