John B at EVE Nightclub, in Miami Florida, on the 25th of March 2011.
|Birth name||John Bryn Williams|
|Born||1977 (age 37–38)
Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
|Genres||Drum and bass, electro house, techno, Italo disco, new wave|
John B (born John Bryn Williams, 1977, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England) is an English DJ and electronic music producer. He is widely recognised[who?] for his eccentric clothing and wild hair and his production of several cutting edge drum and bass tracks.
Williams started producing music around the age of 14, and now is the head of drum and bass record label Beta Recordings, together with its more specialist drum and bass sub-labels Nu Electro, Tangent, and Chihuahua. He also has releases on Formation Records, Metalheadz and Planet Mu.
While his trademark sound has evolved through the years, it generally involves female vocals and trance-like synths (a style which has been dubbed "trance and bass", "trancestep" and "futurestep" by listeners). His most recent concentration is an 1980s electroclash influenced fusion of electro and drum and bass, which was dubbed 'electrostep'. At first (around early 2002), this style seemed odd and comical to some in the drum and bass community. However, this move has given John the ability to carry his style of drum and bass forward. He has dabbled in darkstep, jazzstep and various other styles in his time. When he DJs, he is known to spin both drum and bass and electro house, sometimes with other genres such as disco and rock, in the same sets.
On August 15, 2015, Williams performed in Russia-occupied Crimea after coming from Russian territory. According to Ukrainian legislation access to occupied territories is allowed exclusively through government-controlled checkpoints (i.e. from Ukrainian territory). Thus he was included into the list of subjects violated Ukrainian legislation for "illegal border crossing".
- Visions (1997)
- Catalyst (1999)
- Future Reference (2001)
- Brainstorm (2002)
- Mercury Skies (2003)
- In:transit (2004)
- American Girls (2004)
- Electrostep (2006)
- To Russia With Love (2008) (MixCD)
- Light Speed (2012)
- "DJ Mag". DJ Mag. 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
- John B at AllMusic
- "Q&A: John B". Dogs On Acid. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
- "Nu Electro". Beta Recordings. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
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- "JOHN B". The DJ List. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
- "Beta Recordings". Beta Recordings. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
- "Foreign travel advice: Ukraine". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- "Уильямс Джон Брин (John Bryn Williams)". Myrotvorets. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- John B Official Homepage
- John B Podcast
- Beta Recordings' Website
- John B on Myspace
- John B discography at Discogs
- John B at Rolldabeats