ARTIST BIO: John Simmons is a dynamic people mover with seventeen years experience behind the turntables. Inspired by the early 90s House music produced by mostly Chicago and New York artists that was spun by djs on the radio, he began to cut his chops in Chicago’s underground/rave scene. Among many others, John credits the djs of Chicago’s Soul Foundation house music collective as an important and ongoing source of musical inspiration. John has played at hundreds of events in Chicago, throughout the United States, and internationally. He has been able to further connect with and influence music enthusiasts through his work at local record shops Hot Jams, Supreme, and Wax Addict.
John was able to gain some important international touring experience in the early 2000s while touring with members of Soul Foundation and while working as road manager for electronic music superstar Green Velvet. John has had many weekly residencies at nightclubs & lounges in Chicago, some of which have lasted for several years. With production partner Future Forward, John co-produced and performed vocals on the “Welcome 2 Chicago” EP, a new-school Acid House jacker that sounds fresh while harkening back to the glory days of Chicago House. John currently resides in Chicago at Salud Tequila Lounge on Fridays, and at Crocodile Lounge on 3rd Thursdays. He also holds the honored position as one of the resident djs at Smartbar, one of Chicago’s legendary dance music institutions.