Double J

North London’s JT and Jamie F have racked up a few decades of turntable tomfoolery between them; on the club scene, at showcases, the odd festival and now at least one of them is always on the radio…

You can rely on Double-J to deliver the best possible music for the party and playing together at Summer Soulstice is no exception.

JT is a UK music industry veteran with the likes of Sleeping Bag Records, Arista Records UK which later became part of Sony BMG, as well as writing for the black music industry standard magazine Blues & Soul for more than 15 years. He’s a music consultant and one of the main people behind Summer Soulstice.

Having got the bug for soul, jazz funk and disco in his early teens, JT was soon building a record collection. A few years later, and after many a night in the likes of The Royalty (Southgate), Samantha’s (London) and The Mayfair (Tottenham), he began carving out a DJ career via a mobile sound system and then picked up a few London residencies including The Dandy Lion in Barnet. He helped stage “Barnet’s first soul all-dayer” with artists such as Jocelyn BrownKenny Thomas, Lisa M and Glen Goldsmith all performing at what was, one of north London’s liveliest venues. It is also where the he first hooked up with Jamie F.

Double J in the Club Tent at Summer Soulstice 2014. Photo by Paul Welch © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

Jamie F started DJ’ing (and drank) in most of Barnet’s now decreasing pubs, but more memorably, was also another resident DJ in The Dandy Lion for more years than he cares to admit! Like JT, Jamie F has also had a long standing friendship with the Weekes family and has been an avid supporter of Summer Soulstice since day one, when he visited the event as a punter. When eventually asked to DJ at Summer Soulstice, he jumped at the chance saying it was “an honour and a priviledge to be part of such a fantastic event.”

In 2013 the pair decided to double up their talents and play their particular brand of uplifting soul, house, boogie and hip hop. They now organise the highly successful spin-off nights for Summer Soulstice called Brews & Soul which are held every 2-3 months at The Black Horse in Barnet, alongside other resident Jester Groove and regular special guest DJ’s.

In the past few years Double J have played at the likes of Secret Garden Party, Legends Of House (Corfu), The Frogmarch and Kent’s Wheels & Fins Festival… You can also catch Jamie F on the airwaves on CentreForce Radio 88.3 every Sunday.

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