Written by Sina Watson
Hailing from the birthplace of house music itself, Chicago, producer John Summit has been paving the way for the next wave of tech-house with his groovy percussion driven productions; featuring rolling basslines and hypnotic vocals. His approach to producing innovative and dancefloor-ready tracks secure Summit’s place as one of tech house’s rising song selectors. Summit’s release resume is quite impressive, with releases on tech house innovators Dirtybird, Toolroom, and Solotoko. Repopulate Mars’ head Lee Foss has been Summit’s biggest supporter with two track releases and his Stimulate EP on the iconic label.
Somewhere between shotgunning White Claws and taking over Tik Tok, John Summit still has found the time to create some of quarantine’s catchiest tunes, which will now be refereed to as the “Summer of Summit.” “Deep End” was self released by Summit over Memorial Day Weekend and prior to its official release on Defected Records, received over 600,000 streams on Spotify. The track, with its captivating house cut, addictive bassline and hypnotic vocal, has truly been the summertime anthem of 2020 with support from a variety of artists including Defected‘s own Sam Divine, Billy Kenny, and even Carnage.
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According to Summit the track was born out of boredom one night during quarantine. Its repetitive vocals about trying not to go off the deep end have been highly relevant for many of us stuck inside this summer. I asked Summit how it feels to release on one of house’s most well-known and respected labels Defected Records.
“It’s every house music producers dream to release on Defected, and I had been sending them demos for quite some time and was getting to the point where I thought I wouldn’t be able to make something that fit with them. But as soon as I made “Deep End” I knew it was the perfect fit and when I woke up to an email from them wanting to sign it, it was the best day ever.”
Summit‘s rise to tech house stardom has been nothing short of inspiring and comes as no surprise with addictive dance floor tracks like “Detonate,” “Forgotten One,” Esa Boca,” and now “Deep End.” With 12 of his tracks in the last year reaching Beatport’s Tech House Top 100 and with 4 of these also entering Beatport’s Overall Top 100, it seems like there’s no stopping Summit on his climb to success. Be sure to follow him on Instagram or Tik Tok for some high quality quarantine content.
John Summit · John Summit – Deep End (Out 6.26 on Defected)