From staring his DJ gigs some nineteen years ago, Jon Pleased Wimmin has become a legend within commercial House /Dance. Now living in Scotland, heading up his own record label, Lovelife!, recording as the Velvet Mafia, and running his own fashion label Pleased DJ'ing still takes Jon all over the place, as well as finding time to be Pete Farmer's guest live on the RedSeaDance show Thursday 21st April. Tune in from 4pm only on Push FM.
Jon started his DJ career in 1991 at Danny Rampling's seminal club Glam @ The Milk Bar in London and went on to play across the world. Playing regular slots at Cream (Liverpool), Fabric, The Gallery, Ministry of Sound (London), Gatecrasher (Sheffield), Miss Moneypennies, Wobble and Fun (Birmingham), Slam, Love Boutique, Taste, Rhumba Club (Scotland), The Pod, Red Box (Ireland) and The Escape, Time Flies and Hippo Club (Wales). he has released two UK Top 30 singles on Warner Brothers records under the name Jon of the Pleased Wimmin and also a series of underground 12" Singles on Wall of Sound Records as 'The Visitor'. he now lives in Edinburgh where he is working on new musical projects. He runs a monthly club night in Edinburgh called Dare! at The Speakeasy/Cabaret Voltaire on the Last Saturday of each month. He is also resident at Rocket, an after-work club that runs every other Friday from 5-9pm. This happens aboard The Cruz Ship at The Shore in Leith, Edinburgh and is Free Entry. He have 2 Monthly London residencies, one at Bodytalk @ Dalston Superstore on the 3rd Saturday of every month. The other one is at Egg nightclub in Kings Cross where you can hear him once a month.
In 1994, Jon turned his hand to music production and made his first record, ‘Passion' - a cover of the Bobby O production by The Flirts. The record was produced with Pizzaman (aka Norman Cook) who released it on his label, Southern Fried. The track was soon picked up by East West and later by Perfecto - going onto selling 12,000 copies and reaching no. 26 in the charts. Jon's follow up record in 1995, ‘Give Me Strength' was released with Sister Bliss and also hit the top 30. Jon Pleased followed his pop success in the late 90's by delivering remixes for the likes of Divine, Erasure, Pierre Henri and even Chris Rea.
In 1997, Jon decided he'd had enough. He became disheartened by DJing at so many clubs that he wasn't passionate about. In short, he craved something different. Jon ditched the drag and stopped running his Pleased night, deciding instead to concentrate on playing more eclectic sets at smaller clubs. One night whilst DJing at 93 Feet East with Jacques Lu Cont a few years later, Jon handed Wall of Sound's head honcho, Mark Jones, a demo from behind the decks. Mark had been a regular at Pleased in the mid 90's and knew Jon's music well.
In 2001, Mark signed Jon up as a Wall of Sound DJ and artist under Jon's new moniker, The Visitor. Last year, Jon moved away from London to Edinburgh. He now juggles his DJ schedule with running his own record label, Lovelife!, recording as the Velvet Mafia, and running his own fashion label, Pleased.
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Jon's current DJ residencies are-
Dare! in Edinburgh, my own night - Monthly
Memorabilia at 'The Village, 16 South Fort St, Leith - Fortnightly Fridays.
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