London, Britain (UK)
Jon White is one of the rising stars of the dance music scene. A career which has seen him travel the world numerous times over shows no signs of slowing - completely the opposite in fact.
A professional career which began in 1998 has seen Jon light up dancefloors on every continent alongside the world’s biggest Artists and DJs. His portfolio reads like a who’s who of dance music, while he’s represented the world’s leading brands including Ministry Of Sound, Pacha, Cream, Defected, Space Ibiza, Hed Kandi and Hotel Costes, to name a few.
Jon is no stranger to the world of celebrity too, having DJ’d for the likes of Richard Branson, Eva Mendes, Colin Farrell, Steve Buscemi, Paris Hilton, Scottie Pippen, Sharon Stone and Pierce Brosnan in recent years.
So how did it all begin?
From an early age, Jon was introduced to electronic music by his cousins, both of whom were DJs.
His early influences included Depeche Mode and electronic pioneers Craftwork, with their sounds still very much influencing his style to this day.
As a teenager, Jon began building his record collection, sourcing music from the UK’s finest record stores. It wasn’t long before he had purchased his first set of turntables and was spending every available second perfecting his mixing and learning the intricacies of constructing a set.
Jon’s break came when he moved along the coast from his hometown of Southampton to Bournemouth. It was whilst at University that he started picking up regular gigs and within the space of a year had gone from playing local bars and nightclubs, to a weekly residency at one of the UK’s leading venues – The 2500 capacity Opera House (O2 Academy).
An incredibly successful four years followed, however the time had come for Jon to bring his sound to the international stage. A residency at the beautiful beachside Superclub Double Six in Bali followed, before Jon settled in Singapore.
Jon became the founding resident of Attica – with the venue becoming Singapore's hottest nightspot overnight - and making Jon a household name on the Asian club scene. A club expansion six months later saw Jon gracing the decks alongside the likes of Dave Seaman, David Piccioni (Azuli), Pete Gooding (Café Mambo) and Terry Farley.
Jon’s profile in Asia grew further, when he accepted residency of Asian clubbing institution Zouk in Kuala Lumpur, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Carl Cox, Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren and Deep Dish on a weekly basis.
2006 saw Jon team up with Attica once more, launching Attica Shanghai, with the club voted Best Nightclub in Shanghai barely 6 months after it’s opening. The year also saw Jon's first foray into the studio, collaborating with Subliminal’s Jason Herd (Juan Kidd/Herd & Fitz). Their remix of the Future Sound of London’s seminal classic, 'Papua New Guinea', saw global acclaim, with Pete Tong showcasing the track on his Essential Selection show on BBC Radio1. Notable plays from Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez and Mark Knight saw the track released globally alongside the original on the ‘Jumpin and Pumpin’ imprint. The track featured on numerous compilations, most notably Renaissance’s “Past, Present and Future”.
Further studio collaborations followed, with Jon traveling to the US to work with Dutch producer Phil Van De Werken, formerly producer for Prince, and three times Grammy Winner Jamecia Bennett. Later that year Jon’s debut compilation album 'Thinking Out Loud Asia' was released globally, earning rave reviews from the International music press.
Jon continued to rock dancefloors worldwide, while headlining alongside the likes of Pete Tong, Hernan Cattaneo, Steve Lawler and Sebastien Leger, for his weekly Ministry of Sound residency in Shanghai. The year ended with Jon signing to The Supermodified Agency, joining the ranks alongside Sasha, Nick Warren and Afrojack.
Further tours followed - notable highlights included Jon headlining alongside Martin Solveig for Hotel Costes, while launching Darren Emerson’s (Underworld) Detone Imprint alongside Darren.
After an incredible journey in Shanghai, Jon returned to Singapore – and he hasn’t looked back.
For the last five years Jon has run the most successful midweek night in Asia – his monthly Helipad Party on the Helicopter Pad of The Stamford Swissotel, has been a phenomenal success, showcasing international talent including Nicky Romero and Alex Kenji alongside Jon.
High profile residencies for Los Angeles’s Avalon and Miami’s Pangaea have only further increased Jon’s profile, while he has continued to tour frequently – headlining events from Macau to Mexico.
Jon has just returned from headlining the Global Gathering Festival at the Venetian Resort in Macau alongside Will.I.Am and Jessie J, while in the last year he has opened and closed for Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold and Roger Sanchez, as well as closing for Pitbull at his Concert in Cancún, Mexico.
With further tours and studio collaborations planned and the launch of a new DJ agency, there is only one way Jon’s career is headed.
The future's bright - the future's Jon White...
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