Jonas Rathsman

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Jonas Rathsman is a Swedish producer of electronic music[1] and graphic designer.

He was born in a small village in Western Sweden. At the age of 18, he started organising parties at local nightclubs in Gothenburg. Using this platform Jonas Rathsman began producing music under his own name and quickly caught the attention of the French Express label.[2] It was with French Express that he began to release his music, starting in 2011 with the bass heavy 'Love Is My Middle Name' [3] which was featured on the second instalment of the French Express compilation. Jonas quickly followed up this success with his first solo release on French Express 'Tobago/Feeling You' gaining high-profile support from the likes of The Magician.[4]

Jonas' reputation continued to grow following two more releases on French Express, 'Since I Don't Have You' and 'W4W' that got notable BBC Radio 1 support from Pete Tong, who was such a fan of Jonas' output that he invited him to play the coveted Essential Mix with fellow French Express artist, Perseus.[5]

He continued to supply the world of underground house music with releases on French Express and his productions eventually lead to Pete Tong tipping Jonas Rathsman as his 'Future Star' for 2014. As a result of this he was asked to remix Sam Smith's single, Like I Can[6] later that year.

Since then the level of support for Jonas has grown exponentially. Disclosure are now the most notable backers and have invited him to produce the inaugural release on their new extension of Method Records, 'Method White'.[7][8] 'Wolfsbane' was released on 23 March 2015 has already made huge waves across the underground music scene. Following the buzz of 'Wolfsbane', Jonas was invited for the second time by Pete Tong to feature on a new Essential Mix in July 2015.[9]

It has been a lifelong ambition to build a studio space that would extend his eye for creative detail and follow his passion for bringing like-minded people together. Over 2017, Rathsman designed and created a six-room studio complex,[10] situated in an industrial area of Gothenburg where the North Sea flows into the city. The studio provides Rathsman with a space to seek musical solace and to create, as well as providing a home for his beloved equipment. Internally, it is decorated with reclaimed wood found on walks with his two young sons. Everything has been treated, cut and fitted by himself, echoing Jonas' commitment to sustainability.

Having released on a range of imprints from Diynamic and KX to Crosstown Rebels and Mobilee, Rathsman is now focusing his efforts on building his ELEMENTS brand, a journey which began in 2017 off the back of his debut BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. The name ELEMENTS touches on things that influence Rathsman musically; natural, organic and worldly sounds. It also reflects his desire to put on intimate parties in unique and remote locations, continuing the connections with his audience.

In 2018 ELEMENTS has grown into a multifaceted brand and is split into three parts; the label, the mix series and the parties. The label was successfully introduced with Rathsman's own 'Within Borders' and is about to celebrate its seventh release from French techno hero Sébastien Léger. Its events arm launched with a sold-out show at London's Autumn Street Studios and has taken residency in XOYO for 2018 having hosted Pional and Fort Romeu for their opening with Kiasmos soon to follow.



Year Title Label
2011 Love Is My Middle Name[3] French Express
2011 Tobago[11] French Express
2011 Feeling You[11] French Express
2012 Since I Don't Have You[12] French Express
2012 W4W[13] French Express
2013 Bringing You Down[14] French Express
2013 Yes I Am [15] Local Talk
2013 Feel What I Feel[16] French Express
2014 I Hope I'm Wrong[17] French Express
2014 Skepparkrans[18] French Express
2015 Wolfsbane[19] Method White
2015 New Generation[20] KX
2016 Complex[21] Crosstown Rebels
2017 X Series Volume 1[22] Elements
2017 Within Borders EP Elements
2018 Draumzer EP Mobilee


Year Title Original Artist
2013 Coming Down[23] Monkey Safari
2013 Strong[24] London Grammar
2013 Another Love[25] Tom Odell
2014 I Got U[26] Duke Dumont
2014 Love Sublime[27] Tensnake
2014 Call[28] Francesco Yates
2014 Like I Can[6] Sam Smith
2015 Omen[29] Disclosure


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  3. ^ a b "Jonas Rathsman - Love is my middle name | House Of Disco". 7 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  4. ^ "Jonas Rathsman | etcetc - A family of artists". Archived from the original on 2015-03-10. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  5. ^ "Soundsystem: BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix / Perseus and Jonas Rathsman / The Superslice". February 2013. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  6. ^ a b "Jonas Rathsman turns up the house on Sam Smith's "Like I Can" - EARMILK". 27 October 2014. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  7. ^ "Beatport: DJ & Dance Music, Tracks & Mixes". Archived from the original on 2015-07-15. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  8. ^ "Disclosure launch Method White with Jonas Rathsman's 'Wolfsbane'". 16 February 2015. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  9. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix, Jonas Rathsman". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  10. ^ "Fact Mag studio feature". 29 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Jonas Rathsman: "Tobago" EP « La.Ga.Sta". 7 December 2011. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
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  13. ^ "Jonas Rathsman -W4W (Women 4 Weapons) | Et Musique Pour Tous". Archived from the original on 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  14. ^ "Jonas Rathsman - Bringing You Down (Original Mix) [Free Download] - Dancing Astronaut". 6 March 2013. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  15. ^ " - is for sale (Upside Sounds)". Retrieved 2016-07-20. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  16. ^ ""Feel What I Feel" by Jonas Rathsman Review | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  17. ^ "Jonas Rathsman reveals latest French Express production "Hope I'm Wrong" - EARMILK". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  18. ^ "Jonas Rathsman - "Skepparkrans" | Complex UK". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  19. ^ "Disclosure Launch New Imprint With Jonas Rathsman's "Wolfsbane" | Complex UK". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  20. ^ "Jonas Rathsman Introduces a 'New Generation' of Stomping, Horn-Infused Tech-House | SPIN". 6 October 2015. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  21. ^ "Jonas Rathsman ft Josef Salvat - Complex". 5 July 2016.
  22. ^ "X Series Volume 1".
  23. ^ "Monkey Safari - Coming Down (Hi-Life) (Jonas Rathsman Remix) - NEST HQ". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  24. ^ Thomas Gebremedhin (9 September 2013). "London Grammar's Exclusive Remix of "Strong" from DJ Jonas Rathsman — Vogue". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  25. ^ "Tom Odell: "Another Love (Jonas Rathsman Remix)" « La.Ga.Sta". 20 May 2013. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  26. ^ "[STREAM] Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones - "I Got U (Jonas Rathsman Remix) - Gotta Dance Dirty". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  27. ^ "Premiere: Tensnake - Love Sublime (Jonas Rathsman Remix) | News | Clash Magazine". 7 March 2014. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
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  29. ^ "Jonas Rathsman provides the official remix of Disclosure and Sam Smith's 'Omen' - News - Mixmag". Retrieved 2016-07-20.