After cutting his teeth as a clubber at seminal late 80’s London clubs such as Taboo, Sacrosanct and the Mud Club, Jon’s career on the other side of the decks started in 1991. His 3 piece Cabaret act ‘The Pleased Wimmin’ were spotted performing at Kinky Gerlinky by Danny Rampling who immediately invited them to come and be dancers at his club Glam at the Milk Bar.
The Pleased Wimmin were an extraordinary sight, at once Ultra Glam but Streetwise too, never falling into the clichéd idea of traditional ‘Female Impersonators’. Their approachability and disarming wit set them apart….along with their high octane cackles and high energy presence.
Over the next year it became apparent to Danny that Jon was obsessive about his music and in the summer of 1991, he asked Jon if he’d like to warm up for 6 weeks whilst Danny was in Ibiza. An immediate hit with the crowd, requests for guest slots came in thick and fast and he became a regular fixture at clubs nationwide such as Puschca, Venus, Fabric, Back To Basics, Miss Moneypennies, Slam, Pacha, Space, The Pod, Ministry of Sound, Cream and Renaissance to name a few.
Jon’s highly stylised dress sense (he is an ex-Fashion Student) and his skill at mixing an eclectic selection of tunes garnered praise all round and throughout the 1990’s he was a regular fixture in DJ Magazine’s top 20 best DJ’s in the world, coming 5th in 1996.
He has released numerous records, including two UK top 30 hits in the mid 90’s on the Perfecto label (‘Passion’ & Give Me Strength’) along with releases in 2004 on the Wall of Sound label under the moniker ‘The Visitor’ (‘Our Lips are Sealed’ & ‘European Love’). He has also released tracks on his own (now defunct) label Lovelife Records. Jon has also released best-selling and well-received mix compilations on Ministry of Sound, Fantazia (House Collection 2 alongside Boy George & Tony De Vit), Pimp, Stress and Distinctive records.
He has also remixed tracks by Erasure, Cerrone, Mozaic, Themroc, Divine, Full Monty Allstars, Dean Newton & Huggy, Teenager, Sudha and Pierre Henry amongst others.
In 2001 he moved from London to Edinburgh to concentrate on studio work and he graduated from Napier University in 2007 with a First Class Honours Degree (BA) in Popular Music – Composition & Production.
Jon still guests all over Europe playing current and classic sets and has played alongside the cream of the Dj world including Pete Tong, Freemasons, Mark Ronson, Seamus Haji, 2ManyDj’s, Jacques Lu Cont, Danny Tenaglia, Sasha, Carl Cox, Smokin’ Jo, Andrew Weatherall, Boy George, Sister Bliss and Erol Alkan to name a few.
He has also been been writing, producing and remixing. In 2012 he released three of his own tracks ‘Oh Yeah’ ‘Guiltless’ & ‘Disconnected’ via the label Planet Acetate, these are available online at Itunes & Beatport under his own name Jon Pleased Wimmin. He is currently working on a remix for the new Visage single Never Enough.
He is also the music editor of Beige Magazine – www.beigeuk.com
Last year saw Jon start up 2 new residencies in Edinburgh at his own nights Automatic and the weekly knees –up that is The Church of High Kicks.
He also carries on his Dare! brand with regular nights in Dundee and Edinburgh.
Within the last year Jon has played at a whole host of exciting gigs, such as –
Boy George’s Alternative Pride party at Area in London,
The Rhumba’s Festival of House in Scotland alongside Slam, Dave Seaman & Justin Robertson, Leftfield, Hot Chip and more.
Brighton Rocks with The Freemasons & Justin Robertson
Cream 20th Birthday in Birmingham alongside Sister Bliss, Jaguar Skills & Danny Howard
Mynt & Ultrasuede in Belfast, Clockwork Orange in London and Audio in Brighton to name a few.
Some other non-club events where Jon has played include
The Brit Awards After Party 2002
Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) 50th Birthday Party 2005
Edinburgh Film Festival Launch Party AT Edinburgh Art School in 2007 with Franz Ferdinand Appearing Live (Acoustic)
….amongst many others.
His eclectic taste and encyclopaedic knowledge of pop and dance music make him the perfect candidate for any party that needs his distinctive injection of oomph.
Jon has recently been cited by Boy George as his favourite all-time DJ!