A Breath of ‘Fresh’ air

April 27, 2009

I’ve been down in Pompey just under 4 years now and from coming down here as a DJ/Producer and evolving in to an Event Organizer I have always spent a lot of time keeping up to date with the local scene and whose hot whose not.
As a DJ when you hit a new town you automatically think that you can just jump in and get involved…
Obviously, Pompey isn’t one bit like London so that thought disappeared out the window before i could shout BO!

As an arrogant little kid 4 years ago i did used to judge the local DJ’s heavily. Their track choices and mixing capabilities always used to make me laugh.
When everything i knew was underground from working with the serious clubs, DJ’s, MC’s and atmospheres in London to ending up in a musical mess on the South Coast where DJ’s aren’t talents, they are merely jobs for the uneducated… I had summed up Portsmouth and it’s local DJ’s in a blink.

4 years later im an established event organizer and my hating days have passed and now im good mates with the best of the best down here. Not to say names, but of course i still think most of them are employees of a musical culture rather than talents that should educate the masses to new music.

Where this ends up is with a DJ that goes by the name of Jay Fresh. When i first met Jay he was doing his thing in Envy on a Monday night and i was doing my usual skank out. I always like to chat to the DJ and have a gander at their mixing style, and it didn’t take long for me to be impressed with this chap. Using Serato and VINYL (yeah boy, vinyl) this guy is technically brilliant. CDJ’s or Technics, he’s smashing relentless perfect mixes in and out likes it’s going out of fashion. His track choices on a Monday night are some what shadowed by his corporate employers and do him no justice at all.
I first got Jay involved on one of my events for Revolution last December. I didn’t get to hear his set then cos i was running around making sure SWAY had his Jack Daniels.

Jay Fresh Performing at a 1Xtra Party

Jay Fresh Performing at a 1Xtra Party

Now 4 months later and i decided to get Mr. Fresh back involved with our events again. I knew this guy could handle himself around the equipment and always get a professional swagger from him in conversations, but i must say i was a tad skeptical if he was up to the job for playing a full garage set at Back To The Oldskool.
(Then again, i didn’t take it upon myself to check his MySpace Page and see that he’s been doing Garage since the late 90’s.

Jay and myself have had numerous chats lately and his friendly communications and knowledge with music is somewhat of a ‘breath of fresh air’ (excuse the pun). I must say i went years, i mean YEARS.. Hating the music scene down here and spent years trying to do the events that i love, forgetting to take in that WE ARE NOT IN LONDON! Must be why im not a millionaire yet i guess…

So Jay and i are chatting and this guy could seriously write a book on modern music. A musical brain that fits nicely in to DJ Magazine and should be kept safely locked away from corruption of cack music. Reminiscing the oldskool garage days and the big beatz of a 20th century music scene, i become familiar with a guy that knows the tunes that i know and even the record shops that i lived in for 5 years.

Come last Thursday and Back To The Oldskool i was actually more looking forward to seeing Jay Fresh than DJ Luck & MC Neat. I spent most of the night on the cash desk but could hear everything. Crankie & Bushman and their newly acquired Hercules RMX Console played leading up to Jay Fresh.

I must admit it was an emotional set from Mr. Fresh. I should have taken up his offer of booking the So Solid Twins and MAC to go alongside his set. As expected his track selection was potentially floor stopping and his mixes had me in a dance fueled frenzy in the cash booth. Fresh let loose pretty much every big UK Garage track ever and brought back memories of what it’s like to hear a DJ that lives within their music. His mixing style is far from orthodox and varies all the best traits of a professional musician, not just a DJ! I was overly impressed to say the least and since then have praised Jay for his efforts. I look forward to his next set which actually happens to be this Thursday!
Supporting Young Nate, Mr. Fresh will be let loose once again to turn up the heat for the ravers.

No corporate playlists here… expect the best in Hip Hop/R&B/UK Garage/Grime/Bassline/Funky/Bashment/Afro-beatz. See flyer below for more details…

What i am thinking about last Thursday though… Was it really Jay Fresh or DJ EZ in the building?

Catch Jay Fresh at Liquid & Envy, Portsmouth on a Monday Night, Thursday’s at iAmUni – Club 8 and The Chapel, Salisbury on Saturday’s.

Also tune in to his radio show Wednesdays – 9pm – 11pm 107.6 FM or online – http://www.fireradio.co.uk

Jay Fresh Links:

Fire Radio
Jay Fresh MySpace Page
Jay Fresh Facebook Page
Jay Fresh Download’s



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