They DJ, they write, they produce, they remix…Evan Landes & Parrish
Wintersmith collectively known as Groove Junkies, have crafted a style
influenced by soul, funk, r&b, jazz, gospel, and latin rhythms. Pumping
grooves, uplifting lyrics, and undeniable hooks are the signature elements
that define Groove Junkies sound. Born and raised in New York and Detroit
respectively,Landes and Wintersmith, have methodically gained support from
a legion of fans throughout the global dance community via their
consistent quality of work, and an unbridled passion for soulful house
From the release of the first record "Inside My Soul', on Landes'
MoreHouse Records in 2002, GJ’s could claim in their legion of support
legendary DJ's such as Frankie Knuckles, Louie Vega, David Morales, Ben
Watt, Brian Tappert, and Tony Humphries. Subsequent original GJ's releases
that rocked dancefloors worldwide in 2003 include: "Deeper" feat.
Raya Beam (which debuted at # 2 in DJ Mag's Hype Chart), the clubland hit
Gonna Get By" Parts 1& 2 feat. Indeya, their #5 Hype Chart smash "Oh
Lord" also feat. Indeya, and the peak hour anthem "Midnight" feat.
Carter. Picking up where they left off in 2003, GJ's projects released
MoreHouse in 2004 include Groove Junkies presents Diva 2 Diva "Didn't
Bring You Love" (one of the standout records at WMC 2004), Solara's
vocalist on "Deeper" & GJ's remix of Ben Watt's "Lone
anticipated MH followup single "Sunshine" (Sol Brillante) which
the #1 slot on the DJ Mag Hype Chart in July, and the critically acclaimed
I've Got It Bad" feat. newcomer Alexander Sky.
Groove Junkies releases on MoreHouse in 2005 include the massive main room
stomper "Music's Gotcha Jumpin’" featuring Indeya, and
the soul drenched
Feels Like Home" featuring Diane Carter (both of which were standout
tracks at WMC 2005).Their highly anticipated double mixed compilation for
the “House of OM” Series, and subsequent single featuring Solara
OM), are slated for release in August of 2005.
Consistency and quality throughout have earned GJ's massive respect and
in the box" status from industry tastemakers such as Roger Sanchez,
Rivera, Paul Farris, Jon Cutler, DJ Spen, Jamie Lewis, Copyright, Louis
Benedetti, Marques Wyatt, Dennis Ferrer, Tedd Patterson, Teddy Douglas,
Dave Piccioni, DJ Gregory, Audiowhores, Bobby & Steve, Pound Boys,
Dream Team on BBC Radio 1. Many of their original productions have also
been licensed for compilations such as Defected’s “In The House”,
Kandi’s “Stereo Sushi”, OM’s “Sessions”,
Frankie Knuckles “Armani Exchange
Mix”, and Seamless’ “Bargrooves” (for which they
were commissioned to do a
guest mix) to name a few.
Remix projects include their recent treatments of Frankie Knuckles feat.
Nicki Richards "Matter Of Time" (# 5 in DJ Mag's Hype Chart),
Had Enough" (due out in the Summer of 2005) on Definty Records, Soul
Fire" on Gossip Records, Two Half "Praise His Name" on Map
Lawrence Welk's "Caravan" on Welk Music Group. Previous projects
their hugely successful remix of Ben Watt's "Lone Cat (Holding On)" on
Buzzin' Fly Records, Deborah Cox's "Play Your Part" on J Records,
Abrams vs Groove Junkies "Music Is The Answer" on …Records,
Para Goza" on Essence.
GJs live club sets have showcased their exceptional DJing skills and
programming ability on an international level at some of the hottest
clubs/festivals throughout the world. As headliners they've played to
packed venues from the North of England in Manchester at the extremely
popular Angel Deelite Party, to the South in London at Ben Watt's state
the art nightspot Neighborhood. Prime-time sets in Lucerne, Switzerland
Club Lift with Mr. Mike, and at Panasia for the 2004 Italian Dance
Conference in Sicily, Italy have added to their growing reputation as
stars on the rise. High profile gigs here in the US have brought them to
the 2004 Detroit Movement Festival where they rocked the 'main' stage to
over 4000 people, as well as St.Louis at Rue 13, and Marques Wyatt's
highly regarded Deep Party in LA.
Most recently, Groove Junkies were the featured DJ's for Tiffany Jeweler's
40th Anniversary Party in Beverly Hills, California. Exclusive European
representation with the renowned Milk n' 2 Sugars Booking Agency
commencing in Jan. 2005, found them performing abroad in the UK, Ireland,
and Norway to packed houses. Slammin’ sets at the OM, Mn2S, Bobby
Steve, and Gossip Parties at the WMC 2005, as well as their highly
acclaimed “Music’s Gotcha Jumpin’” Tour which commenced
in Europe and
ended Australia, have solidified their place amongst dance music’s
GJ’s North American “House of OM” Tour, along with scheduled
appearances at El Divino in Ibiza, Lamerica in Cardiff, and Blend in Derby
rounded out an extremely prolific 2005.
Groove Junkies are constantly raising their credibility and marketability
by taking time from their hectic schedule to appear as guest DJ's on
various international radio shows such as Radio 1, Ministry of Sound
Radio, & Hed Kandi Radio in the UK, Radio Top & UDM in Switzerland,
Italia in Italy, Radio 1 in Norway and Power Tools on Power 106 in their
hometown of Los Angeles.
Whether they're writing, producing, remixing, DJing live, or doing a guest
mix for the hot “House of OM” Compilation Series, GJ's main
to form lasting relationships within the music industry and feed the souls
of those infatuated with House Music.