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Jonny White

Toronto, Canada

AKA: Art Department

My Favorite Robot Records, No.19 Music
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In a few short years Jonny White has stepped up to become one of the leading players in Canadian dance music, regarded as one of the country’s most innovative and forward thinking new artists. True he has been a local promoter for over a decade but his move into the world of DJ’ing and his role as both producer and label boss have seen him rapidly rise to the forefront of the international scene. His label, No.19 has seen him releasing music from the likes of DJ Sneak, Stacey Pullen & Jamie Jones alongside his own productions whilst his club nights have brought such luminaries as Carl Craig and Peace Division to his home town of Toronto.

No stranger to music, Jonny was brought up surrounded by and immersed in all genres of music from a very early age. Born into a music family, his father at the time working as division manager for A&M Records exposed Jonny to everything from soul, to rock, to disco and alternative in his formative years.. inevitably creating his obsession with all types of music, sound and later aspirations to make music into a career.

Starting out as a local promoter in the flourishing Toronto scene during the late 90’s, Jonny was heavily influenced by house music legends like Derrick Carter, Green Velvelt and DJ Sneak and Richie Hawtin, stalwarts at Toronto’s now legendary Industry Nightclub where Jonny first found love for the electronic sound. From his early days putting on local parties he soon became entranced with the idea of being involved in the performance/creative aspect of the business and began shopping for music and playing at small underground parties put on by White and his friends. From there things quickly progressed and it wasn’t long before Jonny landed a residency with Toronto’s Legendary YYZ Entertainment and found himself playing for all the companies much lauded events on several house and techno bills weekly.

Whilst things were developing at a steady rate on the DJ front, White began to take an interest in the recording and production side of things and joined forces with James Teej who had recently moved across the country to be in Toronto. The first fruit of their labours was the ‘Musique Noire’ single, released along side White’s first original solo production – “Full Night” which was rapidly snapped up for release on the impressive Connect Four label. The musical partnership between White and Teej was to endure and soon followed with the sublime “Vital Organs” (released in mid 2009 on No.19) and the much anticipated “Narco Balada” to be released on Perspectiv Records in 2010. This was but the start of White’s impressive discography that has grown quickly over the past few years and includes a string of critically acclaimed singles on the No.19 Music label.

Back in the club, things were hotting up. Jonny White was asked to hold a 5am residency at David Morales Sonic Nightclub and offers began to flood in for guest slots across Canada and beyond. Spots at international festivals such as Ultra in Miami, DEMF and BPM in Mexico further established White’s position as one of the fastest rising artists out of Canada. Moving residencies from Sonic to the much hailed Peter Gaishen’s Circa Nightclub, Jonny also began playing regularly for Adam Gills’ Embrace Entertainment along side friends MANDY, Tiefschwarz, Audiofly & Damian Lazarus.

The story from here centres round the meteoric rise of No.19, the label and events company that is now the backbone of White’s entertainment business. The brand has become the face of Toronto’s underground music scene, creating some of the most exciting nights the city has ever seen, bringing in heroes of house and techno such as Nick Curly, Peace Division, Guy Gerber and Carl Craig to name just a few. The No.19 label was soon to follow and drew instant international attention with its mix of exciting fresh talent and established hard hitters. White’s vision for No.19 saw Toronto’s finest rubbing shoulders with names such as DJ Sneak, Stacey Pullen, Justin Drake and Osunlade instantly creating a new found respect for Toronto’s underground, and international praise for White.

Outside of No.19 White has managed to find time to run the up and coming My Favorite Robot label as well as recording music for Ripperton’s superb Perspectiv label and providing remixes the likes of Crosstown Rebels, Wolf + Lamb (to be released in 2010) and Thoughtless Music to name but a few..

Never one to rest, and always looking for new creative outlets, in 2010 Art Department was born! – the production & dj partnership between White and long time friend and Canadian dance music Legend Kenny Glasgow. With productions soon to be released on Crosstown Rebels including collaborations with Seth Troxler & Jamie Jones followed by a full length album in early 2011, this promises to be yet another exciting feat in what is becoming a long list in White’s career.

There can be no doubt that Jonny White is in his ascendancy.

Drawing on his knowledge as promoter, DJ, artist and label boss he is climbing a seemingly effortless path to the summit of the scene and on his journey is providing some of the most exciting music and clubbing experiences out there. As dance music continues on its journey of reinvention it takes individuals like White and his knowledge, passion and talent to keep the fires burning brightly.