Generally there are only a few artists who have been able to leave their mark on the one genre that they fall into throughout their careers, however Jon Hopkins has impacted nearly all facets of the electronica, experimental and, more recently, the dance scene. As a multi-talented electronic musician and producer, the void that Hopkins fills lies in creating music in an area that is rarely explored, while also gaining wide recognition for it. Some may consider his sound to border techno and other heavy electronic genres, however this would be selling him short, as Hopkins has created such a wide array of music through his run. For instance, his older solo material (music written when he was just 19 years old) is nearly unrecognizable if all you have heard from the artist is his latest Mercury Prize nominated album Immunity.
Starting out in the backing band for Imogen Heap at the age of 17, Hopkins has since found wide solo success as time has gone on, leading to production duty for artists such as Brian Eno, Coldplay and Purity Ring. On top of this he has collaborated on material with Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes), Hayden Thorpe (Wild Beats) and King Creosote. In all, Hopkins is an artist who is in full control and is also in the process of writing the follow-up to his most successful and well-received album to date. The possibilities seem endless for the 36 year old who puts on one of the most out-of-body live shows around.
With his usual live set up of Kaoss Pads, a stellar light show and visuals to go along with his textured music, Jon Hopkins carried FYF through the evening and into the dark of night. Coming on after Flying Lotus' DJ Set in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, it was instantly apparent that there were no expenses spared from the FYF producer Goldenvoice. They had not only included all of the expected amenities in the pit (ground floor) section of the venue, but there was also an upper level where fans could sit back and reflect to Hopkins' organic and forward-minded electronica. We were lucky enough to catch up with the prolific artist before his show.