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John Barber


John Barber refers to the music he plays as house music, but it's by no way run of the mill house. Primarily bass driven deep/tech house, and incorporating percussive and jackin' edge, his sets build through different grooves and moods smoothly and subtly, cutting through killer basslines along the way. He's taken major influence from many DJ's and producers such as LTJ Bukem, Phil Thompson, Yousef, Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, Cliff Lay, Danny Tenaglia and Layo & Bushwacka! to name a few.


John's obsession with dance music began back in 1994, after listening to his brothers hardcore and jungle tapes for the first time. His brother, Steve, a keen DJ at the time himself, was playing on the circuit in Southampton and Bristol and was definitely a massive influence on John. This then lead to John buying his first set of turntables at the age of 15.


John started out playing friends parties, which then took the steady progression to promoting and putting on one off parties for students in Southampton and Bournemouth. As well as promoting events and DJing, John got himself a job in a record shop in Southampton. This was the base for John to do his research, learning about music and how the industry worked. He gave the DJ's that visited the shop his CD's for feedback good or bad. Phil Thompson, Bedrock resident and producer, was one of the people John used to give his mixes to. Phil's honesty taught him a lot and its advice like this that helped John realize what he wanted to be as a DJ, and what qualities you needed to be one, or a good one anyway.


John continued to DJ whenever he could, putting on occasional parties and playing his music to people who might appreciate it. Visiting clubs around the country is where John gained inspiration from other DJ's. Its clubs like The End, Fabric, Tribal Sessions, Turnmills and Maison that have inspired him the most as a clubber.


Inspirational nights out clubbing and his increasing addiction to music pressured John to do all he could to get more opportunities to play his music out to an educated audience. Constantly sending cds out and not expecting replies is what John did for the next few years before he finally got some interest from Turnmills in London, where hešs played frequently in 2004. More luck came shortly after this when the same demo got into the hands of Serg from Club Class in Maidstone. John had given a copy to Jeff who worked for the club. He liked it and passed it onto Serg, and shortly after got the nod to book John for a back room warm up, and from this has gained many more booking's at the club.


2004 has also seen John play Maison in Bournemouth and the Tribal Session 10th Anniversary Album Tour. On top of all this John has been credited in DJ magazine by Nick Fanciulli (top 100 DJ's poll). Nick said his warm up set at Club Class in August was the best he'd seen this year.


John has also been working hard in the studio with production partner Andy Branford, under their guise 'B-Siderz'. Look out for their new material in 2005.

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