Wonji (Juan Gonzalez) born in Brooklyn, New York 1972 is one of four sons in a family of musicians who started his music career playing the trumpet in jr. high band. With these early skills in music he soon started playing other instruments including, guitars, drums, most brass instruments and soon after at the age of 14 discovered turntables. Hip Hop was one of his biggest infuences at that time and encouraged him to think of creative ways to hear and play sounds from the tables. Soon after he started playing private parties, events and such.But there seemed to be something missing…..
At the age of 17 he decided to move to South Florida, Miami and this is where he was introduced to “The House Sound”. With a past in latin music, disco and R&B, Wonji decided to twist and meld these sounds together in his live sets which led him to move to his next step: Producing.
By 1999 House music had evolved so much with many new and updated sounds Wonji could not resist getting involved in production.
“Musical instruments changed so the music changed, the scenes changed so I had to try and keep up with all the new styles”, says Wonji.
Fascinated by the past music and sounds of The Hunger, Front 242, and later DJs like John Digweed, Timo Mass and so on, it was only a matter of time till he started producing his own work.
With an ever evolving sound, Wonji will for sure be around in the music scene for a while. Never passing up new musical possibilities and changing the way music is to be played.
Wonji says about himself: “Making people move and groove, thats all I want to do.”