JJ Parker / Housemasters Resident
JJ has been djing since the age of nineteen, so around 23 years now. He got into the rave scene around 91 aged 16, partied very hard for three years had fun, made some great friends basically had it large. At 19 he started to buy vinyl to try and ween himself off the party lifestyle, it was all getting a bit much at the time!
So there he was big pile of records, what next??? He started to djing on friends equipment and quickly developed a real addiction for mixing, “Blending two two tunes to make a third was quite magical to me”. He got my ﬁrst set of decks, a sound lab 1600 and a proline pro 150 with a realistic mixer, “By far the worst set up i’ve ever used hahaha” Progress was slow so eventually he splashed the cash for a pair of brand new 1210’s ( I still have them to this day ).
He came on leaps and bounds once he got them and soon reached the point where he and a few friends were throwing house parties in small venues in the local area. This continued until he met his girlfriend, now wife and djing took a back seat while they raised a family in Sunderland. “Mixing became something I did in my spare time when the kids were quiet and it became a bit of a zen escape thing”.
So he continued to play in his bedroom, making mixes and posting online on House-mixes.com, a place where he has made many friends from all over the world who all share a deep passion for electronic music. “One friend from House-mixes was playing on housemasters radio on a Sunday, playing dnb and I tuned to listen and lend support, I got talking with Mike the site owner, I mentioned I mixed and he asked me if I’d like to play”. He jumped at the chance even though inside he was worried he may not be up to standard, the ﬁrst show went ok, “I wasn’t completely happy, but then i’m never happy at any of my mixes”.
“It’s a dj thing!!! Mike and the rest of the crew have always been there to guide me and offer support and guidance, we really are a family and I’m honoured and privileged to be part of it. My show has been running two years now and its a massive part of my life, I love it. I would like to say a big thank you to all that listen and give me ears it means a lot and a massive thank you to Mike for giving me the opportunity to play”.
The Housemasters Q&A
1. what made you start DJing?
I started djing around 1993, at first i would use friends equipment but eventually i managed to buy my own. Owning my own set of 1210’s was a very proud moment for me. The reason I started? I guess i just loved to mix two tunes together to make a third.
2. Who would you say was your biggest influence on the dance scene and why?
I loved Frankie knuckles for his vocals, Masters At Work for their drums but i think my biggest influence would have been Danny Tenaglia. I think you can still see his influence in my sets to this day.
3. Compare the scene now to how it was when you first started spinning. What differences, good or and bad, do you see. What do you see for the future of the DJ?
The scene wasn’t so segregated, back then you would get house, techno and breaks in the same set. It’s all about money these days we had much more of a fuck the establishment attitude. Maggie took my milk ffs!!!!
4. Favourite label, Favourite artist, Favourite track?
Fave label would probably be tribal they were years ahead of their time. fave artist Tenaglia probably. fave track come on give me a break!!!!!, but Debbie Malone Rescue Me is truly a forgotten classic.
5. To date what has been the best experience you have had as a DJ?
Easy, that would be housemasters radio
6. If you could play anywhere, where would it be?
They say the Sound Factory was the place to be.
7. Your favourite Housemasters DJ and why?
Dj Archie for me all the way he rocks!!!!
8. Biggest mistake, biggest fail, most embarrassing moment as a DJ / at a gig?
Just the usual knocking the decks and bumping the needle, lifting the wrong tone arm all the schoolboy errors lol
9. How do you keep check of ego?
The wife and family keep me firmly grounded. anyway I only play music, i’m no brain surgeon.
10. How do you find Housemasters, we like to call it your home of house music, do you see it like that and if not, how do we change that?
I love Housemasters it definitely feels like home to me. A friendly group of peeps who all care deeply about real house music. No cake throwers that’s for sure. Ain’t nothing wetter that a wannabe Guetta.