Truly a maestro of music, Chicago-based producer/remixer/songwriter/DJ Steve “Silk” Hurley of S&S Chicago is a 4-time GRAMMY® Nominee and Pioneer of Chicago’s House Music genre. His mix shows have been syndicated on 128 stations in the U.S ., to 8 million listeners a week.
Early in his career, Silk’s “Jack Your Body,” reached #1 on the U.K. National Chart for multiple weeks, solidifying House Music as a genre. Hurley is recognized worldwide as a pioneer of the modern-day remix; the first to incorporate today’s prevailing style of remixing, in which a completely new composition is created over an Acapella. Several of his house remix projects top dance charts, and evolve into crossover radio hits, despite the music not originating from the dance genre.
Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remix ) cites the relevance of Hurley’s House Remixes of ballads and pop records to the gradual evolution of the remix to his style (Roberta Flack’s R&B Ballad resulted in a #1 Billboard Dance Chart position). With hundreds of impactful remixes still dominating dance floors, it’s clear that Silk’s influence on the evolution of remixing helped expand the worldwide reach of House Music.
Silk has written, remixed and/or produced over 400 records including chart-topping gold and platinum songs for Michael Jackson, Prince, Crystal Waters, Madonna, Yolanda Adams, CeCe Peniston, Boyz II Men, Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Lopez, Ann Nesby, Byron Stingily, and Ten City.
DJ/Producer Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas and Hurley have garnered worldwide recognition with their label, S&S Records, Inc./S&S Chicago, Inc. ( www.snschicago.com ), boasting a catalog of over 500 releases. S&S has created a consistent following by releasing original music, compilations, and remixes, from the likes of Jamie Principle, Mousse T., Bad Boy Bill, and CeCe Peniston & Marshall Jefferson, James Curd, Paul Johnson, & Tommy Sunshine, while their events in Chicago have averaged an attendance of over 6,000 people.