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 - penthouserecords.free.fr)
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 ? |
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.