Boasting regular appearances at Gatecrasher, Godskitchen and Cream, John 00 Fleming has long been injecting his blend of hard-edged progressive trance into the UK’s top clubs, including Ministry Of Sound, Slinky, Golden, Passion, Twisted, Progress, Inside-out and Naughty But Nice among many others. With a career spanning nearly twenty years, his unique character and impeccable talent have seen Fleming become the face of his genre, producing numerous mix albums, artist singles, remix projects and now heading his own underground label; Joof Recordings.
Fleming spends the remainder of his time sprinkling his trademark sound over the rest of the world. His Australian profile continues to reach epidemic proportions, while his US and European following grows steadily in magnitude.
“I love the Australian scene. It has the kind of anticipation and excitement that the UK scene had in its early years. It’s also a beautiful country which makes playing there all the more magical.”
John has a strong relationship with Australian dance heavyweights, Future Entertainment and often plays at their events for 20,000+ clubbers along with regular club nights including Home (Sydney). Other regular international gigs include Cro Bar (Chicago), The Shadow Lounge (Miami), Buzz (Washington), Release (San Francisco), Giant (LA), The Guvernment (Toronto), Sona (Montreal), Dance Valley (Amsterdam), Code (Tokyo) and the former Allenby 58 (Israel).
John’s career started some 18 years ago when his headmaster asked that he play an under 18s night for the school. After just one appearance, John was asked to become a resident at the now legendary Sterns in his hometown of Worthing. He was aged just 15. Fleming honoured his residency throughout the 80s and during this period, shared the decks with some of dance-music’s most treasured DJs, including Carl Cox, Fabio and Grooverider at the club’s ‘Interdance’ night. As acid house and the rave scene reached new heights, John stepped forward as one of the leaders of the movement, DJing at Fantazia, Raindance and Ibiza as far back as 1987.
In 1990 John was diagnosed with lung cancer, aged 20. His escalating reputation was to suffer a blow as Fleming was forced to turn his back on the dance-music community in order to concentrate on recovering. After two years in hospital undergoing chemotherapy, John was in remission and moved to Florida in an attempt to regain his health. It was here that Fleming made his return to the decks with regular dates at Miami’s Cameo Theatre and guest spots up and down the East Coast to Canada. A year later John returned to the UK with a fresh perspective. It is this life-threatening experience that has given him the lust for life and determination to regain his place at the peak of his profession.
Arriving back on British shores, John filled a residency at the Zap Club in Brighton together with Tall Paul and Eric Powell. He has since rebuilt a solid reputation as one of dance-music’s innovators, pushing his genre and leading where many others follow. Accepted back in to the higher echelons of clubland, John continues to research his own inimitable sound, searching for inspiration in the most obscure places.
Complementing his assured reputation as a DJ, John has displayed a great flair for production. The massive success of two artist singles; ‘Alpha 5’ and ‘Lost In Emotion’, were accompanied by a third release in 2000 with ‘Free’, which enjoyed an entry in the UK Top 40. Fleming’s latest offering is ‘Belfast Trance’; set for release in December 2001, this familiar track samples Simple Minds’ ‘Belfast Child’ and is already turning industry heads.
The next step for Fleming was Joof Recordings; an underground trance label set up with Russel Coultart (Floorplay) in 1999.
“I come across great music all the time but not everyone has the funds to put records out. Joof Recordings enables me to lend my support and give talented artists the full release that their tracks deserve.”
Acting as head of A&R, John has signed a number of innovative artists including Digital Blonde and Gatecrasher resident, Matt Hardwick. Among Joof’s releases are John and Russel’s ‘We Have No Reference Of Time’ and a track from Fleming and co-producer Chris Daniels, ‘Make Me Feel’. Further success was achieved with Reysan Khan’s ‘Shi-du 2000’ which was championed by Judge Jules, Seb Fontaine and Ferry Corsten.
Fleming has also mastered a number of highly revered mix albums. In 1998, John displayed his playful nature by releasing the fittingly titled, ‘Licensed To Thrill’ on Automatic Records. He followed this in May 2000 with ‘For Your Ears Only’ on React Music. John also co-compiled Volumes 13 & 14 of the notorious ‘Reactivate’ series (React Music) and headed ‘The Real Ibiza’ (Telstar), ‘Sunny Side Up’ (Passion Music), ‘The Best Trance Anthems …. Ever’ (Virgin) and more recently had massive success with the excellent ‘Progressive Euphoria’ (Telstar) that sold a staggering 70,000 copies within the first two weeks of release!
During his career, Fleming has completed numerous remix projects in a broad spectrum of genres. Among his successes are Erasure’s ‘Sometimes’, Gloria Estefan’s ‘When Will This Moment End’, Mansun’s ‘Tax Loss’ and ‘Wide Open Space’ and Junior Vasquez’ ‘House Of Joy’. His most recent; a remix of Konkrete’s ‘Law Unto Myself’ on Perfecto, has been praised by Dave Pearce, Paul Oakenfold and Paul Van Dyk.
The little time that John has left to spare has been filled with guest mixes for Radio 1 and Kiss FM as well as a stint presenting his own show on Brighton’s Surf 107 during 2000. Fleming has also turned his hand to journalism, writing record reviews for 7 Magazine and a monthly column for M8, titled ‘From Brighton With Love’.
John 00 Fleming has become one of the front-runners in the worldwide club scene. 2002 brings a new level of demand for one of few DJs capable of filling clubs on a global level. From the studio, March 2002 welcomes a second ‘Euphoria’ mix album called ‘White Label’, numerous planned releases for Joof Recordings, massive exposure in the UK and even greater success for one of the most talented and diligent DJs in dance music.