If you try to put Norman Jay in a box, you’ll probably fail. His music is so varied that critics are constantly struggling to pin him into a single genre. He’s been DJing since the early Eighties and in 2002 the Queen of England awarded Norman an MBE for his services to music! We chatted to Norman at the opening party of new club Amasi Beach at Al Hamra Palace Beach Resort in Ras Al Khaimah on 26 October
Welcome to the UAE! Nice hat...
Thanks, it’s my trademark. My wife Jane makes all my hats, but this style is unique to me. I’ve got many variants.
How are you finding Ras Al Khaimah?
It’s always good to come back to the UAE. I’ve been coming here on and off for between 10 and 15 years, but I’ve not been to Ras Al Khaimah before.
You’re playing at a beach club. Do you prefer gig like this to DJing to clubs?
I always prefer outdoors. Clubs are just an occupational hazard. I much prefer being outdoors either under the stars or under the sun. Clubs are great but they give you a different state of mind. There’s nothing like partying with Mother Nature!
Where are your fave places to play in the world?
It sounds clichéd to say, but here’s one of them. Definitely down under in Sydney and I love playing in Japan.
You’ve been DJing for over 30 years now. What do you think of modern music?
I have an open mind about it. I love that it’s accessible to all, thanks to the internet and technology. The downside to it is that people value it less and they don’t place any emotional attachment to it. But I’m open, I’ve always had a maverick attitude to it, part of the magpie culture I guess. I choose and pick the best of what I’m exposed to out of every genre and I present it to my crowd in the best way I can.
What was your favourite year in music?
I think this year, particularly being home in England. It’s been the most fantastic year that I can recall for many reasons with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and the Paralympics, even though we’ve had the wettest summer we’ve had in 80 years!
What’s the queen like?
She’s a grand old dame, isn’t she? True to Royal etiquette, one does not repeat what her majesty says...
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