The Sunday Sessions

The Sunday Sessions 014: John Collins

John Collins has been a staple in the Detroit Underground/House/Electronic scene for many years. He was exposed to music of all genres including, Motown, Rock, Gospel and Jazz at an early age. Music was always played at his home and many of his relatives are musicians. While attending Wilberforce University, John deejayed his first party for his fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, when the hired entertainment cancelled. It was the first time he played with two turntables and was hooked from the very beginning.

Upon returning to Detroit, John began spinning at parties here and there and his name began gaining recognition around the Detroit club scene. He was totally inspired by the sounds coming out of Detroit, New York and Chicago House music.

In 1986, he was hired to DJ at probably the hottest and now legendary club in Detroit at that time – CHEEKS. A year later he would be joined at Cheeks with the now renowned Jeff Mills. John’s career as a DJ has spanned twenty years and he has never been without a residency. He has DJ’d The Lady, The Lansdowne, Joey’s On Jefferson the Warehouse, the Times Square, The Parabox and the Palladium. All Detroit clubs! Presently here appears at Lola’s spinning early Detroit Techno and House. In addition, he has made guest appearances in practically every club in the city of Detroit. John was a Billboard Dance Chart Club reporter for five (5) years.

In 1993, WJLB FM 98 in Detroit hired John as a Mix show DJ and broadcasted live from the Warehouse Nightclub. He was subsequently given the name Jammin’ John Collins by the late legendary Detroit radio personality Chris McClendon. He programmed music form all genres but mainly House, Techno and R & B. Artists and producers such as Mike Banks, K. Hand and Kevin Saunderson would bring their new releases for John to program in his set. Five years later, John was given a mix show on WDRQ FM 93.1

In 2002, John wowed the crowds at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and in 2005 he played the main stage at Fuse In – Detroit’s Electronic Movement Festival. His musical abilities have been showcased around the country in cities including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. He has also deejayed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands; London and throughout England, Paris and Brest France and Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan.