Following his inauspicious beginnings DJ’ing at school discos and 21st birthday parties, John Gibbons’ rise has been meteoric, fast-tracking his way into the public consciousness and making a name as arguably Ireland’s hottest young property on the dance scene and the country’s only international Wet & Hard DJ.
Currently tagged as probably “Irelands hardest-working DJ*”, and “Ireland’s answer to Corvin Dalek”, Club Educate head-honcho John has guested in the vast majority of Irish clubs including PoD, Red Box, Temple Theatre, Radisson, Enigma, Rapture, Foundry, runs the hugely successful Vivid Vinyl tour nationwide, plays regularly in Europe and the US and has appeared on MTV Dancefloor and VIVA TV Europe. Gibbons holds down residencies in Lamouche (France), Forth (Miami), with the Pulse club tour in Ireland and the Pornoground World Tour, among others.
A champion of the ever-expanding worldwide Wet & Hard sound, John produces and hosts his own ‘Club Educate’, dubbed “the world’s only dedicated Wet & Hard radio show”) on Spin FM, Dublin (Thursdays 23.45gmt – webcast on spin1038.com) and regularly appears on 2FM and various other high-profile radio stations including Ministry Of Sound (London & worldwide), KFBK (California), Evropa2, Radio Deejay, Radio Life (Czech Republic), Fun Radio (Slovakia). In production terms, John also has his debut release forthcoming on a major European label which has received air-play on many major Eurpoean and US radio stations to date.
Playing regularly worldwide alongside names such as Roger Sanchez, Fergie, Corvin Dalek, DJ Klang, Paul Van Dyk, Hybrid, DJ Rush, Space DJ’s, Timo Mass, Sandra Collins, Derrik Carter, Tall Paul, John 00 Fleming, Tomcraft, Groove Armada, Richie Hawtin, Green Velvet and with confirmed future DJ bookings in America, UK, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Central America, Canada, and Russia, John Gibbons is a name to watch out for now and in the future!
International press credits to date include DJ magazine, I-DJ magazine, M8 magazine, Mixmag, BBM, Bassline, USDJmag, Remix and full national exposure.
Recent high-profile gigs of note include Love Parade, San Francisco in front of 500,000 clubbers and the massive Summer of Love festival in Prague where response was such that John has been booked already for next years entire Summer of Love series. Gibbons also recently guested alongside at this year’s Playstation Experience in Dublin’s RDS Arena, with Dave Angel and Corvin Dalek at the massive 3D 4 Elements event in Slovakia and a series of dates with VIVA TV in Poland and headlined with Dalek, Angelo Mike and Tomcraft in the gigantic Lokomotiv club in Poland. Gibbons is also a part of the 2005 Pornoground World Tour with Corvin Dalek and DJ Klang which has seen dates in Dublin, London, and Nortern Ireland in advance of the assault on Eastern Europe and Central America.
John Gibbons also headlined in August alongside Armin Van Buuren, Fergie, Marco Bailey, Rolando, Umek and Steve Lawler at Ireland’s biggest dance music festival Planet Love 05, appeared at Dublin’s 8000 capacity Point Depot in September and the RDS Arena, Dublin with Groove Armada.
Steven Gerome for Club Educate – September 2005