The international DJ scene is in mourning this week, as the world bids farewell to one of the most influential US house producers of his time. Best known for his hit ‘Get Get Down’, Paul Johnson has tragically lost his life to COVID-19 at the age of 50.
His passing was confirmed in a statement published on his Facebook page, which read: “Our greatness passed away this morning at 9am the house music legend we all know as PJ aka Paul Johnson.”
Johnson contracted Coronavirus last month, after which his condition quickly deteriorated, and he was placed in intensive care. Highlighting the potentially devastating effects of COVID-19, all efforts to save him were unsuccessful and he eventually succumbed to the virus.
‘Get Get Down’ reached No 5 in the UK charts back in 1999, making the Chicago-based DJ a household name on the club scene.
Tributes have been pouring in since Johnson’s death was announced from across the international DJ community.
“Today we have lost a great legend of our world house community. Thank you God for his work that you installed in him,” said Chicago producer RP Boo.
“Paul Johnson taught us how to bounce to the beat. A groove like no other, honestly. This is so depressing. But the records, the music will remain timeless and uplifting. We will always have that Chicago groove,” said DJ Mike Servito.
“Paul Johnson… Rest in peace, thank you for the music,” added Defected Records.
An Irreplaceable Talent
Originally a professional breakdancer, Johnson developed a passion for house music in the 80s.
He was permanently disabled in a shooting incident that took place in 1987, which caused severe leg injuries and bound him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He was then tragically involved in a car accident over two decades later, resulting in the loss of his other leg in 2010.
Despite his troubles, Paul Johnson remained a major figure on the scene throughout the 1990s and put out a series of EPs and full-length albums over the course of his career.
Johnson will be remembered as both an irreplaceable talent and an inspiration for the industry, with high-profile names like Daft Punk having credited his accomplishments.