The Hot Mix 5 Channel
The History Of The Hot Mix 5
Enjoy and entire channel of nothing but mixes from the ORIGINAL members of the Hot Mix 5 below
Many of today’s biggest DJs/Producers cite ‘house music’ and The Hot Mix 5 as their inspirations and influences.
The Hot Mix 5 were an American DJ team originating from Chicago, Illinois.
The group was assembled by radio station program director Lee Michaels in 1981. The founding members were Farley “Funkin” Keith (later known as Farley “Jackmaster” Funk), Mickey “Mixin” Oliver, Ralphi Rosario, Kenny “Jammin” Jason, and Scott “Smokin” Silz. Another DJ, Jeff Davis, was supposed to be a sixth member, but Silz mentioned in an interview that he never showed up, leaving just the five members. Silz left the group in 1982. His void was filled in a city wide, Hot Mix 5 sponsored ‘Battle Of The DJS’ that was won by Julian Jumpin’ Perez in 1984. Julian then left the group and was replaced by Mario “Smokin” Diaz who became an official member of the Hot Mix 5.
The ‘mixes’ were on Friday nights with “The Friday Night Jams”, Saturday nights with “The Saturday Night Live Ain’ No Jive Chicago Dance Party hosted by Armando Rivera and heard by over 1,000,000 people each weekend.
Additional mixes were added including the “Hot Lunch Mix” with Veronique, The mix at 5 and later at night at 10 O’Clock on the week nights.
Soon, the Hot Mix 5 mixes were heard around the world as people would record the mixes and send them to friends and relatives around the world.
The City of Chicago, recognized the Hot Mix 5’s contribution to the creation of House music and honored them by presenting each member with an individual street named after them and in addition a street called “Hot Mix 5 Way”, which is located in downtown Chicago on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Balbo Drive thanks to Armando Rivera who not only brought the group back at WGCI in the 90’s with his “Club 1075, he organized the only real reunion parties that featured the original member while at Chicago’s V103.
Today, Armando is a consultant in radio. Rivera left the operational side of radio after over 35 years to pursue the consulting side and to pursue other opportunities. Rivera, along with Lee Michaels and Sal Amato run WBMX.COM and other various online ventures.