Jon Cooper AKA Jon Pleased Wimmin is a UK DJ who grew up in London and rose to fame in the club world during the 1990’s where his flamboyant cross dressing and stylish presence became a force to be reckoned with.
After cutting his teeth as a clubber at seminal late 80’s London clubs such as Taboo, Sacrosanct and the Mud Club, Jon’s career on the other side of the decks started in 1991. His 3 piece Cabaret act ‘The Pleased Wimmin’ were spotted performing at Kinky Gerlinky by Danny Rampling who immediately invited them to come and be dancers at his club Glam at the Milk Bar.
Over the next year it became apparent to Danny that Jon was obsessive about his music and in the summer of 1991, he asked Jon if he’d like to warm up for 6 weeks whilst Danny was in Ibiza. An immediate hit with the crowd, requests for guest slots came in thick and fast and he became a regular fixture at clubs nationwide such as Puschca, Venus, Fabric, Back To Basics, Miss Moneypennies, Slam, Pacha, Space, The Pod, Ministry of Sound, Cream and Renaissance amongst many others.
Overseas beckoned and by the end of the 1990’s Jon had played pretty much everywhere from Ibiza, Buenos Aires, Japan, South America, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and more alongside the whole of Europe.
Jon’s highly stylised dress sense (he is an ex-Fashion Student) and his skill at mixing an eclectic selection of tunes garnered praise all round and throughout the 1990’s he was a regular fixture in DJ Magazine’s top 100 best DJ’s in the world, coming 5th in 1996.
He has released numerous records, including two UK top 30 hits in the mid 90’s on the Perfecto label (‘Passion’ & Give Me Strength’) along with releases in 2004 on the Wall of Sound label under the moniker ‘The Visitor’ (‘Our Lips are Sealed’ & ‘European Love’).
Jon has also released best-selling and well-received mix compilations on Ministry of Sound, Fantazia, Pimp, Stress and Distinctive records.
In 2001 he moved from London to Scotland to concentrate on studio work and he graduated from Napier University in 2007 with a First Class Honours Degree (BA) in Popular Music – Composition & Production.
Jon still guests all over Europe playing current and classic sets and has played alongside the cream of the Dj world including Pete Tong, 2ManyDj’s, Jacques Lu Cont, Danny Tenaglia, Sasha, Carl Cox, Andrew Weatherall, Boy George, Sister Bliss and Erol Alkan to name a few.
He has also been been writing, producing and remixing. In 2012 he released three of his own tracks ‘Oh Yeah’ ‘Guiltless’ & ‘Disconnected’ via the label Planet Acetate, these are available online at Itunes & Beatport under his own name Jon Pleased Wimmin. He also remixed the single ‘Never Enough’ by Visage in 2014.
Jon’s current sets will be likely to feature tracks from artists and remixers as diverse as Hoxton Whores, Late Night Tough Guy, Soulwax, Lifelike, The Magician, Todd Terje and Dimitri From Paris to name a few. An eclectic mix for the discerning clubber as ever.
Jon has two residencies in Edinburgh at his own nights Automatic and the weekly knees –up that is The Church of High Kicks. The High Kicks parties are now running quarterly in Brighton also. He also carries on his Dare! brand with regular nights in Dundee and Edinburgh. He also re-launched his Pleased night quarterly in London in 2014 where he was joined by special guest DJ Severino from Horse meat Disco as special guest.
His eclectic taste and encyclopaedic knowledge of pop and dance music make him the perfect candidate for any party that needs an injection of oomph.
His new single is forthcoming in Spring 2015 on Kidology London and is called ‘Don’t be Scared (of yourself)’
Jon says of the single;
“I wanted to create a pumping club track that had a message that was easy to grasp without being preachy, but fun and life-affirming. I’ve always felt that as someone who so obviously expresses themselves in a very visual way, I have a duty to encourage others to let their barriers (and hair) down and to not be afraid of expressing themselves in whichever way they feel. Grab a microphone / keyboard / drink / wig / boy / girl and get out there!”