End of year blog by JOOF
End of year blog by JOOF
I'm a little late this year with my end of year blog. Being honest I've been fighting for time to get a spare moment to be in the right space to put down some words. I knew I'd be away on tour for three weeks after Christmas, so I had to put every single spare minute into finishing and preparing my artist album ready for March 4th release. This continued on all my flights around the world utilising every minute of those very long days at 35,000 feet. It's only now on my way back from LA I can breathe a sigh of relief and take a moment to speak to you.
At the start of 2012 I made a bold statement stating that 2012 would be the resurgence of the more pure form of Trance. Many DJ's and producers have certainly been active forging ahead with new projects and tour concepts. DJís like Solarstone, Paul Oakenfold, and Simon Patterson have all been quite vocal. Even M.I.K.E. seems to be turning back to his Trance roots, just a few examples of many. We've seen many clubs nights moving away from the usual mainstream acts, and going back to their club roots. Weíve seen one of the biggest years for more serious festivals across Europe, Boom festival being one great example.
From where I stand, 2012 has been a phenomenal year for quality music and club nights. Usually I'm moaning I can't find enough music for my radio show, but last year I had far too much. In the past Iíve been getting frustrated there wasnít enough club nights to allow me to express myself fully, but I had one of my best years in my career. There is certainly change in the air.
In the depths of inside the industry, I'm getting a lot of chatter from promoters, producers and DJ's wanting to change their musical direction. Many felt they were stuck just going with the flow of the masses copying their business models thinking this was the way to make their Ďbig breakí and also how to survive. After a while they knew they were just another number. These artists/DJís/promoters now want to reach for that inspirational side again and start doing what they always believed in. So from my eyes, I'm seeing huge change already, this will certainly surface in 2013.
Whatís planned for me in 2013? A recent interview I did with Cream, made me realize I was looking back a lot at one of my favourite musical moments in my career. Many of you have a fond attachment to my 2000/01 Radio One Essential mixes. I have to admit I was in musical heaven then. The Progressive Trance era. This being a time when this genre was one of the most credible genres on the planet, with the likes of Sasha, Digweed and Way out West supporting. In recent years, Iíve always struggled to find this style of music, itís been frustrating, as Iíve wanted to play more of this style in my sets. So I set about making changes. Iíve been turning to artists around me asking them to produce music in this style. All I can say is WOW. The feeling was mutual from the artists involved, they have found a new musical love. Weíve already seem Airwave with his magical art, soon youíll see more under the newly formed ĎJOOF Music Groupí where weíve collected many likewise artists and labels and put them under the same roof. This way we can all work closely together as a family and support each other, having the same musical ethos makes this much easier. Thereís no competition for commercial success, just a strong unit wanting to support each other and help.
So for me 2013 is looking to be a very exciting year. As I mentioned in a previous blog, the rants are gone and replaced with action. Iím actively getting involved creating a place where Iím happy via my own club nights/tours, mentoring producers and labels and producing the music I love. Thereís actually a lot more! Iím in euphoria being involved with all this. Itís where I belong. Itís important to remember, things donít come to you in life, and you need to make them happen.The one thing thatís missing from my life, I want a club. Iíd be interested if you know the perfect underground/warehouse venue that needs some TLC. If youíve got the club, Iíve got the ideas. How was your musical experience in 2012?