Dave Jay

Dave Jay

What motivated you to start DJing/presenting?

Well…Initially I was lured by the flashing lights and loud music, by 8 years old, I knew it was what I wanted to do. We had a local mobile DJ who I thought was God at the time. I would pester him until he would let me start playing records, he obviously selected the songs and I pressed start and turned up the rotary faders! lol. I got my first set of decks for Christmas 1979, and by March 1980 aged just 9, I’d done my first school disco! I appeared to have a talent for making people dance and this made me more confident and happy, .by 14 I was doing regular gigs, cubs, scouts brownies, schools etc.

This is when I was heavily into vinyl, I had loads and they were everywhere all over my bedroom! lol. I left school and went to London and became a full time DJ, the pay was good but crap at the same time, but 3 gigs per day, 7 nights per week meant I did ok.

I started playing in clubs in London and started to learn how to mix, from there I went back to Devon and started playing in clubs around Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.
After many years of working around the country, I had built up a good rep in Coventry and was DJ’ing all over the city. That brought me into contact with Radio on Kix 96 FM this was 1999, I started doing live mixes at drive time on a Friday! Not much pressure! lol.

Also produced weekly dance mixes for their resident dance DJ too, and did live broadcasts from Mr G’s nightclub. Always been into Dance music.

What styles do you play?

Disco Soul/Funk, 70’s 80’s 90’s, acid house, piano house, vocal house, progressive house, hardcore/techno, pumping house, hard house, bassline house and funky house and trance, oh and commercial dance too, quite a wide range really!

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

I leave scratching to the pro’s that know what they are doing. I can hold a mix and can use a mic to whip the crowd into a frenzy, so bit of both I guess. hehe

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

Currently on Dance UK 🙂

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

I guess my style comes from seeing and working with lots of different dj’s over the years, and you see something you like and take a little bit from each and roll it all into one. My fave DJ’s, there are numerous guys that are awesome but the guy I look up to the most is our very own Colin Candy! I have known him for many years and he knows how to rock a club, hence why he plays in some of the countries biggest venues. Other producers doing it for me are Freejak & Konkiri, both are producing cracking house. Besides dance music, I also love the Foo Fighters! 🙂

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

I have six children and a wife, so it’s hard trying to balance things sometimes and not look like a selfish dick! I like playing guitar and have recently started getting into watching films again. And 2016 I look to get back into producing tracks again, so watch this space…

Favourite things?

Wife, Children, S8 Controller, Macbook Pro, Traktor Pro 2. Dance UK lol

Sum yourself up in a sentence?

Old git who can mix and rocks a dance floor, and goes with the flow!

Anything else?

I used too produce hard house and had a record label called InsomniaTrax back in the day, not produced anything in a very long time and as I’ve grown older, my tastes have changed somewhat, House music is where it’s at folks!