STILL FRESH: DJ Jazzy Jeff
AHEAD OF his slot at Southport Weekender, Life & Style spoke to the legendary DJ about new music, the evolution of hip hop, and whether he will ever return to TV...
L&S: You’ll be at Southport Weekender this year, which is super exciting! How do you usually find UK crowds com- pared to other countries’?
JJ: The crowds in the UK are great. They have amazing energy, and you can tell they’re real music lovers. Southport crowds are always incredible.
L&S: When was the first time you travelled to the UK for a gig, and what are your memories of it?
JJ: Wow, that was probably 25 years ago. I was there to do the Top of the Pops TV show with Will (Smith). What I remember most is that it was cold and raining, and back then the food was bad! But now London is one of my favourite cities to visit and eat.
L&S: How would you say your approach to DJing has evolved since your start in the 1980s?
JJ: I don’t think it has – my job has always been to play music that makes people move and create emotion, and that has been my approach since day one.
L&S: As you tour quite often, how do you wind down after a hectic time on the road?
JJ: I enjoy spending time with my family and pets, and cooking great meals. I’m famous for making popcorn, so my kids always ask for it. We’ll share a bowl of popcorn and watch some movies.
L&S: Your web series Vinyl Destination was very insightful. Are you looking to branch more into web streaming, or getting back into TV?
JJ: No I don’t think I would. I wouldn’t mind making music for TV, though.
L&S: What other upcoming gigs and projects are you currently working on?
JJ: I just released an album with The PLAYlist featuring Glenn Lewis called Chasing Goosebumps, and I’m currently working on my album.
L&S: Which artists are you listening to right now – both up and coming and more established artists?
JJ: Anderson Paak, Syd from The Internet, SiR, and Chasing Goosebumps, of course.
L&S: What one piece of ad- vice would you give to aspiring DJs trying to make the big time?
JJ: Don’t pick a dumb name! No, but in all seriousness, find the one thing that makes you stand out.
DJ Jazzy Jeff is playing Southport Weekender festival on Saturday, June 10.
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