Sincebeing named BBC Radio 1ȍs ȌFuture Star of 2013ȍbyone of dance musicȍs most respected DJs - Pete Tong, Jonas Rathsman has gone on to exceed all expectations with a string of first class releases, remixes and an undoubted ability to work a dancefloor. Born and raised in a small village in Western Sweden, Rathsmanfurthered his passion for music at the age of 18 when he began organising parties at numerous clubs in Gothenburg, quickly rising through the underground hierarchy of Sweden ́s second largest city. Together with his close friend Fredrik Nyberg, aka DJ NIBC, they started releasing material under the alias Stuffa, whichcame to a climax with the release of their third single ȌProofȍ on the prominenthouse label, Defected. Soon after, it was Rathsmanȍs decision to abandon all pseudonyms and release his distinctive productions underhis own name that proved to be the turning point in hiscareer. Closing 2014 with a timeless underground anthem - a remix for global star Sam Smith - kicked of the Swedeȍs next chapter and marked the start of histwo most career defining years to date. Rathsmanȍs remix of ȌLike I Canȍ caught the attention of Annie Mac, who instantly premiered it on her Friday night show, Pete Tong who made it his ȌEssential New Tuneȍ and Danny Howard, where it became #1 on hisȌDance Anthemsȍshow. Rarely have remixes made suchanimpact. Proving that he was more than a great remixer, Rathsmanȍs highly anticipated follow up came in the form of ȌWolfsbaneȍwhich was first testedout on the packed out dancefloor of Space Ibiza whilst supportingDisclosure. The crowdȍs reaction to the track was so strong that it cemented the duoȍs feeling thatȌWolfsbaneȍ was the track with which to launch their new imprint, Method White. After picking up early club support from Solomun, Guy Gerber, Adriatique and Jackmaster itwas crowned ȌEssential New Tuneȍagain by Pete Tong and went on to be hailed the ȌTune Of Miami Music Weekȍ by Beatport, hittingthe Top 10 of their Deep House Chart alongthe way. Thisrelease took Rathsman to a new level leading to festival performancesworldwide at Parklife (UK), Lost Village (UK), Wildlife (UK), Hideout (Croatia), Woogie Weekender (U.S), Wonderland (Netherlands), Electric Zoo (U.S), CRSSD (U.S) and Boxed Off (Ireland)alongside club appearances at Warehouse Project (UK), Space (Ibiza), Phonox (UK), La Machine (France), Toffler (Netherlands), earninghimthe reputation the world over as a DJȍs DJ. In June 2015, this reputation led to an invitation to do the prestigious BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix gaining himwidespread support from fans and piers alike. Motivated by the positive response, Rathsman set about releasing more mixes and soon announced the launch of ELEMENTS –a bi-monthly mix series curated byhimself.Inspired by the natural world surrounding him in his beloved Sweden, the series set a genre-blurring sonic exploration in motion solidifyingRathsmanȍs skills as a world class selector.
First featured on his Essential Mix as a white label, his next big release came in the form of the now named ȌNew Generationȍvia Kompakt Records imprint KX. Receivingnotableearlysupport from Skream, Joris Voorn, and Booka Shade, the track quickly sold out the first vinyl release and for the third successive time for Rathsman, it wascrownedPete Tongȍs ȌEssential New Tuneȍon BBC Radio 1.Performances at BPM Festival (Mexico) and Bugged Out Weekender (UK) followed by tours of North America and Australia set the tone for a busy 2016, as Rathsman was invited by Solomun to releaseȌCobaltȍon Diynamic Musicȍs latest instalment of the ȌFour To The Floorȍseries. Lining up alongside Pig & Dan, Guy Mantzur and ANNA, ȌCobaltȍlaunched with a fourth ȌEssential New Tuneȍ on BBC Radio 1 and flew at club level with support from Danny Daze, Joseph Capriati and Damian Lazarus.Taking his support one step further, in June 2016 Damian Lazarus pushed Rathsmanȍs next underground anthem ȌComplexȍfeaturing Australian songwriter Josef Salvat through own imprint, Crosstown Rebels. After playing the record across his Miami Winter Music Conferenceperformances, he reported that ȌComplexȍwasȐreceiving hands in the air welcomes and even a sit down ovationȑ and it eventually made the grade for an astonishing fifth ȌEssential New Tuneȍ. With remixes for Tiga and Booka Shade to come this year and his own collective and fashion brand ȌUniforms for the Dedicatedȍdrivingforward,Rathsman is set for a hugely exciting future confirming all notions that this versatile Swede ismost definitely here to stay.