Jon Pleased Wimmin
Jonathan Cooper was born in the Belgian Congo in Africa, while both his parents serving as missionaries in the Salvation Army.
Always a music addict, after leaving school in 1985 Jon discovered London’s high octane nightlife and found his spiritual home at clubs like Taboo, The Mud Club, Sacrosanct and Anarchy.
Studying fashion at the London College of Fashion, Jon went on first to run his own clothes shop in Kensington market and then to work for designer, Rachel Auburn in her clothes shop.
In the early 90’s, Jon formed a dancing drag cabaret act known as ‘The Pleased Wimmin’ with two friends from college. Jon suddenly had an alter ego that only came out at night. Dancing outrageously in pre-house clubs such as Kinky Gerlinky and the like ‘The Pleased Wimmin’ became infamous in London. More importantly, they encouraged people to lose their inhibitions and this soon caught the attention of the original Shoomer, Danny Rampling.
Danny was so impressed by their style, that he invited The Pleased Wimmin to become a regular feature at Rampling’s infamous Glam night at London’s Milk bar. It was here that Jon was offered his first DJ break, filling in a warm up spot one night. Jon learnt to DJ on the job and with his instinctive knowledge of how to work a crowd, he was a complete natural and destined to become one of the UK’s leading new DJ’s.
In 1993, Jon started his own night, ‘Pleased’ at the Velvet Underground in London. What started as a low key, intimate gathering every Wednesday, grew into the best mid-weeker in London – attracting music, media and club types alike. Boy George, Blur, the Manics, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and Pete Burns were a few of the regular attendees.
Always the perfect party host, Jon Pleased knew exactly how to please the dance floor from behind the DJ booth as much as from on the dance floor. With an open minded music policy, he would mix up tracks by Jeff Mills and Kraftwerk with Aha – or whatever records he felt would excite.
The Pleased club ran for 4 years and Jon became one of the UK’s most in demand DJs, booked practically every night of the week to play all the major clubs in the country including Rennaissance, Cream, Ministry, Back To Basics, Fabric etc as well as touring at clubs across the world.
In 1994, Jon turned his hand to music production and made his first record, ‘Passion’ – a cover of the Bobby O production by The Flirts. The record was produced with Pizzaman (aka Norman Cook) who released it on his label, Southern Fried. The track was soon picked up by East West and later by Perfecto – going onto selling 12,000 copies and reaching no. 26 in the charts. Jon’s follow up record in 1995, ‘Give Me Strength’ was co-written and produced with Sister Bliss (Faithless) and also hit the top 30. Jon followed his pop success in the late 90’s by delivering remixes for the likes of Divine, Erasure and Pierre Henri to name a few. Jon has also released best-selling and well-received mix compilations on Ministry of Sound, Fantazia, Pimp, Stress and Distinctive records.
In 1997, Jon craved something different so he took a break from dressing up and bought a home studio, deciding instead to concentrate on writing, producing and playing more eclectic sets at smaller clubs. He signed to Wall of Sound records in 2004 and released a few more underground EP’s under the pseudonym ‘The Visitor’ and completed remixes for Themroc, Grand Popo Football Club and Venus Hum.
In 2002, Jon moved away from London to Edinburgh and in 2007 he went to Napier University to study Popular Music and garnered a First Class Honours Degree.
Jon has played alongside pretty much every decent DJ there is, from Erol Alkan, 2Manydj’s, Sasha, John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia and Tom Middleton right through to the more commercial end like Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Judge Jules, Fergie and Eric Morillo to name a few.
Jon still plays regularly across Europe and the UK, where his current sets are likely to feature tracks and remixes by the likes of Azari & III, Cosmonauts, Rory Phillips, Black Van, The Magician, Aeroplane, DFA, Kitsune, Vitalic and Mighty Mouse.
He has been working on new material and will be releasing the fruits of this very soon…..watch this space.
He has also recently embarked upon some classics events, playing sets comprised of old school classics and has resurrected his glamorous look from the era with a new twist. He is also currently working on more dance based tracks which should be making an appearance in the very near future…watch this space.