Dan Jones

What motivated you to start DJing/presenting?

I began DJing on the University of London circuit in 1998. Back then it was the newly emerging trance scene that was really getting me excited. I was listening to Ministry Of Sound “The Annual” compilations as well as the amazing Gatecrasher series of compilations, and playing on vinyl on my Soundlab belt drives in my bedroom.

My first ever gig was a party in a pub function room in Bloomsbury, London, then off the back of that gig I was invited to play at an NUS night in the baby box at Ministry of Sound! It was that gig that sparked an enthusiasm to pursue DJing more seriously. I have had the good fortune to play at Ministry of Sound a few more times over the years, but nothing will match that early experience for me.

Since then I have rocked prestigious venues such as Cafe de Paris, Piccadilly Institute, Cafe Royal, Emirates Stadium and many Park Lane Hotels. I have appeared at clubs such as Ministry of Sound, Egg and Beat. My international DJ career has taken me as far-flung as South Africa and Cyprus.

From 2003 until 2011 I was the owner/manager of DJE, an entertainments agency based in London, specialising in Corporate, function and Club DJs, Karaoke and live music. I now live in Essex but continue to work the London club scene, as well as hosting my weekly DJ Show, Clubland Master Sessions.

What styles do you play?

Commercial House, Deep House, Progressive House.

Do you mix or scratch or both? Or are you more of a presenter?

I mix, but I don’t scratch.

Do you play on just one of danceradiouk.com’s stations or both?

Just Dance Radio UK for now!

Outside of danceradiouk.com, who are your favourite DJ’s, bands or music artists and how have they influenced your style (if they have)?

My influences have built up over the years. Back in the day I used to love the legendary Graham Gold and his club night, Peach. It was there that I first saw some new young DJs like Armin Van Buuren, and Tiesto. I continue to follow ASOT and cannot really believe Armin has been doing that every week for well over a decade now…

The mighty Steve Smart on Kiss FM has been doing his thing on Fridays and Saturdays since the late 90s. His technical skills at mixing commercial dance music and radio edits are second to none and he has been a huge influence.

More recently I have been following a new Dutch DJ Franky Rizardo – his blend of house and deep house has such an exciting energy, and I admire that – after all creating energy in a room full of strangers is what us DJs are meant to be doing isn’t it?

What other interests do you have besides DJing/presenting on the radio?

By day, I am head of consulting at an IT company in London. My degree was in astrophysics, and I still maintain a keen interest in astronomy. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends – particularly around a BBQ!

Favourite things?

My wife and kids.

Sum yourself up in a sentence?

I try and act like the cool DJ type, but you can see the nerd in me if you look hard enough.

Your desert island discs?

Energy 52 – Café Del Mar
Fragma – Toca’s Miracle (Impetto Remix)
Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness (Ceric Gervais Remix)

Anything else?

You can also find some of my live sets and listen again to all episodes of Clubland Master Sessions, and see tracklistings on

www.djdanjones.com

or alternatively on Mixcloud or House-Mixes:

https://www.mixcloud.com/thedjdanjones/
https://www.house-mixes.com/profile/DJ-Dan-Jones