MUSIC DJ/ producer Paul Jackson on producing The Push, musical influences, remixes, and his new moniker Boat Drinks!
I n 2003, DJ Paul Jackson, as a producer, gave one of the most popular hits of the decade in the form of the track ‘The Push', after he was signed by Darren Emerson to Underwater Records. A multi-layered track, ‘The Push' saw its vocal version with singer Stevie Smith being released next year, which kept the momentum more than going.
On the scene for around 15 years, DJ Paul Jackson has held enviable residencies at clubs like Amnesia in Ibiza and The Cross and Ministry of Sound in London. Paul was in the Capital recently to play at Shiro in The Samrat.
Over an email from London before arriving here (in which we discover his love for smileys), Paul tells us how it all started with a boyhood fascination with his dad's record collection. “I just found this love of music that I just had to share with everyone. Twenty-five years later, that's exactly what I'm still doing really.”
While his music has been mostly described as progressive, Paul himself isn't a stickler for genres. “I'm a bit rubbish at describing my own music.
“I'm very instinctive with music, so I tend to see what comes out rather than plan what I'm going to do. Good music is how I'd hope someone else would describe it,” he says, adding, “That's always the intention anyway.”
The DJ who has done remixes for Dido and Bob Sinclar has “this unquenchable curiosity about music,” a curiosity that makes him check out a record or artiste to find out why you like it if you tell him you do.
“I don't like everything, obviously, but I'm very, very open-minded music-wise,” he says, adding that his music collection is a mountain of 50,000 MP3s and 25,000 records in vinyl, which he's always digging into. “I like playing older stuff as much as I do new stuff.” Often, says Paul, music doesn't go out of date.
Under the alias Kidstuff, Paul has recorded with Mark Wilkinson and Kevin ‘K-Boy' on Fluential Records. With 2010 came a new moniker, Boat Drinks! (http://soundcloud.com/ boat-drinks).
“For me, personally, it's easily been my most prolific year. I enjoyed a lot of new music in 2010 — across the board I mean, not just dance music,” says Paul.
The reason behind working under Boat Drinks!, he explains, was to expand the types of music that he could put out. “I use it to do mixes and remixes and tracks with a much broader spectrum of styles and genres. I'm really loving that at the moment.”
He's also writing a blog regularly to “spread the word.” (http://boatdrinksedit.blogspot. com/)
Collaborations, however, do not figure on his list of favourite things. “I've always been a bit shy when it comes to collaborating with people. I work completely by myself and you tend to get comfortable with that and then find it harder to let people into your little world. I tend to enjoy remixing other people more than collaborating, although I am warming to the idea more as I get older (and, hopefully, wiser).”
Does a big hit exert pressure in terms of the kind of music one produces later? Has ‘The Push' become too much of a reference point for listeners?
“It can do, I think... definitely. Luckily, I never really felt pressure from it. I was always just glad that I had the luck to have made something that blew up like that. Ultimately, it just brings extra attention, which enables you to play more of your music, which is great. It's still the record people mention when I meet them or people connect me to, so that's got to be a good thing,” says Paul.
What will 2011 bring with it?
“A lot more Paul Jackson music. A lot more Boat Drinks! music. I have an album that may see the light of day at last, and, hopefully, I'll be coming to DJ in a town near you soon!”
I was always just glad that I had the luck to have made something that blew up like that. Ultimately, it just brings extra attention, which enables you to play more of your music, which is great.