Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant nightlife scene continues to grow with the next generation’s artists and promoters playing an integral part in its constant development. At the forefront of this new creative revolution is JonnyVicious, an influential figure for young people in particular, who not only DJs but is also music director for two of the city’s hotspots, Pisco Bar and Como.
Like many out there, Vicious began as a bedroom DJ back in 2008 as part of a duo called The ViciousZombies. In the beginning, sounds like heavy bass and electro house were his weapon of choice before making the transition to house, deep house, tech house and techno. He is undeniably one of the stronger and more colourful voices of techno for his generation, his Nobody Listens to Techno night proving to be a regular crowd pleaser.
Over the years Jonny has taken his talent across the region, playing gigs in Bangkok, Singapore and Bali to name a few. His credible reputation has also booked him a debut spot at the highly anticipated Ultra Singapore, slated for June 10th and 11th.
Next on the agenda for Jonny is to focus on overseas touring and mastering the piano in a bid to delve into the world of music production. With European gigs already booked for the end of the year, progress is well underway.
In celebration of how far he’s come, Jonny explains why these tunes below have played an integral role in shaping his career. Check them out below.
Incognito - Nights Over Egypt (Masters at Work Main Mix)
“This is the first track of the first house album I ever listened to in 2001. I was 11 years old and mum and dad bought a lot of CDs at the time. I think I listened to it every day after school for a very long time. This, Ravi Shankar’s Inside the Kremlin and Celine Dion’s Falling Into You.”
The Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin’ Beats
“This is the track that made me fall in love with The Chemical Brothers. I can’t remember how I heard it, but I remember grooving pretty hard and becoming a fanatic not long after. I’ve seen them twice as an adult and I’m still hoping to watch them rack out a live set as I think I’ve exhausted my Don’t Think DVD.”
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
“If you can’t sing this word for word, I don’t want to be associated with you!”
Velvet Revolver - Slither
“I was in a band during my high school days and we played a mix of metal and pop rock, but not many people know this. I tried to perform this along with a lot of Avenged Sevenfold and Fall Out Boy tunes. And yes, I was the vocalist. I think this plays a big role in my love for drums - I love broken beats and crazy drumming and it comes out sometimes in my mixes.”
Sister Sledge - Thinking of You (Dimitri from Paris remix)
“One of my favourite soul tracks of all time - makes me happy every time and Dimitri’s remix just makes it all the better. I still end my sets with it when the night goes really well.”
Matthew Dekay & Lee Burridge - Holding On
“I still remember crying on a dancefloor in Amsterdam sometime in 2012 to this. It also opened my world to the maestro that is Lee Burridge.”
Blond:sh - Enter, Week 10, Terrace (Space Ibiza)
“This mix is what made me fall in love with Blond:ish! It is also when I began embarking on a path of creating journeys. I don’t idolise DJs; I’ve never done it. They are humans like you and I, but for me, if a DJ if delivers, they are just doing their job, and these girls ALWAYS DELIVER.”
Roberto Capuano - Absolute (Original Mix)
“When I first started playing techno four years ago, I downloaded a lot of Drumcode material and this is definitely one of my favourites. Even today Cari Lekebusch, Robert Capuano and Sam Paganini have my heart any day! Dancing to these boys back in 2009 at a warehouse party made my mind explode.”
Most Precious Love (DF Future 3000 Mix)
“My adult sense and sensibilities came from two very sexy men, Gregoire Pagnoux and Sito. These two made me dance and understand the importance of ‘90s house every Friday at Frangipani KL. I was 17, a raging hormonal homosexual, and I had moves for days! They helped me grow up through music and it was amazing.”
Ravi Shankar - Sandhya Raga
“Last but not least, the mighty Ravi Shankar. This entire album shaped me as a young boy. I recently recovered a vinyl copy and I haven’t stopped listening to it. As I DJ, I feel that it is necessary to craft my own style of playing, I hate copying others whether famous or not. I’ve always wanted to create my own way of mixing. Something that people hear and recognise, I’m far from it but it’s a goal and goals are achievable. Hence why listening to how music is made is so much more valuable than anything else.”
JonnyVicious will be performing at Ultra Singapore's Resistance Stage on June 10th. Check out the website for more info on this year's edition.