Jackmaster has delved into his DJing philosophy in a new interview with Billboard. The high-flying Scottish player is joined by friend and fellow risen-star Peggy Gou, who also offers her thoughts on what it takes to move dancefloors, and keep things interesting.
The mighty Rinse FM has announced a vast new wave of residents station’s summer season featuring the likes of Jackmaster, Laurel Halo, Barely Legal and many more.
Since launching in 1994 Rinse FM has been one of, if not the most vital radio station in promoting underground music in the UK given its early and ongoing championing of grime, dubstep, bass, garage and other UK-born styles of electronic music.
Kvarteret, Sweden’s new 2,200 capacity club has now opened, with Gerd Janson, Jackmaster and Avalon Emerson locked in for its debut season.
Gideön is organising a 12-hour marathon protest party at Soho Radio on Friday 13th July, the day US president Donald Trump is visiting the UK.
Real name Gideon Berger – one half of creative duo Block9 – the SohoJams host has locked over 20 artists including Seth Troxler, Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Midland, Heidi, Prosumer, Artwork, Luke Solomun and more. All of the artists will provide their services for free.
Why are you organising the marathon Trump protest party at Soho Radio?
“If you don’t like the way the world is then change it. Thats what my mother taught me. Do it yourself. As a kid some of my most important memories are related to protest. Thatcher and the miners’ strikes, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament at Greenham Common, Free Nelson Mandela and the Anti-Apartheid struggle.
“My first real major DJ gig was playing on a bicycle powered sound system in Trafalgar Square at the anti Criminal Justice Bill demonstration. I played to the whole of Trafalgar Square, apparently around 50,000 people. Literally the first record played was mine. I was 16. You don’t forget stuff like that. It’s in my blood, and I think that unless we all pull our fingers out and stop staring into our smartphones then the likes of Trump, May, Putin, Erdogan and Netinyahu will get a stranglehold on humanity forever. Fuck that. Let’s come together and resist!
Why do you think things like this are important nowadays?
"The essence of art is based in resistance. We’re at a turning point in history where fascism is on the rise, and only through global awareness can we fight the tide of the rising right. Silence is collaboration, it's in our works and collaborative effort that we scream, ‘Never!’.
Why play this kind of event for free?
‘I think I owe it to our culture. I owe it to people of colour, I owe it to women, I owe it to the people most marginalised by the UK & US governments. I feel music has always been my best medium of communication. What we need is a positive message of resistance right now and I feel like it’s this generation of club kids can help us deliver!”
Why play this kind of event for free?
“I don't really see this as offering my services for free, it's a chance to make a noise for something we believe in and oppose. It's important to try and change minds and what better way to do it than using music.”
Why are you offering your DJ services for free for this event?
“I’m doing this because I believe in equality, inclusion and a better, more caring and peaceful world. With the current regime globally, I feel that the world is becoming divisive, more exclusive and unequal in favour of the people in positions of power in all walks of life. It’s time for that to fucking change.
Eric Prydz, whose new Holo hologram live show is ready to be unveiled, will play Kappa FuturFestival this summer, which takes place in Turin, Italy, on 7th and 8th July.
Widely-regarded as one of Europe’s foremost techno celebrations, Peggy Gou, Robert Hood, Amelie Lens, Adam Beyer, Stacey Pullen, Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Eats Everything, DJ Tennis and Jackmaster are also now down to play.
RPMM Festival comes to the Portuguese city of Porto on 28th and 29th July, and has now confirmed its final line-up, which includes Âme, Jackmaster, Margaret Dygas, Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons, Jasper James, Max Champman, Matthias Tanzmann and Alexis Raphael.
On Sunday 11th March, Needs will partner up with UN Women to host an event to campaign for gender equality featuring a full day of panels and discussions plus evening DJ performances from Peggy Gou, Jackmaster, Needs label founder Bobby Pleasure and a special guest.
HeForShe London Arts week presents initiatives from the creative world in the hope that equality can be found within the industry. This intimate, not-for-profit event at Oval Space aims to raise funds for the cause.
DGTL Amsterdam has announced the artists set to provide the vibes at the NDSM Docklands over Easter weekend 2018. Jeff Mills, Eats Everything, Jackmaster, Honey Dijon and Recondite are among those on the line-up.
Dax J, DVS1, Maya Jane Coles, Hot Since 82, Laurent Garnier, Floating Points, Maceo Plex, Tale of Us, Âme II Âme, Amelie Lens, CC: Disco! and Damian Lazarus are also stand-outs among the 70+ artists set to perform 30th March through 1st April 2018.
Artwork has been tapped as the first XOYO resident of 2018. His three-month residency, dubbed ’13 Works of Art', runs 5th January through 30th March 2018.
“I never thought I’d actually get to do this… Actually, it was the plan all along,” shares Artwork of the opportunity.
A DJ since the age of 13 and son of one of Glasgow’s longest-serving house/disco selectors, Jasper James has classy dance music deeply embedded in his DNA. After expanding his mind at Glastonbury this year and with gigs at Horizon Festival, CircoLoco and even as far as Australia and Shanghai on the boil — not forgetting DJ Mag Sessions in Birmingham alongside his close pal and cover-star Jackmaster this month — Jasper James is no longer living in his father’s shadow, he’s doing the dancefloor damage on his own terms...