June 9 – Jonas Rathsman
Jonas Rathsman was born in 1980 and raised far from urban vanity, neon lights, and contemporary club culture in a small village in Western Sweden. Music was always central in his adolescence, but his passion for music would come later in life. At the age of 18, after moving to Gothenburg, he started organizing parties and club nights and quickly rose through the ranks of the underground hierarchy of Sweden’s second largest city. Before long he was a household name in town, giving him coveted access to a more seasoned audience. It was during this time that Jonas explored the nuances of the endless genres of club music and decided to up the ante and go into production for himself. Together with his close friend Fredrik Nyberg, aka DJ Nibc, Jonas started releasing material under the alias Stuffa, which received recognition both on the underground scene in Europe and on mainstream club floors. In 2010 Stuffa released their third official single, “Proof,” on Defected, and it quickly became an anthem of the year in Sweden.
In 2011, Jonas decided to commit further to an intrinsic creative process and explore his music on a more profound level. Most remarkably, he also decided to expose himself to the industry by abandoning all pseudonyms and releasing his work under his own name. The result of this process was his debut EP “Tobago,” which was released on French Express in December 2011. Tobago received massive support both virally and traditionally and was featured on BBC Radio 1 shortly after its release. Tobago has been signed to Defected and will be re-released together with remixes from Mercury, Kidnap Kid and Volta Bureu. In January this year, Jonas and his label mate Perseus created an “Essential Mix” for Pete Tong, who hand picked them as one of BBC Radio 1’s “Future Stars of 2013.” Creative in more ways than one, Jonas is also the co-owner and producer behind the collective and fashion brand Uniforms for the Dedicated.
Jonas is currently touring in Europe and visiting some of club music´s most prestigious venues. His music is getting better recognized by the day for its organic and playful flair, stimulating vocals, and classic club flow.