Johnny Mendez - Nightclub DJ |
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It was at the early age of fourteen years old when I buy my first vinyl at the shop CODIGO RECORDS in my city. I felt very curious already to know how to mix, I didn’t have a couple of turntables, so instead I do mix true the SoundBlaster I get, buying tape´s dance compilations and, also using songs recorded on radio, I´ll try to mix it and recording for hours and hours. I was going out and watching and listen professionals Dj’s around and getting very excited from the way of mixing and move the masses.
At 16 years I start working as a RR.PP in a pub call “Graffiti” situated in La ... Pineda, Spain a beautiful coastline in COSTA DORADA. One day the DJ get sick and didn´t show up, so I talk with the manager to run the night. He give me a try and I did successful! So I practice and practice many hours Djing every day. I buy a couple of turntables, Mixer and new headphones coz I knew I’ll use a lot.
These summers (1999,2000) also I move around, playing in different Pubs as “PLANET HOLLYDAYS, DINO’S, MEZCALITO, THE BOSS, LA HABANA VIEJA, KRITZ, GABBANNA, PROVISIONAL , EL TUBU…” for the rest of the following seasons around Salouwhere my main style was top hits, dance, r&b, house , rock-pop and latin beats tunes , an international crowd want dance & pump the dance floor till very late.
My vinyl addiction was getting bigger and bigger and I couldn’t stop going at list once a week at the records shops to buy new exquisite music. With only 2 years mixing around I join as DJ Resident my first club, “PAPILLON” , a club with no less than 25 years running night in Salou and running by DJ Jose a.k.a “Peque” , he is a great DJ and person, he teach me few tricks about Djing and read crowds and have a lot of patience with me… We have much fun all time we’re together!
Almost finishing that summer season, I received a call from another club “TRAMPS” , they looking for a DJ to run the weekends and I am selected to make a trail. So was time to get my vinyl and style out of my room and also a way to survive doing what I most loved, being behind the decks. I get the job!
Smashing Fridays and Saturdays with beats Progressive, Dance , Trance, Tech House, Techno, House…
Hard work at home, many time at the room editing and preparing the mix for the weekend, but I did so well and feel so good doing it!
When the summer season start I continued there with DJ MANU, both we have a cool connection and good passion for new music and mixes. Our time there was like getting in a new way of mixing playing unique style in town.
Was at year 2005 that DJ Manu and I move to one of the best dance floors in town,” SNOEPY’S” . The main room has capacity for around 600 patrons, here we combined Dance, Trance, Eurodance, Italodance, House, Comercial Top 40, R&B… people from all over Europe at holidays in Salou will get there, Is a reference club with a total capacity of 1200 people! There I manage to support artist like AFROJACK, JOAQUIM GARRAUD, LAIDBACK LUKE, GREGOR SALTO, SYDNEY SAMSON, DIM CHRIS, FRAGMA, BIG ALI REAL EL CANARIO, DIDDIER SINCLAIR… and many more.
I been as a DJ resident for 3 years in a row, (not, it was not because they setup FUNKTION ONE sound on the main floor) combined with a few Gig’s and Residence´s like :
@ DOWTOWN VALETODO - LIMA (PERU)// SALOU REUNIE @ NOW&WOW Rotterdam (HOLLAND) // BEATS & TEMPO@ BIG BEN (SPAIN)//
TWO MUCH SALOU // BLUE BAHIA // EL CEL // MOLOKO // PUERTO PRINCIPE // CACHITO //CAFE DI MARE // EMPORIO// LES CARPES DEL CEL // FUNBREAK //
End of summer 2008 I move to live at Holland, I move all my vinyl collection at the time was 4.000 records with my little studio in two trips back from Spain. It was time to learn and observe different producers.
I study music production at SAE institute Amsterdam, where I learn how to produce music and to make rhythms and beats.
I make my own nights in a pub “Lekker Belangrijk” with the party’s SOUVERCI 16, also UTRECHT SKATE PARADE where at summertime people skating around all streets while DJ is playing in a top of a Hummer car,It was amazing, skating on the streets with the music at high volume, Cool!
