Forget the whole God is a DJ business, Londoners know that the finest DJs in the land are really simple folk at heart who just happen to know the capital inside out. Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about Norman Jay but were too busy dancing to ask.
The Club Night:
Big Chill Festival
Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
How did you get into DJing?
By default really. I always had a love of music and began collecting records when I was very young. For ages I wasn't interested in DJing - I was a dancer, not a DJ, but eventually I realised that people might enjoy hearing my record collection at parties.
What makes your style of DJing unique?
It's honest, passionate, fun and all about people responding to it, not the person playing it.
What do you do when you’re not DJing?
I sleep quite a lot, or ride one of my many Choppers through Richmond Park or Holland Park. I think a lot when I'm riding my bikes, it's like therapy!
What music do you listen to?
Everything under the sun. I collect the best in every genre.
Who’s on your DJ dream team?
I'd have to say Gilles Peterson, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, Kenny Everett and my son, Russell.
What was the most expensive night you’ve ever enjoyed in London, and who was paying?
I once DJ'd with Jeremy Healy at Battersea Power Station - in the VIP section. There were only about a hundred people in there, but they were all the richest people in the world - Sheiks and Sultans. Apparently, the party had cost over a million pounds. I've also played at parties for Robert De Niro and Mick Jagger. They must have cost a few quid.
And the cheapest?
Probably having a few friends round to my record room for the evening. Everything can get expensive in London.
What’s your favourite festival?
That's difficult. I'd say The Big Chill and, of course, Notting Hill Carnival, which is kind of a festival.
What’s the most unique venue in London in your opinion?
Cafe De Paris. I haven't played there for a long time but I love it for the sheer opulence, charm and history.
Norman J DJs at the Big Chill Festival on 9th August.
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