Merging ambient, tidal rhythms into flowing, bass-laced undercurrents of BPM, Space resident Jozif is the funky electrician who loves his Dad and doesn’t do live performances.i-DJ: Jozif by i-D online
A local wideboy with an eye on every scene, London based house/techno producer, remixer and DJ, Jozif, does not describe his vibes. Preferring to ‘do’ as opposed to discuss, he is the booth baby behind many a floor filling track, that you will have got down to, at some party, one night or another. A firm favourite of superstar DJ’s Craig Richards, Ben Watt, Matt Tolfrey, Andrew Weatherall, Paul Woolford and Ashley Beadle, Jozif has enjoyed successful releases via Wolf + Lamb and Vitalik as well as through self-coined, limited edition, vinyl only label, Fist of Finger. Gearing up to own the age of the Aquarius and make 2012 his own, Jozif has mixed up an exclusive 1 hour set to get i-D warmed up for another weekend. Bring on the night.
Who is your all time house music hero? There have been a few people over the years who have had a massive impact on me for different reasons. I can’t say there is one in particular that I would call a hero, as such, but Tony de Vit and Craig Richards are two people that totally and utterly changed my life with their electronic music.
If you weren’t making music today, what do you think you would be doing? Crying :)
What’s going on with Fist of Finger right now? Stuck in traffic.
How will you be keeping yourself busy in Glasto’s absence this year? Same as last year I would imagine, Finish Sonar week then dash off to Ibiza. I’m looking forward to getting some sun soon, I’m in desperate need!
What equipment do you work with most regularly? Electronically, Logic as the main hub, then a few bits of analogue gear, Yamaha An/Ax200, Korg R3 and Dave Smith Evolver. Organically, lots of tambourines and percussion bits I can hit, bang and generally make a racket with.
How did you land your residencies and what has been the best night you have played to date? Both my ‘We Love’ and ‘Bedrock’ residencies came really from just playing with the people involved and getting on really well with them. I always go on about how important the family aspect of what we do is and it’s true – performing or writing music can be really lonely so, if and when you can, it makes sense to do it with people you love.
Where do you go to have a good time and who do you like to see behind the decks when you aren’t Dj’ing? I write and play records for a living so I like to think I have a good time all the time. Andrew Weatherall and Craig Richards seem to be two people that no matter when/where/what they play, can always get me going.
Who are your top ones to watch in terms of DJ’s, artists or producers for 2012? A really strong new artist is a guy called Hamid who records on Murmur. Almost everything he’s done I’ve played, defo one to watch!
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