Green Velvet makes it look easy. No flashy tricks, no massive breakdowns, no superstar-DJ histrionics — with a grin on his face and a bob of his chartreuse-coiffed head, all he needs to do is mix one body-jacking stormer after another to transform a crowd into a mass of twitching limbs. But that’s just one of the reasons that Chicago’s Curtis Jones finds himself among 2020’s Top 100 DJs.
You could argue the fact that he founded two of the most beloved labels in all of US house-dom, Cajual and Relief, should be enough to land him on this list. You might posit that his sheer staying power — he’s been at the top of his game for nearly three decades — makes him deserving of the honour. And then, of course, there’s his own classic-filled discography, brimming with raw party tunes like the indelible ‘Flash’ and smoother deep house numbers such as ‘Brighter Days,’ the latter produced under Jones’s Cajmere moniker. Add it all together, and you’ve got one of clubland’s revered treasures.