Judge Jules

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Julius O’Riordan, 26 October 1965, London, England. The golden years for UK dance music in the 90s saw the rise of a whole host of highly paid superstar DJs. By the end of the decade, Judge Jules had established himself as of the UK’s DJing jet set.

Born Julius O’Riordan, he was given the Judge prefix by Norman Jay during the mid-80s house /rare groove scene, at which time he was studying law at the London School Of Economics. He proved exceedingly useful when police raided parties, confusing officers in legal jargon while his friends extinguished their herbal cigarettes. Together with Jay (nicknamed Shake And Finger Pop, while Jules was Family Funktion) they performed at about 30 warehouse parties between 1984 and 1987. He earned a living from buying up rare house records on trips to America and bringing them back to England to sell at exorbitant prices. As house turned to acid house, he remained a prominent figure in the rave...

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