by Roberto Torreggiani
Judge. Jury. Executioner. Judge Jules is among the UK's most well-known DJ personalities. His weekly show on BBC Radio One is heard by millions. He personifies the non-stop, jet-setting superstar DJ that many have come to iconize; yet, he also balances the life of a devoted husband and father. In the midst of his ultra-busy touring schedule, Jules took some time out to answer a few questions for Lunar.
Lunar: Now that the summer has ended, which of the Judgement Sundays at Eden has been your favorite thus far? Which other headliner were you impressed with the most?
Jules:As far as the main room's concerned, I can honestly say that the atmosphere at Judgement Sundays is the best in Ibiza. Our new resident this year, Eddie Halliwell, is setting UK clubs on fire at the moment, and Ibiza was no exception. In the second room, we adopted a policy of using UK breaks DJs, such as Stanton Warriors, Plump DJs and Adam Freeland. This was a musical debut for this style in Ibiza, and was a huge success.
Lunar: Recently, you played in Zurich for the first time. What was that experience like leaving the golden beaches of Ibiza to the snowy peaks of Switzerland?
Jules:What was most unusual about the experience was the fact that I've never played in Switzerland before. I've traveled extensively with my box of tunes, and it's now very unusual to visit places for the first time. According to the promoter, the Swiss are a naturally reserved race, but the atmosphere on the night was far from reserved. They've invited me back, and I'm trying to get back to Zurich ASAP.
Lunar: After spending the summer in Ibiza, is there a track that you just can't get out of your head? How about one that you wish you never heard again?
Jules:The Tim Deluxe remix of the Layo and Bushwacka record ("Love Story") was enormous everywhere, and I never tired of it. However, Tim Deluxe's own record ("It Just Won't Do") got played too much and started to make me shudder when I heard it for the hundredth time.
Lunar: How much influence do you have on Amanda (Jules' wife)'s Angelic releases?
Jules:Darren Tate makes the music with me overseeing and tweaking things. I write the vocal parts.
Lunar: What is it like to be a husband and a father and still live the life of a premier global DJ? What challenges do you face?
Jules:There's very few of my DJ peers who've managed to make their marriages work&30151; there's a lot of temptation out there, but I'm determined that mine won't suffer the same fate. Amanda travels with me to a lot of my foreign gigs, and I try to include her wherever possible. As far as being the father of a 3 year-old son's concerned, I keep my DJing trips as short as humanly possible, so I'm there with him as much as I can. For example, I'm currently touring Australia and New Zealand. I'm away for 7 days only, incorporating two 24-hour international flights and five separate gigs. It's tiring, but I love my son Jake too much to spend any more time away from him than is wholly necessary.
Lunar: What expectations do you and Paul Masterson have for the "The Oboe Song"?
Jules:We both DJ, and make tracks primarily for our DJ sets. If those tunes go on to greater things, that's fantastic, but our primary interest is in how they work on the dancefloor. We've got a large number of unreleased tracks, which is very useful for both of us, as it's important to play a number of songs that are unique to you.
Lunar: How is your back?
Jules:The posture of DJing is very bad for your back, especially when you're tall (I'm 6'2"). Over the years, the stooping of my job has caused me to suffer a few days of agony every 4-6 months, which eventually goes away. However, this summer, the situation got much worse, and I was virtually incapacitated for a month. I've started seeing a new back specialist, who's advised me on a new exercise regime which seems to have improved things. He sees lots of dentists, hairdressers, golfers and DJs, all of whom suffer from the asymmetrical stooping posture of their jobs.
Lunar: Last question... do you remember the first track/song that you played at your first gig ever? If so, what was it?
Jules:I can't remember... sorry!!
Lunar would like to thank Beccy Lindon of Most Wanted DJs for her assistance in arranging this interview.
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