John "Zos Kia" Gosling

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John Gosling
Also known as Joan D'Arc, Mekon, Sugar J, Zoskia
Born (1963-10-16) October 16, 1963 (age 50)
Genres Electronica, big beat, trip hop, electro-industrial, alternative dance
Occupations Musician
Associated acts Agent Provocateur, East 8 State, Psychic TV, Zos Kia

Biography[edit]

John Gosling (born c.1963, Brighton),[1] currently known as Mekon is a British big beat and industrial musician and electronica producer.[2][3]

Gosling is well known as a member of Psychic TV.[4] Gosling founded the group Zos-Kia,[5] Psychic TV (during 1984),[5] 23 Skidoo, and Bass-o-Matic (with William Orbit) before recording as Mekon.[6] and teamed up with Coil[7] for the album Transparent. He has also done extensive remixing work under the name "Sugar J".[8]

His first single was "Phatty's Lunch Box", which was followed by "Revenge of the Mekon", which featured Frankie Fraser; Gosling met Fraser in Islington shortly after reading a biography of the former gangster, and they subsequently recorded three hours of Fraser reminiscing on his past, excerpts of which were used on the single.[6]

In the mid-to-late-Nineties he was a core member of the group Agent Provocateur along with Matthew Ashman (originally of Bow Wow Wow), Dan Peppe, Danny Saber (of Black Grape) and Cleo Torez.

He has worked with artists such as Schoolly D (on the Skool's Out album), Roxanne Shanté ("Yes Yes Y'All"), Marc Almond ("Delerious"), Bobby Gillespie, Alan Vega, and Afrika Bambaataa.[3][9] His third album, Something Came Up featured artwork by fashion designer Alexander McQueen.[9][10]

Mekon's remix of the infadels single, "Can't Get Enough", appeared on an episode of Hex, a hit show originally shown on Sky One in the UK, and later on BBC America. It also featured on the FIFA 07 soundtrack. His song "What's Going On" is featured on the PlayStation 2 game ATV Offroad Fury 2 as well as the video game Amplitude.

Discography[edit]

Zos Kia

with Psychic TV

with Jam Nation

with Bassomatic

with Agent Provocateur

Other

as Mekon

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HOW WE MET: Alexander McQueen & John Gosling 'We were walking the same way. I had no idea he was stalking me'", The Independent, 24 September 2000, retrieved 2010-02-05
  2. ^ Bush, John "Mekon Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-02-05
  3. ^ a b "Mekon takes no prisoners", Newham Recorder, 14 September 2006, retrieved 2010-02-05
  4. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (31 October 2003). The great indie discography. Canongate U.S. ISBN 978-1-84195-335-9. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 466
  6. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (1999) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0252-6, p. 220
  7. ^ Buckley, Peter (28 October 2003). The rough guide to rock. Rough Guides. pp. 221–222. ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Sugar J discography
  9. ^ a b Sasson, Chloe (2006) "Something Came Up", Sydney Morning Herald, 21 November 2006, retrieved 2010-02-05
  10. ^ "Mekon's third artist album out through Wall Of Sound", Resident Advisor, 8 May 2006, retrieved 2010-02-05

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