Off Week Barcelona Podcast #001 By Jef K
Halfway through June it’s that time of year again when Barcelona is the epicentre of international dance music scene. For three days its visitors can indulge in sun, drinks, tapas and of course their favourite artists during the legendary Off Week parties. One of those artists is Parisian Jef K, who with his deep house label Silver Network, which has released for notable old- and new-school artists, is an influential player in the underground deep house scene.
Long time residencies at some of Europe’s most prestigious clubs followed and Jef K regularly graced the decks at Rex Club and Respect in Paris, Fuse in Brussels, and Robert Johnson in Frankfurt. As global demand for the DJ rose, Jef was often traveling far and wide to play at top clubs in Asia, South America and USA as well as the rest of Europe.
2009 saw Jef flexing his production muscles some more and a collaboration with old friend/ partner Chris Carrier for 3 EPs on Silver Network – ‘Morning’ EP, ‘Chaka’ EP and ‘Fever’ EP – all highly regarded by both press and peers. In June 2010, the label dropped one of the monster hits of the summer ‘In My System’ – a collaboration between Jef, Chris Carrier and Chez Damier under the name The Gathering. Jef K’s own ‘System Mix’ received a huge response from all the major house DJs in the world including Ricardo Villalobos, Zip, Radio Slave and Soul Clap. It’s no surprise the track charted at no.7 in the Resident Advisor Top 50 tracks of the year 2010 and has received the accolade of remixes by The Revenge, I:Cube, Milton Jackson, Soul Minority, DJ Shade & Steve Ferrand. Just recently, Jef has released the Windtalkers EP together with Chris on Vitalik Records , sporting remixes by Soulade and Amir Alexander.
Now his third decade in the industry, Jef’s love of DJing and the peoples’ love for him is as strong as ever. His 2014 gig schedule, covering some of the best underground parties – Half Baked, Katapult, and Concrete Paris – says more than enough. Another highlight in his gig-schedule is the Half Baked and Lola ED showcase where he will be playing. During Off Week Barcelona this showcase is one of the events most looked forward to. In the Picnic Area of ‘Poble Espanyol’, the two labels will be bringing their elite beat doctors along with them for an all-day session of chilling and dancing in the grass in Barcelona’s beautiful park. On the line up are craven artists like Delano Smith, Marcellus Pittman, Point G, Hold Youth and many more. Get ready to go Off!
Delano Smith | Marcellus Pittman | Point G | Djebali | D’julz | Greg Brockmann | Hold Youth (Seuil + Le Loup) | Jef K | Julietta | Monsieur Georget | Robin Ordell | Terence Terry | Yakine |