Questions, Questions, Questions #16 – Zernell Gillie


Zernell was born in Chicago and started DJing at the age of 14. This was during the early years of house music and like a lot of Chicago teens he religiously listened to the Hot Mix 5 on WBMX . By 1986 most of his friends where into the Disco / House music culture. Zernell musically grew up in the Music Box and other Chicago night clubs listening to the sounds of Ron Hardy and was schooled by the master in the art of song selection and timing that drives dancers into a frenzy. Zernell’s Grimy style of music features some of the hottest and rarest house & disco songs and re-edits mixed just the right way to keep you dancing and wanting more, which has made Zernell one of the hottest dj’s in the underground scene today.

Zernell has done numerous parties in cities around the world. He has toured the U.K. and Europe and headlined parties in London, Amsterdam, Italy, Sweden, Paris, Switzerland & Berlin. Zernell’s passion for disco & house is as strong as it was in the 80’s and reflects in his extensive collection of rare vinyl. Out of that passion Zernell created the label Grimy Edits, which have sold thousands of units worldwide.

Zernell Gillie’s style can range from the heart of disco to the soul of Chicago house with a grimy twist. With over 30 years of Deejaying under his belt, it shows in all of his mixes & live performances. He heads the highly sought after label Grimy Edits & the sister label Grimy Trax. He is the Co-founder of the Crate Diggers Record Fair & Afterparty series, and has a monthly show on NTS Radio LA. (Get Grimy!)


Favourite Disco record?: I got so many favorites, but right now I’ve come back to a jam by Ubiquity – Midnight After Dark
Favorite Not Disco record: Fingers Inc. – Music Take Me Up
Top 3 of the moment: Anything by Kai Alce, Devin Dare – Wanna Dance, Danny McLewin – Beat Girl
Favourite ever DJ?: Ron Hardy (Top three DJs of NOW: Jamie 3:26, Rahaan, DJ Darryn Jones)
Weirdest place you’ve ever DJed?: I wouldn’t say it was the weirdest, but it was the most interesting. A bath house in Pittsburgh. When I came off the elevator it let me off directly in the DJ booth and the crowd was wild and amazing. Such a dope party!!!

Zernell is DJing with Danny Krivit this Friday in L.A at A Club Called Rhonda – click here for details.
Click here to hear a wicked disco mix by the man himself.
And to keep up to date with his Grimy edits click here.