claude young

Claude Young Jr. was born in the musically acclaimed city of Detroit (USA) in July of 1970. Growing up, surrounded by various musical influences exposed to him by his father, legendary Detroit radio DJ Claude Young, and mother Janice who was a member of staff at the city's largest record distributor during the late 70s & 80s, he gained a passion for various styles of music. Spending his teen years on school and commercial radio as a dj he was drawn to electronic music and his love of this has made him one of its brightest young entities. His early production credits include edits and remixes for some of Detroit Technos greatest artists and labels including Kevin Saunderson, Jay (Vice) Denham, Random Noise Generation, 430 West Records, and a host of others. His first solo offering was produced in 1992 for 7th City Records, together with long time friend and label owner Dan (DBX) Bell, as Brother From Another Planet. He moved on to form Dow and Utensil Records with partner David Whiteside in the later part of 1993.

In 1995 he co-founded Friction Records with the man he credits for helping him get his first break in production, another long time friend, Anthony (Shake) Shakir. Their first release, the Begin EP, is a well sought after record by many collectors. His first European offering was in 1994 for the Eindhoven based DJAX-UP-BEATS, a label renowned all over the world for its impressive line up of artist and classic productions from around the globe. In the summer of 1997 Claude signed to the newly formed Belgian label Elypsia, and released his first album entitle Soft Thru. He has also been called upon to act as remixer for some of the greatest names in electronic music including Carl Craig, Random XS, Gary Numan, Dj Skull, Acid Junkies, Joey Beltram, Jacobs Optical Stairway, Rue East, Inner City, and a host of others. His talents do not end in the production studio, as he has rapidly become one of the most sought after djs in the world. With his residencies at the Orbit in Leeds (UK) and Voodoo in Liverpool (UK) he still manages to find time to play in various parts of the world like Germany, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Canada, Australia, Holland, Belgium and the occasional return trip to America. His dj style has been described as fast, complex, and innovative often leaving crowds speechless. With plans for a new project label in the works as well as branching into the visual aspects of electronic music, Claude Young Jr. will be a name to look out for in years to come.

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