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Questions Top100 DJs 2008 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:21

Trance with funky undertones.
Best known for: 
Glasses and Radio 1 persona
Tune of the year: 
Arnej 'They Always Come Back' (Cold Harbour)
Producer of 2008: 
Will Atkinson
First record you ever brought: 
Joni Mitchell 'Big Yellow Taxi'
Weirdest thing you've seen all year: 
A sub-zero dancefloor in the Ukraine with people dancing frantically in overcoats.
Top gadget of 2008: 
Your year in five words...: 
A good advance on the last.
Most important thing you've learnt recently: 
It's a slow process but have patience.

"There hasn't been a revolutionary difference to what I've done before," Judge Jules says after a few minutes of reeling off a list of incredible achievements, "but it's definitely been a very strong year." That's some understatement. In addition to at least 200 gigs in more than 30 countries (including a great Judgement Sundays season in Ibiza), his Radio 1 show has been bumped up the schedules to a more sociable time of 11pm – 1am on a Friday night. He's also ready to drop his new album, 'Bring The Noise'. "I try to put an artist album out every couple of years and then spend the intervening time road-testing new tracks," he says. "Only the tracks that have genuinely worked on the dancefloor appear." Possibly even more interesting than that is the appearance last month of his first clothing range, Heroes & Villains. "I've always had a love-it-or-hate-it loud taste in clothes," he recognises. "The same way that a lot of DJs start making records because they haven't got enough tunes to adequately represent their music style, I guess the same applies to my clothing line." The biggest change in DJing for Jules this year has come from the smoking ban and its effect on the dynamics of the room. "There's a slightly different science to get a crowd reaction," he says. "If a bunch of people decide that they want to have a cigarette midway through your set, it doesn't matter if you're playing the biggest record in your box. You need to learn to live with it."