#76 - Jerome Hill / Christmas special
This yuletime, the ‘Don’t’ main man brings the party rave goods in big over-flowing Santa sack loads! From Bobby Konders to Phuture, Da Rebels to Reese, LFO to Rhythm Invention, Renegade Soundwave to Cybersonik and The Beat Club to Mix Masters, Jerome takes us on an odyssey of classic acid bliss and hidden rave gems, all on vinyl. Party perfection!
A DJ since 1990, beginning with Hip Hop, Acid House, UK Bleep, Breakbeat and Techno, Jerome held a residency throughout the mid to late 90s on infamous London sound system ‘JIBA’ and was manager and music buyer for 2 record shops - Trackheads & Dragon Discs in Camden, London (1997-2004) during which time an international DJ schedule began. Jerome has since been a permanent fixture on the London scene and lives and breathes the music, his sets being educational and hedonistic in equal measures.
Founder of Don’t Recordings (which celebrated it’s 15th birthday this year) & Fat Hop records (for fans of Old Skool Hip Hop/B-Boy Breaks) and more recently two new labels; the booming acid house of ‘Super Rhythm Trax’ and the 1992 rave themed ‘Hornsey Hardcore’.
His bi-monthly ‘Don’t’ club night in Dalston is nearing it’s 4th year and has built a strong following amongst true Techno lovers, with Jerome as its resident and amazing and well respected guests passing through every time. Between putting out records on the labels and the release of his and Mark Archer’s (Altern8/Nexus 21) double mix CD. This year also saw a hectic DJ schedule, playing slots at Bestival, Glastonbury), Boomtown, Camp Bestival and up and down the UK plus all over the world. Jerome keeps busy in the studio too, with releases on I Love Acid, Power Vacuum, Super Rhythm Trax, Don’t and many other labels.
You can also catch Jerome on London’s Kool FM/KoolLondon.com with his ‘Roots of Rave’ show every wednesday 11.00-13.00 GMT. In the meantime, Jerome delivers the goods for the 76th edition of the EPM Podcast.
EPM & Claydrum also co-host a Christmas Party on 18 December with James Ruskin and Mark Broom headlining.
Q&A with Jerome Hill
1. One and a half hours doesn’t give you the full range of DJ expression but would you say this mix is a good example of what you are currently playing?
Each gig is different, I play lots of Techno gigs where I go in harder or more intense but I’ll always ask the promoter what they’re expecting and where they know me from so I don’t end up bringing a bag of Techno records to an Acid House night! One of the reasons I don’t do mixes that much is cos I love so much different stuff and wouldn’t want people to assume ‘oh this is all he plays now.’
2. When acid house exploded in the late 80s did you have a road to Damascus type experience?
I caught it late, like on the turn of 1989 to 1990 and London Pirate radio was my eye opener. They were still playing the late 80s Acid stuff but 1990 was taking shape and it was a point where stuff was really progressing fast. You had a giant melting pot of House, Techno, Acid, Hip Hop all overlapping and innovating so there were so many colours and styles to immerse yourself in.
3. What were your experiences of dance music post acid-house? What clubs were you going to?
In the early days I was more a “Walkman, radio, tape stuff, go to the record shop and sniff it out, go back to your mates house and have a mix” type, than an out and out raver. I used to go to a few things, Wag Club, Top Hat in Northfields but got more into going out later, then everything sped up too much, the chipmunks descended into Hardcore and I started going to Club UK/Final Frontier which was the beginning of my ‘hardcore clubbing’ days.
4. You recently started acid house imprint ‘Super Rhythm Trax’. How is the label going and what do you have lined up?
The label’s going really well! It’s been received better than I could have hoped for and have released 10 records in just over a year which is a lot, particularly with “Don’t” and “Fat Hop” releasing concurrently. The Jared Wilson 12 has just come out and next up in January there’s a Cardopusher EP. Also, ears are wide open to demos if anyone reading this has tracks they feel could fit!
