Getting the party started with DJ Jinx
Bringing great vibes and even better music, we can’t help but get excited when we know DJ Jinx will be in the bar, providing us with his signature blend of house, funk and soul, supplying guests and locals many evenings of fun. The man behind the decks had a few minutes in his busy schedule to answer some questions for us, as well as recommend some great tunes to kick start any party.
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP AND HOW DID YOU GET INTO DJ’ING?
I grew up around London then studied music in Birmingham, two hives of activity and music. I found myself wanting to DJ like so many others after being inspired by watching incredible talent and thinking to myself ‘I want to be up there doing that’. I bought myself two turntables and a mixer and started gathering music together to try and find a sound I loved. Starting off small, I approached a local bar and asked if I could set up one night and play for free. The bar was just down the road from the famous Gatecrasher nightclub, and I managed to gain experience, skills and respect whilst working my way through venues until I finally ended up as a resident at Gatecrasher, and many others years later. I have my signature sound of funk, soul and house music and I can’t wait to bring this to the Beach at Bude.
WHAT AND WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
My biggest influences are the pioneering DJ’s and producers who shape and form music instead of just copying others. Classic DJ’s such as GrandMaster Flash, MixMaster Mike and the new wave of talent such as JFB and DJ Yoda. Producers such as Sasha, A Skillz, Dj Format and Aphex Twin are also really influential.
WHICH TEN TRACKS WOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR THE ULTIMATE PARTY PLAYLIST?
IF YOU COULD ETERNALLY BE STUCK IN ONE YEAR’S MUSIC SCENE, WHICH YEAR WOULD IT BE?
For sure 1990. It was a fantastic year for so many genres of music. One of the pinnacle years for the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester and the dance music scene in London was really exploding. So many producers we now call legends were working their way through the ranks and new music was coming out thick and fast during that time.
WHAT’S THE BEST AND WORST GIG YOU’VE EVER DONE?
WORST: I toured once with Calvin Harris as the support DJ and all I ever got were requests for his tracks, which of course I couldn’t play. Plus Greg James from BBC Radio One was on the tour and every night he told the crowd I was Chris Moyles, so people kept bugging me. In the end I gave in and just started signing autographs. You can keep your famous.
BEST: I’ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to play some classic Ibiza clubs and let loose at some incredible festivals but a couple of years ago I got to DJ for Public Enemy after they played an incredible live set at NASS festival, and whilst I could not have been more nervous to DJ for such pioneers, it was such an honour.