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John Kelley

An acid funk DJ who helped push the popular West Coast sound of breakbeat trance by rinsing it all over the nation, DJ John Kelley is best-known for his sets at Full Moon Gatherings. The influential series of raves held in the deserts outside Los Angeles during the mid-'90s created an emergent sound, led by breakout producers like Crystal Method, Überzone, Bassbin Twins, and Electric Skychurch. Born on a U.S. Air Force base in Japan, Kelley grew up in Southern California and began going to raves outside the city during the mid-'90s. He also became interested in the turntable arts and after Full Moon Gatherings promoter/spinner DJ Daniel heard one of Kelley's mixtapes, he began playing at the raves as well. In 1996, Kelley released a mix album -- explicitly patterned after his rave sets -- with the descriptive title Funkydesertbreaks. The compilation became an underground hit, sparked an American tour where Kelley spotlighted the style, and prompted a sequel one year later. In 1998, he released Knee Deep, a mix album more aligned with global trends in trance and techno. The 1999 collection High Desert Soundsystem was a slight return to the Funkydesertbreaks sound; a second volume appeared a year later. A volume in the United DJs of America series surfaced in 2001, followed in 2005 by A Night In the Park (a production album). ~ John Bush, Rovi
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The song "Chopstix" is sooo good! I never had the Desert Breaks CDs. I used to go to lots of raves in San Diego, but don't remember John Kelley dj'ing, guess was just in LA?
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Trip me out big time with the dance dance.
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Yeah still have my funky desert breaks cd's
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actually, just made a station with all the hds tracks i could find on pandora since they don't that album uploaded. thinking about doing the same for fdb, since they don't have that album either.
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high desert soundsystem are great mixes too! don't sleep on that!
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First rave i saw was JK in Tucson.. changed my life..
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Funky Desert Breaks was a must have at my gatherings.
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Funkydesertb r e a k s ! ! ! ! ! !
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Love John Kelley!
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h2o4blood
"Doing a job for the Mob" -FDB 1and 2 Saved my life many nights in the 90's .
Best cool out CD?'s ever... didn't matter if I was going up or coming down ...just a" sick style" of intelligent music...

JK 's has always been one of my top favorites DJs of all time... his heady style can't be touched -always feels like he is climbing....
The next sound he spins is the One you want to hear...

"Music if fundamental to the soul"
Saw him in NOLA back in the 90's....
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pat.paramore
Amazing JK on Pandora. I have the first three Desert Breaks albums and got to see him at several raves back in the 90's, a legend!
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why cant I find any funky desert breaks on here? I miss John Kelley!
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DJ John Kelley is a LEGEND, Desertfunkyb r e a k s is one of the best mixed albums ever!!
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I saw this dude in LA 2 years ago and i was exstatic!!!!
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JKs da s**t i v seen him so many times n he just keeps getin beter
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hooray for pandora! :D
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I discovered JK as usual. Opened a techno/funk radio station: breaks and what's so bizarre is my brothers name was John Kelley and he loved techno too. We were both born on Air Force bases too. He died of AIDS but we still connect through music.

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