Series of Firsts...
Donovan Germain

Legendary producer Donovan Germain recently celebrated 25 years of his Penthouse label with the double CD & DVD collection "25 Years The Journey Continues".
He looks back at his musical career and the history of Penthouse Records with this "series of firsts".

(February 2014 -

1st meeting with the music ?
By the sound system called El Toro, owned by my neighbour when I was a child in Kingston 13.

1st job in the music industry ?
A part time job at Keith’s Record Store in 1971 in Brooklyn, New York.

1st person who helped you to enter to music production ?
Lloyd Campbell, owner of Spiderman and Joe Fraser labels.

1st song produced ?
Joy White "Sentimental Reasons", recorded at Channel 1 on 1978 for Spiderman label.

1st label ?
Revolutionary Sounds created in 1978.

1st hit as a producer ?
Dobby Dobson "Words" on Revolutionary Sounds label.

1st album produced ?
Joy White "Sentimental Reasons" in 1978 for Revolutionary Sounds.

1st riddim voicing by several artists ?
Pressure & Slide / One Dance Won’t Do riddim in 1985 on Revolutionary Sounds and Germain Records labels.

1st artist recorded on Penthouse studio ?
Lukie D (unreleased song).

1st song released on Penthouse Records ?
Nigger Mikey "Ting Deh" in 1989.

1st engineer who mixed on the Penthouse studio ?
Steven Stanley.

1st hit on Penthouse Records ?
"Chaka On The Move" by Chaka Demus in 1989.

1st artists managed by Penthouse ?
Wayne Wonder, Cutty Ranks and Tony Rebel in 1989.

1st exclusively digital release ?
Reggae Fallen Soldiers compilation released in february 2011.