JAS (John Smith)2019-07-22T08:48:54+00:00

Project Description

When did you start Djing?
I first started DJing in 1973 in church halls and birthday parties playing soul & Motown a year earlier I stumbled into the Northern Soul scene and fell in love with the music.
Marriage and family curtailed my record spending and traveling to different venues.
Fast forward to 2013 were I was fortunate to be invited to DJ for the 601 club, this reignited my enthusiasm and passion for the music.

What is it about thing the makes it interesting for you?
Each record in my collection is like a glimpse into history.
7” diameter time capsule from up to 60 years ago mainly recording in smokey whiskey fueled studios in far away places like Detroit, Memphis, New York, Atlanta and even London.
I feel privileged to be able to play these discs and experience a little of the hopes and aspirations of the artists involved.
I find each record of great interest and hope that others share my feelings.

What makes you decide to play a certain track during your set
Whenever I am behind the decks my aim is to entertain whoever has taken the time and effort to attend the venue.
No track is ever guaranteed to gain a positive reaction from a crowd but as the set progresses it becomes easier to predict which records will work and get the flared skirts and oxford bags spinning in a cloud of talcum powder.

What’s your opinion on the importance of roots, traditions, respecting traditions and sources?
The roots of the music I love are of paramount importance and should never be forgotten.
Blues and R & B are art forms that are the cornerstones of all that followed and every musician and DJ owes those pioneers a huge dept of gratitude.
I hate plagiarism or any form and loathe anyone, with a vengeance, who steals ideas, lyrics or music without crediting the original artists.

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