Four Directions: Johnny Reckless
Every Friday // 7 - 9PM UK
Now in his 35th year of DJ’ing, highly respected by his DJ peers, Johnny Reckless is one of London's OG underground club DJ’s, Johnny is the founder of the DJ collaboration - FOUR DIRECTIONS which draws on collective club heritage and the four pillars of DANCE: DRUM — RHYTHM — SOUND — SPIRIT
In the early 90s, Johnny started playing at various club nights: Omega at the Brain Club alongside Maurice Watson (RIP); Wig-Wam at the Jazz Corner in Ladbroke Grove with Maurice Watson and AJ; Horny at Legends; the Satellite Club at the Colosseum in Vauxhall, and also was one of the early DJ’s at Garage City. Johnny was playing in Hoxton long before it became the new West End, he DJ’d at iconic clubs, he played alongside Miguel Miggs (Naked Music) at Transit at Plastic People, he played at Herbal, Club 333, Hoxton Pimps warehouse parties and various underground clubs, plus oversea’s gigs at various venues & club nights including No Joke in Switzerland alongside Bert Bevans, Kenny Carpenter and Rob Maynard.
In 1995 Johnny started a night called See The Light with Marcia Carr and Michael Morley. From its beginnings, See The Light became the place to be for any discerning house head on a Friday night. With a music policy ranging from New York Disco to New Jersey House, See The Light would become a hotbed for new tunes from the states, the weekly club was one of a few essential house nights which were frequented by the house dance community - PTA’s ‘The Loft’ was one of the few other clubs at that time that were essential for dancers. Names such as Kerri Chandler, Phil Asher, DJ Camacho (RIP), Jazz n Groove, Jeremy Newall, Seamus Haji, Joey Negro, Gusto, Deli G, Ricky Morrison, Dino and Terry all played at this intimate venue.
Throughout the 2000’s Body Music and Soul Brew/Doctors Orders added Johnny to their DJ roster, including a residency at Madame JoJo's at a night called Life and Soul playing alongside DJ Spinna, Pete BBE, Kyri, Jeremy Newall, Andrew Bird, Spin Doctor. Johnny also had his own promotions at the Embassy Bar, Plastic People and various one off parties.
In & around 2010, Johnny played at: ’Independent Movement Parties’ & Brilliant Corners where he played alongside Sadar Bahrar, Nick the Record and Mark Gurney. He played again at Plastic People; East Village; The Gate in Notting Hill and various clubs and parties. Johnny has played alongside Louie Vega, Sadar Bahar, Marc Mac, DJ Spinna, Kerri Chandler, Paul Trouble Anderson, John Morales; Ashley Beedle; Phil Asher; Nacho Larache, Bobby & Steve; Jeremy Newall; Seamus Haji; Ricky Morrison; The Mighty Zaf; Funky P; Neil Pierce; Sy Sez; Chrissy T & Perry Louis; Barrie Sharpe; Andrew Marriot; DJ Soul Provider, Maria Carr and Norman Jay
Johnny is the host at a bi monthly dance club residency at the HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS where he plays a solo 6 hour set to an enthusiastic crowd of dance lovers and music aficionados. Alongside his DJ career, Johnny has worked in record stores since the late 80’s. Anyone who has purchased music in London over the last 31 years will have come across Johnny sometime, somewhere.