John Simmons is a veteran DJ from Chicago with twenty five years of experience on the decks. Growing up with a strong foundation in soul, jazz, funk, '80s & '90s music, John caught the dance music bug in the early 1990s & soon found himself immersed in Chicago’s music scene. While maintaining a countless number of residencies at Chicago venues over the years, John has played alongside many of the music industry’s greats, such as Frankie Knuckles, Cajmere/Green Velvet, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, & Kaytranada, to name a few. His stint as resident DJ at the legendary nightclub Smartbar in Chicago was a career highlight that saw him sharing the stage with some of these artists on a regular basis. John has traveled well, performing outside of Chicago in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, San Francisco/Oakland, Seattle, Montreal, Vancouver, Mexico City, Berlin, Cairo, & many more.
John is a longtime fixture in Chicago’s nightlife & event industry, having many notable residencies at local venues since 2001. John spins regularly at many venues in Chicago such as Smartbar, House of Blues, Thalia Hall, Untitled, Ace Hotel, Danny’s, Slippery Slope, East Room, The Whistler, and Elastic Arts.
Joining the Style Matters group in 2011 has allowed John to perform at many of Chicago’s most popular venues, and has given him extensive experience doing mobile events, from the downtown hotels to near westside loft spaces.
You can also catch John at some of Chicago’s most popular street festivals, including Chicago House Music Festival, West Fest, Fiesta del Sol, My House Music Festival, and more. Follow John at www.facebook.com/djjohnsimmons1, www.mixcloud.com/djjohnsimmons, & www.instagram.com/djjohnsimmons.
John currently has an EP in the works with Chicago producer Pascale that includes remixes from the legendary Paul Johnson & local/international hero Tevo Howard, as well as the “Chicago Boogie Connection” EP with Chicago producer Richie Heller that is available for free download at www.soundcloud/com/djjohnsimmons. John Simmons is a Chicago-based DJ/producer who has firm roots in the history of popular music, while constantly pushing the sound of music forward.