He first began DJing in Chicago in 1984 when he was 13, and started working as a producer in 1987, doing tracks for Chicago house labels Dance Mania, Relief, Cajual, Nite Life, Undaground Therapy, Defected, DJax Up Beats, Peacefrog, and Moody. His tune “Get Get Down” became an international house hit, sustaining airplay for several years in clubs and was a top 5 hit in the UK Singles Chart. The song reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in December 1999. In 1997 Johnson and his partner Radek started the Chicago house label Dust Traxx, and has worked with Robert Armani under the name Traxmen and with Gant Garrard as Brother 2 Brother. His 2004 track, “Follow This Beat”, hit #8 on the US Dance chart.