Glasgow based DJ Jordan Grierson aka "Junior G" has not looked back since nailing his recent residencys at Ministry of Sound, London and the Subclub, Glasgow. The amount of creativity & technique that goes in to his sets is shown by the continual positive reaction he receives. ‘Junior G’ is set to be a name that is going to be frequent on line ups for a long time to come.
Tell me a bit about what you do, who you are – how you got started etc…
My name is Junior G I am a 18 year old DJ from Glasgow/UK. I first became interested in electronic music back in 2007. I was surrounded by it at a young age due to my two older brothers (Lee & Jamie) being DJ’s . I was always fascinated watching them as a kid. By the time I was 14 I was lucky enough to get a set of CDJ’s for Christmas. From that day on, I’ve practiced for at least 2 hours everyday. I would get up and practice before school in the morning, then straight back on them at night.
Best club night you’ve played at (past and present)?
A tough one. There are two nights, which are particularly special to me. The most recent was in June at Ministry of Sound in London. I came on after Joe & Will Ask in ‘103’ and it was the first time i’ve played to in a room that size. It was unbelievable! The second would be last November at the Subclub in Glasgow, where I was the special guest for a week night called ‘Subrosa’. The place was packed out. Residents Ray Vose & Max Spittal warmed up for me that night, the crowd was perfectly ready.
If you could give a couple bit’s of advice to young DJ's like yourself what would it be?
My big tip would be don’t get too caught up in the trends also play and make the music you love. We all search for the new sound, but this wont be found at the top of any chart in Beatport. Getting gigs is also a hard one, but this all comes with continuous hard work and dedication. Be patient and keep at it!
4) Do you find time to get in the studio amongst your shenanigans?
Yeah I do, I’m currently studying full time at the SAE Institute in Glasgow, which has boosted my studio skills greatly. I’ve met some really great people in the 4 months that i’ve been there. Although I mostly do recordings for solo artists & bands, i luckily enough get the chance to work on my own productions in their state of the art studios.
Speaking of the studio, what’s your set up like? And if you were to choose one piece of kit over the rest, what would it be?
Simple one, Macbook Pro, a handful of VST’s & Plugins, Adam Audio A5’s, M-Audio midi keyboard and the sacred piece of the kit will be my NI Maschine, love it! I try to utilise what in have in the best way possible.
Can we be expect your first release later this year?
Yes defiantly! I’m working extremely hard to get my first project finished. Keep yo eyes peeled ;)
Which DJ's/producers stand out to you?
Well there are some guys who are just leagues above everyone else, I have fallen in love with 'Maya Jane Cole’s' recently and in my opinion she is the best producer on the planet at the moment. I also really like Maceo Plex, Daniel Bortz, Eats Everything, Flashmob and Adam Port, as they are all putting out some amazing records at the moment.
Being a resident at Ministry of Sound do you have some London tips/hotspots?
Yes, totally. My favorite place for dinner would be Hakkasan, a Japanese restaurant near Hyde Park. I absolutely love the place! Apart from Ministry of Sound being my favourite place to hang on a night out, it would have to be the OXO Tower Bar. You can see out over the River Thames and the London skyline, and at night its amazing!
Can you tell us your top 5 tracks at the moment?
In no particular order…
Cecyl - End (A huge track that’s been played at most of my shows this year)
Julio Bashmore - Au Seve (loving this guys work at the mo)
Oxia - Whole life
Jamie Woon - Lady Luck (Yes this is from last year, but good music never gets old)
Flashmob - Need in me (These guys are killing it right now! They've made a massive breakthrough in such a short space of time)
Any forthcoming gigs that you are excited about?
I have some really exciting gigs coming up in the next few months; on August 3rd I’m playing in Inverness at Belladrum Festival with Nightlife brand ‘WE OWN’. These guys throw some ridiculous partys around the UK, and now going beyond and hosting partys in Ibiza & Croatia. Be sure to check them out! The following day, I’m flying down to London to play Ministry of Sound alongside Bubba & Ossie which I'm really looking forward too. I’ve also just been booked for Weekend Club in Berlin (DE) to support ‘HOT CHIP’ alongside fellow MOS resident Sheldon, so really buzzing about that!
3rd August: ‘WE OWN’ Mother's Ruin @ Belladrum Festival (Inverness)
15th August: 'Subrosa' @The Subclub, (Glasgow)
18th August: Saturday Sessions Residents Takeover (London)
28th September: Hot Chip @ Weekend Club (Berlin)