Dee Jay Be

Dee Jay Be

What motivated you to start DJing/presenting?
I first started getting into house music at school around 13 years old. I used to record Pete Tongs Essential Selection on a friday, I had a paper round and I’d play it all week on my walkman while throwing newspapers into peoples houses. I loved how the music blended into one another making one long track. Back then Mixmag used to print the Essential collection track listing and in order for you to cut out and put in the cassette tape you had just nicked off the radio!! Good times I got into the House collections with Jeremy Healey and Alistair Whitehead and bought all of the sets, I played them to death in my metal sony walkman.
After that i was hooked, one of my best mates Tom bought some Citronic direct drive decks which to be fair lasted for years ( i was a skint youth then and couldn’t afford my own). We then went everywhere record hunting. I used the decks alot more than he did, so i bought them off him cheap with all his tunes (proper classics now) and started making my own mixtapes. The poor old decks were eventually left in a house after a party as no one wanted them. We all had Technics by then and they were just the party decks so they were left. I bet the next tenant was buzzing when they walked in and found a house party complete with decks still there… or maybe not!

What styles do you play?

I mainly like to play all styles of house music, I like piano, housey vibes, saxaphones are always welcome in a tune, old school house, a bit of Speed Garage as well. I also play Drum and Bass but not on my shows as I only really play House and Garage on air. I always use vinyl as its what I learned with but it is a better sound, I won’t go into it as you’ll all have heard about vinyl vs cd vs mp3 debate (which vinyl wins everytime!)

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

Being as I’m mainly House I don’t have much need for scratching but I’m ok at having an itch or two. I personally love the mixing of two tunes with beat matching, cutting and blending and a fade to sweetness but thats just me. I do admire a good scratcher though and as Koop once said “you’re not a proper dj until you can scratch”.

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

DanceUK for me as I’m not much of a talker. I like to hear the music, and being as there are no breaks with the tunes always being mixed you have to keep it quick.

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

For me it has to be Pete Tong. Still at the top of his game and is quality. His Essential sessions were amazing, every time I have seen him he has smashed it. Other top DJ’s that i look up to and admire the mixing was Jeremy Healey, Alistair Whitehead, Luv Dup, Frankie Knuckles of course R.I.P all the main boys from the 90’s in that House collection fraternity. They all used vinyl when i was getting into it and it took a lot of skill and practice for which i had to admire. Left loads of DJ’s off as frankly, it would just look like a mahoosive roll call!

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

All the boring stuff if you haven’t got kids. I like taking time out with my two children and doing family stuff. Theme parks, little day trips out to beaches.
I like cars so I spend the majority of my other spare time either tinkering with my car or popping along to car shows. I’ve always like the Mitsubishi Evo 6 and now I’ve got one with a really high spec so that takes up a lot of time and money but is great fun. its an itch that I had to scratch and being as its 4 doors its also a family car. I’ll sell it soon and get something else, god knows what but thats half the fun!

Favourite things?

Just about covered the likes I think.

Sum yourself up in a sentence?

Chilled but excitable.

Your desert island discs?

I think it would have to be the Pete Tong Essential party from Amnesia I got off the radio in 1997, House Collection vol 3 and Reggae Hits 13. Thats what comes first to mind, don’t want to start thinking about it or I’ll be here all night!