Jon Carter, born in East London 25 years ago, discovered in his teenage years the inspirational power of 808
's, Kenny Dope
, Schooly D
with other people, Dynamix 2, EMS
Sythi's with the keyboards ripped off, building sites and The Jam
. Adulthood saw relocation to Southampton
, where Jon spent his formative years singing in an experimental rock 'n' roll band, Everybody Burns (for experimental, read they took loads of acid).
Around this time, Jon sharpened up by producing their insane, inane backing tracks. Everybody Burns collapsed and Carter moved on to London, engineering jungle records for the No U Turn
Early success came early in 1995 with his "The Dollar", recorded on the Wall Of Sound
label as 'Artery' and being seen at old school Heavenly
Social inside The Albany. Jon Carter joins the Heavenly label, his first release on H is "Blow The Whole Joint Up", which sounds like Public Enemy
huffing Who records on a cheap ghetto blaster
in Primrose Hill. "Blow The Whole Joint Up" is followed by "The Gimp", a limited 7" that points towards Jon's mad ragga future.
Jon, along with Richard Fearless became resident DJs at The Heavenly Social & sister club The Heavenly Jukebox. Following the Chemical Brothers
lead, Jon selected and mixed the second "Live At The Social" compilation, making the ultimate summer party
In 1996 Carter remixed for artists such as The Prodigy
(the unreleased single "Minefields"), Kula Shaker
, and Supergrass
(as yet unreleased).
Monkey Mafia in 1997 release "15 Steps e.p.", four tracks of breakbeat insanity including the track "Lion In The Hall".