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Judge Jules

Judge Jules
Judge Jules

He’s one DJ that has been there, done that and done it all again, and for almost three decades Judge Jules has led the way in the world of dance music. Since hitting the decks in 1987, Judge Jules has influenced an entire generation on Kiss FM and Radio 1 and continues to be on the playlists of millions with his weekly radio show The Global Warm Up, which notches up 750,000 downloads every single week via his podcast and is broadcast on over 80 stations around the world.

As a pioneer of the club scene, passion and persona behind the decks coupled with crowd connection and unrivalled mixing has earned Judge Jules unforgettable sets at the world’s most iconic clubs and festivals including Gatecrasher, Ministry of Sound, Global Gathering and Creamfields.

In the studio, Judge Jules has released over 100 tracks of which ten have reached the top 40 in the UK national charts with countless more gracing the upper reaches of the dance charts. He’s mixed compilations for Ministry of Sound, Universal and Warner Bros, which have racked up over 3 million sales, and he’s currently in the studio gearing up to drop a whole host of new beats for 2017. Earning his place amongst DJ legends, Judge Jules has received accolades such as #1 DJ (Mixmag), Best International DJ (Dancestar Awards), Best Radio DJ (Smirnoff’s Dancestars), and has consistently featured in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, peaking at #3 in the world, alongside the industry’s greatest.

Jules’ presence and reputation in Ibiza is legendary, and his famous brand, Judgement Fridays (formerly Judgement Sundays) is the longest standing DJ residency in Ibiza history. The night continues to pack out its Balearic home week in, week out over the summer season, totting up 16 years of events on the island.

Judge Jules is not planning on slowing down. Instead, he’s continuing to innovate and lead as he always has done taking the ‘Judgement’ brand to the next level in the form of a record label, and UK tour to influence a whole new generation of dance music lovers. Having spent plenty of time locked away in the studio, 2016 saw a serious return to form in terms of productions with the launch of his own ‘Judgement Recordings’ and releases on Coldharbour Recordings, Sirup Music and more. With tracks like ‘Turn On The Lights’, ‘Burn In The Sun’, ‘With A Song’ and ‘Te Quiero’ all gaining high profile support and on chart placements on Beatport, Jules is still very much at the top of his game both behind the decks and in the studio.

With his early ambitions earning him the name Judge Jules, the legal world has become something of a backbone throughout his entire career and having re-trained whilst on tour, during part of the week, in addition to his DJ travels, Jules is a music lawyer with Sheridans, advising labels, DJs, artists and a wide range of other music industry folk. Jules has also lent his expertise in the legal field to a regular ‘Industry Insiders’ column in Mixmag offering advice to up and coming DJs and artists.”Phases come and go, genres are born and laid to rest in the blink of an eye, but one thing is for certain… Judge Jules is here to stay.

Danny Rampling

Danny Rampling
Danny Rampling

Danny Rampling is one of the first Superstar DJs. A true Pioneer and Visionary of the Dance Music scene that we know today.

Through his legendary Acid House club Shoom in the 1980’s, and his Radio shows with BBC Radio 1 and Kiss FM, Danny became a catalyst that has helped to shape Dance Music and Radio for over 25 years, and has paved the way for the likes of David Guetta to be who they are today.

Voted #1 Dj by DJ Magazine in their first ever top 100 poll ; MIx Mag/DMC World Awards : ”Best Radio DJ” – 1992 ; Music Magazine : ”Outstanding Contribution to Dance Music Award” – 1998 ; Ibiza Music Awards : ”Best Radio DJ” and ”Outstanding Achievement Award” – 2000 ; Ibiza Music Award : ”Lifetime Achievement” – 2005 ; DJ Mag : Nominated for ”Best of British Outstanding Contribution Award” – 2012

Danny Rampling has sold over a Million compilation albums, presented with an array of Gold Discs, is also regularly featured on TV documentaries for C4 National Geographic, BBC, MTV, and The Gadget Show for his music knowledge and expertise. He has become a household name in the UK and has become a brand unto himself – building an army of fans. Rampling was the mastermind behind adopting the Smiley Face logo to represent the Acid House / Rave movement, which has become one of the most recognisable symbols of Dance Music Culture we know today.

His show ”Love Groove Dance Party” on BBC Radio 1 ran for 7 years on a Saturday night in the UK, and attracted Millions of global listeners every weekend. Danny Rampling’s radio presence was also instrumental in turning Kiss FM from a pirate radio station into the main player that it is today with his influence over Dance Music and changed the attitudes of young London in the 90’s. Danny was the first British DJ to play at the Miami Winter Music Conference, and was one of the first DJ’s to play in South Africa. With past Ibiza Residencies in Pacha, Amnesia, and Privilege, he has helped shape the Dance and Club scene on the island of ibiza and in the UK as we know it over the years.

George Kafetzis

George Kafetzis
George Kafetzis

George Kafetzis, born in Birmingham and one of the cities best kept secrets. He broke into the scene over 10 years ago and going from strength to strength. For people who know him he is respected highly for his technical abilities and pure showmanship whilst behind the decks. For those that don’t, upon witnessing one of his stomping sets, both ears n feet shall be satisfied undoubtedly so . His unique sound consists of smooth house, rocking electro and deep jacking beats with a relentless mix of acapellas thrown on top just for good measure!! This guy does things with tracks you never thought to be possible.

Over the past 10 years he has played at nights/venues across the country including; Cream Bugged Out, Miss Moneypennys, Coca Loco, The Canal Club and GodsKitchen and Gatecrasher Birmingham/ Nottingham just to name but a few in doing so he has had the opportunity to play alongside some of the worlds best djs..and hold residency for Cream Tours in Birmingham .

Currently he is working in the studio as a producer and had success with many remixes over the past 3yrs. He has a unique sound which can/does lend itself to a variety of genres/projects. For over a year he has been one of the chief remixers for Miss Moneypennys music working on most of their current and future projects. Since starting out as a producer he has been fortunate enough to work alongside 80s soul legend Roachford , Mobo award nominee Nate James and ‘thee remixing man of the moment’ Will Bailey.

George is co-owner of Red/Yeloleather Records and Discover International Records which was founded by himself and Jonze with support from the likes of Martijn Ten Velden, Mark Knight, Nick Bridges, Micky Slim, Filthy Rich and is becoming one of the UKs great independent labels.

His excellent productions and remixes are starting to pathe the way to his well deserved success, George is a major talent, with energy and drive like no other. Watch out for this continuation and a number of his own productions forthcoming in the very near future, he is set to be the household name you cant pronounce!


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