If the mascot of acid house is the smiley face then Jon Carter emodies its spirit having spent the last ten years out-grinning even those on his dancefloors. His dj sets are carnivalistic. It’s like you’re walking passed the best soundsystems with fat basslines and ragga over house, techno and beats beyond elephantine. Infused with the original ethos of acid house - to cross pollinate and embrace diversity - Jon has in the past decade: remixed U2 (twice) as well as seminal eighties electro; pulled off a Basement Jaxx/Underground Resistance nexus on one of his many compilations; played alongside both Fatboy Slim and DJ Marky in front of 300,000 on Rio beach, and twiddled a 303 in the legendary Gee Jam studios in Jamaica.
In 2005 Jon is still at the top of his game having remixed number one supergroup Gorillaz (‘Dirty Harry’) as well as new dance finds Lumidee & Speedy and The Drill; he’s residing in the annexe of Amnesia this summer – for the third Ibizan season in a row – at Cream playing alongside Jacques lu Cont and Mylo and continues to raise arms, pulses and roofs across the UK from Chibuku in Liverpool to Basics in Leeds, Shine in Belfast and Ministry and Fabric in London.
Jon is also a director of some of London’s most forward looking pubs including the Lock Tavern in Camden, which has featured Sunday roast rockin’ sets from the likes of Mylo, Tom Vek and Rob da Bank. It’s no surprise that Carter should get involved in pubs as he rose to prominence as part of the basement bar dwelling Heavenly Social gang in 1994 alongside the Chemical Brothers and Death In Vegas. Always the last man standing Carter brought a ragga, dancehall inflection to the emergent big beat sounds of that era and soon pulled together a motley selection of talent to produce the beats driven Monkey Mafia who released the album ‘Shoot The Boss’ and supported Massive Attack and Roni Size’s Reprazent. He captured his Social sound on compilation ‘Live At The Social Vol. 2’ in 1998 and became a guest dj on The Prodigy’s Fat Of The Land tour.
At the turn of the millennium Carter was in residence at two of the U.K’s biggest clubs: Bugged Out at Nation in Liverpool and the Boutique in Brighton. He went on to release ‘Everlasting Life’ and compilation ‘Viva Bugged Out’ with Bugged Out. In 2000 Jon played to 250,000 at Berlin’s Love Parade and also launched a new imprint, Saville Row recordings, to release more trend bucking club music. His best loved releases include ‘Go Down’, which based on the field recordings from the Coen Brothers ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’, and 2004’s rocker ‘The Dance’.
His studio skills have been in demand from some of the world’s biggest artists with U2 turning to him for both ‘Last Night On Earth’ and ‘Elevation’. The Prodigy, Manic Street Preachers, Stone Roses and Happy Mondays have also all received the Carter treatment. In addition to his compilations for Bugged Out and The Social his club magic has also been captured by the Essential Selection (1999), DMC 7 (2000) and Minstry of Sound (2003) where he is a regular to their Saturday Sessions.
In 2003 Jon contributed to Wall of Sound’s ‘Two Culture Clash’ project. His collaboration with Patra ‘Who Do You Love?’ was recorded at Gee Jam and is a highlight amongst an album that includes his acid house peers Switch, Howie B and Justin Robertson. This was a dream trip for one of the pioneers of the sound in the UK. Fusing acid house with a dancehall legend in Jamaica? I bet even the Cheshire Cat couldn’t hold a candle to his grin.