Posted by external sounds on April 7, 2009

The word "legend" is often overused in the music industry but its use in describing Dj Norman Jay is fully merited. Born in London in the 1960's he began dj'ing at the tender age of 8 years old and has gone on to become arguably one of the finest and most respected deejays in the world today. As a young man he was inspired by the American R&B of the late 60s, especially the sound of Sly And The Family Stone, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown.

By the late 70s, he had become an almost obsessive collector of US black music, collecting Motown Records, Stax Records, Atlantic Records, Salsoul and jazz recordings. He witnessed the disco phenomenon first-hand while visiting family in New York. While there he visiting the seminal Paradise Garage and forming friendships with Larry Levan, and then later, David Morales, Tony Humphries and Little Louie Vega before they had been heard of in the UK.

Jay was inspired to take up DJing more seriously and began to build the Good Times sound system with his brother Joey to play at the Nottinghill Carnival. With his reputation and audiences growing steadily, he and Gordon Mac started a pirate radio station, Kiss FM in 1985.

His dj style encompasses many forms of black music, including soul, funk, disco, hip-hop and garage. Perhaps his enduring popularity (lies in this rare democratic approach to his playlist. Another factor is his foresight and innovation: Jay was listening to early Chicago house records and staging warehouse parties three years before the UK's acid house explosion of 1988. He is also the "DJ's DJ", with many contemporary superstar DJ's citing him as an early influence.

UK music publication 'Muzik' magazine called him a "man of the people", and it was this popularity, talent and dedication to his music that seen him honored by Queen Elizibeth II Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List in 2002.

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Tickets go on sale
Monday 30th March

In Person
Festival Box Office is situated in
Highlanes Gallery, Laurence Street, Drogheda

Monday – Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm
Sunday 12.00noon – 4.00pm

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