Rising DJ / Producer of 2021: “Wheats.”
A longstanding stalwart of the London house music scene, Jamie Jones has since become a globally recognised star. Now an internationally-established DJ regularly touring the world, he co-founded the eleven-year-strong imprint Hot Creations plus its offshoots Hottraxx and Hot Waves, and started a highly successful Paradise event series.
As soon as the clubs returned this year so did Paradise, with an event at Brooklyn Mirage in New York, for which Jamie inviting the likes of DJ Deeon and Technasia to play alongside him. Other big shows include Paradise In The Park in Los Angeles in the summer, a takeover at Warehouse Houthavens in collaboration with Loveland at ADE, and Space Miami in December. This year Jamie became a proud parent to his first daughter, an exciting new addition to his life, and he continues to show passion and drive for his career. As well as a new solo release on Hot Creations, Jamie is already back in action with upcoming gigs in London, Ibiza, Los Angeles and New York to name a few, plus plenty more in the pipeline for 2022.
How was your first gig back after lockdown?
“It was incredible, I’d forgotten what the energy exchange between myself and the crowd felt like. So much joy, everybody was so happy to be together and hear the music on a big system again.”
How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance?
“To be honest, I’d worked a lot over recent years on making sure I took a decent amount of time off the road but I definitely cherished the time at home to spend with family.”
What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year?
“I started using Genelec The Ones monitors. They have a tuning system that you buy separately that tunes the monitors to your room, so no matter which room you’re working in they sound the same — and sound amazing too.”
What’s the best album you’ve heard this year?
“J. Cole ‘The Off-Season’.”