John Player Special (a.k.a. João Gomes da Costa) was born in Lisbon in 1979. In the last 20 years, he has built a dj career that spans practically all major Portuguese clubs and music festivals like Lux Frágil, Lisb-On, Plano B, Rock in Rio, Out Jazz Festival among many others.
In a digital age, he remained faithful to the analog days and his vinyl record collection is an impressive homage to the best soul, funk, hiphop and jazz of the 20th century. His journey through the vaults of the most creative and respected labels of the past laid the ground for his sophisticated taste. He plays contemporary urban music ranging from breakbeat, hiphop and soul, crossing freely through genres and epochs adding rhythms from the early rock’n’roll period, latin and afrobeat tracks, jazz and blues classics, obscure soundtrack shakers or exquisite Brazilian gems.
As a producer, John Player Special released a track in the Lyfers Vol. 3 compilation by the Portuguese label 1980 Records and his currently working on new material.