House music is a global phenomenon and since it’s emergence in Australia in the early 90’s, DJ John Course has been a household name. First coming to prominence by winning the Victorian leg of the DMC turntablist competition, he won the event two years in a row before moving on from his turntablist roots into house music. In 1993 he was ranked in DJ Magazine’s first ever ‘Top 100 DJ’s’ list, and since that time he has continued to contribute to many areas of the Australian music scene.
Today, as the co-founder of Vicious Recordings, he produces original music and has mixed over a million cd’s for Ministry of Sound, OneLove and COVID pandemic. Like many of us, music has provided him with a path through the chaos. In his ‘Together at Home’ live stream, John has been playing house and future disco anthems for house music fans in Australia and around the world, and running it every week for the past 31 weeks. The show is reaching an impressive 17k+ views, every week.
Originally scheduled to play the huge Reminisce gig at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in March 2020, the show was cancelled and so John’s set became his first live stream and he’s been doing it ever since.
The stream has provided John a much needed connection and sense of friendship in a time when many artists are really feeling the absence of performing, not just financially but mentally.
“It’s been super tough. On a mental health and wellbeing front, I initially watched all the announcements like a hawk. But understanding that hospitality will be last to recover, particularly clubs and live events, I changed tack.
“I stopped watching the news and concentrated on making the most of my time and building things around my own business and career” says John.
Through the lockdowns, restrictions and staying at home, Australian House fans have been tuning into ‘Together at Home’ for a weekly dose of positivity, and the funky house vibes are lifting the mood.
“We can’t as individuals change the Covid crisis, but we can adapt and come out the other end with more skills and better positioned to tackle the new world order” says John. As the restlessness of Australian clubbers simmers, John shares his thoughts on what events may look like as they begin to re-open with Covid Safe plans in place.
“The very nature of clubbing and festivals is together, close with your mates and others, on dance floors, in arenas etc. It’s the total opposite of social distancing and that’s what makes the experience so special.
“The want and desire to go clubbing and go to raves and festivals is massive, so as soon as it’s back, it will be on!”
While he accepts that international touring may be out for all of 2021, John sees it as a huge opportunity for local artists to smash the local touring circuit and he hopes Aussie punters will get out to support events, regardless of their new formats.
John is currently promoting his NEW track: ‘Just a Little’ (a funky House remix of the Classic Liberty X tune).
Tune in to John Course’s Webcast every Saturday night from 7pm AEST via the below channels:
Listen to John Course ‘Old School Classics Spotify Playlist here