John Stapleton has been DJing and promoting gigs and clubnights in his home town of Bristol for over three decades – from mod nights in the 1980s to hip hop and rare groove, acid house, acid jazz, breakbeat, funk, and Northern Soul.
He has shared a stage with artists as diverse as Roy Ayers, GOAT, Charles Bradley, and Femi Kuti; He’s DJed around the world from Iceland to Australia, and played regularly at festivals: Glastonbury, WOMAD and Shambala amongst others.
He compiled the groundbreaking ‘Dope on Plastic’ LPs for React Music (selling over 250,000 copies), and also 8 LPs for the Harmless label.
For the last few years, he’s concentrated more and more on collecting and playing the heaviest Afrobeat and Afrofunk records in their original releases. Since 2009, he’s been co-running Wanted Records, Bristol’s finest vintage record shop.
He also has regular monthly shows on Totally Wired Radio and Bristol’s Noods – always vinyl, always original, often crackly.