|What more needs to be said about Judge Jules (real name Julian O'Riordan).
He is resident DJ at some of the country's finest clubs including Gatecrasher,
and Serious at the Cross in London. He guest DJ's at the major clubs all over
the country as well as rocking Ibiza regularly throughout the summer months.
His style of music is in his own words 'funky hard house' and I have noticed
a definite move away from vocal handbag House into the more Trancey Euro sound.
Jules started his dance music career in the late 80's with some DJ'ing slots
at many of the illegal warehouse raves in and around London. This lead to a
show on the then pirate Kiss FM, which went legal in the early 90's. He continued
DJ'ing on the station throughout the 90's whilst building up a reputation as
one of the country's finest club spinners (as well as playing the trumpet, but
we won't mention that!).
In 1997 he moved from Kiss FM to the national broadcasting of Radio One, where
he plays on Fridays from 9pm to 11pm and Saturday from 5pm to 7pm. The Judge
also records and remixes for various record labels including Manifesto and his
own Serious imprint. His latest remixes have included Lucid's "I Can't Help
Myself", Quake's "The Day Will Come" and an excellent remix of fellow Gatecrasher
resident Scott Bond's tune "I'm Not Going Home".
Many of his remixes and productions now come under the guise of Hi-Gate alongside
Yomanda's Paul Masterson. "Pitchin" was their first release on the Incentive
label, with more follow up work in the pipeline including the rather excellent
"Caned and Unable".
He is the hero of the Gatecrasher 'kids' and has a massive following throughout
the country. Often outspoken the Judge is one of those select DJ's that can
get any club's dance floor going. Put him in the DJ booth at any night such
as The Gallery, Gatecrasher, Slinky, God's Kitchen or Cream and just watch the
dance floor go mental.
He is married to the lovely Amanda and has a young son named Jake, and his
claim to fame is that his uncle is TV chef Rick Stein.
The Judge is at the top of the UK DJ'ing tree, and to be honest I can't see
him moving from that position for a long time to come. The future involves continuing
his radio shows and remixing and production career, whilst eventually he would
like to go into the TV side of things. Plus this Summer you can catch him in
Ibiza at the Eden club on Sundays where he is promoting his own Judgment Sunday's