Jon Hester’s DJ sets are built on physical rhythms and adventurous programming that effortlessly combines diverse varieties of techno and house. With an engaging presence and a knack for storytelling, Hester is able to build a trusting connection with each dancer and works a room until they sweat. By bridging contrasting styles of techno and house, the American exhibits DJ tools and melodic tracks across three decks whilst incorporating abrupt transitions depending on the mood. The amazing energy that Hester possesses stems from his early years growing up around house and techno in Chicago, before becoming more heavily involved within the scene whilst residing in Minneapolis. Having arrived during the late stages of the big rave days back in 2000, Hester found that there was an intense level of dedication to the music scene that was shared by everyone involved, as well as a strong commitment to bringing the very best artists to play at proper venues. Using huge walls of sound for small, yet energetic, crowds created a huge buzz and attracted special guests on top of the local big names artists that we all know and love such as DVS1, Dustin Zahn, Mike Gervais and DJ Slip.
Hester already has some fantastic output on respected labels such as Transmat, Deeply Rooted, Dystopian and Klockworks, not to mention multiple appearances on Radio Slave’s very own Rekids. It is no surprise, then, that he has continued his brilliant form with eight stunning signature house and techno fusions full of his trademark directions across four sides of wax. Converge Part I is packed with warm grooves and soul that stretch out to explore a wider range of sounds, instrumentation and ideas that will keep dancefloors moving. The A-side offers synth modulations and sci-fi atmospheres in the form of Sending Signals, which swiftly transcends into tracks with taught kick drums and synth tones heard on the likes of Haze. The flip side features loopy punches and pulses from Dreamstate, whilst the follow up songs Free, Flex and Equinox all offer forms of deep electro cuts or robust kicks that will no doubt get you moving. Every track is a winner and finding a favourite is an impossible task. Hester is back with a bang. Check it out on Bandcamp.