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Born in Boston Massachusetts, Arthur Baker launched his musical career as a disco dj, started by spinning 45s, pre remixes and 12 inch disks, while quickly making his way into the recording studio, producing such classic disco as Northend’s “Kind Of Life” and “Happy Days/Tees Happy” and TJMs “I Don’t Need No Music”.
He graduated to being among the most visible and widely imitated of the early hip-hop/house record producers, masterminding breakthrough experimentation with tape edits, sampling and synthetic beats on such records as “Planet Rock” (winning the Billboard Trend setter award in 1983), New Order’s “Confusion”, Rockers Revenge’s “Walking On Sunshine”, Freeez’ “IOU”, New Editions’s “Candy Girl” and his own break dance classic “Breakers Revenge”.
Baker would go on to become an award winning DJ and music and film producer, producing and mixing such artists as Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, Al Green, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, The Pet Shop Boys and Hurts.
In 1985, with Little Steven Van Zandt, Baker organized and produced the anti-apartheid
anthem “Sun City” by Artists United Against Apartheid. The United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid later honored Baker for: “…[a] high valuable contribution to the international campaign for the elimination of apartheid and the establishment of a non- racial and democratic society in South Africa.”
Baker music supervised/ produced tracks for such movies as Beat Street (his own Breakers Revenge being the films lead track), Fried Green Tomato’s, The Flintstones, Something Wild, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty In Pink, Listen Up-The Lives Of Quincy Jones, Life Less Ordinary and for such ads as Babylon Zoos Levi ad smash “Spaceman” and the Jona Lewie song “Kitchens @ Parties” for the IKEA kitchens ad campaign
Baker has also produced the music documentaries – “Finding The Funk” with director Nelson George for VH1 and 808 THE MOVIE with Atlantic Records & Apple Music, along with writing/ developing tv, musical theatre and film properties with Irvine Welsh & Jonas Akerlund , Micheal Holman and Don Letts.
Baker made London his home from 1996 to 2015, and owned such UK hospitality ventures
as The Elbow Room pool bars, the Harlem Soul Food Restaurant and Psychedeli Chicken Concert Catering.
Arthur now lives in Miami and has taken to the city and its Latin rhythm strongly, collaborating with such local legends as MURK and Laz Casanova.
2018 saw Baker releasing tracks on such underground labels as Viva Records (Into The Groove with Steve Lawler), Crosstown Rebels (On A Mission with Rockers Revenge), and Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element’s Just Can’t Stop(Dancin’) on his own Baked Recordings.
2019 has already seen Baker’s production of Rocker’s Revenge “What About The People” reach the top of the trax source chart, a re- release of the Slam Dunk’d disco classic No Price on Glitterbox/Defected Records, the Snatch records release of the Riva Starr/AB/Martinez brothers collab “Now Hand Clap”, the Hifi Sean/Yam who edit of “Reachin” on Midnight Riot, Powerdress’ “Constellations “, “Raise Your Hand” and “Feel The Music” on his Baked and a collab ep on Black Jukebox/Exploited with Laz Casanova, Oscar G & Tina B.
2020 will see releases including a collab with Amine Edge on Nervous, a new Rockers Revenge track “You Can Do It”, a collab with Robert Owens on Crosstown rebels, a gospel house bomb with Junior Sanchez on Brobot and a remake of the Steppenwolf classic “Born To Be wild” with Mistajam.
Baker is also currently directing a documentary on Rockers Revenge along with completing their debut album.