EP. 008 - DJ J.P. GUNNz (My DJ Story Podcast)

Name: Johnny Price

DJ Name: DJ J.P. GUNNz


Instagram: @jp_gunnz

Primary Genre: House

Other Genres: Hip Hop, Rap, R&B, Pop, House, EDM



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Johnny Price: Good.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: What's going on everybody. They're afraid or the club CEO here and I got another amazing DJ here on the my DJ story podcast, brother. Could you introduce yourself to the artists who you are, where you're from.


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Johnny Price: What's up world I'm DJ Johnny price, aka JP guns. I'm from Chicago and and it's great to be here.


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Johnny Price: Big ups goes out to everybody. I'm a house music DJ. I have a live stream that i i do i do my house music stuff on on the club, you know, and I love house music ever since like I've been. I can remember in 1988


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: We're now that's perfect, brother. So let's jump right into it. So 1988 that when you got started as a DJ.


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Johnny Price: That's what I got started as a DJ. Um,


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: How, how old were you


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Johnny Price: When I was 19 years old when I, when I first started when I was in some so it's been like 33 years


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Nice, nice. So what what got you into it. What made you first pick up the


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Scale of teaching.


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Johnny Price: Well, um, well I when I got when I got out, I was in college, and when my roommate was a DJ. And I used to follow him, you know, to the parties and stuff, you know, and


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Johnny Price: He, he went to, you know, I was a he was doing parties at Northwestern University and stuff and you know we we didn't go to the to the college to the school. I went to a junior college


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Johnny Price: And but he ended up getting some gigs over at Northwestern. So I was always like a great way to get in and you know it beats girls and stuff like that.


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Johnny Price: So, so that was the first motivation, but then when I saw the crowds and stuff react into his music plan and I was just thinking this is something I need to do.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Wow, that's amazing me. You saw it firsthand. He said, I want some of that too.


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Johnny Price: Yeah, exactly.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: So boom. You're 19 years old.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Probably going on to your 20s and then you know you're doing these parties at the local college like what happened after that to tell me the progression from there.


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Johnny Price: Well, the progression from there was like I was doing, doing, I started going and doing parties and I saved up bought some equipment of my own.


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Johnny Price: And his business started to rake in he was training me and then I ended up ended up like buying some equipment and


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Johnny Price: Getting contracted out to do do some gigs and it was like some pretty easy stuff, you know, DJ one one playing hits and open format and stuff, you know,


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Johnny Price: Um, and then as as time progressed, I was hearing radio stations and I was hearing my favorite DJ and like this one, DJ, one of my influences. Well, I have several influences, but the the first influence was DJ bad boy bill.


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Johnny Price: Because he was a house DJ popular house DJ out and she here in Chicago. And when I heard his mixes and heard him scratch. And that's when I really got into like


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Johnny Price: Scratch science you know and i and i like to because I like, now you know. Am I, am I said so like to cut and scratch during my sets.


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Johnny Price: And and I was just thinking, Man, I need to do that. So I went home, got on the on the turntables as you see I got still got the 12 and stuff over here and and


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Johnny Price: And and just started practicing man and and then one thing led to another. Um, I was working as a waiter at a local, local restaurant that had an adjacent


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Johnny Price: nightclubs nightclub with it and it was in every little town Evanston north of Chicago and of all places, you know, and


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Johnny Price: It was like a family restaurant, and I was a host and a waiter there. And one of my homies was a DJ in the Jason nightclub.


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Johnny Price: You know, we, you know, we, I was all I was telling him about myself and stuff like that. One thing that after another, he got sick. And then, you know, he told the manager you know about me. And so the manager went to me and said, Yo, Johnny, a year.


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Johnny Price: Old Boys sick skip sick, so can you. Uh, can you do your thing. And so I was just like, Okay, that's the beginning of like my first club gig, you know, and that to was like 1988 89 you know


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Johnny Price: And yeah, then from then on, man. I, you know, didn't


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Johnny Price: Being a residence. My first time being a resident on a Friday or Saturday night in the club, you know, and I was just, you know, it was. And there was a small bar but they had like a small dance floor, you know, but


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Yeah, that's amazing. That's an amazing story that's a testament to that that that


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: Quote, or the saying where you got to stay racer. You don't gotta get ready. You know you practice and you were preparing yourself and then opportunity just happen to show up at your


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Johnny Price: Doorstep


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: And you're able to capitalize on that opportunity and enter into your first club scene as a DJ.


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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: And it's like, you know,