Notch 21

Notch 21


Notch 21 is dedicated to creating a unique, energetic and moving live club experience. Melody and emotion charges the original material by bringing together the best elements of house music.


Notch 21 is the brainchild of John Straathof, a new DJ/Producer hailing from Vancouver Island. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta John grew up surrounded with music of all types. He first took to creating his own music in high school with aspirations as a singer/songwriter and the dream to join or start a metal band playing guitar. It was while experimenting with loop based music creation software that he discovered his affinity for electronic music. His unique sound comes from a variety of influences across the musical spectrum but when it comes to dance music specifically Johns heroes include Junkie XL, Benny Benassi and Fatboy Slim. His live sets are full of energy and incorporate many different genres of dance including electro, acid, techno and progressive house to form a powerful clubbing experience.

In November of 2008 John left the long and cold Edmonton winters for a new life on beautiful Vancouver Island and began focusing on his productions. Johns first release on iTunes is a five song EP entitled River City Sunset released independently under his own label.

Whether hashing it out in his home studio or working a crowd in a club you can always expect a unique moving performance.

Set List

Notch 21 plays an hour of original music that spans all facets of the house music genre. The current set list promotes his latest online releases with exclusive material reserved for his live performances. A typical set lasts an hour and includes the following tracks:

DJ John Straathof - Parasitic (N21 Intro Mix)
Notch 21 - Space Tourettes*
Notch 21 - Dance*
Notch 21 - Lolerz
Notch 21 - Corpsewalk
Notch 21 - Terminal Velocity
Notch 21 - Tribal Desires*
DJ John Straathof - Calahoo
Notch 21 - Epika*
Notch 21 - Industrial Acid
DJ John Straathof - Starlena
Notch 21 - In Abandoned Spaces
DJ John Straathof - Euphoria
*exclusive live tracks