Johnny O’Neill is an incredibly impressive young Irish DJ / Producer & Promoter from Derry, the second city of Northern Ireland.
The young maestro can already boast being on local and national radio, TV, releasing his own tracks and DJing alongside global names in packed out clubs and on big stages.
This story started out as a troubled teen who like many, was saved by music, music which provided him with focus, purpose and direction. Johnny has not looked back since taking his first steps into ‘the scene’ in 2012 and is now on the path to a stunning future. Someone who will always get a proud mention when Johnny talks about his development is life coach Dominic Bonner, a man that has taught him so much! ”Thanks to the help from Dominic Bonner from Goal4Youth, I was able to see light in the dark and without his help I probably would have gave up on my dream a long time ago.” Serious talk from a 19 year old, but serious is what you get from Johnny O’Neill who is one the youngest, most promising electronic dance music talents in Northern Ireland at present.
Like many aspiring DJ’s he saved every penny for his pioneer decks and started learning the craft as a dreamer, with the bedroom as his main stage and house parties being his first taste of controlling a small crowd and generating an atmosphere.
Next he started on a small online radio station aged 16,
where the main listeners were Johnny friends who helped spread some hype about music locally, before moving to local radio station Drive 105.3 FM where he gained more experience and a more diverse wider audience.
Johnny isn’t a stranger to TV cameras either having first appeared in BBC 1 TV program Music City and as part Of CBBC’s ‘Hit The Stage Show’.
BBC RADIO 1 have in fact been an integral part of launching Johnny as a budding up and coming artist. After completing two courses in Derry at the BBC RADIO 1 Academy, Johnny was asked to join his mentor Danny Howard and Greg James in London on Danny’s Saturday Dance Anthems show which airs to up to 6 million listeners every week. Danny said ”Johnny your like A mini me , and I can see your love and dedication, keep up everything your doing and you will go far! ”. Inspiring words indeed which have come to fruition as after excelling at their academy workshops, Johnny went on play on the BBC RADIO 1 Introducing stage and at the BBC RADIO 1 Big Weekend in Derry 2013, with the cherry on the cake being his invite to the official after party in one of Derry’s premier venues St.Columbs Hall to support trance superstar Simon Patterson. As well as this Johnny has played all over Derry including warming up for DJ Fresh and Professor Green to 2000 people in city of culture temporary concert arena ‘The Venue’. Internationally he has rocked the Spanish and tourist crowd in a party resort in Menorca at Bar 51 with a mammoth 6 hour set !
AudioProject is Johnny’s very own monthly club night which showcases other local Derry DJ’s, plus other talent’s from around the globe. When it comes to genres of electronic music Johnny likes a wide range of upbeat 4 to the floor styles, from electro and progressive to the dirty Dutch sound, right through to trouse and big room trance. Inspiration comes mainly from those closest to him, that being his friends and fellow Irish based DJs.
Although still new to production and learning more everyday with studio partner Mart De Schmidt, Johnny managed to sign his first track to Club Educate, the record label of respected DJ/Producer and Irish dance radio personality, John Gibbons. This is what the label had to say about Johnny O’Neill – The Beginning on Club Educate.. ”Northern Irish wünderkid and ‘Audio Project’ resident Johnny O’Neill makes his Club Educate debut with this monster slice of EDM. ‘The Beginning’ skilfully fuses sounds from uplifting trance, progressive trance, main room house resulting in a tune of epic proportions. The title could not be more apt. This is ‘the beginning’ of a very promising future for the 17 year old” (now 19 ) .
Busy in the studio there is lots of new material on route and you can keep up to date with Johnny’s sounds on www.souncloud.com/djjohnnyoneill
Johnny has also set-up an events where young people can come along, interact and listen to him DJing. This paints a clear picture that this teenager already wants to give something back to the community and respects all those who helped and continue to help him realise his dreams, which lets face it is quite a rare occurrence. This aspiring young artist has an explosive blend of raw talent, passion and ambition and for his age, lots of achievements, which only add fuel to his fire! ” I wont rest until I have achieved my dream!, I want to be a full time DJ and nothing else.”
Well from the sounds of things, Johnny O’Neill is much more than just a DJ already!, and is a name to keep a close eye on over the next few years and well beyond as a music career awaits and his dreams manifest into something beautiful..Book this Artist now