We are committed to providing a purpose with every step we take.
Walking has proven to be an irreplaceable therapy for our team so every Walk on The Wild Side event will raise funds to support better mental health awareness in dance music, in the UK and Europe.
We are donating £100 from every trip sold during our first Walk on the Wild Side retreat to We Are Hummingbird who run mental health first aid and suicide prevention workshops in the UK and support DJ retreats in Ibiza.
From as far back as 1986, Jonny was inspired by club culture and the beauty of the infamous island of Ibiza, which has been home now for 20 years. At the forefront of one the biggest movements the UK has ever seen, Acid House, Jonny teamed up with DIY Sound Collective and exported the vibe to Ibiza, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.
In late 1991 he built a club at the home of the world famous ‘Full Moon Party’ on the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand and ‘Vinyl Café’ became the first beach bar to have turntables in South Asia. He went on to set up a travelling community radio station, AUTONOMOUS ZONE, first in the Himalayas, then Mumbai and eventually Ibiza and in 2010, driven by the aim of adding a purpose to the dance floor, Jonny launched the charity, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (LNADJ).
The charity which supports causes around the globe has made a difference to the lives of many children in crisis whilst making house music history in its tracks. LNADJ staged the first House party (House the House) at the British Houses of Parliament with ambassadors and legends of the scene, Fatboy Slim and Carl Cox and in 2018, their ‘Aint No Mountain High Enough’ campaign broke the world record for the highest ever DJ set with ambassador and house music pioneer, Nightmares on Wax.
Jonny was raised in the Peak District, has spent many travelling moments living in the Himalayas, has conquered Kilimanjaro twice and is recently (November '19) back from trekking Nepal, planning his next record breaking musical journey. He's walked, run and partied in every discreet little corner of Ibiza and says “I look forward to giving people the opportunity to see the real Ibiza and to help the lives of others whilst we are taking a walk on the wild side.”
Kai is the brainchild behind ABODE, one of the biggest electronic clubbing brands in Europe with huge events across the UK, festivals in London, Southampton and Malta and a residency at one of the most famous venues on the planet, Amnesia Ibiza. In 2020 ABODE will go global and Kai is also set to launch a unique festival experience in Africa, literally taking his hugely successful parties to the world-wide stage.
Kai, along with his ABODE partners Peter and Joe, launched The ABODE Project in Kabale, Uganda in 2017. The Abode Project is a non-profit organisation born from the essential pillars of the house music community, sourcing funds via private and public donations along with raising money through the medium of hosting large-scale club events and festivals around the world.
The project has so far has funded the build and ongoing support of The ABODE Junior School, its teachers and its students as well as provided life-changing and life-saving support to families in crisis in and around the town of Kabale. In November 2019 the project opened a boxing gym in the heart of Kabale with access available to everyone, including street kids, to improve both their physical and mental health - and this is just the beginning.
Kai has lived with ADHD all his life which remained undiagnosed until recently and has battled severe depression as a result of the drug-fuelled promoter lifestyle he became used to but in 2019 he began a very public journey of sobriety and his life transformed.
One of the most powerful therapies for Kai has been walking and his experience and his belief in those elements that have changed his life - nutrition, fitness and people - that is the driving force behind Walk on the Wild Side.