One of the most prolific and influential of the '80s electro artists, Miami-based producer Tony Butler recorded a string of popular club tracks on Power/Jam Packed and his own Music Specialist label in the mid-'80s, helping build the electro legacy that would give birth to Miami style bass music and freestyle (named after Butler's primary pseudonym), as well as influence '90s post-techno artists such as Autechre
and Biochip C
. Butler's earlier tracks under his own name are all electro classics, with singles such as "Fix It in the Mix," "Jam the Box," and "Get Some" exploring a thinner, more stripped-down sound similar to Man Parrish
. Butler's tracks with Freestyle
are perhaps the more well known, and include such club staples as "It's Automatic," "Don't Stop the Rock," and "The Party Has Begun." His more commercial, pop-oriented writing and production work with Trinere
, Debbie Deb
, and Shannon
, however, remain his claim to fame. Butler continues to live and record in Miami.