John Berry is a fixture in electronic music having propelled listeners beyond the aural horizon by daftly weaving original productions, remixes & dance floor filled mix sessions that blur the boundaries between artist, producer & DJ.
Mastering a wide realm of electronic music ranging from early eighty’s New Wave, Industrial, Techno, Deep House, Progressive & Electro House, Nu-Disco & Breaks… John has found the path of least resistance to create a cohesive groove that is now his secret weapon in all his productions. The way he seemingly crafts melodies, momentum & song structure, will taunt, tease, as well as seduce a dance floor into nothing other than a spiritual exercise in musical existentialism.
Born and raised in Houston Texas, John was exposed to music at an early age witnessing his father performing up-right bass in theaters, clubs and upscale lounges. His fathers own linage reads like a “Who’s Who” having played the circuit with Nat King Cole, Wayne Newton, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, as well as being a pivotal session musician on many jazz and southern blues jewels.
“I have to admit… At that age… I enjoyed being up past my bedtime… Not to mention, witnessing my father playing bass with his band in a rotating lounge overlooking the nights city skyline.”
Having a profound impact on his direction in life John knew unequivocally music was in his blood. At the urging of his father he took up clarinet. After exercising the full scope of the instrument he quickly outgrew the tonal limitations and began being influenced buy the mid-eighty’s synthesized sounds of acts like Alan Parsons Project, The Cars, Kraftwerk, Devo & Dépêche Mode and found his roots quickly within the synthesized world of electronic dance music.
Taking his own direction in music John took up playing 12 inch vinyl records and secured residencies at legendary venues such Respectable Street Café in West Palm Beach and soon found himself playing in larger club arenas like famed Visage, Renaissance, Blue Room, Icon and special one off affaires.
Established as an in-demand DJ by 19 John soon was ushered into an elite realm within the electronic community in due to his weekly WPRK 91.5 FM Rollins College radiobroadcast show titled “Citrus Sessions”. Within a super brief stint behind the decks the up and comer found himself interviewing Cosmic Baby & D;Ream as well as performing along side DJ Icey, Josh Wink, Jimmy Van M, Quivver & John Digweed. Although it may appear to have seemingly happened over night, it in fact did not. This kind of immediate recognition, success and fan base is uncommon for any artist.
“When most of my fellow classmates were practicing guitar solos… I was purchasing analogue synthesizers, drum machines and studio gear in a period of music when the charts were predominantly dominated by grunge and guitar rock. Call me crazy but the truth is I was consumed by the underground dance music scene of the late 80’s and early 90’s and by fighting the odds and listen to my instincts I’ve forged a path of my own sonic synthetic obsession.”
Not willing to limit his talents strictly to his DJ prowess, he has continually explored various interests as an adept producer, songwriter & remix artist. All of which is evident in his 1999 Billboard charting remix of pop music artist’s Boys–N–Girls United’s “Messed Around” (Extended Rough House Remix).
His rework of DJ Icey’s Rikrak (John Berry Snow Cone Mix) has been charted on many a progressive house DJ’s top 10 picks. His attention to detail and remixing ability’s has not only garnered the attention of independent and major label releases but also the movie industry as well. His productions can be heard in the movie “The Karaoke King” in the form of the legendary 80’s anthem Nucleus “Jam On It” remix.
“The best in the business know that being an artist is about being able to read, understand and interpret people and then being able to tap into that human experience and take it on a journey never before imagined.”
Some of his cooperate appearances include The Indy Racing League, The Disney Wonder, Orlando Museum of Art, Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark, Gene Simmons & The Killers. John has always been noted for being a master at blending and layering textures and it’s this universal appeal he has bottled for his own sonic dance floor distribution.