Why is this guy so popular? I mean, millions of listeners on Spotify, which is far unusual for the kind of music he makes. I'm interested in honest answers. Not shit like "because his music is good" because I can name lots of other producers who are as good or better and don't have even 1% of his popularity.
I've always wondered this too as artists like Rival Consoles and Floating Points have a similar sound but are nowhere as big. Today Elon Musk tweeted about Jon Hopkins so he's definitely broken into a wider audience somehow haha.
Jon Hopkins is better than most of these, and many of these have more than 1% of his popularity and are well known in the electronic/experimental scene (Lapalux, Laurel Halo, Venetian Snares, Pantha du Prince, etc.). trying to look for an answer on why an artist is "more popular" is kind of pointless though, you may be searching far and wide for the one news article, TV appearance, celebrity mention, or OST that exposed an artist to a wider audience, but without ever having actual evidence that *that's* what caused their popularity spike -- additionally, your metric for measuring popularity (# of Spotify listeners) may not be the best metric. some may disagree with you that Hopkins is "more popular" than Venetian Snares, even if Hopkins has more Spotify listeners.
My cans have been dormant for a long time, but I put them on last week for the first time in years and just happened to put Singularity on. First time I'd ever listened to Jon Hopkins, but it was an aural wonderland. Superb album
Hi, imo you should check out Traumprinz - Live at Planet Uterus and Dj Healer - Nothing 2 Loose, two amazing introspective deep house / ambient records. DJ Healer & Traumprinz are the same person, 2 different aliases.
Jon gets better and better with every album he releases. Immunity was wonderful, but with Singularity you can really appreciate how he developed his sound and skill of embracing all its elements and let them flow together to create his own aesthetic. Singularity is not only a great piece of music, but also a beautiful journey and experience. It is already a great contender for the AOTY 2018