John '00' Fleming
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 honored 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
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 honored 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 in 1992, John filled a 7 year residency at the Zap Club in Brighton together with Dave Clarke, Tall Paul and Eric Powell. Soon the word spread and John found himself in a unique position spreading his trademark sound at corporate brands such as Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher and Gods Kitchen, as well as the underground ‘Goa Trance’ scene playing alongside Astral Projection, Juno reactor and Floorplay.
He has since rebuilt a solid reputation as one of dance-music’s innovators, pushing his genre and leading where many others follow. Few people can claim to have been at the pinnacle of their profession for a sustained period of time, having enjoyed so much success and still be leading the way forward. John 00 Fleming, one of the dance music industries most revered personalities, is amongst a small band of people who can say they were responsible for igniting the spark of the scene we all know and love today.
Still today Fleming crosses all boundaries and finds himself playing at all major corporate brands across the World as well as some of the biggest festivals in the Psy Trance scene, a nod back to his Goa Trance roots. John is the only DJ in the World to achieve this respect in two very different scenes.
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. In 2002, John continued to develop his production work with the release of ‘Belfast Trance’; a rework of Simple Minds’ ‘Belfast Child’ (with Jim Kerr’s blessing) and SupaKane (Fleming/Healey) ‘The theme from SupaKane’, both on Virgin Recordings. Today we see working in the studio with four of the biggest players of the Trance World, Christopher Lawrence, M.I.K.E., Astral Projection, Astrix and Wizzy Noise!
The next step for Fleming was Joof Recordings; an underground trance label set up with Russell Coultart (Transient Records/Floorplay) in 1998.
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 compiled Volumes 13 & 14 of the notorious ‘Reactivate’ series (React Music) and headed ‘The Real Ibiza’ (Telstar), ‘Sunny Side Up’ (Passion Music) and ‘The Best Trance Anthems’ …. Ever’ (Virgin). More recently John had massive success with the excellent ‘Progressive Euphoria’ (Telstar) that sold a staggering 60,000 copies within the first two weeks of release and his ‘White Label Euphoria’ compilation which has since become the second biggest selling album in the Euphoria series.
John’s radio show, Global Trance Grooves has become the most popular radio show on DI.FM and The Ministry of Sound radio network. In fact so popular Ministry have moved his show to prime time Saturday nights that also get broadcast through Sky’s cable network reaching over 8 million homes in the UK!
Fleming has also turned his hand to journalism, writing regular columns for Future music magazine, and reviews and technical features in iDJ magazine. The little time that John has left to spare has been filled with guest mixes for Radio 1, Galaxy and Kiss FM.
John’s work has been recognized over the years with rankings in various charts inc. Tranceaddict and DJ magazine. Importantly he’s rewarded by the rock solid support he gets from his dedicated fan base that follow him around the World and who put the gold discs on his wall. This priceless support is something that can’t be bought and has been earned by the hard work and dedication put in by John. He simply has a love and passion for what he does. A true legend.
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