The December 2005 spotlight is on DJ Jolie, is an award-winning underground music DJ from England. Jolie hosts her own popular weekly radio show on London’s Shine 87.9 fm. She’s a musical talent who parties with the best of them as she DJs around the world! CitynetMagazine.com proudly presents Miss December 2005, DJ Jolie.
Citynet Magazine: Describe your Teenage years.
DJ Jolie:: I was a bit of a tomboy as a teenager, I had a crush on a few boys, bit didn’t start dating until I was in my late teens. I was really sporty. I swam in galas for the town I lived in, and won a few medals too. I was also into Tai Chi. I used to dance one day a week, but hated ballet which came with the jazz dance and tap dancing that I loved, and of course I was into music in a big way.
How did you get into DJing?
My parents were into Motown and 80’s soul so that rubbed off on me. I appreciated the soul and funk in the music. They had a fantastic record collection, and when I was a little older I used to play the family party DJ. I then got older and into dance music and finally got my own record collection and turntables. I still have those same turntables, Technics 1210’s.
What was your biggest early break?
My break didn’t come until the end of 2003. I won an award for ‘Best DJ’ at the world underground music awards. I pipped a few ‘top’ named male DJ’s to the post and so many great things have come from it. The award was an industry and peoples choice award. I was up against Danny Rampling, Felix Da House Cat and Danny Tenaglia. I’m really proud of myself and my award has a permanent place in my music room to remind me that all the hard work is worth it.
How did you know you “made it” as a DJ?
The award for ‘best DJ’ certainly put me up there with the ‘big boys’, but I still think I have a long way to go to really ‘make it’ as a DJ
What advice would you give other female DJs on how to break in?
Practice a lot and find some good honest friends who will egg you on to get better and support you. Take in advice from all angles, you don’t have to use it, but certainly listen to what people have to say. It’s a really good idea to record your sets too, you can go back and pick out the parts which are in need of improving. Most of all, only play music that you love and believe in. Success doesn’t come over night, so be patient, good things come to those who wait.
What do you listen to for fun?
I listen to everything, honestly, I love all styles of music. My favourite bands at the moment are Prodigy (I have a crush on Keith Flint!) and Kasabian. I love all kinds of dance music, hip hop, Drum & Bass, Soul…… EVERYTHING!
Best experience so far?
There have been quite a few. One that sticks out was the first time I DJ’d in India. The event was on New Year’s eve and was taking place on the roof of a department store. 3,000 people attended. At midnight fireworks were going off over my head. The sea of people dancing to my music was an amazing sight. I loved every minute of it.
Worst experience so far?
There hasn’t really been a bad experience. I’ve been through the ‘non payer’ promoters, had cheques bounce for my DJ fee in the early learning years, but really the only bad things were trying to go to India without a visa and having to stay behind for another day to get an emergency one from the embassy, and also waking up late for a flight to Amsterdam. I eventually missed it and got a flight from another airport that wasn’t too far away. Once I was in Amsterdam I was chillin’ in my hotel room and realized that I had driven my car to one airport to catch my flight, but was flying home to another! I ended up getting my best friend to pick me up and take me to the other airport to collect my car. Lucky!
Have people recognized you on the street as a celebrity?
I get recognized in record stores all the time, but that’s quite normal. One time I was in London’s Trocadero and a guy came up to me and asked if I was ‘DJ Jolie.’ I told him I was. His reaction was the same as most ‘I listen to your radio show all the time and I love the music you play.’ I’ve never had someone ask me to sign an autograph in the street, it’s not really a kool thing to do. I’d be embarrassed more than them.
Has anyone ever run up to you in the street and brought you flowers?
That would be a beautiful thing to happen, but unfortunately for me, it hasn’t happened…. Yet!
The most common question that people ask you?
Is Jolie your real name? – Yes it is. It’s from the French word beauty. My mother named me after Jolie Gabor, Zha Zha Gabor’s mother.
Describe your wildest experiences. Are you a big partier?
I am a huge partier, although I don’t go out every night. My weekends are sacred and tend to start on a Thursday and go through to Sunday night or Monday! I’m not a real big drinker because I drive all the time when I go out. I live quite far out of London. I have a lot of natural stamina, but tend to make up for it for the rest of the week with plenty of sleep.
Name anyone, alive or dead, who you would love to meet & hang out with.
I wouldn’t mind hanging out with Keith Flint from The Prodigy, we were raised in the same county of Essex. We share some friends too, but I’ve never actually met him. I’m a bit of a Prodigy fan too. When I was in school I was really into their music, but most of my friends weren’t, I liked them because they were different and edgy and they still are today. I’ve heard that Keith is a nice guy, and I’ve always got time to hang out with nice people.
What do you want the world to know about you?
Is this the part where I sell myself? Or can I simply say that I can touch my nose with my tongue…
Greatest risk you have ever taken?
Leaving a high paid career to concentrate on DJing and music. It’s paid off and I don’t ever regret leaving the world of Prestige car sales.
Favorite upcoming projects?
I have a tour of India coming up. I’m looking forward to that because it will be my first time back in 2 years. Also a tour of Thailand and the islands straight after India, then the release of my debut single ‘Magic in the music.’
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully still DJing and making music. Being 10 years wiser than I am now and being 10 years more into my degree in life.
Where are you from/live now?
I live in a little village called Hatfield Peverel in Essex, England. I was born in Essex, but have lived in London and Los Angeles. I like Essex, the people are nice and it’s very green. It’s only about 40 miles from London. I dont have any neighbours that are close by, so its a great house for parties because nobody complains about the loud music!