D.U.I.'s Association with Big Noise leads to a
Christina Aguilera #1 hit!
For a taste of D.U.I.'s Christina Aguilera remixes,
click on a title to listen to an mp3
What A Girl Wants (Remix)
What A Girl Wants (Millennium Remix - Radio)
What A Girl Wants (Millennium Remix - Extended)
I Turn to You (Soft Remix)
I Turn to You (Extended Club Remix)
© D.U.I. and BMG Entertainment.
Al Gomes tells this story to illustrate how good news has followed Song Slam, the live music showcase run by Big Noise, Gomes and partner A. Michelle's music promotion firm.
In February 1998, Gomes says, Christina Aguilera was sitting in the den of his East Side house, drinking tea and playing a couple of songs from her demo tape on his stereo. "We were blown away by her," Gomes says.
By coincidence, the Grammy Awards were playing on TV that night. Gomes recalls, "She looked right at me and said, 'One day I'm gonna have one of those.'" Aguilera was right. And in addition to winning the Best New Artist Grammy, her self-titled RCA debut album has sold 10 million copies worldwide.
Aguilera, then 17, took the
trip up from Manhattan to Providence, RI with a music scout
from her first management firm that had signed her just
two days before. The scout was in town to sign the Comic
Book Super Heroes, the Providence, RI band that played a
break-out set during a Song Slam showcase that year.
And there's two other Aguilera connections to Big Noise and its Song Slam.
Gomes and A. Michelle's association
with Christina led to their jobs as executives at Three
Wishes Productions, Inc., Aguilera's production company.
Gomes and A. Michelle oversee the teen-pop star's Official
Website - which clocks an astounding 5 million hits
a month - as well as acting as publicists, biographers,
and archivists for Aguilera.
The third Aguilera / Song Slam
connection is D.U.I., a techno duo from Chicago whose
members include Adam Balawender (keyboards, programing,
sequences) and Mark Jachimczuk (guitar, keyboards,
sequences). They released their first CD, 'Under Pressure'in 1998.
At that time, Bogdan Fabianski,
a journalist and popular radio personality from Radio 4U
in Warsaw, Poland, became interested in D.U.I., and gave
them tremendous exposure. With his help, a short time after
the release of 'Under Pressure,' the song
'Brothers and Sisters' made it to the 'Top 30 Dance
Chart,' one of Europe's most important radio dance
hit lists, broadcast by Radio 4U.
After nine weeks, the song placed #2 on the list! The band's popularity increased after song's success and many fans of techno began following the band prompting many record labels to become interested in D.U.I.
BMG decided to include the song
'Let Yourself Go' on a compilation CD, 'Techno Zone Vol.
2.' This song became an even bigger success, lasting 13
weeks on 'Top 30 Dance Chart.' It eventually hit #1 on the
list for 3 weeks!
The popularity of this song
encouraged BMG to incorporate another D.U.I. song, 'Under
Pressure' onto next compilations, 'Techno Zone Vol. 3,'
and 'Techno Zone Vol. 4,' which was released in March of
D.U.I. then hooked up with Big Noise to further their exposure and the duo traveled to New England to perform at the Song Slam. They impressed Big Noise's Al Gomes, who called them, "One of the most talented acts to ever appear at the Song Slam."
With their BMG chart success,
Gomes then suggested to the band that they try their hand
at remixing Aguilera's 'What A Girl Wants' for RCA
Records (a BMG label). It proved to be a suggestion
that changed D.U.I.'s lives. Their remix became a #1
record on Billboard / Radio 4U's 'Top 30 Dance Chart'
in Europe. D.U.I.'s version proved so popular that RCA Records
added the D.U.I. version of 'What A Girl Wants'
to future pressings of Christina's debut CD in Europe.
With the success of 'What A
Girl Wants', Gomes once again suggested the duo return to
the studio and remix Christina's next single 'I Turn
to You.' Lightning struck again and D.U.I. found themselves
with another single on Billboard / Radio 4U's 'Top 30
"It's an amazing opportunity," Gomes says of the Song Slam series. "You come here. You put on your show. If something is going to happen, it will happen" (artists at the Song Slam perform for music business pros, including scouts representing record companies, management firms, radio, and music journalists, paying most attention to performance, stage presence, songwriting, and overall look).
With D.U.I.'s amazing chart success for BMG's compilations and the Christina Aguilera remixes, BMG signed D.U.I. to a deal and their first full-length BMG CD, 'Freeway,' was released in 2000, receiving unanimous critical acclaim and expanding their already-rabid fan base.
D.U.I. perform live in clubs in Chicago and New York and also are invited to play annually during the national DJ competitions in Warsaw, Poland as a special guest.
- Includes reports from Vaughn Watson for
The Providence Journal
D.U.I. Recordings available:
(BMG - 2000) CD
Christina Aguilera: 'I Turn to You' D.U.I. Remix
(BMG / RCA - 2000) CD single
Christina Aguilera: 'What A Girl Wants' D.U.I. Remix
(BMG / RCA - 1999) CD single
Christina Aguilera: Christina Aguilera
featuring D.U.I.'s 'What A Girl Wants'
(BMG / RCA - 2000) CD
Techno Zone Vol. 4 compilation featuring D.U.I.'s
(BMG - 2000) CD
Techno Zone Vol. 3 compilation featuring D.U.I.'s
(BMG - 1999) CD
Techno Zone Vol. 2 compilation featuring D.U.I.'s
'Let Yourself Go'
(BMG - 1998) CD
(Radio Active - 1998) CD
Christina Aguilera's Big Noise Page
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