Q. Jody, great pleasure to have you here at www.scorpiojin.com. You recently performed at the EVC Festival in Aamby Valley, India. Tell us more about that experience if you can.
A. Hey guys, thanks for inviting me to do the interview! Yea, the EVC Festival was absolutely fantastic! Extremely well organised, a beautiful location, great weather, and really busy. It's also a lot of fun doing parties like this as it's more of a laugh when you are with loads of other DJs, causing trouble etc etc ;)
Q. India seems to be a growing hub for Deep and Melodic Progressive House artists. Do you see yourself returning there next year?
Q. You spent many years performing in the early 90’s rave era within the UK, eventually transitioning into Progressive House in the mid-2000’s when you achieved the Beatport Number 1 spot with “Cold Drink, Hot Girl”. Describe briefly for us your growth as an artist and person within that period.
Q. Would you do it again?
A. My musical style has just evolved and moved with the times I suppose. The deeper stuff is more appealing for me now in many ways, as I'm not 21 anymore. Saying that, I'd like to think that my style is on the cutting edge of house, taking in a lot of the heavy bassline stuff that the younger generation are into. As for my career highlight, some would say this was Wayoutwest's " The Gift ", as it was our biggest selling track. Personally , I would like to think that the best is yet to come ;)
Q. Today your style is very much focused on the Deeper side; some describe “Trails We Blaze” as the highlight of your career. Do you agree that it was? And would you say your change in musical direction to Deeper sounds reflects a new lifestyle?
A. Yep, hopefully it will continue to be a regular destination for me as the scene definitely seems to be on the ascent! One of the main organisers of EVC, Prateek Panday, has been inviting me out pretty regularly over the last 2 years and also the show I did with A&B really helped with my profile, so this all helps the cause :)
A. Absolutely! It has been a trip and I wouldn't change it for the world. Anyone who's job is their hobby should be extremely grateful!
"Throughout this period of 20 years
I have changed and grown in all ways"
Q. You described your first stadium show performance as the “catalyst for… dropping out of college”. What effect did this show have to encourage you to make such a life changing decision?
A. Well, I was basically given a taste of peaktime performance when I was supposed to be doing the warmup slot ( main DJ cancelled ). To be suddenly playing in front of 5000 ravers was an intoxicating feeling for the 18 year old me, and my decision to quit school the next day was ( kind of ) fully supported by my trusting parents. My dad gave me 1 year to start making decent money, otherwise it was back to the drawing board. The challenge was on :)
A. I actually started to move away from the rave scene in 1993 when I hooked up with Nick Warren and formed Way Out West. This was the beginning of the Prog era and it wasn't until 2006 that I released Cold Drink as a solo artist.
Throughout this period of 20 years I have changed and grown in all ways, too many to mention in this small paragraph :)