Norman Jay

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Decades: 2000s
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London, England. Perhaps hyperbolically described as a clubland ‘legend’, Jay is certainly a hugely popular and highly respected figure in dance music. As a DJ, his style encompasses many forms of black music, including soul, funk, disco, hip-hop and garage. Perhaps his enduring popularity (the UK’s Muzik magazine called him a ‘man of the people’) lies in this rare democratic approach to his playlist. Another factor is his foresight and innovation: Jay was listening to early Chicago house records and staging warehouse parties three years before the UK’s acid house explosion of 1988. He is also the ‘DJ’s DJ’, with many contemporary superstar DJ’s citing him as an early influence.

Jay was born in the early 60s to West Indian parents. He had DJing ambitions even at the tender age of eight and first ‘played out’ at his cousin’s tenth birthday party. As he matured, he was inspired by...

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