Zone Magazine Issue 033 – Jan Johnston
Well Folks, Lots of great things happening here at Zone HQ just for you lot, so keep coming back! Well its Winter 2021, and what a strange one! Even though we have not had events to cover, we have a packed issue with all the regulars, and lots of interviews!
In our feature interviews in this issue we talk to cover legendess vocalist and producer JAN JOHNSTON. A name that for Trance and Progressive fans simply means quality. Starting out in the early ‘90s with short-lived pop band JJ, her fortunes took an upward sweep working firstly with the King of Trance, BT on his ECSM album, and then Australian powerhouse Anthony Pappa (as Freefall) on breakthrough release ‘Skydive’.
Signings to Perfecto, Universal and more has spread the Jan Johnson gospel and showcased not only her vocal talents, but also her song writing abilities. Soundtrack syncs and contributions to Grammy Award nominated albums as well as 4 solo albums and countless singles has kept this doyen of the scene at the top of her profession.
We also talk to House Music Star DJ and Producer from the USA, GAVIN HARDKISS. Back in 90’s San Francisco; Scott, Gavin and Robbie Hardkiss helped pioneer the American Underground/EDM/Rave scene with their club nights, warehouse parties and groundbreaking record label. They forged a new direction for dance music with a string of vinyl releases culminating in the seminal compilation Delusions Of Grandeur.
Hardkiss are an original DJ band. For many of their fans, Delusions of Grandeur was the first time they encountered electronic dance music. The Rave scene was raging and Hardkiss DJs, Gavin, Robbie & Scott were hitting multiple cities every weekend, introducing a new generation to their psychedelic funk techno sound collages. It was unclassified music. Before there were genres, there was Hardkiss.
From the USA, COCO STREET gives us the lowdown on the latest music video with Eddie Amador – Our Music Video – by Coco Street
Let’s face it. We all know the game has changed in every domain in all the world. COVID-19 is the great disruptor that has forced the music world to move forward, in my opinion, much like the disruption from radio to moving pictures, and of silent movies to talkies. Not every silent movie star remained a star during talkies… and those who weren’t stars became stars! Which leads me to the video Eddie Amador and I made for our single “What’s Going On.”
We talk to FEDERICO PUENTES who is an Argentinian born guitarist and DJ/Producer. His style of melodic, deep, energetic music takes the crowd on a musical journey – always leaving them wanting more. He began his musical career playing electric guitar in various rock bands. It wasn’t until he heard The Chemical Brothers that his interest in electronic music began. In the following years he started to refine his taste, experimenting with different styles and sounds, coming to find his place in progressive house. In 2013 he moved to Sydney, Australia, where his sound has continued to develop.
From Spain DJ K-NIJO. He began his career in the musical world in 1997 on the Canary Islands (Tenerife) and then went on to walk his vinyls through all the clubs of Andalusia, sharing the poster with all the international and national artists of the break scene. His mixes are based on exact cuts and perfectly equalizing your favorite styles are break beat old school and Two Step (Garage).
Our Label Feature this issue is with IGOR GONYA, born in the Republic of Kalmykia, and has spent the last decade building up a considerable musical empire. With his fledgling label and radio show Lysztomania garnering support from industry peers aswell as a prime slot on Ibiza Live Radio, he has spread his musical wings to starting a number of varied and diverse labels. All-encompassing the sounds of house and disco, their releases have seen them hit the Traxsource top 100 numerous times and gained support around the globe. We managed to grab 5 minutes with Igor to see what was happening with him now.
New to Zone Magazine is “A Rough Guide To” series. Covering Dark Progressive House 2001-2003 this issue, with Matt Schantz.
As if all that was not enough of course we have our regular reviews and charts from the talented and dynamic Zone crew. Also this issue we continue Zone Magazine’s FREE exclusive DJ Mix series and we also have our FREE gifts from Funktion Loops, 2 sample packs each issue, all you need to do is purchase our cool publication!
As usual we would like to thank all of our very many talented contributors and friends who provide so much content, love and support for what we are doing, they are listed on the left hand column on this page if you want to contact them directly with the latest news. From myself and the whole Zone crew, we just wanted to say thanks again for your continued support, peace.
Paul & Zone Magazine Crew!