One of the original stars of the house music scene, ‘Move Your Body’ DJ Marshall Jefferson is at Superheroes on March 12 for a night of house (house) music. We caught up with the American DJ now based in England to find out what to expect
We think you've been here before, but it was a long time ago if memory serves – what do you remember from the gig/region?
Beautiful scenery and beautiful weather. A very reserved party people, great food. A 6 and I believe a 7 star hotel. Lots of building going on. And I don’t know if this counts, but sensational airlines.
Are your sets old school house, or do you mix it up with new content?
I mix it up with as much new content as I can. Usually during a set I get loads of requests for old school music because well, most people at the party think of me as from that era and a lot of them want to relive or experience that vibe.
How much do you embrace the technological revolution?
A lot when producing records but for DJing I’m staying with CDs for a while until I can get comfortable with performing with
computers and controllers. Right now computers make me feel like I’m up there reading e- mail. Not hating on anyone else’s thing if that’s what they’re doing, but for me personally I have to have physical media.
Do you still get the same buzz from Djing as when you first started?
No, but close. The thing is though I still get buzzed/ charged when I play.
And how have the crowds changed, better/worse?
The crowds are the same - you rock the party, they go crazy.
We've read you live in Manchester now, what was it about the UK that attracted you from America?
The UK is closer to Europe and I play mostly in Europe, so shorter fl ights. A gig in Amsterdam is a 1 hour fl ight from the UK, but 10 hours from Chicago.
What's your take on dance music at the moment, are you proud of the journey it’s taken?
Not really. Things are a bit too formatted on the dance fl oor for me. I come from a time when all forms of dance music played on one dance fl oor and you didn’t have to go to 37 different clubs to hear every genre one at a time.
How have capitalism and commercialism affected dance music?
I think it’s affected pop music more than dance music, the thing is a lot of dance music has turned into pop, so it’s indirectly affected.
If you were starting out now, what advice would you give a younger Marshall?
Play the lottery, there is a better chance of success than the music business.
And what can we expect from your set in Dubai?
Uplifting house music.
Superheroes feat. Marshall Jefferson, Thursday March 12, Dek on 8, 6pm-3am, free entry.