Technology has finally caught up with house DJ legend Bad Boy Bill. The long-awaited new release from the DJ voted by the public as â€œAmerica's Favorite DJâ€ this year in BPM Culture Magazine's poll is ready to take the nation by storm. Bad Boy Bill, notorious for his Bangin' The Box Series, steps up now with a new release sure to be the first of the its kind: Behind The Decks. Out on System Recordings, the 2-disc set boasts an almost 2-hour DVD in addition to a 70+ minute mix CD, with a discrete 5.1 Dolby surround sound mix with visuals. In a market full of simulated-surround sound DJ mixes, which merely add some reverb and audience participation in an attempt to give the mix a live feel, Behind The Decks actually isolates vocals from percussion and the like, bringing a truly revolutionary live feel through 5 speakers. Also included are Bill's music videos, behind-the-scenes footage from the road and in the studio, and live interview footage, which Bill hopes will give his audience â€œa good picture of what I'm like and what I do.â€
Bill got his start DJing as a teenager, joining a DJ crew in the neighborhood and spinning at DJ battles. Only a senior in high school, Bad Boy Bill started his own record label. He eventually became a household name as a DJ on Chicago's B96, using his â€œBad Boy Billâ€ audio ID as a way of distinguishing himself from the other DJs on the radio. Today, Bill spends most of his time producing tunes in the studio or out on the road, playing up to 150 gigs annually, everywhere from New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles to international hotspots including Peru, Colombia, Germany, England, and Spain.
Spinning the crowd into a dancing frenzy is Bill's motivation. "My DJ style originated with the idea to remix a song live with two copies of the same record and then combine scratching and hip-hop techniques with house grooves." Bill says. "The payoff for me is seeing people dancing and having a great time during my set.â€ Now the live experience can be brought straight into your own living room, and with a number of Bill's own tracks also included on Behind The Decks, the album is a great precursor to Bad Boy Bill's next project: his artist album.