The closing party was at “CLUB MONZA” the club in Utrecht, where I played once the skate parade season ends, magic venue in the center of the city, with high sound and good decoration, lights and screens videos.
When I went to Newcastle U.K, I played in “POP WORLD” where house,dance and electro tunes , playing with “Manu Jr and Trigg Meister” on the side , back to back, all night long .
Begin the summer season 2010 I move back to Snoepy’s to continue DJ residency for a while , then I move to “CITY HALL”, I used to play with a fantastic guy Javi who also is a technician sound and audio and image engineer, for a massive crowded Saturday nights . Our Saturdays night there went very successful and people soon talk about our sets. That summer I join Juan Diaz (DJ resident Pacha Ibiza) on the studio with friends like Dennis Volpe and Jorge Montia...we make an incredible and hit track :
JUAN DIAZ vs DENNIS VOLPE & JOHNNY MENDEZ - " SHE SAYS "
ON THE LABEL " PACHA RECORDINGS " INCLUDED IN CD MIX LIKE:
- " PACHA IBIZA VIP vol.4" MIXED BY GRAHAM SAHARA
- CD PROMO "PACHA SUMMER 2010"
MIXED BY JUAN DIAZ FOR DJ MAG
- “PACHA BRAZIL VOL.3"
- "PACHA MIAMI 2011” MIXED BY JOHN JACOBSEN
After many sets and studio time in my back, I decided I want travel and see more of the earth. So making true one of my dreams I buy a ticket to Australia, to spend holidays and traveling around Kangarooland!
I’ll bring with me my music with plenty of good beats, I will play in a Venues,Radio,Party’s,Club, Festival … And I did, I play at club “UP NIGHTCLUB” in Geraldton.
DJ residence, playing at clubs like "OASIS” or “BUNGALOW” or in boat party’s such as a “KARMA IV” in Broome, WA.
I travel to Indonesia to play in clubs like “COCOON BEACH CLUB” and “DEEJAY CLUB” in Kuta,Bali.
At Christmas time I will be back in Spain to hit new-year eve party at CITY HALL and work as DJ Resident till end of summer 2012 in Salou. In August, I move to Broome, Australia to play at clubs like "OASIS” , “BUNGALOW, boat party “KARMA IV” , party’s like Full Moon @Dirty Red Party , Halloween Wilya@Cable Beach ,M.U.R.P.H.Y & Friends@ Hotel Mangroove.
Lived 3 years in Australia, I enroll a course of Business & Marketing while I living in the city of Melbourne, Is a great city to discovering new beats, musicians, DJ’s and any source of art.
My influences become since year 1990 and evolution every day ,new talents, new remixes, so much stuff to play like :
RUN DMC, Q-BERT, TIESTO, DAFT-PUNK, OSUNLADE, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, SASH!,ERIC PRYDZ, AXWELL, DEADMAUS, ATB, CHEMICAL BROTHERS, , BEASTIE BOYS, CARL COX, DANNY DENAGLIA,JOHN DIGWEED, HERNAN CATTANEO, ROGER SANCHEZ,
MILTON JACKSON, JIMPSTER ,CHRISTIAN VARELA, SANDY RIVERA, DENNIS FERRER, JULIEN CHAPTAL, AUSTIN LEEDS, ERICK MORILLO, JUAN DIAZ, MICHAEL GRAY,JORGE MONTIA, FEDDE LE GRAND, TOCADISCO, ALEX KENJI, RENE AMESZ, JOHN SHELVIN, GREGOR SALTO, DAVID TORT, MICHAEL CLAIS, WALLY ... LOPEZ, JERRY ROPERO,JESSE GARCIA, ANTON PIEETE, EDU IMBERNON, SETH TROXLER, DINKA, SERGIO FERNANDEZ, MASTIKSOUL ,D.O.N.S., RIVA STARR, RAMON TAPIA, MARK KNIGHT, CHRIS LAKE, DAVID PENN, DAVID AMO & JULIO NAVAS, CHUS & CEBALLOS, MILK & SUGAR,...
& more ....many more...!!!!
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