Route 94

"I had no idea that it would get this big. It was just a track I made one morning in my room... I thought I'd play it out and see how it went, but I had absolutely no notion that it would get picked up by radio, let alone go to number one. It was all a bit surreal..." Nobody was more surprised by Route 94's sudden elevation into house music royalty than the man himself, an English producer and re-mixer who hit the big time in 2014 with the single 'My Love', featuring singer Jess Glynne. Yet Rowan Jones had absorbed many different types of music from an early age before he reached that point. Growing up in London, he threw himself into the London club scene from his early teens and became a dubstep producer using the name Dream. Gaining attention with the EP 'This Isn't House' and being championed by Skrillex and Chase & Status, he fiercely protected his real identity. In 2012 he began to concentrate on house music after adopting the name Route 94 from the American highway which runs from Detroit to Chicago, where house music is reputed to have originated. He emerged as an influential DJ, producer and remixer working with Katy B, Skream and Storm Queen until the career-defining moment when he teamed up with Jess Glynne on 'My Love' which knocked Pharrell's 'Happy' off the top of the UK charts in 2014. Yet, despite the huge international success it brought, he had little appetite for a life of celebrity and stardom, refusing to capitalise on his success. His releases after 'My Love' were sparse as he preferred his music to remain underground, though he retained his love of performance, making DJ appearances at many of the world's most influential clubs and festivals.

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