London club culture personified.
Norman Jay has been vital to many of London's most important dance music institutions and influenced generations along the way. With over 40 years in the game, he's among the most knowledgeable and experienced DJs on the planet. Even the British monarchy have recognised his achievements, awarding him an MBE in 2002 for "services to music."
Norman's clubbing history began in the '70s with West End venues like Crackers. He travelled the country, following his beloved football team Tottenham Hotspurs, and experienced legendary northern soul clubs like the Wigan Casino. While visiting family he witnessed New York block parties, just as the first hip-hop records were taking hold. On his return to Britain he combined his love of American dance music with his brother's knowledge of powerful reggae soundsystems. The result was Good Times, a soundsystem that changed the face of Notting Hill Carnival and catalysed the influential warehouse party scene of the '80s. Norman later became a founding father of Kiss FM, arguably the most important pirate radio station of all time. There he launched the Original Rare Groove Show, establishing a sub-genre of obscure funk and soul still referenced today. He started the label Talkin' Loud with Gilles Peterson, signing some of the most acclaimed music of the late '80's and early '90's. He even leant his soundsystem to Danny Rampling at Shoom, thus playing a pivotal role in London's early acid house scene. Recorded live at the Take Note conference in London, Jay discusses his jaw-dropping life in music and more with RA's Stephen Titmus.