Hey! Mr DJ – Juanito Volumen

Hey! Mr DJ – Juanito Volumen

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 6

NUTSMAG recently caught up with DJ Juanito Volumen in for a nice chat about music.

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I’ve been listening and collecting music consciously since I was about 12 years oldplaying, because my brother always used to listening to music at home and I began to like the heavy metal music sounds (!!!). At the end of time, I discovered Punk Rock through bands such as The Ramones or The Clash, a sound that flew into my head and made me forget all the others, and it was what made me begin collecting vinyl records when I had still had no turntable. Shortly after, my cousin showed me the Quadrophenia film and The Who, and since then I started to be interested in 60’s and Mod music, and groups such as The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and The Jam, who began to become my favorites, in fact in the school I took an outstanding work of the Who as a music study subject.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

It was in a summer bar in Toledo, in the early 00s at “La terracita del Bú”, one of the few places who gambled by underground music in this city, and so, shortly after I then also became a resident DJ at a small bar (Mamola Club) that could present music that was not commercial and people responded pretty well,  and we filled it almost all weekends.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I especially loved the first Club Beatniiik in Pamplona, Spain, with a lot of very good friends within an unbeatable atmosphere, and the time I was also spinning at Purple Weekend, in my opinion, the best all dayer ever. I also have very good memories of spinning at a celebration of New Years Eve in Piacenza, Italy.

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

I never really had bad DJ experiences, but if I have to mention one, I think it was the II Green fuzz festival in Burgos, Spain, due to a nasty local manager who was all the time in my set just behind me controlling everything I tried to do and kept turning the volume down.

5. Your favorite scene DJ’s and why?

Rob Bailey is a reference for me (I would say although this magazine was another, ha! ha! ha!) so apart he helped me to discover so many songs that have became firm favorites since then, I think that is an all-terrain DJ, both black and white music and mixing the songs with much class. Tony the Tiger is another of my favorites because he always shows me something I didn’t know and I think that he is a specialist in my favorite genre, garage psych. At the Spanish scene, I get sticky Pablo de la Cruz, has always seemed one of the best to me.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Apart from all the festivals and weekenders both national and international that I have attended, the Nuggets, Rubbles, Pebbles or Back from the Grave compilations, to name a few, have been those who have most influenced me and those who have helped me to create my style.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

A few years ago I found a pristine promo copy of The Sparkles “No friend of mine” for 10 dollars, but the best was a promo copy of Hipster Image “Make her mine” for a very interesting price. Aquamen “Line and track” and Yesterday’s Obssesion “The Phycle” might be two nice examples of discoveries in a club/DJ context.

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favorite artist(s)?

Well, I couldn’t name you only one, in my sets I mix many styles, but British late 60s psychedelia and mid 60s American garage are always present. In terms of bands I can cite to be the Beatles, Birds, Them, Factory, Pretty Things, Captain Beefheart, Kaleidoscope, Standells, Remains, Shadows of Knight, Question Mark and the Mysterians, Stooges, The Seeds, 13th Floor Elevators, Moving Sidewalks… would you me like to continue?

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Mainly British psychedelia, Europe freakbeat, US-American garage and psych 45s, certainly no particular labels or artists.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Euroyeyé 2017 (august 3-5) Gijon, Spain, could say that its gonna be the most important date this summer, but the can catch me in places like Salou, so often at the main music clubs in Madrid and more dates to be confirmed for the summer. Stay tuned, folks!

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Fire “Father’s name is dad” (Decca – 1968) An absolute classic and a track that I could hear on loop for all eternity, I appreciate it what both song and the effort that brought me to get it. A timeless anthem. The other side “Treacle Toffee World” is very good too and I use to love spinning it very often.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favorites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
1. One In A Million – “Fredereek Hernando”
2. The Attack – “Magic in the air”
3. Toby Twirl – “Romeo and Juliet”
4. Factory – “Gone”
5. Tintern Abbey – “Vacuum Cleaner”
6. The Hooterville Trolley – “No silver bird”
7. The End “Cardboard watch”
8. Genne Latter “Holding a dream”
9. Long Time Comin’ “Part of the season”
10. Open Mind “Magic Potion”

Current Top 5 Tracks:
1. Oscar Hamod and the Majestics – “Got to have your lovin’”
2. Eduardo Araujo – “Nem sim nem não”
3. St. Louis Union – “East Side Story”
4. Douglas – “Si je buvais moins”
5. The World famous Ron Wray light show – “Speed”

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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