Judge Jules. Add that to your club night poster and you're guaranteed to pack 'em in. He is, beside Pete Tong and Norman Cook, one of the most recognizable DJ's in the UK, if not most of the world. His Judgement Sunday night in Ibiza should be a testament to his pulling power (as should his rather nice wife!) My girlfriend and I were lucky enough to catch a small gig of his last night (Monday 21st May). This guy is so well known he can command fees in the thousands for a few hours at the decks, and can get gigs in major dance emporiums any weekend of the year. However, he agreed to play the Oxford Zodiac in aid of Cancer Research gratis. We paid up our £7 (£7 to see Judge Jules! Bargin!) and dragged ourselves along the Cowley Road. Despite it being a work night (god, I'm getting old - Monday nights are meant to be Eastenders and early to bed now I've got a proper job) I have to say it was better than an all night weekend session. We've seen Judge Jules before, at Ultra Vegas, where he appeared alongside Pete Tong on a double bill. Its rumored they paid £10k for these two heavy hitters to play a two-hour set. I have to say that I wasn’t that impressed at the time. They played all the usual and went through the motions, but it was a bit flat. Last night however was something else. The Zodiac is not the greatest club in the world, but it is quite intimate and has a good range of gigs. Last nights promotion was by Euphoria, and had JFK appearing along side the Judge. It was cool to see this big name stroll through the club unhindered half an hour before his set. He came on stage to a huge applause from the nearly full club, and then proceeded to display his true talent of keeping you dancing for the whole set. The hour and a half session contained a good mix of mainstream dance and a few gems that were new to us. I wouldn’t mind getting hold of the play list, so I could give you a bit more info, but trust m
e, what ever he played it was good! This guy has come on leaps and bounds since we last saw him. He is the true Don of the Decks, if you get a chance to see him live take it! We're off to Ibiza for the closing parties this year. I hope that we'll catch him there, but if not he is on Radio 1 every Saturday, so tune in and start your night out in style.
Back four years a go when I first started clubbing the first dj that I ever saw was the judge. Back then he had only just started his radio show, now a major feature in many peoples weekends and in my opinion was 'the man'. He used to play all the underground tunes of the day but without the cheese. Nowadays he seems to want to get rid of his tag of being cheesy but the way he goes about this is to play crap semi hard house that doesn't really know if it's house or trance, granted he does play the odd good tune, the last time I saw him he played push - strange world, grreat! but this does not excuse him. Also whats doing on with that buddha t-shirt that he's always wearing...
Judge Jules is absolutly phenomenal. When I was in Belgium about 2 years ago, I had no clue who he was, but once I came to Cardiff and lived in UK, Judge Jules was in every conversation! I saw him about three times in Cardiff now and everytime he knew how to make the crowd go wild! He plays the best songs around and mixes them with even better songs. He's really talented. During the Seriously Slinky tour in Cardiff last may (2000) he got the crowd going. His set was from 10pm til 11.30pm. There was nearly no one before 10, and once he was on the decks, the crowd just gathered on the stage and went wild. On the radio he's not as good as he could be. It's cause he has to put ads for radio1 and all that, so he gets interupted everytime. And I also think that if he's not on stage and hasn't got a crowd yelling and the sound blasting in his ears, it's not as fulfilling. You don't become a DJ to play is a studio, you want to go out there and play for a crowd! That's what makes him so good, he knows how to get the crowd going. I requested Maurro Picotto on the radio once and he played it! I was really happy cause he said my name and all :) I requested an other song, so listen to his show on saturday!
OK, he may play some "cheesy" records, but that is only as he champians them, and as they get into the limelight, everyone begins saying how bad they are. He gives over the opinion of being a down-to eart guy. So many DJs are so far up themselves, you can't tell one end from another. However the Judge is not so. He plays a great variety of music and doesn't think Clubbers are beneath him as some DJs do as the climb the ranks of fame. He is a happily married man with a child, which says a lot for his character. H is productions under "Hi-gate" are excellent, and their remixes are just as good. Over all a man with many talents other than just mixing.
Make no mistake, this ex-law student knows the rules of the game when it comes to DJing and clubbing. Judge Jules is a real party DJ - he knows how to please the crowd and his level of interaction with his party goers is what really pleases me. You'll frequently have him shouting at the crowd - getting everyone really up for a great night, somthing which the tunes he plays will really give you. Jules plays mainly trance, and it's normally quite high energy and pumping, really good for a hard dancing session. I really can't fault Julesy as a DJ in any way other than his mixing, which isn't always up to scratch (plus, I like a slightly different type of music personally, but that's immaterial =) - however, as a remixer he really should take some tips from others. His work is not up to the level of the other remixers around him - stick to your night job Julesy!