A Short Biography
From Punk to New Wave and Disco to Hi NRG, Electro and Italo and the begin of Chicago House Sound and Detroit Techno in the 80-ies.
Jeffrey James Eduard Bontan ,fully tuned, (Born on 3 August,1965 with French ,French/Canadian & American/Native and German- Dutch-Indie blood from his ancestors) and DJ-ing since 1983 was always looking for new discoveries in the musicscene. As a military stationed at Soesterberg USAF/Klu airbase Jeffrey took the House- and Techno music to Club Maribaya, the first Discotheque in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. In the beginning, the guests were uncomfortable and even shocked by the raw but hypnotic sounds, but the people slowly started to get used to the new sound. Jeffrey also searched for other possibilities this time and because the music and in particular Acid House and Detroit Techno and also New Beat from Belgium became more popular, Jeffrey started giving Acid House Parties with some friends (Rob Van Der Poel- Graphic Designer Arcade Holland and Marcel Giessen) between 1987 and 1991 in the region and also with especially in Woerden at Club Babylon a youth center where the rows of people even stood outside and unfortunately could not enter anymore. That ultimately makes him one of the most decent House/Techno DJ in the"Netherlands and especially in "Het Groene Hart". In this time he also visited Clubs in Belgium.
After the "Raves"got bigger in the beginning, first illegal and the later Legal and the music split in two, "Mellow and Hardcore". Jeffrey looked for it in the Clubs and became a member of the RoXY Amsterdam and also visited other clubs such as Paradiso, Mazzo, Melkweg and The Shiva and Fellini in Utrecht. He and his friends also witnessed the first Love Parades in Berlin, The first "Fast Forward Dance Parade" in Rotterdam and more of this Parades. In the meantime the DJ grew again and again and visited Germany many times (his Parents lived there) often he went to Berlin in particular many times Tresor, E.Werk and Industriestraße in Straubing and also visiting Munchen. But the highlights were to be in front of VIP CLub Paradiso- Amsterdam in the Line-Up with Techno Giant Jeff Mills and the to give Live Mix broadcasts from Paradiso for New Dance Radio at the time.
In this time he changed his name a little bit from Jack'n Jeff in to Jackin Jeff, an ancient name.
A DJ performance with Quazar, the second highlight.
He got to know DJ Onanon (Jasper Wiegers, editor for Dance Magazine 'Update' and 'Bassic Groove', VPRO- Mix DJ) from Club Tagrijn in Hilversum and gave many sets together ther too in the Line-Up of Trevor Rockliffe (UK), Oliver Kapp (Germany) but also with Speedy J, Remy, Erick de Man, and many more but the best Highlight in the Line Up is the first Techno- and House band from the Netherlands Quazar by Gert van Veen, where he is still proud of and friends today.
He is now also friends with the Detroit Techno Godfather and greatness Juan Atkins of the famous "Belleville Three" and a another legend from Detroit; Santonio Echols Sr. ,Adonis Smith (Chicago), Mike Anderson and many more of Legends.
Nowadays Jackin Jeff is a Residental DJ with his Cousin Roberto van Raamsdonk aka ROVARA for "Techno Aan Den Rijn" by organizer Peter Molenkamp. And in the Summer months Jackin Jeff sometimes makes the switch to Tech House, Progressive House and Deep House and even NU-Disco. Rovara is a big talent in the field of Techno, a young DJ/Producer talent who already has a lot productions to his name.
Jackin Jeff also works some projects for Clubs with Radio/DJ and friend Johan Bremmert (former DJ from Club Maribaya, Radio 538 and Fresh FM and more Radio stations)
Productions and Projects of Jackin Jeff themselves are still waiting to be released...working together with ROVARA, Desiray Saija and his old friend Rob Van Der Poel. in the Music studio and waiting for the first officially released number after more than 32 years is finally a credit for this Old School Major of the Techno- and House Music. The new Techno project and group will be called "ELECTRONIC PARALLEL" !
Nowadays Jackin Jeff have is own Radioshow called "Chronicles of Antares" on HouseBeats.fm on Friday 22:00-23:00 CET.
In September 2020 a Remix of the song Insomnia 'was released together with Desiray Saija, Rovara and P Ben (France) for Techno-legend Santonio Echols Sr. from Detroit, Michigan USA on the EP "Detroit Echelons". for Reprussure Recordings.
Also in 2021 is expected for another Deep House release.
The CD Thunderdome 2 with the image of the Dobermann pincher originated at Jackin Jeff's home during an evening watching a movie "The Boys from Brasil"with his comrade and Graphic Designer Rob Van Der Poel, who did not come up with a design yet for Thunderdome 2, until the dogs came into the picture and Jeffrey indicated to "Do these dogs as a image", and so it happenend.
Jack'n Jeff gave together with Rob van der Poel and Marcel Giessen and assisted by Youth Club Employee Wiebe Terwel from "Babylon Woerden" the first Acid House Parties in Woerden and actually from the "Groene Hart".