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. In 2012 he released three of his own tracks ‘Oh Yeah’ ‘Guiltless’ & ‘Disconnected’ via the label Planet Acetate, He. also he released two other singles, Don’t Be Scared (Of Yourself) was released in 2015 on Kidology and Heels was released in 2016 on Fetch recordings. These are all available online at Itunes & Beatport and Amazon.
He has also remixed the singles ‘Never Enough’ by Visage in 2014, Til I’m Done by Paloma Faith in January 2018 and a forthcoming remix of A Man Could Get Lost by Soft Cell. This will be released to coincide with their one-off gig on September 30that the O2 in London. Jon will be djing at the after-party for this gig alongside his friend Hifi Sean. There are some very exciting big name remixes coming up later this year……watch this space.
Jon’s current sets will be likely to feature tracks from artists and remixers as diverse as Purple Disco Machine, Hoxton Whores, Late Night Tough Guy, Soulwax, Lifelike, 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. He also carries on his Dare! brand with regular nights in Dundee. Cjeck out the Events page of the site to see which exciting gigs Jon has coming up.
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.