You can easily recognise The Lovely Jonjo when you see him. With his blonde curls and his sweet smile, he looks like an angel, simple as that. But what makes him even more recognisable is his talent in making people go crazy on the dance floor in the wee hours of the morning as we’ve experienced to our delight at Dick And Fanny. Jonjo has been in the music scene for many years now, throwing parties himself, including the infamous Hot Boy Dancing Spot with whom we’ve teamed up for our pre-NYE event at the Dalston Superstore back in December 2012. We’ve now invited Jonjo to play some tunes for us again at our event on Saturday 16 February and we took this opportunity to have a little catch up to see what’s new with him these days.
Hi Jonjo. How are you?
Yeah really good, I had a very chilled January but 2013 has jumped into gear now with your party coming up, I have work during London Fashion Week and also DJed at the Kraftwerk after party… so super excited.
Yeah, a busy start of the year indeed! You’ve been DJing for a while now, how did you start out and where?
Well, about 10 years ago I was managing and buying for a Japanese label, Super Lovers, and used to blow all my wages on music. I was really bored of retail and started to play at a few friends’ parties. Richard and Lili, who now own The George and Dragon used to come into my shop and said they were opening the pub and were looking for DJs. I jumped at the chance and started the now legendary (and very messy) Sunday there.
There really wasn’t much of the Shoreditch scene going on then so it really was quite special. I then later went on to do warm up for Erol Alkan at Trash on Mondays and the rest is history so to speak, ha.
Yep, we do remember those Sundays at The George, they were quite something! You then started the very popular Hot Boy Dancing Spot clubnight, what was your original idea for the club and did that live up to your expectations?
In my teens I was obsessed with Popstarz when it used to be in a warehouse in Angel called Paradise (this is going back to 1995 eeek). It was a real relief for me to fit into a crowd that was about music (indie then) and not the shiny mainstream Soho thing. Oh and snogging other cute indie boys on the dancefloor. There was always lots of kissing there.
Before I started HBDS I was playing over in Berlin a few times and loved how the parties were all about cute boys into music but kind of just hanging out in jeans and tees. HOT. So I tried to do the same here, think it does what it says on the tin, ha!
The boys will be happy to know that! So… on the music front of the night, what inspires your sets? If you had to give a musical flavour to the stuff you play, what would it be?
Well my mum and dad were punks and I started playing indie so I do like to keep it a little mixed up even though I play mainly electronic these days. I love to chuck in a little post punk and disco with techno bangers. We love the last silly hour at HBDS for maybe a bit of NIN or Marylin Manson? Whatever.
Besides being super active on the DJ and promoting side of things, do you also produce your own stuff?
I work with an engineer on all the Fashion show stuff I do but I’ve just gone back to school to teach myself and hopefully original Jonjo tunes are coming up soon.
Well, we’ll be sure to stay tuned for that. Looking back at 2012, what will you remember the most?
Playing the opening party of The Tanks at The Tate was a massive highlight as was playing in New York a few times and the Dalston Superstore and Durrr Boat parties in Crotia were too much fun.
Oh yeah you played at our friends’ Mandy Graves and Jools Palmer’s party The Bassment in New York and played with them at Dick And Fanny too, what a night it was!
So what are your plans for 2013?
I have a few new nights up my sleeve and think Ibiza and Glastonbury are also on the cards. Also we will be taking HBDS to the Venice Biennale once again this year in a sleazy disco.x.x.x
Awesome, thanks Jonjo, DAFers can’t wait to shake it on Saturday!
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