Johnjohn started as a hip-hop dj at the age of 17. But at some point the "Shake-What-Your-Muma-Gave-You-Thing" started to bore him. "I wanted to tell a story with my sets and not just put songs in a row."
Johnjon discovers house and techno and he gets the proper mixing and studio/production equipment. Now he not only wants to tell stories but to create more - his own songs. "If you don’t have anybody who can explain the hardware to you, you’re pretty screwed."
He starts to build little explosives in his own studio, which become (thanks to Thien Nguyen aka Chopstick as a production partner) pretty fat bombs by the time.
Moving from Hamburg to Berlin gets him right into the center of electronic music. "Everybody who is making music should be respected. There is no right or wrong. No finger-pointing. There is no "too poppy", "too minimal", "too left or right". That is all just techno-gossip from corners of the scene, who want to keep themselves rare. In the next step that becomes their marketing-tool and that has nothing to do with music."
Johnjon pops up back in hamburg becoming a resident dj at the new home of underground techno/house in hamburg called "Baalsaal".
Together with Baalsaal-Boss-Friend André Stubbs Johnjon starts producing for the just founded label "Baalsaal Music". "Baalsaal is about releasing melodic, emotional and frisky tracks."