5. You host ‘The Roots of Rave’ radio show every Wednesday on Kool FM. What have been your highlights over the years?
Highlights have just been having the freedom to play anything I want on there. It mainly focuses on House/Techno/Electro/Hardcore music up until about 1991 but I also do upfront Techno shows sometimes (The Don’t Radio Show) and Old Skool Hip Hop and funk shows. Sometimes complete random shows with anything from The Andrews Sisters to Big Daddy Kane. A few shows with special significance for me were the Mark Bell (LFO) tribute show, the Blapps Posse interview, and more recently my tribute to Colin Favor.
6. As someone who has been part of the fabric of London’s techno and party scene for so long, which DJs based in the city have inspired you and who would you tip for the future?
DJs who inspired me initially, were DJ Hype with his shows on Fantasy FM, A DJ called Eclipse on Pulse FM, then the Colin’s, Favor and Dale. More recently (the last 10 years) I like DJs like Dexorcist, Controlled Weirdness, Warlock and people with a passion for music both new and ancient who understand the journey this music has taken to get to where it is now and are versatile in what they can play. As always with this question I’m bound to think of lots of other names as soon as this has been published.
7. Last year you released the double mix CD’1 Night In '88 (The Ultimate Acid Trip)’ alongside Mark Archer. What was the idea behind the mix?
The CD project was conceived by Billy ‘Daniel’ Bunter who also hosts a show on Kool and after a few shared gigs and record digging sessions he suggested the CD and also had a contact that enabled Mark and I to use and remix the Trax records catalogue.
8. As someone who also has a background in acid-house and squat parties how do you now view the dance music scene? Is that edge still there?
The edge had become very rounded but the last couple of years, there seems to be a re-emergence of edge in the Techno world. It’s no longer (too) frowned upon to be raucous, so in that respect it’s come back around to the mid nineties again with an audience many of whom weren’t there the first time round to enjoy that hardness, which I’m really enjoying at the moment. Of course, everything gradually turns inside out in cycles so who knows how long it’ll be moderately ‘in’ for, but even when it’s switched, there’ll still be the dirty underbelly pushing for mutiny again!
9. If you could put on the ultimate ‘Acid House’ rave in London who would be on the line-up and where would you host it?
For an Acid party, I’d book Jared Wilson and Andreas Gehm doing an unrehearsed joint Live set, Fast Eddie would host and we’d hold it in a dug out basement underneath Yeovil Aerodrome. Properly policed of course!
10. Who are some current producers whose music you always check?
In no particular order:
Matthew Herbert, Luca Lozano, Neil Landstrumm, Tobias Schmidt, Dax J, John Heckle/HFP, Bintus, Gesloten Cirkel, Randomer, Sunil Sharpe, Ben Pest, DMX Krew, Martyn Hare just off the top of my head.. Again, will doubtless think of loads more afterwards!
EPM Podcast 76 – Jerome Hill Tracklist
Xperiment - Karn Evil #10 (1987)
Da Rebels - House Nation Under A Groove (1989)
Bobby Konders - Nervous Acid (1990)
Farley Jackmaster Funk - Farley Knows House (1985)
Adrenalin MOD - Track This (1988)
Reese - Bassline (1991)
LFO - Love Is The Message (1991)
Rhythm Invention - Chronoclasm (1992)
Mental Mayhem - Where Are They Hiding (1990)
Direct - Techno Gone Mad (1990)
The Beat Club - Security (1988)
Renegade Soundwave - Phantom (1989)
Pink Noise - Gimme Some More (1990)
Cybersonik - Technarchy (1990)
Eddie Flashin Fowlkes - Time To Express (1989)
Neuropolitique - Mind You Don't Trip (1990)
Zsa Zsa Laboum - Tu Veux Ou Te Veux Pas (1989)
Kenny Larkin - We Shall Overcome (John Aquaviva Overdub) (1990)
Tuff Little Unit - Join The Future (1991)
Bluemoon productions - E (1990)
Funtopia - Let Us Rise (1989)
Excocet - Lethal Weapon (1989)
Phuture - Phuture Jacks (1987)
Frequency - We're Rolling This Way (1990)
Autonation - Sit On The Bass (1990)
Ital Rockers - Ital's Anthem (1990)
Mix Masters - House Express (1988)