Jamie Jones has become a household name and created an accessible brand for a new generation of dance music fans with his Hot Natured guise and Hot Creations label. His fabric compilation episode comes as he rides the crest of a tidal wave of popularity for him and his Crosstown Rebels and Visionquest crew that are forming a new cluster of stars. Original and addictive, his timeless journey is typically charged with energetic loopy grooves, defining his personal influences and showcasing exclusive material from his army of talent.
“I went to fabric first in 1999. It had been open two weeks and I’d just moved to London so I went with my best friend. We got there and there was a huge queue all the way round the corner. Coming from Wales we just had shirts on and no jackets in November so we went to the front of the guestlist queue and I managed to catch a glimpse of the list and saw Chris C + 1. So we got in free VIP first time at fabric at 18. It was brilliant. I think we saw Dave Angel, stood in room 2 going crazy, I was a lot more innocent back then.”
The mix starts with Hot Natured ‘Time Intro’, giving a nod to the recent Hot Natured smash single ‘Forward Motion’ and offering a hint of Jamie’s future projects with Ali Love and Kenny Glasgow of Art Department fame, before diving headfirst into a funk electro remix of the classic Sebastian Tellier ‘La Ritournelle’ reworked by pop’s newest heroes Metronomy. There’s not much room to exhale from there forward with Jamie’s own special reedits of Coat Of Arms and Karen Pollock, as well as some defining staples from his heart-winning DJ sets such as Cajmere featuring Jamie Principle ‘God Sent’ and Felix Da Housecat ‘Madame Hollywood’, an essential track from the early moments of his career. What sets this mix apart is an acute attention to the energy in the ride. Jamie Jones tackles dance music as a rock or pop star would, making it accessible and playing with the frequencies to continually keep it enjoyable.
“I think I am very conscious of always moving forward especially when I’m playing in clubs. There’s something quite natural in me to keep myself stimulated, as I get bored of things quickly. I’m always trying to challenge myself. I could easily make the house tracks that I’m known for doing for a good few years but where’s the challenge in that? I want to do something different. I don’t just listen to dance music at home but all sorts. When I go out to listen to bands like Little Dragon or Metronomy, it’s inspiring and makes me want to do something like that but obviously with my take on it. A lot of these bands are doing similar things, Little Dragon is like a DJ set but on a new level. That’s what we’re going for with Hot Natured.”
With a new album coming up on Crosstown Rebels (Jamie’s ‘The Lows’ gives a taste on the fabric mix) as well as a Hot Natured album with Lee Foss and Ali Love to come on his own Hot Creations label, it’s clear Jamie finds it hard to stay still. Constantly evolving, he is surrounded by a growing team of exciting new artists, for whom he has naturally become a role model. His visionary style and concepts are effortlessly shaping the current era of electronic music and will no doubt continue to for many years to come.
“It’s important to have something people can identify with. Someone said to me recently the good thing about mine, and the whole Hot Natured style is it appears to a wide age range, because the music is never too hard. It’s about having fun with music and never serious. We’re about enjoying quality music, having fun with your friends and living and breathing the party and the music together.“
Jamie Jones fabric album launch: 24th September 2011
Jamie Jones biography and pictures can be found at www.maouris.co.uk/family/jamie-jones