Exclusive interview with Judge Jules
Author : clubbersguide / Date : 09-09-2008 15:47
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When did you start DJing and where was your first gig?

When I was 17, promoting my own parties in and around London.

What's your preference - playing at festivals or clubs?

A bit of both. At festivals you have the thrill of a huge crowd, in clubs a more in-your-face atmosphere and the chance to be more experimental.

What do you think is more important for a DJ - the mixing technique or the track selection?

Track selection, although you won't get very far if you can't mix well too.

What's been the best party you've DJed at?

Too many to mention, but for atmosphere my Judgement Sundays night in Ibiza takes some beating.

What's the strangest thing that has happened to you at a gig?

Somebody stealing the record that was playing at the time, and running off into the crowd with it.

What was your best, and your worst party experience?

The best is doing the job that I dreamed of from my earliest ambitions. The worst includes being threatened by security, fights on the dance floor, not being paid, police raids etc etc.

What are some of the biggest lessons you've learnt while being a DJ?

To believe in your sound, and stick with it through thick and thin. To be good at marketing yourself, yet patient at the same time.

What advice do you have for new DJ's starting out?

Promote your own events and make your own tracks. It's difficult to be noticed without these two factors.

The new technology has made its path creating new kinds of DJ equipment. What do you think about using CDJ's, laptops or decks?

I use CDJ's only, but don't have a problem with laptop's as long as they don't sap a dj's energy behind the decks.

Being a producer as well as a DJ, how much does one influence another, are your productions more influenced by your sets and the tracks you play or is it vice versa?

A bit of both... My sets inevitably contain lots of my own productions, but at the same time the content of my tracks is influenced by the reaction they receive on the dance floor.... Am I making sense!

What piece of kit can you not live without?

My laptop and Logic program.

If you hadn't become a DJ and producer, what do you reckon you'd be doing now?

Maybe a lawyer, as I've got a university degree in law, but that would quite a different path to go down!

What are your plans for the future?

Nothing dramatically different from what I do now... I'm very busy as things stand (and I'm thankful for that!)

What do you do to relax? Any hobbies besides music?

Spend time with my two small children.

Anything else you would like to add??

I loved playing Skopje last time, and can't wait for this visit!

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