Jimi Polo: Still “Shaking Your Body!”

James Perri, also known as Jimi Polo, is an American DJ, Producer, Singer, Composer, and songwriter that has roots going back to the birth of Chicago’s House music scene. As a one of the true pioneers of the music coming out of Chicago, he is responsible for the iconic classics “Shake Your Body,” “Better Days” and “Express Yourself.“  These tracks were widely played not only in Chicago, but also in New York City, London, and beyond. Seeing an opportunity to relocate to London, James, took the leap of faith across the pond and was instantly recruited to join Nellee Harper and Jazzy B’s Soul II Soul outfit, a gig that lasted two years. His list of collaboration credits is impressive and includes Seal-in which the song “Killer”- written by mentored Adamski was dedicated to him, Martin Sloveig’s “Come To Me,” songwriting and production credits on David Guetta’s album “Blast” and the track “If You Give Me The Love I Want” with Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk fame. After finding success in London with “Better Days” which incidentally was sampled by Fatboy Slim and Brit Pop mega band Blur, Perri moved on to Paris leading him to his collabs with Martin Sloveig, David Guetta and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo. Next move, Italy, where he was active playing in clubs from north to south and teaming up with Masters at Work’s Kenny Dope for a rework of of his classic “Shake Your Body.” His latest project undertaking is Physical Graffiti, which mixes Pop, Rock, and House creating a rock and rave feel. Not one to confine himself to one particular genre or style, Perri is revered in the Underground scene as well as in the commercial music space. This makes him a valuable artist in the sense that he is multi-talented and can create music for any audience. Supporters include BBC’s Annie Mac and Pete Tong, among other tastemakers and dance music aficionados from all over the world. Currently James is working on an Opera/Film with David Roberts titled “The Mountain Shadow” as well as working on a new song with Joe Smooth.

—Joseph Arthur

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