John took some time out to answer some questions for the Amoeblog…
You are originally from Chicago, correct?
I was actually born in Cleveland and lived there for 17 years. I moved to Chicago for college and ended up living there for about five years.
When did you move to NY and what prompted the move to Berlin?
I decided to move to New York in 2007 and spent just about a year there. I was living with some close friends who decided to move to Berlin around the same time that I started working with Dial, so we all decided to go together.
What got you interested in house/techno music?
I started to get seriously interested in house by visiting a small record shop in Cleveland called Grand Poo-bas. I would go there about once a week and pick out one of these bootleg mixtapes that were coming from Chicago. I listened to those tapes repeatedly in the car and when I was at home on headphones. Shortly after I started buying some Dancemania records. (I also accidentally bought a bunch of terrible breaks records in the process because I had no idea what I was actually looking for.)