Jonsey

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What made you want to DJ?\r\nMy first experience was playing 7” vinyl on my parents console in the 70’s during their regular alcohol fuelled parties. The console was an utter shite mono job but playing music for people who are having it off was a great buzz. I was always a music collector and lived through a great clubbing scene in the 80’s and by 91 I got hold of a pair of Technics 1200s (off the back of a lorry) and the rest was natural progression, sound system, house parties, bars, radio then into the clubs.\r\n\r\nWhat was the first track you bought specifically to DJ with?\r\nMy vinyl collection pre dates my professional Djing career but if my memory serves me well, I remember specifically buying Andronicus “Make You Whole” for my first official gig without my sound system.\r\n\r\nEverybody wants to be a DJ these days. What ignites your passion to continue, despite the competitiveness within club culture?\r\nIt’s in the blood, I can’t and won’t let it go. I tried retiring in 2005 after having an amazing DJ’ing career (coming home at 7am doesn’t work well with a family) and I did manage to stay away for a number of years, however, I am heavily involved in production/mixing and continued buying music which fortunately did not leave a gap in my collection. I have DJ’d here and there during this so called retirement and last year I jumped back into Radio with the D3ep family. Love it.\r\n\r\nIf you could go back in time and be involved in the club scene of any era, when would this be and why?\r\nI feel blessed that I experienced the summer of love in 1989. We were like modern day hippies shit kicking in fields wearing Adidas Torsions, bum bags, tie-dye t-shirts and completely shit faced. After the criminal justice bill came into effect and the rave scene was driven back into clubs it was this period in the early 90’s that signalled the beginning of a new era for house music. Playing on Pirates like Freek FM from cockroach infested tower blocks, the transition from US Bumpy House to our UK pioneers churning out the new sound of London, collecting my Nice & Ripe promos from the office, starting numb nums in 94. It was an amazing time until around 98 when the London scene went in a new direction and those who came from the house scene started to shy away. By 99 I was producing house again and was signed to INCredible/Sony under the Defunk guise. Those 10 years were truly an amazing journey, not just for myself but many others. I wouldn’t change my involvement for the world.\r\n\r\nWho would be your dream guest on your show?\r\nIt would have to be Larry Levan (God rest his soul) purely so I could see what he would be playing today.\r\n\r\nIf you could go B2B with any DJ on the planet, who would it be and where?\r\nI really wouldn’t know how to answer this question, there are far too many Dj’s I know. It could be anywhere as long as there was a crowd up for it and a half decent sound system.\r\n\r\nWhat was the last tune that was stuck in your head before this interview?\r\nSting’s “Shape of my heart”.\r\n\r\nIf you could have made any of the records you have played which one would it be and why? Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall, Quincy is an absolute production legend and as for Michaels vocal…booom. The royalties would have also been a nice little touch!\r\n\r\nWhat’s your musical guilty pleasure? – Don’t be shy 😉\r\nSting…sod it, the Bee Gees!\r\n\r\nIf you could only listen to the same 5 records for the rest of your life, what would they be?\r\nPositive Force – We Got The Funk\r\nMichael Jackson – Off The Wall\r\nBlack Uhuru – What is Life\r\nBob Marley – Could you be loved.\r\nMaze – Twilight\r\n\r\nGet up or Get Down?\r\nGet the fuck up! People getting down would already be up.\r\n\r\nToo Hot or Too Cold?\r\nYou can never be too hot but does that mean too cold?\r\n\r\nPiano or Bassline?\r\nNever liked Glow Sticks, Bassline all the way.\r\n\r\nYoda or Gandalf?\r\nWho’s Gandalf??\r\n\r\nFacebook or Twitter?\r\nBoth a blessing and a curse.