Jack Namaste

DJ

Who/what got you into playing music in the first place?

It was when I was around 14/15, so this is probably about 2010-2011 ish, I would go to parties and my friend would bring his decks and mix drum and bass or dubstep. I was really fascinated and intruiged by djing after this.

How did you learn to mix yourself and when did you buy your first equipment?

So when I was 15 I got a set of budget CDJs, which is the DJ equipment used to mix, as a Christmas present. From there I spent countless hours in my room burning disks and playing the same selec- tion of tunes for months. I would also watch Youtube tutorials and that sort of thing to help with learning to beat match as well as my friend who would show me little tips and tricks here and there. But mainly I learnt a lot from simply watching and listening to other DJs and live sets too.

How would you describe the genre of music you play?

Usually when I’m playing a set I like to play a mixture of genres ranging from trap, techno, grime and dubstep. Although I change the bpm throughout a set I like to keep the general vibe quite rhythmic, dark and bass heavy. It also depends on the context, in terms of venue and the kind of event I’m playing as to what tracks I include. I get quite bored playing one genre, it’s interesting to mix it up and surprise people.

What about the music you’ve made yourself?

Of the music I’ve actually finished and released I’d say I’ve mostly made grime and dubstep. Despite the different genres I’ve produced I like to keep a generally consistent sound throughout. Melody and crisp production is key to me.

Tell us more about your event Pixels, when and why did you start it, and did anyone help you?

Pixels started as a bit of fun between me and 3 other of my friends from Glastonbury. We were all into the same kind of music at the time and were just eager to play out and put a party on for friends in and around the Glastonbury area. There weren’t really any other events in Glastonbury that captured the sort of dance music we wanted to play and hear. I moved to Bristol for University and my other friends in Pixels moved up last year, so naturally it was time to start organising nights up here.

Was it a big leap from doing your events locally in Glastonbury to in Bristol? What were the challenges and differences you faced?

Back in Glastonbury the nights were usually comprised of the residents playing music, along with some talented friends from the area. Naturally we had to restructure the Bristol events as you need headliners to bring in a crowd. The main difference with the Bristol nights were that the expenditures shot right up. Another challenge was finding our place and making our mark within the Bristol nightlife scene, as there’s so many other competing events killing it that already have a fan base. We had to just keep it fresh and exciting by booking an interesting selection of artists for a night, always changing it up and curating a multi genre night that fluctuates with style by remains coherent throughout. My friend who helps me run it Ollie Eavis, is also skilled with the graphics side of things and has helped cement our brand in Bristol with the colourful and eye catching art- work.

How important is networking and social media to your practice?

I’d say social media is the key to growth with most art forms these days, especially music. It really helps with broadening the audience to an event or a track as it’s so quickly and easily spread and shared. I get sick of the process of this sometimes but it has to be done. Networking is also a big one and naturally social media comes in very handy when doing so. I’ve made friends with DJs on different continents which really wouldn’t have been possible ten years ago. Networking within Bristol is quite a natural thing as most of the people within the scene are so open to each other, there’s a real community where everyone helps each other.

What DJs / producers are your main inspiration?

I find inspiration all over the shop and draw ideas from loads of different producers in different genres so this question is hard to answer. London grime producer Mssingno is a bid one for me probably, he the most emotional forward thinking RnB inspired grime. The trap producer Murda Beats is another one, every beat of his is a banger. He’s got the formula on lock. For DJs I’d say peo- ple like Oneman and Amy Becker are big inspirations as they like to play a range of music in their sets.

Biography

Jack Namaste is a 22 Year old DJ and produccer currently based in Bristol. He plays a mixture of genres ranging from trap, techno, grime and dubstep, although he likes to change the BPM throughout a set the general vibe is quite rhythmic, dark and bass heavy. Namaste is originally from Glastonbury, it was here that him and a few mates created the music event Pixels. It was initially an attempt to put something on for young people and dance music lovers in a quieter town, but when Namaste moved to Bristol in 2015 for uni, his friends followed and naturally so did the event.