Cajmere Talks Drug-Induced Religious Conversion: "Somebody Spiked My Drink, I Prayed to God to Spare My Life"

If house and techno are the roots of EDM, then few artists have been more enduring exponents than Chicago DJ-producer Curtis Jones, AKA Cajmere, AKA Green Velvet. That's because Curtis has preserved the raw, body-jacking essentials of those sounds for as long as he's been making music.

Whether it's perky vocal house as Cajmere or acidic hard-hitting techno as Green Velvet, Curtis has kept the authentic no-frills virtues of underground electronic dance music intact. It makes his Cajual label's new 20th anniversary compilation album, Only 4 U, essential listening for EDM fans and scholars everywhere.

Ahead of a gig at the Electric Pickle on Saturday in support of the new compilation release, Crossfade caught up with the legend himself to discuss everything, from his funk roots to his drug-induced religious conversion and the new Cajual compilation.

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Sean Levisman