AD/D [CA]

AD/D (aka Mario J)  began his musical journey through the vibrant mid 90’s warehouse and rave scene’s in Toronto Canada, where as a 16 year old he was DJ’ing after hours warehouse parties and met his long time friend and studio collaborator Kenny Glasgow.

The two of them quickly became inseparable and began making music with 909’s, SP1200’s and Akai samplers.

This lead them to release E.P’s as Method Men and start 2 record labels, Method 11:11, a straight forward techno label, and Unabomber Records, for their more raw house sound, which was a joint project with DJ Sneak.

Mario J had been previously experimenting with recording equipment on his own and had sent a cassette tape to Richie Hawtin, leading to a series of releases on Richie and John Acquaviva’s Definitive Records.

Mario’s interest in all aspects of music lead him to opening up his own nightclub at the tender age of 19 with a few close friends in 1996, which became a house and techno music institution in Canada, called ‘Industry’.

During the Industry years, Mario J was intimately exposed to most of the top electronic music acts of the time, and being a resident DJ himself, he played with the likes of Jeff Mills, Daft Punk, Danny Tenaglia, Frankie Knuckles, Derrick May and many others.

Being exposed to these influences from around the globe, his own music was beginning to morph between various styles of raw house and techno.

Spending the next few few years in Europe, Mario J was re-inspired with what he was experiencing, and returned to Toronto in 2004 and began AD/D.

Throwing concerts, parties, after parties, (most of the time a few nights a week) his new interest in Live acts lead him to produce shows with Crystal Castles, Cut Copy, LCD Soundsystem, Justice, Soulwax and many others. Combining live shows with DJ’s made for an electric atmosphere and AD/D parties and DJ sets created an exciting new energy in Toronto, once again bringing the visionary gifts of Mario J to the forefront.

During this time Mario J released music on long time friend Tiga’s Turbo Recordings under ‘Milano’, and completed remixes for Gesafelstein, Bloody Beetroots among others.

This era culminated in an opportunity to work with the biggest legend in nightclub history, Peter Gatien (Limelight, The Tunnel, NYC). The project was called CiRCA and Mario J, along with BPM Festival founder Craig Pettegrew, (in 2007) took reins of the Friday and Saturday night parties respectively, drawing in access of 5000 people over a weekend.

Having provided his home town Toronto with years of entertainment, Mario J was looking for a new experience. With his skills as a producer, DJ and event promoter, he went back to Europe and found himself at home in Ibiza.

Not being able to stay away from throwing his own parties for long, Mario J hosted a series of private villa after parities on the island with Art Department over 2 seasons (2013-14).

It was during this time that Mario J and Jonny White formed a closer bond and Jonny invited Mario to record for No.19.

Coming full circle, Mario J played some music to Jonny White in January 2016 and they started to plan releases on both No.19 and Jonny’s new label, Social Experiment. The release schedule begins this summer (2016) with a collaboration release between Art Department and AD/D titled ‘Day 0001’ and AD/D E.P’s on both labels.

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