John Thomas

John Thomas

French DJ / Composer / Producer. Ginga Music label co-founder. Around Electronic & House Music with Funk, Ghetto and Hip-Hop backgrounds.

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Biography

Key figure on the French electronic scene, John Thomas decided to leave the circuit in 2009 in order to fulfill a childhood dream: to return to live in Africa (Senegal) to work with animals. Ten years later, now based in Portugal (Lisbon), he finds his DJ producer cap with GINGA music, his new sound label in partnership with Yoyaku distribution. Scheduled for December 2019, the first release will delight House Music fans. Back in the day. 2009: John plays all over the world ! Resident DJ of the Rex Club for 10 years, he is one of the French flagship producers, his music is played by legends like Jeff Mills or Robert Hood. But after 3 albums, and more than 40 EPs, he feels the need to step back and decides to take a break. It’s the perfect opportunity to live his childhood dream, with his wife Barbara Goes, they settle in Africa, more precisely in Senegal. The destination makes sense, John spent part of his childhood there, he returns there regularly since his 18 years. "I wanted to live there for a while, to do something other than music, because I had always lived only since my 15 years ". If he starts his career so young, it is because his parents had clubs, and he is only 10 years old when he plays his first Funk and Disco records. Inspired by Hip Hop, the young boy polishes his skills, then his mother makes him discover titles that trigger him an immediate click: Marshall Jefferson's Move Your Body, and Deee-Lite's Groove is in The Heart: "Everything I loved came together in one piece: Hip-Hop, Funk, Disco ". John works hard to progress, and quickly confirms his enthusiasm with his first residencies: the weekend at the club Storm (Serious Trip Of Rave Master, in Limoges), where he receives DJs like Laurent Garnier or Jack of Marseille. At the Privilege Club (Palace, in Paris), for the Jet-Sex parties. When the late DJ Kriss (Toulouse) made him discover the very first edition of Boréalis, John is far from imagining that in this same festival, a few years later, Jeff Mills will play his title External (Logistic 05, 1998) three times in the same set! South of France occupies a preponderant place in his life. After playing for the Positiv 'Evolution parties, he meets people whom are determining his producer’s career, such as Eric Dalbin and Alexandre Petit (Logistic Records), or Olivier Micheli (Static Drum). With a handful of EPs, John Thomas is recognized as one of the leading french producers. His meeting with Jean-Guillaume Cabanne is then essential, after some collaboration for Logistic records, the musician participates (for 6 titles out of 17) in the writing of the first album of John. Blackstage was released in 2001 and was voted album of the year by Radio Nova. John plays internationally and collaborates with artists such as Robert Hood, Aril Brikha, Dj Slip, Claude Young, Technasia, Fumiya Tanaka, John Tejada, Octave One, Rolando, DBX (Dan Bell), Losoul ... In 2005 John meets his wife, Bárbara Goes. While they are discovering their musical universe, their references, they also produce for labels like Ethique and Minibar (Cabanne’s label), before producing The Unlimited Experience, an album whose visuals are made by Laurent Dubois. A EP of remixes also has collaborations signed Jens Zimmermann, Tom Ellis, and Ark. John and Barbara also perform "Live", including the Rex Club (where he is resident from 1999 to 2009), and Nuits Sonores festival in Lyon. But Africa has never left the John’s mind, who spent part of his childhood there and returns regularly since he was 18 years old. Then, in 2009, they leave France for an adventures which last 10 years. Eventually, his friends convince him to make a come back. John and Barbara then moved to Portugal, Lisbon, where they set up their new studio, and develop new projects, such as GINGA Music, their new label, House Music oriented, influenced by Funk, Disco, Samba, Hip-Hop, of which the first release is announced for December 2019.