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We managed to get some time with Jo Whiley ahead of her gig at Nick Rayns LCR on June 7th . A DJ managing to span Radio and Live gigs to such great effect, someonewho really loves music, and it shows as we spoke to her...


INTERVIEW 8 / JUNE-JULY 2019 / OUTLINEONLINE.CO.UK


So you’re coming to Norwich for your 90s Anthems show: for those who have tickets, what can they expect? It’s a celebration of the biggest Anthems from the 90s. Any old or young indie kids, clubbers, ravers it’s a chance to have a fantastic night out with your mates, have a dance and sing-easy!. How did these club nights come about? Was it something you’ve always wanted to do, always been doing, or something sudden? A few years ago I was asked to DJ at Racecourses and a few private events, It wasn’t something I’d ever really thought about doing before as I was more than happy doing my radio thing. However people seemed to really like what we were doing, especially when I played big songs from the 90s in the set like Oasis, Blur, Chemical Brothers & the Prodigy, people started going crazy. So we sat down and thought, hang on there are lots of people at these racecourses who are no longer 21, who are loving partying still - we need to give them a night out! Jo Whiley’s 90s Anthems was born. How do you compare DJing on radio to DJing at


a venue? I became a radio DJ simply because I loved music. I used to go to lots of gigs, was obsessed with certain bands and loved being part of the music scene. Being on the radio was an extension to that. I was able to discover new bands and play them to lots of people instead of just a few friends. So in my head when I am on the radio it’s me and one person who I am playing the song to. When I started DJing in


front of a crowd, being shy by nature I was like ‘Woooah, hang on, not sure I can do this’. People presume that because you are on the radio you are gregarious and outgoing but actually that’s not the case for many broadcasters and performers. In my head, it’s just me and a friend and a song. However, the reaction


from the audience when you play a classic 90’s song that clearly means something very special to someone and they go crazy it is instantly rewarding. It’s now something I really enjoy - making people happy is the best job in the world. Give me a tiny cut of the playlist? In the 90s I was very fortunate to be the music booker on the now legendary


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