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I may live in Vancouver, but my roots are in the British House Music Underground. I started DJ-ing in 2002 after going to parties thrown by Simplicity, a collective of DJs who threw House and Techno parties in Brixton, south west London. Whether it was putting a sound system together for a house party (you could here the bass from a block away and they went all night) or turning a decrepit warehouse into an acid house den of hedonistic excess, Simplicity took the music and the party to a new level. Ivan, James and Sam from Simplicity turned me on to a groovy scene and I will never forget them or their parties. They inspired me to start DJing - and after months of bedroom mixing Simplicity gave me a warm-up slot. Simplicity taught me that clubs in London may be open till 7am and they might have multi-million pound sound systems, but the DIY ethic still thrives; going to a club is fun but it's so much better to do it your own way.
Around 2002 I started going to Peg parties - Jane Fitz's legendary parties thrown not just in London but all over the UK and France. Jane has a no-nonsense approach to music and her Peg parties are the best times I have ever had as a DJ. Through Jane I met countless house heads who are still a potent source of inspiration. Dlay, Justin, Jen, Dean, Luke showed me the way forward- and then there were producers that played at Peg - I was buying their records, Peg was the only place at the time that you could see them spin - people like Phil Weeks, The Bionic Bump Band, Funky Transport and Jason Hodges - their passion, talent and dedication pushed me to be the best I could be.
Jane Fitz arranged a residency for me at Soma, a DJ bar in East London in 2006. For six months I was playing out on an almost weekly basis and I could bring in talented jocks who needed exposure. Soma was a good venue till new management changed the music policy - after that I was back to the underground, helping out when I could setting up Peg parties and making my way to the south of France for two Peg in the Sun parties - a long weekend of non-stop beats and non-stop party at a secluded farmhouse near Marseille. Good job it was isolated cause the place went off!
In 2008 I emigrated to Canada, heading to Whistler for three years. My decks got broken when I ignored my golden rule and took them out for a party, this summer I moved to Vancouver and I am now a weekly fixture at Open Dex at the Anza on Saturday nights - I go to 'spread the house vibe' - as Phil Weeks eloquently put it - and turn people on to some proper underground beats…
More mixes on http://www.mixcloud.com/Johncooper/

Johnx John Cooper, Vancouver, Canada

  • A Comment on Joshua Iz's
    Love Version at 6.08
    on April 10, 2014 02:06

    up there with Shiz, beautiful

  • A Comment on Leftside Wobble's
    Acid Soul (Leftside Wobble Rework) at 5.12
    on March 28, 2014 01:55

    Beautiful, thanks for the dl

  • A Comment on House Salad Music's
    House Saladcast 061 - JT Donaldson at 6.24
    on March 09, 2014 21:23

    the one on the way out is Vince's Big Con by Sweet Clones on Robsoul

  • A Comment on rexclub's
    ALCI Podcast for REXCLUB - February 2014 at 17.31
    on February 15, 2014 00:26

    that's some pared-down, dubby dopeness right there, love it

  • A Comment on JTLove's
    BREAK3 (I-1-2 MIX) at 3.20
    on November 23, 2013 22:21

    Dope trip JT

  • A Comment on Joss Moog's
    Re-edit Forever Pimpin' at 5.13
    on November 23, 2013 22:00

    love the original but also dig the drive of the re-edit, thanks for DL

  • A Comment on Joshua Iz's
    Joshua Iz feat. Diz - Love Is Stronger at 4.09
    on October 20, 2013 19:57

    sublime, can't wait to get my hands on this…

  • A Comment on soma's
    #SlamRadio - 051 - DJ Bone at 7.17
    on September 19, 2013 18:48

    brutal! so good to hear Bone in the mix again. Thank-you SlamRadio

  • A Comment on Cross Section Records's
    Amoroso ( Chris Simmonds Houseproud edit) at 6.29
    on September 15, 2013 21:03

    trippy and jackin, love it, thanks for the DL

  • A Comment on AudioSoulProject's
    Pick Me Up (Shroom Bass Bonus) at 1.44
    on August 02, 2013 20:21

    Love it, thanks for bringing it back and the DL

  • A Comment on djmag's
    DJ Weekly Podcast: Phil Weeks at 46.27
    on May 08, 2013 01:01

    track ID anyone, please…

  • A Comment on Joss Moog's
    Joss' samples package 1 at 2.54
    on April 30, 2013 23:51

    Quality, thank-you

  • A Comment on jesseroseofficial's
    Kimbra - Good Intent (Jesse Rose Remix) FREE DO... at 0.00
    on December 31, 2012 01:34

    banging but beautiful… thanks for the DL

  • A Comment on Chuck Daniels's
    Chuck Daniels-Feeling The Pain (FREE DOWNLOAD) at 6.30
    on November 30, 2012 18:50

    digging your disco Chuck, thanks for the DL

  • A Comment on Johnx's
    X-rated vol 2
    on November 12, 2012 20:48

    Here's the track listing for X-Rated Vol 2:

    Almost Here pt1 - Pezzner - Free Range
    About You - No Dial Tone feat Djamilla - Classic Music Company
    Love is Love - Various Artists - Blacksoul ADE 2012 Sampler
    Wonder & Amazement (Deetron Vocal) - Grand Corporation & Jeremy Glen - Classic Music Company
    Big Futt - Butch - Cécille Records
    Brown Dwarf (Hyena Stomp Red Giant Remix) - LIT - Classic Music Company
    City Dumps - Lurob & Ryan Truman - Drizzle Music
    Couronnes - Baraso - Tzinah
    Come On - Public Access - Grab Recordings
    The Watch - Mark Farina - Great Lakes Audio
    Money Talks - Hector Moralez - The Factory
    The Figure - Joshua Iz - Dream In Audio
    Insolito - Jozik - Blacksoul ADE 2012 Sampler

  • A Comment on janefitz's
    DirtySounds Session 120625 at 1.07.27
    on July 25, 2012 01:10

    loving the electrofunk Jane, i'm jackin while I type xx

  • A Comment on Classic Music Company's
    No Dial Tone featuring Djamila 'About You' at 0.04
    on June 30, 2012 16:29

    heard this on one of Luke's mixes - it's beautiful, please release it!

  • A Comment on Hodgizz's
    Check It Out Dub1-Jason Hodges at 6.10
    on May 06, 2012 19:12

    Bumpin! What a beautiful way to pay your respects

  • A Comment on PHIL WEEKS (ROBSOUL REC.)'s
    Phil Weeks - Thinking Of You (PW03) at 2.32
    on April 27, 2012 16:57

    this one takes it, love the break & the raw groove

  • A Comment on lukesolomon's
    78 Resident Advisor.EX078 Luke Solomon Intervie... at 33.58
    on March 13, 2012 19:57

    interesting insight on Gemini - I'll think twice about buying more of his tunes - at least I still have At That Café…

  • A Comment on Hodgizz's
    Jason Hodges Live @ Bounce,Toronto 03 19 11 at 1.25.16
    on March 27, 2011 23:45

    slamming mix - as good as seeing you live at the Stop Through in Miami, cause now I get to download it…

  • A Comment on lukesolomon's
    Some Songs Have Words Vol. 4 (Part 1/Sad)- Luk...
    on August 19, 2010 21:17

    bumpin beats, look forward to the tracklisting...

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