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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?
Hi I’m JAY ME… or Jaime.
I am a DJ from Cape Town, South Africa. When I’m not DJing or doing music I review textbooks and create e-learning content. As you can probably tell, both music and education form a large part of my life.
How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?
From an early age I gravitated mostly to Frank Sinatra and jazz which influenced me to take on jazz piano later on in life. As I hit my teens, my attention was diverted to local South African music; Pitch Black Afro, Mandoza, Judith Sephuma, Malaika and Brenda Fassie, being some examples. I listened religiously to ‘Ultimixes’ on a local radio station, 5fm, which often featured artists such as Euphonik, DJ Cleo and DJ Kent – this is where my love for house music was really ignited. I was then, naturally, also a big fan of Soul Candi’s compilation CDs.
As I grew older and started to go out more I became influenced by the sounds I was hearing being played by various artists and DJs. When I moved to Dubai and travelled the world as an air hostess, the music that I was exposed to in each place as well as through the numerous people I met has also served as a massive influence. It was actually during my time in Dubai that I discovered that I wanted to elevate my passion for music by DJing and so I downloaded some software and began to teach myself.
What´s new right now?
I have recently done a podcast for a Cape Town based label called The Deep End. It should be released on SoundCloud sometime this week.
I have many gigs coming up between now and the end of the year but one that I am particularly excited about is on the 16th of December at Yours Truly on Kloof where I will actually be playing b2b with my brother!