Art Department, the infamous electronic music act, has seen almost unparalleled success within the world of dance music in recent years. Canadian Jonny White, acting Head of No.19 Music, is now the lone force behind the influential project that began as a collaborative effort with longtime friend Kenny Glasgow in 2009. The prolific producer’s original style landed AD at the forefront of a major underground music movement, transcending genre barriers and breaking down walls as few other underground artists have.
Over the years, Art Department’s body of work has received widespread acclaim. From their impressive debut album “The Drawing Board”, the vinyl only imprints Social Experiment Records and Sunday Money Music to the latest edition of the Renaissance Mix Collection released by Jonny back in October 2016. Jonny continues to push his own creative boundaries, collaborating with other vanguards of underground music.
Jonny also spearheads Social Experiment, a brand of highly successful No.19 Music record label showcases that have been one of the most in-demand events around the world. It’s become a staple for all major night clubs and festivals, from Fabric to Panorama Bar and DC-10, with the next showcases set to be at Sonar Festival in Barcelona and Watergate, Berlin.
Alongside releasing new music and playing the largest festivals and clubs around the globe, Jonny recently channelled his creativity into fashion, pairing up with Issei Fujita for Lumen et Umbra, releasing his capsule collection earlier in March. Following the success of the first collaboration, Jonny is now working to design the main SF18 collection (for Lumen et Umbra) which will be presented at Paris Fashion Week end of June. Another project that lies close to his heart is MAAC, Music Against Animal Cruelty which will officially launch at IMS, Ibiza at the end of May. Jonny pours his efforts into saving African Wildlife, merging his musical endeavours with this project so as to raise much-needed awareness and funds for the cause.
Now, as the summer season begins, Art Department is gearing up for a busy touring schedule and will continue to explore new sounds and ideas, bringing his reimagining of a project loved by so many to the world stage.