Getting to know Jonathan Kiely

Easy laidback rhythms. Nothing heavy, that’s all about Jonathan Kiely. This Irish Dj hails from the wet and rainy city of Dublin in Ireland of course.  Ireland is the last place someone would think when they think of house music. However deep house music is flourishing in Ireland, I must say I expected the old Irish Gaelic songs to be all I would hear from Jonathan Kiely with lots of drumming. So stereotypical I know, but it was a pleasant surprise to find his rhymes as cheery as if they had been produced in Luanda or London.

A deep house Dj and producer, Dj Jonathan is a resident Dj at Sin Bar in Dublin Ireland. Currently the Mecca of house and dance music, it’s hailed as one of the bars with great dance music around Dublin. A quick google search confirmed this development. Much of his success can be attributed to his Rising Ep that reached number 11 on the Traxsource charts and number 4 on the House Chart on Sonny Fodera’s Beatdown Music chart.  Kiely describes himself as a house music traditionalist and if one listens to his music this is so. Early house music was generally dance-based music characterized by repetitive 4/4 beats, rhythms mainly provided by drum machines off-beat cymbals, and synthesized bass lines.

While house displayed several characteristics similar to   disco music, it was more electronic and minimalistic, and the repetitive rhythm of house was more important than the song itself. House music today, while keeping several of these core elements, notably the prominent kick drum on every beat, varies a lot in style and influence, ranging from the soulful and atmospheric deep house to the more minimalistic micro-house.

His music is very casual in nature but not boring at all. Probably explains why he is one of the most in demand Dj’s on the Dublin scene right now.  To connect with Jonathan Kiely today you can check his mixes out on Soundcloud. Great beats, great music. My favourite was ‘No Love,” a great danceable anthem with raw vocals and catchy lyrics.



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