Jonathan’s love of the music sprang from all-nighters on the floor at Aahz in Orlando. While looking for ways to continue hearing fresh tunes, the Miami Beach born entrepreneur and Hotelier, launched a production company called Generic Soul. He soon began constructing highly respected underground parties all over South Florida. Moving to Dublin, Ireland in ’95 broadened his world and upon his return in 1996, Jon launched Bliss Productions. The production company and fully-fledged label with major label distribution had a roster that rivaled the largest and most impressive UK Indy electronic/dance companies. Bliss initially grew in South Florida through shows at the Shadow Lounge with inaugural resident, Dave Seaman. The gigs quickly gathered momentum when Bliss moved to Groovejet and let the brakes off. Dave played monthly alongside a host of guests. Among them, Jon Cowan launched his own DJ career with a surreptitious supporting slot. “My first real gig was playing alongside one of the progressive forefathers on a Saturday night at Groovejet,” laughs Jon. “How can you beat that? It was definitely a privilege and a learning experience, too.” From there Jon went on to tour the world with such success that he landed residencies at the UK superclub Renaissance and U2 front man Bono’s club, the Kitchen in Dublin, Ireland.
Bliss and Jon soon released Seaman’s Renaissance CD state side, a first for both Renaissance and Bliss. Since then, Jon has been invited to work alongside world class Dj’s such as Deep Dish, Nick Warren, Anthony Pappa, Sasha, Sander Kleinenberg and John Digweed at venues like The Cross in London, Dusseldorf’s Tribehouse, Axis in Boston, Pacha Ibiza and New York and Crobar in Miami, Chicago, and New York. On the Production front Jon has one single entitled “please call” that was given a 10/10 in Dj Mag and selected Pete Tong’s essential track of the month and one Mix CD entitled “Altered States Vol 2” released through Universal Music.
Next in the impressive musical resume, comes as an owner as well as resident DJ at NERVE in South Beach. During his time with Nerve, Cowan was also in charge of all music coordination and worked on the entertainment arm of the Shelborne Beach Resort. Shine is the brainchild of Cowan and Miami Host Gerry Kelly. The complex consists today with Poolside special events, weekly parties in The Lounge, and club SHINE which is open monthly parties and for special events. The Shelborne is a Deco Landmark Building that was built by Jon’s Grandfather, Samuel Friedland, in 1939 and launched December 28th 1940. By 1947 the hotel and its infamous diving board graced the cover of Life Magazine. The history of entertainment at the Shelborne spans back to the 50’s and 60’s and early 70’s when people like Dionne Warwick, Jackie Mason, Sammy Davis Junior, Liza Minnelli and many others were regular visitors to the Hotel and its club. The reinventing of the Shelborne’s historical past along with the opening of club Shine in 2005 brought the good reviews back to the Shelborne. “The best sound in Miami Beach” and “The hub of WMC” (2006 through 2010), were the accolades bestowed on the man and his hard work building the event arm at The Shelborne.
Artists such as Dj/producer Jazzy Jeff, David Guetta, Sasha, Bob Sinclair, Eric Prydz,,Laurent Garnier, David Morales, Martin Buttrich, Reboot, Darren Emerson, Dubfire, Timo Maas, Lee Burridge, Sander Kleinenberg, Frankie Knuckles, Paul Oakenfold and new to the international celebrity DJ list Luciano and Loco Dice have played in the club or pool side. The Shelborne is known for its pool side events that have seen performances or hosts such as Paris Hilton, Common, Biz Markie, Macy Gray, Janes Addiction, Deborah Cox and many others.
On the personal side, WMC2010 proved Jon’s artistic ability as well as his top eye for overall production on the week as a whole at Shine & the Shelborne. Performing with Luciano, Reboot, Bob Sinclair, Derrick Carter, Hector Romero, Carl Craig, Dave Seaman, Steve Lawler, Sasha, Guy Gerber and most impressive launched Marco Carola’s new label and weekly Ibiza event at amnesia called MUSIC ON! With only Marco and Jon on the bill with its Launch as the closing party for WMC 2012, Jon has secured his annual residency playing going from just opening and closing parties over his first few seasons for Pure Pacha at Pacha Ibiza, the ultimate nightclub, to an eight show residency for the 4th consecutive summer including dates with Sasha, Mandy, , Luciano, Hercules Love Affair, Audiofly, Bookashade, Danny Howells, Laurent Garnier, and Pete Tong all at Pacha this summer. Jon’s relationship with Pacha has also gone one step further as Jon is now the only American on the prestigious Pacha Ibiza agency roster.
Upcoming Dates include The Hard Rock, Pacha New York, Electric Pickle, Villla 221, Exit, several Pacha Ibiza summer performances, Pacha Buenos Aires, Green Valley Brazil, Circoloco@dc10, Ushaia Ibiza Beach Club, Aruba, an Australian tour and the Dominican Republic to name a few as well as a very special tour in mid January throughout the USA and carribean with the legendary Michel Cleis. If your interested in dates inquire quickly. The Summer residency has been so successful that Pacha Ibiza has already confirmed a monthly residency next season for their flagship Pure Pacha / all gone pete tong night including at least two headline performances.
On the Production front Jonathan has A highly regarded tune made along side pete gooding called sultan on Lawler’s viva imprint as well as another colab with gooding on stereo and personally a 4 track EP on Stereo. His tunes have also been featured on Café Mambo 2012 summer tunes, Chus’s Miami monsters, Lawlers lights out, Hed Kandi, and Café Del mar to name a few. For some lightening doesn’t strike twice but in this case it seems to without question and sky’s the limit for Jonathan and his career as a DJ and as a giant in the music industry.