Monday February 1, 2021

By: Naiia Lajoie While many were turning their homes into a personal sanctuary to maintain sanity throughout the pandemic, British DJ John Robinson was creating a virtual one, lending to the efforts of keeping the masses sane while also garnering support for noble causes. Many Filipinos might remember John as the young DJ who took the Philippine nightclub scene by storm in the late 1980’s, particularly at the city’s first super club Rumors. All he describes, “For many years – I only wanted to play what was new and hot.” After his departure from the Philippines however, his mantra shifted to revisiting certain eras spanning his career, as he went on to create millions of records in Japan and Asia, both as a recording artist (with seven solo albums) and a DJ/Producer/Remixer. DJ John has worked with numerous A-listers, among which are Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, and Ferry Corsten who were all guests at his Planet Love After Hours venue in Tokyo. He has also collaborated on projects with major artists such as Julio Iglesias, Lionel Richie, and MC Hammer to name a few. In addition to these various DJ & recording projects, John hosted his own TV & radio show while also performing for 50,000 people at the Tokyo Dome. After playing his authentic 80s sets for the Philippines, the 90s techno sets & 00s classic trance sets for Japan, and “open-format-play” for gigs at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, The Flamingo, and Linq in Las Vegas, DJ John and his family returned home to Manila in 2018. There he secured a successful six month residency at the Okada Hotel’s Cove, while then transitioning to special events, corporate shows, and returning to his regular tours of Japan. But then the pandemic changed everything. On the...... Read more on Full Issue!

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