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John Kelley

John Kelley

John Kelley


For the past decade, Los Angeles native John Kelley has been considered one of North America's foremost breaks DJs - a true pioneer of the West Coast sound. Over the past few years, he has been busy perfecting a selection of edgy, well-crafted tracks that combine his signature desert breaks with a new flavor of hard tech-hop and broken beats. The release of his debut artist album, 'A Night in the Park', marks a new chapter in Kelley's long-standing career and, most notably, his transformation from DJ to world-class producer. Read more on Last.fm
For the past decade, Los Angeles native John Kelley has been considered one of North America's foremost breaks DJs - a true pioneer of the West Coast sound. Over the past few years, he has been busy perfecting a selection of edgy, well-crafted tracks that combine his signature desert breaks with a new flavor of hard tech-hop and broken beats. The release of his debut artist album, 'A Night in the Park', marks a new chapter in Kelley's long-standing career and, most notably, his transformation from DJ to world-class producer. John Kelley was originally known for his sets at Full Moon Gatherings. The influential series of raves held in the deserts outside Los Angeles during the mid-'90s created an emergent sound, led by breakout producers like Crystal Method, Uberzone, Bassbin Twins, and Electric Skychurch.

Fused with the breakbeat genius of UK acts such as Leftfield and Underworld, Kelley pushed the intensely funky, hard sound of breakbeat techno from the underground into the masses. In 1996, Kelley released, Funkydesertbreaks, his first mix album with Moonshine Music patterned after his desert sets. The compilation became an instant hit, sparked a US tour and spawned a sequel one year later. With 1998's 'Knee Deep', he exhibited a transition into a more club-friendly mix of house, techno, trance and breakbeats. The release of 'High Desert Soundsystem' and 'High Desert Soundsystem 2', released in 1999 and 2000 launched a number of tours with The Crystal Method, Orbital, Carl Cox, Frankie Bones, Darude, and Christopher Lawrence.

The well received mix, 'United DJs of America 19', followed in 2001 and went on to become nominated at the 2002 Winter Music Conference as one of the best DJ mix albums of 2001. After five grueling years on tour, Kelley began to focus on writing his own music. Along with friend David deLaski (aka Lord Runningclam), Kelley launched the label and production company Ball of Waxx in 2002. Teaming up with the studio talents of deLaski, Simply Jeff, Moontribe's Brian Seed, and Brian Saitzyk (aka Eastern Sun), Kelley created a multitude of productions, including two songs on the Ball of Waxx downtempo compilation 'Groove Closet'. With the success of the collaboration, Eastern Sun and Kelley followed up in early 2005 with a full-length downtempo CD, 'In Emptiness'.

Meanwhile, the team of Kelley, Saitzyk and Brian Seed embarked on creating techno breakbeat tracks for John's debut artist release. For more info visit: http://www.ballofwaxx.com http://www.djjohnkelley.com http://www.myspace.com/djjohnkelley Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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