Welsh-born DJ Jamie Jones is part of the “underground techno” crew, including Seth Troxler and Damian Lazarus (who owns the Crosstown Rebels record label). This group have managed to become very popular on the San Francisco dance music scene, despite playing a style of music that’s not dubstep.
Jones is playing a late night set on Sunday at Marquee nightclub in Vegas. He just gave an interview to the Las Vegas Review Journal where he singled out Burning Man as his favorite place to play in the world.
“I play some really weird house and techno, to stuff that’s upbeat and groovy and bouncing,” he says. “I’m quite a party DJ, and I’m most comfortable when the room is really vibing.”
Jones performed at Electric Daisy Carnival without compromising that underground vibe with pop songs, and it worked out great, proving yet again today’s American dance-music crowds don’t need to be spoon-fed Rihanna distortions.
Jones really likes Marquee and EDC, but he says his favorite place to DJ is Burning Man.
“I’m in love with that festival,” he says. “I love the fact there’s no money there. … It really makes people think about what they have to provide.
“You can go there with absolutely nothing — nowhere to stay, no clothes on your back, and you’ll be taken care of.”
Jones likes providing free music there.
“It’s a really magical environment,” he says. “You can really push the boundaries. You can dig out all the records that you never thought anyone else would like, that are so weird and crazy or different. You can really try them out and 90 percent of the time, they really work.
“And then, you can take them to the club, and they don’t work as well.”
Wait, so Jones digs both the hippie craziness of Burning Man and the ultrasleekness of Marquee?
“I love challenging myself to all environments, whether it is a club like Marquee, which more typically revolves around table service, and Burning Man, where there’s no money involved.
“To me, it’s all people who want to have fun and listen to good music. To bring it into different environments makes this job more interesting. If you were playing the same thing every week in the same place, I don’t think I’d last too long. I get bored too easily.”
Here’s a mix of Jamie Jones playing at the BPM festival in Mexico last month. More at his Soundcloud page. You also might enjoy this mix of Rebel Rave from Exit 2011 – Jamie, Seth, and Damian.