Toronto DJ Jonathan Rosa gearing up for Bestival

If you’re one of the lucky ones getting ready for Bestival this weekend, make sure not to miss Toronto’s very own Jonathan Rosa. Often found around the city playing a hypnotic mix of either deep house or melodic techno, Rosa knows how to command both the daytime and the nighttime festival crowd and get the dance floor ready to party.

We were lucky enough to talk to Jonathan Rosa and get to know him before his epic Bestival set. He’ll be playing at the Bollywood Stage on Saturday, warming up for an absolutely stacked line-up including Rob da Bank, Gaiser, Joris Voorn, Art Department, and Maya Jane Coles.

Convinced? It’s not too late to get your tickets if you haven’t already — You can get Bestival tickets here. 

You’re gearing up to play Bestival – what’s your process like getting ready for a big festival set?

I can’t wait to return to the madness that is Bestival. It’s such a wild event to DJ at — the production is really impressive, and I love how everyone gets in the spirit of things: costumes, parades, inflatable church, etc. To prepare, I try to listen to as much music as possible, and I basically refine from there which records I think will suit any vibe thrown at me at that day.

Outside of festivals, what Toronto club would you say has the best vibes for you when you play?

Definitely my home base, CODA. The crowd is really educated about the music, and very open minded. I can pretty much go in any direction I want and expect them to be right there going nuts. I really love everything about CODA, from the futuristic lighting system to the friendly staff that treats its customers like family! It’s a lit fam!

You’ve played alongside and opened for so many different DJs, who has left the biggest impact on you?

I’ve had the privilege of opening for some dance music heavyweights — Maceo Plex, Steve Lawler to name a few. But, the one that stands out for me the most is Sasha. I’ve played after him twice and it’s kind of like meeting your DJ hero. He’s been a big music inspiration for me since day one.

And lastly, who is one DJ or producer you’re absolutely obsessed with at the moment?

This is an easy one for me! Without any doubt, it’s my mentor and favourite Toronto producer Nathan Barato. The DJ intangibles I’ve learnt from this guy are invaluable. It’s really exciting to see him rep Toronto globally, the 6ix is proud!

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Samie Durnford

Samie Durnford

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Samie Durnford is a Toronto based writer with a heart that beats at 138BPM. An electronic music lover, you can find her listening to anything from trance to techno. Samie has been a reality TV columnist for the Toronto Sun and has interviewed DJs for THUMP Canada. She's taken electronic music on as a lifestyle, travelling to EDM festivals across North America whenever she can.
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