by Greg MIchaelides
Dance music in the US has changed in many ways but the soul has not. According to DJ sensation Chris ” the Greek” Panaghi it has rebounded and is not leaving any time soon. Chris, who has been creating mixes and remixes for many years has seen the change and has adapted with the trends. He has had the pleasure to produce remixes for artists like, Michael Jackson, Juddy Torrez, Michael Anthony, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan and recently Yoko Ono. His favorite work was Michael Jackson’ s Ghost Box CD Set. All of his productions are requested by the record company not the artist. The mixes he produces gives the artists’ singles a chance to reach a different market audience.
Chris made it clear that the European dance market is far ahead of the American circuit. Dance music is still popular by the public who frequent the clubs, but receives very little support by big names like MTV, VH-1 and the radio stations. In Europe dance music is far more popular and there are more dance stations in one city than in all of the US. Chris has worked closely with the German market. He has recently released a dance CD named ” Germany” which is a culmination of dance hits from Europe.” The dance music has lost its flavor here in the States not like it was in the 80’s. But it is making a slow come back,” said Chris.
Chris is a cut above most other DJay’s for the obvious reason that he has expanded his talent to higher levels. He is also a graduate from Adelphi University with a degree in Business and Marketing. Hence his ability to market and find different avenues for his work to be used. He started as a local club DJ then developed into a songwriter, producer, and remixer. In the past he has achieved many honors from being selected as a Billboard Reporter to creating his own radio program on WLIR called “Island Underground” it was #1 for three years. Also on the horizon is that Chris will be affiliated with a new and advanced club called Crowbar. The club may be opening soon and Chris can possibly be working the tables. Chris has had the luck of working with some excellent talented singers. One of his recent singers, Jessica, has released two hot singles one called “Tonight” and the second was “Come with Me”. Both singles were very big in California and Florida. One of his other artists Ava Dayton has also released a single called “Only the Lonely” which was a remix of the old “Motels” song.
Presently, Chris will be traveling to Greece in two weeks to work on the first English dance CD by Anna Vissi. He has already started working on two singles as we go to print. He and his co-writer/ keyboardist Jeff Hank have produced the lyrics that Anna will sing. ” It is an exciting and wild experience to be able to work with such a talented singer like Anna Vissi, ” commented Chris. The CD will be released sometime in February. Chris hopes the CD will propel Anna’s career in a different arena and most of all that a Greek singer will receive some attention in the American music scene. He also is always looking for new talent to expand his camp. Like Chris said, ” Hey, you never know what can happen. ” He can be reached at his web site www.djGproductions.com.