An Interview With Jozef K

Last week we caught up with Jozef K, for the second time to see what he’s been up to since we last spoke.

We spoke about his summer plans, what labels we can expect to hear him on, what his favourite thing is to eat plus loads more.

If you could perform in any country in the world, where would it be and why? 

Germany as PanoramaBar is there. I have played Berlin 3 times before but never in here, which is a major goal.

In your hometown, what is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?

Sign house music tracks to labels. Actually is.

What can we expect to hear from yourself in the next coming months, and on what labels will we be hearing these?

Style-wise my upcoming releases are quite varied: acid, disco, techno, classic and rave influenced house. When I go into the studio I try my best not to have any ideas and just allow whatever wants to be made to come out of my subconscious.

I know most people become known for a certain sub-genre but I feel it would be dishonest of me as an artist to do this as I really enjoy to create whatever the fuck I am in the mood for at the time. (See below releases for evidence of this).

Releases: Sasha’s Last Night On Earth, DJ Pierre’s Afro Acid, Steve Lawler’s VIVa, Waze & Odyssey’s Street Tracks, Music For Freaks and Balkan/I Love Acid. I just put one out on Tensnake’s label last month.

This open production attitude is a reflection of my music taste, as I try to listen to as much music across as many genres as possible, all of the time.

What do you think it takes to become a successful DJ?

Pure dedication, an unwavering passion for music and the ability to feel what a melody means.

That’s what I’d like to think anyway, I am not going comment on the social media side as I find how much it counts for very depressing, it frustrates me how wrapped up both the industry and society are with it.

One thing I will say is that I read a stat that teenagers are leaving Facebook in massive numbers, this pleases me greatly. I am hoping this is the catalyst for the anti-social-media revolution.

Favourite food to eat?

Thai green curry, with a hangover, watching Lord of the Rings.

What has been your favourite plugin to use in your productions recently?

OOOOFT. Either the Juno 106 for Reaktor or the ABL3 acid machine.

How do you determine when a track is finished or not?

When I can listen back in its entirety and nothing gets on my nerves.

Any tours in the pipeline?

China, after summer, can’t wait as is always a riot. Hoping to add some Japan shows on this time around too.

Where has been the most random after party you have been to, and what was the weirdest thing you saw whilst being here?

In my old house in Fallowfield Manchester we used to have parties from Friday until Sunday in our basement that we turned into a club, I wanted to call it the Palace of Pleasure and Pain but we all agreed on The Hammer Wall instead.

Once we had a seriously massive bouncer in there with a seriously massive fence chain around his neck dancing.

Mad to think how much trouble we didn’t have in there looking back.

When working on collaborations, who is your favourite person to work with, why?

Thomas Ragsdale as we are on almost the exact same wavelength musically, which is something I have only come across once before (and that person doesn’t make music).

Quickfire questions

Fish or chips? Fish

Bedtime or after party? Afterparty

Festival or club? Club

Hot holiday or cold holiday? Hot

Techno or tech house? Techno

Music or football? Easiest question of the lot, music.

June 20, 2018