John Julius Knight is best known for dancefloor hits, such as “All I Do” (Cleptomaniacs feat. Bryan Chambers), Eminence feat. Kathy Brown’s “Give It Up” and his Soulfuric Trax classic “Find A Friend”. Both as a solo artist and with long-term ‘Cleptomaniacs’ partner Brian Tappert, JJK has produced and remixed for the likes of AM:PM, Strictly Rhythm, Defected, Z Records, CR2, Soulfuric, Swing City and Soulfuric Trax.
2006 saw the launch of John’s own imprint Reversoulmusic, whose first release ‘Infrared/The Groove’ got off to a great start with airplay from Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1, a top 3 spot in the Traxsource.com sales chart and international club & radio play. Since then, the label has gone from strength to strength and is set for a strong release schedule over the following months. JJK is also one of the exclusive residents on the trend-setting Traxsource.com radio show, which airs all across the US via XM Radio ‘The Move’, in the UK via Solar Radio, as well as internationally via numerous syndication stations.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, John got into the sound of Club Classics as a kid through his older brother who deejayed at local spots. In his teens John became a regular at the legendary Paradise Garage spearheaded by maestro Larry Levan, Tony Humphries’s Zanzibar Club, The Loft and David Morales’s Redzone – which collectively built the foundations for his career in House music.
In the early 90s John moved from New York to Miami where he met Brian Tappert, which started his career in producing and remixing. The duo’s early work was released on labels such as AM:PM and Stricly Rhythm. In 2001, their bootleg of Stevie Wonder’s ‘All I Do’ took the scene by storm and was instantly picked up by Defected Records, who re-worked it with vocalist Bryan Chambers. The track made it to 23 in the UK’s national sales charts and turned the duo into one of the most in-demand remix & DJ teams under their newly acquired ‘Cleptomaniacs’ moniker.
As a DJ, John Julius Knight is known for rocking dancefloors with an vibrant mix of the most upfront cuts mixed with Club Classics and Classic House. He effortlessly blends soulful sounds with techier cuts and tougher big-room joints to maximum effect. His ability to play for and excite the most diverse crowds has made him a regular fixture on the international & domestic club scene and he has performed at the world’s leading House venues in such places as Dubai , South Africa , the UK , Australia , Japan , New Zealand , Ibiza , Germany , Switzerland , Eastern Europe , Brazil and across the US and can be heard frequently during the summer months at his favorite venue, the prestigious Cielo Club in New York.
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