has come a long way since his early days
on pirate radio. Since joining the prestigious
lineup at the BBC Radio 1 station in 1997,
this UK-based DJ has been thrust to the
forefront of the DJ community. Week after
week he reaches 2 million fans who crave
his banging sets of hard house music through
both his weekly radio show and gigs at
superclubs throughout the UK, Ireland,
and numerous countries abroad.
Another arena where Judge Jules presides
over is his website www.judgejules.net,
which is easily one of the most fan-friendly
websites around. On the site, not only
do you get the traditional tour dates,
photo gallery, and diary. But Jules goes
the extra mile to show his fans how much
he cares for their support by posting
radio playlists from his shows and answering
literally hundreds of emails a week ranging
from the personal to tips on DJing and
Recently we were granted a brief moment
in the chambers with the dancefloor magistrate
as he juggles a whirlwind schedule, including
preparing for the return of his Judgment
Sundays to Ibiza later this summer, the
upcoming Winter Music Conference in Miami
(see box, lower left), and his regular
onslaught of gigs around the globe.
Shawn: How was
your NYE? Did you play? and if so, where?
Judge Jules: I played
to 15,000 people at 'Together as One'
in Los Angeles, which was well worth the
eleven hour flight.
How does it feel to still be playing
nearly twenty years later?
buzz is very much still there, which I
hope is apparent to anyone seeing me play.
Has your style of play changed at
all over the past few years?
It's evolved with the music, but the basic
genres have remained the same.
How does it feel to have been ranked
9th in the world in the 2003 DJ Mag Readers
Cool, coz it's voted for
by the people who pay to see me play week-in
Who have you been playing a lot
Lots of tracks on
Bonzai from Belgium, and ID&T from Holland.
How frequently do you post answers
to fan questions on the site?
I answer 500-1000 emails a week from my
site. I doubt any other dj in the world
answers this volume personally. It takes
me 10-15 hours a week.
Your website has a new look, when
did that facelift happen?
We're constantly tweaking it, and changed
the homepage and artwork three or four
I saw where you have been charting
your remix of the Brainbug "Nightmare"
track, how would describe the track to
someone who hasn't heard it yet?
I've brought it into 2004... it's always
hard to describe music in words!
Will there be any tracks or mixes
made available through one of the recent
up with a US company called Beatport,
and stuff will be available for download
What do think of people who trade
It's caused hardship
for musicians, but the major labels have
only themselves to blame for being so
laughably slow to react and supply a legal
What is your opinion of the rising
number of music fans who are looking to
the internet to download tracks and albums
as opposed to actually visiting their
local record stores?
It's all about the music, not where
and how we get it. Many leading dance
music stores have a strong online presence,
which has become a significant part of
Will you be debuting anything during
the Winter Music Conference in Miami this
No, I always have my own
party there, but I don't specifically
save tracks to play for the first time
at the WMC.
Looking forward, do you have anything
scheduled for release in 2004?
New mix album MoS Trance Nation Electric
released March, plus a bunch of one-off
Any releases you are looking forward
to hearing this year?
An we expect any Hi-Gate releases
coming in 2004?
Nothing planned as we speak, but I'm
sure we'll get on with things...
Who do you think is poised to be
a breakout artist for 2004?
Any events you are looking forward
to this year?
Ibiza, Creamfields, Homelands, God's
Kitchen Global Gathering etc.
What is left for you to accomplish?
I don't see life in terms of accomplishments,
I just count myself lucky to do the job
I always dreamed of.
What do you think are Arsenals chances
to win the Premiership this year?
-- interview by Shawn Wallace