At the age of 6, Jonathan picked up the violin and quickly became a small virtuoso. In the 1st grade, he was already playing solo performances for his school. Throughout grade school, he became a showcase at school performances.
In high school, Jonathan continued his violin career by playing 2nd violin in the Hunterdon Symphony Orchestra, where he enjoyed performing works like Dvorak’s New World Symphony. At the same time, he also became enamored with the emerging computer revolution. He invested heavily in some of the very first PCs and taught himself how to program. As high school progressed, Jonathan became seduced by the convergence of music and technology: the synthesizer. The 80’s synth-driven pop had fully taken hold of the airwaves, exposing him to a wide array of new and interesting sounds that never existed before. He literally traded in his violin (and 10 years of experience) for a synthesizer.
Armed with a synth, Jonathan formed a band and began using his computer to control his synthesizer to develop multi-track songs. This worked out well, as he began learning how to produce, arrange, and compose complex, layered compositions. During this time, he was exposed to a piece of music by Jean-Michel Jarre in a video game and was inspired by what electronic music could be.
In college, Jonathan invested in more electronic instruments, continued composing originals, and also got a kick out of precisely replicating Jarre songs and recent hits of the time. These exercises, combined with his internship at Centerfield Productions music studio under the direction of Mike Mainieri, further honed his production/arrangement skills. Jonathan was his most prolific in college and composed dozens of songs—from traditional pop-rock songs to dance-oriented instrumentals.
Jonathan found worthy band-mates in college and joined the pop-rock band Blind Ambition. This band found some success, as Jonathan took over the management of the band, composed many of their original songs, played keyboards, and sang backup vocals. Blind Ambition went as far as to showcase for several record labels, including Atlantic Records. Graduating from college with Computer and Music degrees, Jonathan took hold of the emerging Internet phenomenon by launching the break-though site MIDI.COM — focusing on the MIDI song format — and helping companies utilize the Internet to improve their business.
Graduating from college with Computer and Music degrees, Jonathan took hold of the emerging Internet phenomenon by launching the break-though site MIDI.COM — focusing on the MIDI song format that underlies electronic music — and helping companies utilize the Internet to improve their business.
He now has a home studio outside of Philadelphia and writes when he can and produces remixes for other artists under the alias DJJD.
You can always contact Jon at: firstname.lastname@example.org