Judge Jules chats about his tenure at BBC Radio 1, the magic of Ibiza, and more ahead of his debut set at Dreamstate SoCal!
It is hard to call oneself a fan of classic trance and house without ever hearing of Judge Jules. Alongside the famous BBC Radio 1 personalities of Pete Tong and Paul Oakenfold, Jules completes the almighty trio of UK superstar DJs from the 90s. Numerous DJ awards, a 14-year BBC Radio 1 residency, Ibiza club residency: these are only a handful of the accomplishments in an illustrious career.
Judge Jules is largely responsible for the growth of the harder sounds in the house and trance genres in the middle and late 90s, firstly as a radio and club DJ, but also as a producer. UK Hard House arose as a counter movement to the German-driven Hard Trance scene. The genre aligned well with the endless raves and warehouse parties that took place all over the country. Jules was one of its champions and grew the scene from nothing to massive appeal in a short time frame.
Jules is currently preparing for a classic special set at North America’s biggest trance event, Dreamstate SoCal. In anticipation of his performance, we thought it was a great opportunity to explore the classics era period with one of the biggest names in the history of the scene!
Listen to Judge Jules’ Set at Luminosity Beach Festival 2017:
Hi Jules, EDM Identity is honoured to have you stop by for a chat. How are you today?
I’m fine thank you, it’s Monday morning which, of course, isn’t everyone’s favourite time of the week.
It’s hard to believe for anyone that doesn’t know you but this year marks the 30th anniversary of your DJing career. What was your earliest exposure to dance music and how did that evolve into a passion for being a DJ?
It was through pirate radio, which has always had a very strong presence in the UK, especially in my hometown of London. At the time, dance music and club culture weren’t represented at all on the mainstream UK FM stations, so pirate…