Jason Herd - Herd Is Here
Friday, 21 September 2007
A testament to a good DJ is his ability to mingle with the fans before a show and get the vibe right for the night. Indeed, it helps profusely if you were the clubber yourself at some point and your commitment to the sound and the style translated into a career in the studio and on stage behind a set of mixing equipment.
Well that’s pretty much the story for Jason Herd.
“I started as a clubber at the Haçienda in Manchester and another legendary UK club called Shelly’s in Stoke – I feel like I was at the birth of the UK dance scene watching the likes of Graeme Park, Sasha and Carl Cox,” he says. “Like most people too, I would find myself going back to someone’s house messing around on the decks – and then eventually I got a gig at another Manchester Club called Peruvia which took over when the Haçienda closed. I’ve been at it ever since!”
And the time has come for this love to be spread down under once again. He describes how the incarnation took place.
“I was at the Miami Winter Music Conference a few years ago and met the One Love resident Kaz James of The Bodyrockers. He loved the music on my label Jfunk and my early Subliminal releases, so he toured me round Australia. We rocked it at One Love and the next year I had the worldwide club and commercial smash with Jon Fitz’s I Just Can’t Enough.”
Which in turn led to his invitation to complete the One Love compilation CD.
“I have become good friends with Frank and Rafi over the years, as well as building a great following in Australia,” he says. “We all thought it would be a good time for me to join the One Love family, especially with the success of Jfunk Recordings in Ibiza this year. The CD I was asked to complete is a bit on the funkier side which nowadays is very hard as I find there is a serious lack of inspiring vocal house. That is probably the reason why most of us are playing electro and big room house, but I chose what I really liked and tracks I knew rocked the funkier sets I play but lifted it up a bit before the end.”
Other than that, the boy has been very busy in the studio and running his Jfunk imprint. He lets in on a production that’s coming out and causing a bit of a stir in Ibiza.
“Herd & Fitz – Release The Pressure 2007 is a rework of our Subliminal track which has been a Space anthem this year; I’ve also collaborated with Ben Macklin and Steve Edwards for a reality inspiring funky number which has been described as a cross between Daft Punk, Cameo, Prince and ’80s soul! There are also collaborations with Poland’s WaWa who are kicking arse at the moment as well as Christian Burns who recently sang on Tiesto’s Into The Dark. There are also releases from electro new kids H2, funky house producers the Nineteen808s and an acid slammer from my Aussie brothers The Staffords – or as renamed The StaffHerd Brothers… cheesy I know!”
WHO: Jason Herd
WHAT: Plays One Love at Tank
WHEN: Sunday 30 September