Judge Jules chatted to Skrufff this week about his upcoming artist album Proven Worldwide and qualified a recent statement he made to new London magazine Base.Ad in which he said personality behind the decks made up 49% of what comprises being a good DJ.
By personality I dont mean being a radio personality and getting behind the mike, I meant being a performer behind the decks. You can hear some fantastic mix CDs at home that are carefully crafted and mixed with loads of effects but if the DJ looks like a sack of potatoes then Im sorry, youre going to leave the crowd going home cold, he explained.
Ever since the acid house area of the 80s, people have always danced facing the DJ so of course, theyre looking at the DJ and what the DJ is doing is important to them. You only need to look at the direction everybodys pointed in on virtually every dance floor that if you are standing there looking really bored regardless of the quality of the music, then youre not performing to the best of your ability, he said.
Jules stress the key to successful DJing is having charisma, which he suggested can be developed through practise.
You can certainly grow into becoming a more confident individual in the face of the crowd and having confidence in what youre playing also helps, he said.
Being out there, honing your set as much as possible makes you a much better DJ, because it gives you far more opportunities to test records. Through practising a lot and doing as many gigs as possible you can let the records speak for themselves and actually be more confident like that.
You also need to perform these days, whether thats goading the crowd or going mad but at the same time youve got to be technically very competent, he advised.
Any degree of mixing cock-ups is spotted straightaway.
Judge Jules new single Ordinary Day is out on October 2 and his artist album Proven Worldwide, on October 9 on Maelstrom Records.
Jonty Skrufff (JontySkrufff.com)