Here come da Judge

Dance music superstar Judge Jules headlines the Cayman Islands Winter Festival 2012 Saturday night and we grabbed him for a quick Q&A prior to his visit to paradise.

How has 2012 been for you so far?

2012 has started very strongly for me. As well as having completed several long-haul DJ tours, I’ve also used this year to tour my Ibiza club brand Judgement Sunday in new countries and clubs, most recently being a show in Los Angeles. The feedback for these events has been extremely positive and I’m really looking forward to kick starting the new season in Ibiza on the back of these events.

Where have you visited?

I’m very lucky that my job allows me to travel as much as I do. So far this year I’ve done tours in South Africa, India, Sweden and completed two tours of America with another one coming up.

It has been a very eventful opening to 2012 for me.

Are crowds different in different places?

Yes, club environments allow for a much more intimate experience with the audience.

The smaller scale venues are great for connecting with the crowd and exploring new sounds and ideas within your set.

Whereas, festivals throw you into a completely different direction where you have to keep the energy high to keep the dance floor moving because typically you’re dealing with a crowd of thousands as opposed to a few hundred in a club setting.

Any releases/collaborations coming up?

I have a new single (The Attack) coming up on Vandit, which I’m excited about. I also have a backlog of singles that will be getting released over the summer.

What are your big tunes of the moment?

Marcel Woods – Time Is Running Out (Cliff Coenraad Remix) is going to be a big record over the summer. It has been causing a frenzied reaction in my sets of late.

Have you been to the Caribbean before?

Yes, I’ve been to the Caribbean a few times. This will be my first time DJing in the Cayman Islands and I’m looking forward to familiarising myself with the culture and history of the islands.

What are you looking forward to in Cayman?

Soaking up the sun when and where possible – something we’re lacking in the UK at the minute. I’m also looking forward to sampling some of the local dishes and enjoying the beaches.

How could Cayman put itself on the dance music map?

Support for local promoters and DJs are the keystones to creating a healthy and vibrant scene. Connecting this with overseas guests and performers will naturally give you opportunity for greater international exposure, but for me it is really about building that local foundation of clubbers and music artists.

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