Dutch DJ and producer Joe Stone was already a respected figure in the international dance music community before he scored a hit in America with "The Party," a house remix of Montell Jordan's 1995 hit "This Is How We Do It," featuring Jordan's original vocal tracks. Joe Stone was born Maurice Oude Booyink, and began playing keyboards when he was just seven years old. Booyink was raised on classical music, but when he was a teenager he became interested in vintage soul and funk sounds, and had formed a band when he was 16 years old. Developing a taste for dance music, Booyink began learning the ins and outs of the recording studio, and started cutting dance singles under the name Inmado as well as producing tracks for artists such as Sharon Doorson and R3hab. The Dutch dance music label Spinnin' Records became aware of Booyink when he entered a remix of "Pyramids" by DVBBS in a DJ competition sponsored by the label. Booyink was one of the top prizewinners and landed a contract with the label, and devised the alter ego Joe Stone. Stone's debut release for Spinnin' was 2015's "The Party," which fused cool new rhythms with Montell Jordan's party-starting favorite, and the tune quickly became a hit, rising to the top of the Beatport Charts, where it stayed for two weeks. ~ Mark Deming
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