For Jon Rundell 2013 has been one of the busiest years of his career. Working harder than ever as international DJ, acclaimed producer, in- demand remixer and record label boss, the last 12 months have seen him go full throttle and reap the rewards of what relentless hard work, determination and skillfulness can bring.
Whilst continuing to deliver a whole host of stellar productions, Jon kicked off the year teaming up with Carl Cox to mix ‘Pure Intec 2’, the long-awaited follow up to 2004’s ‘Pure Intec.’ Critically acclaimed and capturing the advanced Techno sound that the imprint boasts today, Jon mixed the second part of the compilation, showcasing brand new tracks from some of Intec’s finest DJs.
Beyond this Jon enjoyed several successful EP and remix releases on some of Techno’s finest labels such as Marco Bailey’s MB Elektronics, Spektre’s Respekt Recordings, Spain’s Octopus Black, plus his very own Etch and Intec imprints – making 2013 one of Jon’s most productive years studio wise and bolstering his already impressive production CV which includes releases on Pornographic, Suara and Rawthentic.
Jon continued to rise through the ranks of the Techno elite and was at the forefront of Intec’s return to the world’s stage. This was a landmark moment for him as he announced a series of ‘Pure Intec’ club nights, to coincide with the aforementioned ‘Pure Intec 2.’ Sell out shows followed across Europe, including; XOYO (London, UK), Fabric (London, UK), Space (Ibiza), Fabrik (Madrid, Spain), District 4 (Zurich, Switzerland), Zurich Street Parade (Switzerland) and Awakenings (Gashouder, Amsterdam, Holland). Jon on Intec: It’s been great to see our records charting well and getting wider support from other DJs. Plus taking our artists to clubs like Space, Fabric, XOYO and Awakenings helps push the label in the right direction. I can’t wait to keep it moving forward into 2014.”
Beyond the Intec nights, Jon’s been just as prolific with his own DJ dates. This year he managed to ignite dancefloors across continents, including sets at; Electric Daisy Carnival (New York and Las Vegas, US), Inox Festival (Toulouse, France), IMS (Ibiza), Egg (London, UK), Babilonia (Mexico), Ultra (Croatia), Le Feria (Santiago, Chile), Sala Brown (Rosario, Argentina), Tomorrowland (Boom, Belgium), Vision (Tokyo, Japan), Global Gathering (UK), Electrobeach (Spain), Aquasella Festival (Spain) and Space (Ibiza) as part of Carl Cox’s legendary Revolution parties.
All a far cry from where he started out aged 15 – saving money from part time jobs to buy his first set of decks, DJing and organizing his own club nights across Brighton before leaving the South Coast to cut his teeth on the London Club scene. “I shouldn’t have been in there, as I was under age,’ says Jon, on his first meeting with Carl Cox in Brighton’s Zap Club back in 1996. “He was pounding out the Techno and I managed to speak to him after his set. We bonded over a story on how my gran had actually seen him play before me, at a rave at The Brighton Conference Centre.’
Carl soon became a staunch purveyor and strong supporter of both Jon’s production work and DJ ability, and in 2006 asked him to join Intec as A&R and Label Manager. While working on the label, Jon travelled the world Djing, and was responsible for the re-launch of the historic label in digital form. Three years later and Intec is going stronger than ever. ‘It’s been a full on job,’ says Jon. ‘So much had changed during the time in between. We have had to really build things up from scratch, it’s been a pure labour of love.’
Whilst overseeing Intec, Jon has also been prolific in his production work. His output has been unique and interesting right from the start. Experimental at times, but always matured and versatile, Jon has remained a highly consistent producer and DJ across almost any strand of electronic music for well over a decade. Constantly adapting and evolving, Jon has never been afraid of making music sealed with a stamp entirely of his own.
Every EP Jon has released has gone Top20 on the Beatport Chart, whilst in 2011, his track ‘Knick Knack’ climbed to Number 1 in the main Beatport releases Chart, knocking off Mark Knight’s mix of Florence & The Machine’s ‘You Got The Love,’ and staying there for six weeks. A career defining moment, says Jon. ‘One in the eye for EDM and a great moment for the underground scene.’
Jon’s music has won wide support across the dance world, being played by stalwarts of the scene like Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Adam Beyer, Dubfire, Nic Fancuilli and Joris Vorn. He’s also been in huge demand for his remixing skills, working with everyone from Moby (‘Walk With Me’), Carl’s last album (‘All Roads Lead To The Dancefloor’) Paul van Dyk (‘In Between’) and Fatboy Slim & Riva Star Jon has even turned in a Latin Gilles Peterson remix, whilst his other reworks have appeared on the likes of Bush, for whom Jon’s remix of ‘Man Alive’ by Devilfish helped the track reach the No1 spot in Beatport’s Techno chart for eight weeks and a hugely impressive No2 in the main chart. Another fine moment for the underground productions of Jon’s.
Alongside all this, Jon still wins acclaim for his DJ sets. Throughout his career he’s stuck to only playing music that he truly believes in, a decision that has worked in his favour, enabling him to play to more and more people each year. Equally at home in intimate venues as he is in large main rooms, Jon has performed at some of the finest clubs in the world including Sankeys (Manchester, UK), City Hall (Barcelona, Spain), Villa (Oslo, Norway), Privilege (Ibiza), Guvernment (Toronto, Canada), F135 (Fraga, Spain) and Cielo (New York, US). Whilst festival appearances include, Sonar (Barcelona, Spain), Dance Valley (Spaarndam, Holland), Big Day Out (Australia), Future Music Festival (Australia), Ultra Music Festival (Miami, US), Creamfields (Liverpool, UK), South West Four (London, UK) and EH1 (Edinburgh, Scotland) in addition to a mini residency at Space. It was here, in Ibiza’s favourite club that Carl also asked Jon to close his Revolutions night on a Tuesday – a four hour set and something no other DJ has ever done. ‘I’m not joking when I say it felt like an outer body experience,’ says Jon. ‘I sat down on my own after, and all the adrenaline and emotion of it flooded out of me for a good half an hour.’
Whether it’s been an early Sunday afternoon residency at The End, or a headline set at Space Ibiza, Jon has always understood how to get a crowd going. ‘I think it’s because I’m adjustable and adaptable,’ says Jon. ‘I don’t like to ram it down people’s necks in a contrived way. I let the music to do the talking and just make sure people have a great time, as well as getting a little bit of education.’
With Jon still buzzing from an amazing 2013, he’s determined to continue delivering for his fans and wants 2014 to be an even bigger year. He’s already lining up shows for the New Year, including a debut appearance at Mexico’s prestigious BPM Festival in January. There are more dates in the diary for Italy, Norway and Spain, and he’ll be returning to Fabric with his Intec night in the Spring. There are also loads more releases planned, so watch this space for more news, coming soon.