Ask him how long he's been playing and his quick reply is, "For 12 amazing years!" in that caramalised British accent. So, you quickly do the Math and figure out he had to be 16 back then. You react to his answer with a, "Dude, no!" and he turns on the charm with that cheeky smile.
That's 28-year-old Nottingham-based DJ Jon O'Bir for you. At 10 Downing Street (Hotel Altius), Industrial Area Phase 2, on Wednesday, the DJ-cum-producer set the mood right for ladies' night.
With progressive trance as his forte, Jon founded Conspiracy Recordings in 2005 and launched the trance and progressive label, Infinity Records, in 2011. Formerly ranked the 54th DJ in the world by djmag.com, Jon himself takes inspiration from English trance music group - Above & Beyond (world ranking 5).
His first artiste album - From Within - however, came out in 2008, which was in collaboration with Grammy Award winning electric dance music DJ Paul Van Dyk. On his India tour, the benevolent Jon is distributing free copies of his latest album - Music Database (2011). The music gets a thumbs-up from team HT City!
Currently on his second tour in India, Jon is in love with all things Indian. "When I landed in Delhi, I was awed by the beauty of Indian women. And, Chandigarh just upped the ante. Next up are Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai!"
About the crowd that didn't seem very receptive to trance, Jon said, "Even if two people in the entire club are enjoying my music, I'm happy. It's better than having a crowd of 100 people talking amongst themselves, not paying attention to the music."
"It's high time we bring about a change in the commercial music scenario of Chandigarh. People have to be exposed to these genres of music to be able to appreciate them. That's why we invited Jon all the way from the UK to play for us," said Ginny Chawla, managing director, Hotel Altius.