August2022

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From the vaults of the mighty Pacha New York, to the hallowed turntables of the world famous Café del Mar and from the Terrace at Balearic super club Amnesia to the highest dancefloor in Europe, in the remote Alpine village of Val Thorens, it's always about the music. BeGood have produced hundreds of events since 2004, collecting an armoury of credentials and accolades along the way.

Since 2004, BeGoodMusic has played a key role in helping to direct how the music scene in London sounds. Setting the tone at some of the very best venues in the country – and benchmarking the style that others follow. The famous BeGood on the Thames London boat parties have been featured on Ministry of Sound TV and their residencies have been ranked top in Time Out Magazine and Critic's Choice in National press.

Their solid reputation for integrity has been built on programming the music at some of the most important venues and events in dance. The BeGoodMusic ethos has always been to bring together a diverse range of musical influences and an admirable resume of experience to be amongst the very best at what they do.


JohnSpacey


John was classically trained on piano and cello. He taught himself to DJ on the turntables in the club at his university between lectures and landed the running of Saturday nights on campus. Under both his own name and the name John Spacey, his DJ appearances reached audiences in eleven countries.

In America, he's performed at Pacha in Manhattan's upper West side, Le Souk in New York's East Village, Philadelphia, Toronto and the Miami WMC. In Europe, he's held a residency in Belgium, played private parties in St Tropez and headlined at the anniversary of the Louise Gallery Brussels.

In Ibiza, he's performed to capacity crowds at Cream on the Terrace at Amnesia, the famous Fiesta Del Agua water parties at Es Paradis, Bar Manumission, Bar Mambo, Soul Heaven at Savannah, and sunset at the legendary Cafe Del Mar to name a few. He's played opening sets for a host of well known DJs – including Danny Rampling, Roger Sanchez, Pete Tong, Darren Emerson and Judge Jules. John created the club brand BeGoodMusic in 2004 with his friend Ryan. Over the next ten years, BeGood appeared at almost all of London's major venues, hosting a truly formidable portfolio of residencies across the capital. He's appeared many times at the world famous Ministry of Sound, hosting rooms for Defected in the House, Toolroom Knights and Release Yourself.

During the Winter of 2007/2008, he played a 24 date tour of French Alpine resorts including Val D'Isere, Chamonix, Meribel and the highest club in Europe in the mountain village of Val Thorens. BeGood hosted events at Marcus Brigstocke's Altitude Festival in Meribel featuring pool parties with Norman Jay MBE, Joey Negro, Brandon Block, The Dub Pistols and KT Tunstall's concert after party.

Back in the UK, John pioneered the Boat cruise to major club event format in 2005. Many followed suit and this became a regular feature of London club listings in the years that followed. BeGood went on to have eight sell out BeGood on the Thames London Boat Parties, taking thousands of music fans up and down the river. His flagship parties were featured on Ministry of Sound TV, awarded Critics Choice in London Evening Standard and ranked a number one recommended Summer event in London's Time Out Magazine.

John also ran his own creative agency and, with the weight of over twenty years DJ experience, continued to produce world class sets for special events and celebrity parties across a huge repertoire of musical genres. John's been an approved supplier to many notable businesses and his sets have entertained A-List personalities from the international film, TV and music industries.

RyanStern


Hailing from rural Wiltshire, Ryan's formative interest in music was centred around guitar-based bands of the 80s and 90s. He inherited eclectic tastes in every genre except dance. It was during his College years in Salisbury that he started going to Techno and Drum and Bass events in the area and, from those, an awakening to DJ culture began.

A fascination for dance music took hold and within a few months, an obligatory set of turntables and mixer were purchased from the local classified ads. His early days of record buying developed a passion for both the popular trance of the late 90s and less commercial house of the time.

In his first week of University, Ryan was quick to deliver his DJ mix tape to the University Entertainment Manager – who was John – and so began an enduring friendship and working relationship that has now lasted more than 20 years. Ryan joined the team of DJs at the University and was appointed resident at the premier Saturday night. He won the University's DJ of the Year and went on to represent North East England in the National Finals with one of his high energy sets.

For a few years, Ryan and John were in different parts of the UK but in the Autumn of 2003, they pulled resources together and began working on a concept for running their own nights enabling them to DJ together. Ryan brought his degree in web design, visualisation and computer programming. John brought his experience of large scale event management, creative direction and passion for photography. With both experienced in DJ performances, all elements were in place to design a brand with a strong identity to go to market. It would front their mutual passion for house music. BeGoodMusic began in February 2004.

Before YouTube, Facebook and Twitter even existed, Ryan was developing the technology behind an online marketing strategy. This would allow a following of people to be built up organically through the sharing of digital photography from the events. By 2006, just as Facebook was beginning to take off in the UK, BeGood already had a fan base in the thousands in weekly contact through email newsletters. BeGood forged a strong reputation amongst London's leading venue managers for raising the bar on every aspect of musical delivery, event management, photography and post production.

As BeGood spread its wings, Ryan performed internationally, bringing the BeGood sound to a myriad of locations. From club nights in the French Alps to private events at venues such as the magnificent Castle Herberstein in Austria. In the UK, he's played at some of the classic landmark clubs of London including Bagley's, Canvas and The Cross, as well as the famous Miss Moneypennys and Subliminal Sessions.

Ryan's radio show on Brighton's dance station Code South FM took the drivetime slot each Tuesday between 2011 and 2015. Previous episodes are available on mixcloud/ryanstern