Receiving his house education through David Holmes seminal ‘SugarSweet’ parties in his hometown of Belfast, as well as the legendary Hellraiser raves in the early nineties, it was inevitable that John ‘JMX’ McIver’s love of house music was to become somewhat obsessive. Initially influenced by the sounds of techno heavyweights Carl Cox and Joey Beltram, and later, the likes of Chris Duckenfield and Ralph Lawson, John’s spectral love of house and techno shines through in both his material as Jet Project, as well as his solo JMX material.
The Jet Project story began at Belfast institution, Shine, where John became one of the close-knit team of residents, after relentlessly bombarding local promoters with his mix tapes. It was at Shine that John met Timmy ‘T-Bone’ Stewart, and after a plethora of back to back sets, the Jet Project was formed. The Jet Project was an instant success, both locally, as well as internationally, as a number of high profile releases followed on labels such as Get Physical and Soma.
The story continued with a residency at Belfast afterhours hotspot, Yello, where John would play often play extended solo sets, additional to his Jet Project sets. These extended sets gave John a platform for his solo material, and so the JMX sound was born. An amalgamation of his across the board influences, the JMX sound is typically a bass-heay, drum-laden affair, with more than just a slight nod to the vintage. With EP’s on 20:20 Vision bringing things full circle, and material due for release on Local Talk, 2013 is already filling up to be a busy year!