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Spotlight Series : Jo Poole

As we bring in the New Year, our Spotlight Series is back! Last month, Valiant Kings, was in our spotlight and this month we sit down with a rapidly-rising artist, who has been on out radar since early 2017. Our first Spotlight of 2018 is on London-based DJ Jo Poole! We first came across Jo during our DJ Mix Competition with CR2 Records in 2017, where she was crowned the winner! She’s had quite a year since with sets all over London, supporting sets for the likes of Doorly, Tough Love, Leftwing & Kody, OC & Verde, and 2018 is looking even more exciting for her! Check out our Spotlight Interview with Jo below! ------------------- Hi Jo! It's great to catch up again, it's been a while! The last time we spoke was when you won our DJ Mix Competition with CR2 Records last year, and you've certainly been busy since! For anyone who may not know you, please tell us a little bit about yourself ... Hello Evermix! I’m a house / techno DJ based in London and l am currently learning to produce. Last year was when regular sets started to roll in, thanks to my former residency with His & Hers. I’ve been playing at venues such as EGG LDN, MoS, Basing House, 93 Feet East, Basing House, Fire, Lightbox, Junk Club and McQueen.    Being from Bath in the West Country, Bristol must have had a lot of influence on you and your taste in music? Did this area have a big effect on your passion for music? I went to several DnB nights! A genre l still love.  Ibiza, in particular, going to Space and watching DJs such as Jonathan Ulysses, Carl Cox, Steve Lawler, has been my biggest influence. l’ve been going every year for some time now, l love the island.    For those who haven't heard your sets, can you sum up your musical style in three words Groovy, techy, minimal   We know that you graduated and learnt a lot of your craft at London Sound Academy - can you tell us the biggest things you learnt during your time here? LSA was a great platform to kick start to DJ’ing. The biggest things l learnt were 1) practice, practice, practice 2) when you're starting out, and it sounds like an obvious one, but make sure your first track or first couple of tracks are ones you know well so you can relax in to your set and 3) believe in yourself and enjoy it!    We know you've had quite a busy 2017 with sets all over! Can you tell us what you've been up to since we last spoke last year? Going out a lot, dj’ing, networking, Ibiza a few times, watching Ableton tutorials! and supporting friends in the industry - 2017 was a lot of fun :)   A little birdy told us that you played just under 40 gigs in 2017 - that's almost a set every week! With so many sets lined up, how do you prepare and find new music to keep your sets fresh? I have friends doing well producing at the moment so l always like downloading and playing their new stuff. I can happily spend hours searching through Beatport. I’ll start with an artist l like or l have recently heard of and then look at the labels they are signed too, who they have done remixes with etc and go from there.  Recently, we've noticed that you have started to move into production more ... exciting stuff! What sort of sound can we expect to hear from you?   126bpm minimal tech vibes  Quick Fire Questions: Ibiza or Croatia  Ibiza  Tech House or Deep House  Tech house Ableton or Logic Ableton  Tequila or Jägerbombs  Depends who l am with !  Can you share any exciting plans you have for 2018? Can we expect an even bigger year for Jo Poole? I hope so! I am focusing on learning to produce and I am hoping to play some more sets out of London and abroad. I would love to play at a Festival this year too.  And lastly, do you have any exciting gigs coming up which you’d like to share with our listeners? -          20 Jan HABITAT @ Source Bar supporting WADE + HABITAT residents  -          24 Feb 33 @ The Metal Works supporting Hauswerks, Marco Strous + 33 residents -          17 Mar supporting Maya Jane Coles @ Junk Club  :)