JP_DD

About

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Designer

John-Paul has over 10 years industry experience, specialising in brand identity and corporate communications. After graduating he spent 3 years at on-screen branding agency Lambie-Nairn, where he designed many global brand identities including Freeview, all four BBC Channels, Telenet (Belgium), Astro (Malaysia) and the Sci-Fi Channel (USA). 

John-Paul moved to the USA to head up the in-house marketing team at Abercrombie & Fitch, where he oversaw the re-branding for their highly successful Hollister label. He then spent 5 years at corporate communications specialist SAS, where he became Creative Director, leading a team of 18 people. They created brand identites, annual reports and recruitment campaigns for many FTSE 100 companies, including Aviva, Rentokil Initial, BT, Ernst & Young, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Sainsburys and Grosvenor. John-Paul joined Turquoise as Creative Director in 2009.

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DJ

John-Paul was raised in West Yorkshire in the UK, and has been obsessed with dance music ever since a friend convinced him to change his hip hop alliances and come with him to hear a certain dj called Sasha at Back to Basics in the early nineties. From that point on the N.W.A tapes went to the back of the cupboard, and replaced by racks of early progressive house vinyl. Labels such as Strictly Rythmn, Limbo and Guerilla shaped his teenage years, as did weekly trips to Rennaissance, Up yer Ronson and Cream to pay homage to his heroes – Sasha & John Digweed. John-Paul began djing in pubs in Yorkshire when he was just 16. Trying to push tracks such as ‘Embracing the Future’ when northern drunkards ask for “Some rave choons” was difficult going! It wasnt until he moved to London that he found the scene he was looking for.

Running club nights soon followed, alonside long time collaborator Robin Arnold – including the legandary ‘Biotech’ parties on the south coast. Everything clicked into place with his Farringdon based night ‘Futurism’, located around the corner to Fabric. The essence of the night was to push dj’s that were thought to represent the future of progressive house, and John-Paul djed alongside exceptional talents such as Steve Gerrard, Nigel Marcussen and Matt Simpson.

In 2005 John-Paul moved to the USA, and quickly found like minded dj’s such as Jeffrey Collins and Quantum, and immediately gained a monthly residency in Columbus, Ohio. John-Paul has since returned to the UK, and is available for weddings and bar mitzvah’s!

Always passionate about pushing the deep and dark, intelligent sounds represented in his mix, John-Paul continues to move with the scene, but never deviates from the progressive sound that first moved him over 10 years ago.

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