Joe Delon is a DJ, label owner, radio host and writer based in Lisbon. Joe’s greatest satisfaction as a DJ comes from linking the elements of dance music’s past – disco breaks, Chicago basslines, the funk of electro and the bittersweet touch of Italo – with the best of its vivid present, to create moments of pure pop catharsis. Agnostic about genre and evangelical about anything that moves him, Joe has established a reputation for being singularly, defiantly himself.
This honest approach, cultivated through residencies at Spaced and Dust Off, has brought Joe to prime-time slots at Berghain/Panoramabar, The Pickle Factory, Closer, Renate, K4 and Dimensions Festival. He’s also a regular at queer parties, such as Adonis, Pumping Velvet, Honcho, Kiss Me Again and El Cuerpo Del Disco.
Welt Discos, Joe’s label, is a platform for music that’s playfully serious and seriously playful. Alongside vinyl releases by friends and other artists he admires, the label has also become home to a series of one-off digital releases raising money for charitable organisations.
Online, Joe has guested for the Truants, The Ghost, Maricas and Honey Soundsystem mix series. On the radio, he ran the monthly show Flamingo on Lisbon’s Rádio Quântica for four years and is now a resident on Frankfurt’s EOS Radio. He has appeared as a guest for Prosumer (NTS), CC:Disco (Rinse) and Bubble World (Refuge Worldwide).
Joe writes a much-loved newsletter about his experiences as a listener and DJ at joedelon.substack.com.