Jonathan has been collecting house music since 1989 when as a 15yr old he was blown away by A Guy Called Gerald
Ray'. Having collected hip hop since 1986, this record opened Jonathan to a sound that would become his lifetime's passion. This devotion to vinyl continued and finally after 6 years of going to clubs like Hacienda, Soak, Havana, Renaissance and mixing tapes and phasing records on 2 hi fis, he was at last able to afford his own decks.
One of the few to make the transition from bedroom to main room, Jonathan now plays regularly for Bedrock and has played all over the world for clubs such as Spundae and Liqufied. Furthering his passion he now also works for Bedrock Breaks in an A&R capacity.
'Discovered' by John Digweed
in 2001, who was so impressed with his unique sound and his live sets, he invited him to do a guest mix on his Kiss FM show in May and play at Bedrock. The mix was so good it gained Jonathan instant recognition throughout the industry, prompting unheard of comparisons with what many regard as the greatest dance mix of all time, John and Sasha
's Northern Exposure 2 cd.
Jonathan followed that by playing, in the opinion of many of those who were there, the set of the night at Bedrock's 3rd Birthday. After the crowds reaction to Jonathan's set, John was so impressed, he asked him to warm-up for him and DJ Three at the Bedrock Xmas party in Brighton, a different set but, again, the same result.
Word of his unique style soon spread globally. He was voted Worlds Best Breaks DJ in the 2002 Breakspoll, #81 in the 2003 DJ Mag Top 100 poll. Playing for Bedrock, Jonathan has warmed up for Sasha
& Digweed, played at festivals from Dance Valley to Global Gathering. Internationally Jonathan has been headlining in Mexico, LA, New Orleans, Argentina, New York, Holland, Moscow, Tokyo and Ireland as well as playing with some of the very best Dj's in the world; Hernan Cattaneo
, Three, Steve Lawler
in Atlanta, Cass in New York, Hyper and Danny Howells
at the legendary Gemini party at Simons in Gainesville, Florida.
At the end of 2002, Jonathan finished his 3rd US tour at Spundae, Chicago, having been asked back after his stunning headline set at Spundae, LA (nominated for Worlds Best Club Dancestar Awards 2002) blew up the main room at Circus
. Justifying the recommendation made to Spundae by Adam Freeland
Thanks to Jonathan's rapidly rising reputation, built on the dual foundations of inspired live sets and highly innovative 3 and 4 deck mix cd's he has also had guest radio mixes on Annie Nightingale
's Radio 1 show, on Phil K's award winning Kiss FM (Australia) radio show, John Digweed
's Kiss 100 UK show and across the US (including a live radio mix in New York). Culminating in broadcasting his own one off special show for Protonradio.com of his all time top 20 records.
2004 saw more international gigs for Jonathan in over 17 countries. Now sponsored by Denon , Shure and Allen & Heath (on OS2) Jonathan will be pushing the technical boundaries of mixing using 3 Denon DNS 5000's, efx and keyboards in 2005. Currently finishing his first commercial mix CD for Bedrock's new Original Series, [O:S_2 Jonathan Lisle
], set for release in Feb 2005 with a 35 date world tour to accompany it next year looks even better.