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John Player Special

John Special Player


John Player Special (a.k.a. João Gomes da Costa) was born in Lisbon in 1979, but spent his youth in Braga in the north of Portugal. In 1996, he returned to Lisbon to study photography and video, only to realise that his true passion was music and to make people dance. In the last 15 years, John Player Special has built a dj career that spans practically all major Portuguese clubs and music venues like Lux Frágil, Rock in Rio, Pensão Amor, Out Jazz Festival, Plano B among many others, and has cemented his position as one of the most hard working and original djs in Portugal.

John Player Special has been involved in music production for almost ten years, either in his own solo projects or with live bands like The Tomorrow People. In the past, he has worked with jazz musician Bernardo Savill, and with Mark Cain (Sax). John Player Special's production style mixes jazz with breakbeats and hiphop influences to create a contemporary urban sound, inhabited by voice samples and scratch solos. His tracks are fresh and carefully produced reflecting his personal taste and creative mind. In more ways than one, his production output goes hand in hand with his eclectic musical inspiration and the elegant sophistication that characterises his work as one of the most original djs in the thriving Portuguese music scene.