He’s one of the UK’s hottest acts, the new generation of Hed Kandi movers and shakers. We caught up with John Jones prior to his Coral Beach Club gig on December 11
Time Out Bahrain staff
What’s the first record you remember listening to? The honest answer: I remember having a 7” Vinyl of Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’ that I used to practically have on repeat.
When did you first get involved with Hed Kandi? I became involved in the gang in late 2001. I was good friends with fellow resident DJ Andy Norman and also knew Hed Kandi founder Mark Doyle fairly well. They needed a DJ to play at a fashion gig at Harrod’s in London on a Saturday afternoon. From then on the rest is history.
Describe the Hed Kandi brand as it stands today. It’s easy, straight up, just good dance music, across the board, that is packaged attractively. The gigs always look spectacular from a production point of view and the CD artwork has been a main staple of our appearance.
Who is your idol? From a music point of view I’d have to say Michael Jackson. It may sound ridiculous but it only really hit home when I heard the news of his death. It really affected me and that surprised me especially as I’d never met the guy.
Best city ever played in? I completely fell in love with Montreal in Canada. Stereo has what I would consider as the best sound-system in the world. The city is also pretty magical and the people are crazy!!
Ever been to Bahrain before? Yes, I have had the pleasure of playing in Bahrain twice before. I remember playing on a barge about 15 metres out at sea back into a packed beach of about 3,000 clubbers on the sand. That party was insane!
Describe the Bahrain audience. The crowd in Bahrain are always awesome, real party people who are not only glamorous, but also very intelligent with their music.
If you could give Bahrain an anthem, what would it be? Nuyorican Soul feat. Roy Ayers ‘I Am The Black Gold of The Sun’ (4 Hero Remix). I dropped it as my last track the last time I played at Level and the crowd went completely nuts! It would be amazing to have a national anthem that drives people wild every time it’s played. Shall we start a campaign?