Jozef K is an essential UK DJ and producer who has some very close ties with some legendary nights and labels.
For one, he is resident at Tribal Sessions at Sankeys Ibiza this summer (last year he won Best Newcomer Sankeys Ibiza 2014) and he also plays at Sankeys clubs all over the world. On top of those key duties, he is also a revered producer who has released on Sasha’s Last Night on Earth, Let’s Play House, One Records, Rawax and many others. On top of all that he was selected for Emerging Ibiza, where industry experts chose emerging artists to showcase their talents while helping them learn the industry ropes along the way.
Here we catch up with him to find out about his plans this summer, what he has coming up and about his views on DJing in general…
Jozef plays Tribal Sessions every Tuesday at Sankeys Ibiza
Jozef will also play Sankeys 20th Birthday Festival at Studio 338 on June 20th back to back with Winter Son for a live 808 set
“As a resident I think it is really important to respect the other artists on the bill; to research their sound, see how they play and programme your own sets accordingly.”
You are Sankeys Ibiza resident this summer – when did you first get involved with the club?
I used to go to Tribal Sessions every week when I was 18… then I started work experience in the office and I got a chance to warm up the basement and it went from there, that was 7/8 years ago and it feels like yesterday.
How different is a resident DJ’s role to that of a headliner, do you think?
As a resident I think it is really important to respect the other artists on the bill; to research their sound, see how they play and programme your own sets accordingly. I was taught this at a young age from the Tribal Sessions veteran Greg Vickers. I also think in some ways there is more pressure to perform as you are relying more or less on the strength of your DJing capabilities and not so much the hype around your name.
You were on the Emerging Ibiza lineup this year. Was there anyone at the festival you were excited to meet or see perform?
Eduardo De Le Calle as his track ‘Quasi-calligrafic 09’ is one of my favourite electronic records. I love everything about it – the pads are really emotional for me, they create a sense of nostalgia, the strings that come in out of nowhere are so dramatic. I also love the gentleness of the percussion. This record is definitely more than just a ‘club jam’, for me… it is telling a story, I don’t have a clue what the story is but it is a fucking deep and powerful one!
From who, or what, or where, have you picked up the most important aspects of DJing, would you say
Greg Vickers the original Tribal Sessions resident was my main influence, he taught me many things especially when I was first starting out – he taught me how to warm up properly and how to construct a cohesive set.
I also learned a great deal as clubber – continually experiencing nights from beginning to the end allowed me to understand which musical styles, in my opinion, are appropriate for varying times of the night.
Dixon has always been one of the DJ’s that I truly admire too – awesome to see him topping the RA DJ poll 2 years and not making any fuss about it. I think he was voted number one because he deserved it… and that is that. I find the whole thing quite calming.