John began his international career in 1989 with Richie Hawtin by founding one of the world’s best known and most influential techno labels, Plus 8 Records. In 1993, Acquaviva and Hawtin also founded Definitive Recordings. An acknowledged pioneer of new music and ideas, John was one of the first people to take notice and embrace electronic music’s digital future at the dawn of 2000 by championing Final Scratch. Following that success, John took another enormous step to help launch Beatport.com, the biggest and most important dance-music download site in the world, remaining at its helm as a director until its sales to SFX in the spring of 2013. Since then he has participated and launched a number of other projects and ventures in the music space. Notably Pacemaker (the first handheld award winning dj mixing devices), Liine, a critically acclaimed and successful apps company and MOX.tv what music looks like.
With an unparalleled legacy in the annals of analog and digital electronic music John Acquaviva can boast and list numerous accomplishments in just about every aspect of the music world covering both the business and artist side as well.
Surging to the very top of the production and DJ world in the past decade with a steady stream of club anthems and chart topping tunes, including six Beatport overall number 1’s as an artist or with his Definitive label, his productions have won over and set the mood for an entire generation of clubbers and clubs worldwide to go with his paradigm shifting music business ventures.