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  JUDGE JULES

 



Web links
- JudgeJules.net
- Beatport.com
- BBC Radio 1

 


 

  

 

 

Jules in Miami & NYC

Fri 5th March 2004
Radio 1 Pre-Party
Nikki Beach Club
South Beach, Miami

Sat 6th March 2004
Judge Jules R1 Show Live
Nikki Beach Club
South Beach, Miami

Sat 6th March 2004
Avalon
New York City

Tue 9th March 2004
Serious Party @ Maze
1290 18th St, West Ave.
South Beach, Miami

 

 

 


Judge Jules 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 production.

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?

The 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 Poll?

Cool, coz it's voted for by the people who pay to see me play week-in week-out.

Who have you been playing a lot of lately?

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 months ago.

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 download services?

I'm hooking up with a US company called Beatport, and stuff will be available for download through them.

What do think of people who trade music online?

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 alternative.

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 their business.

Will you be debuting anything during the Winter Music Conference in Miami this year?

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 single releases.

Any releases you are looking forward to hearing this year?

Ferry Corsten's album.

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?

Simon Patterson.

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?

Strong!

-- interview by Shawn Wallace

 

 

 

 

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