TiD&B Interview: Jordan VPosted by Lady V on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Beyond being an influential purveyor of the drum and bass sound, responsible for bringing through artists including Roni Size, Krust and Marky, without whom, quite simply, today’s variations of 170bpm music would be very different, V Recordings is also one of the original labels to have held down a London residency, championing D&B’s presence in the clubbing scene from its infancy.
From their legendary parties at Bar Rumba, Bagleys and fabric, head honchos Bryan G and Jumping Jack Frost played an instrumental role in keeping the live element of the genre moving, running their weekly Movement nights, for almost twelve years straight.
So upon hearing news that the V crew were returning to the capital’s club circuit hosting this Saturday’s Planet V Halloween Special at Cable, London, and that it also marks the first in a number of forthcoming dates, unlike the special one-offs that they’ve teased us with in the past – we had to know more! We got in touch with Jordan V and asked him to fill us in…
TiD&B: From being heavily involved in D&B in various capacities, working with V Recordings, DJing as well as also previously heading up ATM, the last couple of years have seen you move into sports – can you tell us more?
Jordan: Yeah, I’ve been into sports since I was very young – I’ve always played basketball and football and had passions for other sports. I played professional basketball in Italy for a couple years, but as I’m also a journalist, this season, I’ve decided to stay in the UK as I’m doing some work with Channel 4 on the upcoming Paralympics.
TiD&B: But you’re still DJing and working at V, so how are you balancing it all? What’s your role there at the moment?
Jordan: I’m still DJing, I really enjoy it and will continue until people stop booking me. I’m always super busy, between my media work, DJing and promoting, but I like to think that I organise myself well.
My role at V is to look after the events part of the label, so I run Movement and any V Recordings club night. Others on the label look after the music and release side of things, I take care of the promotions.
TiD&B: This Saturday’s Planet V is a huge line-up and we’re very excited that a V Records party is back in London, what can we expect from the night?
Jordan: Planet V was the first label night in Drum ‘n’ Bass. Going back to nearly 15 years ago, V were doing Planet V at Bagleys and fabric, even before I got into Jungle. But since we stopped Movement at Bar Rumba nearly six years ago, we haven’t had a real home for our events, so when Cable first opened, I had to get a meeting with them and try and get us in there, cos I love the venue, it’s perfect for us. We’re so excited about this dance, it’s our first big one in a long time and ticket sales are showing it’s gonna be a big night. We can’t wait!
Planet V nights are about vibes, good dancefloor music, great people just having the most fun. People that have been to a V dance know what to expect and those coming for the first time, can expect the party of the year.
Last year’s Planet V Carnival Special at Plan B, London…
TiD&B: Will it mark the return of a regular V residency in London?
TiD&B: As it’s a Halloween special, have you planned your fancy dress outfit yet?
Jordan: No, I’ve got to pick it up tomorrow…I hope everyone has theirs, it’s gonna be fun!
TiD&B: Planet V will also be hosting the album launch for Liquid V Club Sessions Vol.4, can you tell us more about that release, when will it be dropping?
Jordan V: Room 2 on the night will host the launch of Liquid V Club Sessions Vol 4. It’s coming out in November and being compiled by Kabuki, one of our artists. It’s got tracks on there from Calibre, Artificial Intelligence, Mr Joseph, Serum, dRamatic & db Audio, Peshay, Savage Rehab and more, and represents the Liquid V sound really well as well as the current climate of high quality dancefloor drum and bass.
TiD&B: We also HAVE to ask you about Peshay, and what he’s got bubbling….can you disclose any info?
Jordan V: Peshay is back! And we’re so happy to have him back making music, and even more happy it’s on V. He’s working on an LP, due early 2012. His second 12″ is due next month and the response to his return has been so positive. Watch this space.
Peshay v Lee Spectrum ’Solina’
Peshay ‘How We Used To Live’