Jonty Skrufff DJ Biography 2017
Berlin-based Brit Jonty Skrufff started DJing in London in 2004, rapidly picking up residencies at clubs including London´s fabric (DTPM) and Pacha Ibiza and going on to tour the world, performing in over 30 countries including Brazil, China, Vietnam, Japan and Russia.
Relocating to Berlin in 2008, he’s nowadays firmly established within Berlin’s underground techno & house scenes, in 2012 becoming a resident at Sisyphos.
Rapidly becoming one of Sisyphos’ best known DJs, he’s renowned for spinning uniquely eclectic, experimental techno and house sets, created by intricately looping, layering and re-editing tracks together live, simultaneously on three and often four CDJs.
Since 2015, he’s also started regularly returning to London, to headline Egg’s wildest party Berlin Berlin, a now bimonthly event from January 2017.
Also in London, he’s hooked up with Egg’s new label What Came First, who soon release his upcoming double-tracker Jellyfish Invasion/ Warpaint.
Tried, tested, tweaked and perfected during his sets in Sisyphos’ cavernous main-room Hammahalle, each track is rough and raw peak-time techno, in keeping with his earlier release on Sisyphos’ label (tough tech floor filler Stiletto) and acclaimed remixes on Black Butter (Kidnap Kid- Vehl) Punch Music (Yariv Bernstein – Bardo) and Shitkatapult (his remix of Motor’s ‘Death Rave’ picked up a French Quartz Award (equivalent to a French Grammy).
Alongside DJing and producing, he co-produces and co-presents the weekly radio show Berlin Soul, which is broadcast across an expanding international network spanning 55 terrestrial FM stations plus web broadcasters including Pioneer DJ Radio (Ibiza), Underground FG (France), BLN.FM (Germany) Radio Tulum (Mexico) and Dance Paradise (Brazil / South America).
He’s also widely recognised for his parallel multi-faceted career that started in the 90s when he became of the first specialist dance music journalists.
Selecting him as one of their ‘11 most important people in Berlin’s music scene’ feature in 2015, Dutch magazine DJBroadcast suggested ‘you probably know Skrufff best for his residency at legendary club Sisyphos’ though singled out his media activities for additional special mention.
‘Skrufff’s international presence combined with his broad range of expertise has led him to be acclaimed as an‘industry guru’ (Resident Advisor) and ‘dance music mogul’ (DJ Magazine),” DJBroadcast noted.
Alongside helping launch Muzik magazine in the UK he created a unique global syndication network that included 6 Australian nightlife street newspapers, Brazilian, Italian and Thai style/ music magazines and even European TV network Superchannel (where for 2 years he interviewed virtually all the remaining living jazz legends including Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea and Weather Report for weekly TV show Talkin Jazz.
Switching to the Internet early (in 1996 he set up the first major label club culture site Dancesite for EMI) he next went fully independent in 2001, pioneering e-zines and blogging via his own operation Skrufff.com.
He has also since curated numerous music conferences including Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), Sochi Winter Music Conference (Russia), IPM (Rome) and Rio Music Conference (Brazil) and regularly speaks on panels worldwide.