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Jon Carter has exported his own particular brand of quality madness to the four corners of the globe for over 15 years. He rose to prominence as a resident of the era-defining Heavenly Social in 1994, playing legendary weekly sessions alongside the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim in the sweaty basement of The Albany pub in central London, then moving on for many years at Turnmills.
He released a string of singles and an album as Monkey Mafia - the concept reached its creative pinnacle a year later with an album, also called 'Shoot the Boss', that had the critics united in praise. In its live incarnation, Monkey Mafia's reputation landed them nationwide tour support slots for both Mercury prize winners Reprazent, Massive Attack and the Chemical Brothers, regularly in front of crowds of 10,000 plus. The same year, 1998, saw Jon playing as a guest DJ on the Prodigy's 'Fat of the Land' tour, exposing him to a wider audience and confirming his status as one of the brightest young DJ talents, entering the 21st century as resident at three of the UK’s biggest clubs: Fabric in London, Bugged Out in Liverpool/Manchester and Shine in Belfast.
The summer of 2000 in the UK was all about the English version of 'Love Parade', sponsored by BBC Radio 1. Jon was among a select number of DJs who entertained a crowd of around 350,000 (the largest outdoor event attendance in the UK) actually playing twice, before also playing the Berlin Love Parade that inspired it. Outside of clubland, Jon was also turning his hand to a number of different projects. He played live for a Stella McCartney show in Paris, seamlessly mixing the Beatles 'Hey Jude' over a drum and bass beat while McCartney senior looked on.
Alongside his Monkey Mafia project Jon has recorded under many different guises - Junior Cartier, Joe Schmoe and Artery to name just three. His impressive remix CV includes such high profile commissions as U2, The Beach Boys (the only official remix), Manic Street Preachers, The Prodigy, The Beastie Boys and both The Stone Roses AND The Happy Mondays amongst many many others. His Happy Mondays remix of '24 Hour Party People' ended up as the title track for the film of the same name. And it wasn’t the first time U2 had received the Carter treatment - he re-worked the band’s Last Night On Earth single in 1997 and Jon’s version was still very much to the fore ten years later as it was selected for inclusion in the ‘Popmart - Live’ DVD released in September 2007.
Alongside all of this, Jon’s criss-crossing of the globe continued with massive gigs on Sydney’s Bondi beach (where Jon brought in the Millennium), the Rio Big Beach Boutique (with Fatboy Slim and DJ Marky) in front of 300,000 people and the carnival in Salvador, further up the Brazilian coast where Jon became the first DJ to bring house beats to a previously Soca dominated event - and a crowd of upwards of a million. The Brazilian influence was layered through his 2002 mix CD for his residency - 'Viva Bugged Out' - switching from chilled beats to tribal, all with that Carter carnival atmosphere. He issued the single ‘Go Down’ on his own Saville Row label, sampling the Coen Brothers ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ to great effect, prompting the Ministry Of Sound in London to hand Jon, and his nascent label, their own residency featuring, among others, acid legend DJ Pierre as a regular guest. Again, his residency here led to another mix CD for the Ministry label - 'Saturday Sessions'. Other Mix CDs include his Live at The Social Volume 2 for his residency there with the Chemical Brothers and the inaugural double CD for the '7 Live' series.
Add to this annual trips to Ibiza for residencies at Cream and Manumission and regular dates in Singapore, China and Japan and a picture starts to form of someone who permanently lived out of a suitcase but Jon’s studio work kept the home fires burning.
A year later, in 2003, Jon contributed to Wall of Sounds’ Two Culture Clash project. His collaboration with Patra, ‘Who Do You Love?’ was the album’s lead single and was recorded at Gee Jam in Jamaica. It remains one of Jon’s favourite collaborations, fusing acid house with the vocals of a dancehall legend. Whilst in the Caribbean, another collaboration with a legend saw Jon cut a track with graffiti artist Bansky, 'Irrational Anthem' - an altenative take on 'God Save The Queen' that probably ended their chances of ever getting a knighthood.
Fast forward 12 months and Jon was part of the team that put together the small but perfectly formed 'Lock Tavern' tent at the Glastonbury festival, where Jon had played every year since 1999. Named after the pub/music venue in Camden that Jon had been a director of since its launch the previous summer, the tent became the only place to play for new acts such as Hot Chip starring in afternoon sessions whilst the evenings featured a more upfront line-up of Jon and guests, most famously Erol Alkan. Thereafter, it was off to Taiwan where Jon marked another first as he headlined the opening of the island's Ministry Of Sound club, and later playing the newly opened Ministry in Singapore before heading off for another Australian tour. The high point came on the final night, at the Chinese Laundry at The Slip Inn, Sydney - a night were Jon tore it up so much that the club asked him on the spot to compile and mix their 2006 compilation with resident Matt Nugent.
Further remix duties saw Jon rework Gorillaz number one hit ‘Dirty Harry’ as well as new tracks by Lumidee & Speedy and The Drill whilst laying down new tracks - among them the stand out 'Freakshow' which has become a massive favourite on dancefloors across Europe and 'The Rabbit' under the moniker 'Gentleman's Agreement'. New residencies saw him playing regularly at the groundbreaking Chibuku in Liverpool, Basics in Leeds, Shine in Belfast and Ministry and Fabric in London. Jon underlined his 'anything goes' credentials with his set at the opening night of 'Guilty Pleasures' at Koko in London whilst further afield, Eastern Europe has fallen under the Carter spell with roof-lifting sets in Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Closer to home and Jon has been equally focused on bringing new talent through at the Lock Tavern and its sister venue in south London, the Amersham Arms. The Lock Tavern has brought Rob da Bank’s famed 'Sunday Best' night north of the river and also gave birth to the likes of the Filthy Dukes and Simian Mobile Disco - more sweaty Sunday nights in a London pub - full circle back to Albany days. It's also at the Lock Tavern where Jon has established his hugely successful 'Block at The Lock' parties which has given birth to his new project, the band 'Roosevelt High'. His love of hip hop, dancehall and acid all combining to make an immense party starting beast that is already taking this summer by the throat with their anthem 'Stevie's Drop'.
This summer it's all been about the festivals for Jon, with an appearance at almost every major event, including being one of Rizla's 'Invisible Players' touring to incredible effect in what has undoubtedly been the highlight of every site they appear at.
DJ, remixer, producer, recording artist, pub landlord. One thing's pretty certain - if you're looking for Jon, he's probably not in...