Green Velvet To Tour Behind Compilation

Eccentric Chicago DJ/producer Cajmere to bring alter ego to road.

Eccentric techno artist Green Velvet — the alter ego of Chicago house DJ/producer Cajmere — will take to the road this spring for six shows supporting a new, self-titled compilation.

Green Velvet, due April 4, on F-111 Records, includes remixes of the Green Velvet singles "Flash" (RealAudio excerpt), "Answering Machine" (RealAudio excerpt), "Leave My Body" and "The Stalker" (RealAudio excerpt), as well as shows off his signature spoken-word monologues and dark techno sound.

A 12-inch single of "Flash," with remixes by Danny Tenaglia and Timo Maas, will be released April 18.

The flamboyant, neon-afro-wig-wearing entity Green Velvet (born Curtis

Alan Jones) came to life in 1993, the same year Jones started Relief

Records. A year earlier, as Cajmere, he released his first single, "Coffee

Pot."

Cajmere followed that underground single by teaming up with vocalist Dajae for the international dance hit "Brighter Days." The single's success led Cajmere to launch the Chicago house label Cajual Records and, eventually, Relief.

Green Velvet produced the first Relief single, "Preacher Man," and followed with the more experimental and hilarious "Answering Machine," which contained the hook, "I don't need this shit!"

Green Velvet tour dates:

April 7; Washington, D.C.; Sting (with Scott Henry)

April 8; Rochester, N.Y.; Titan (with Patrick Oot)

April 12; New York, N.Y.; Twilo 2K Lounge

April 22; Colorado Springs, Co.; Colorado Springs Auditorium (with Brad Roulier)

April 29; Memphis, Tenn.; TBA (with David Silver)

May 27; Pennsauken, N.J.; The Granada (with Demetrois Pousatis)