After a few years running London’s first rockabilly clothes shop and fronting funkabilly band the El-Trains, Jay started his DJ career in London’s mid-80’s club scene playing an eclectic mix of hip-hop, new wave, funk, jump blues, house and rockabilly. As a pioneer and representative of the booming London club scene, Jay was one of the first DJs-as-popstars…gigging across the globe from Tokyo to Toronto, New York to Moscow, Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro and all over Europe.
Besides his regular club work in London, Europe & Los Angeles, over the last two decades Jay has DJ’d for such diverse entities as: Tiki Oasis, the Monaco Grand Prix, Sony Music, MTV Europe, Barcardi, IMG Models, Vivienne Westwood, Madonna, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, BBC World Service, Playboy’s Hugh Hefner’s 70th Birthday and a host of other high profile events. Added to his club work Jay also had a weekly radio show on London’s KISS FM for over seven years and has been a guest DJ on radio & TV music shows in Japan, Europe and the States
As a writer on popular culture Jay has written for, amongst others, the Face, i-D Magazine, Tiki News, Muzik, Vogue, the Sunday Times and in 2009 authored “Tiki Mugs – Cult Artifacts of Polynesian Pop” (Korero Books). He also helped write & produce modern exotica combo Sophisticated Savage’s debut album “Strange Paradise” (now available on i-Tunes).
Jay is looking forward to returning to Tiki Oasis and playing his unique mix of classic and contemporary exotica and lounge-core to all those celebrating ten glorious years of fun-in-the-sun at this legendary Tiki event.
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