Juliet Fox is a DJs DJ. Everything about her is based on her love of House and Techno; from her funky dress sense to her live performances and productions, music is her life. But its when you dig a little deeper, that you see beyond that stage persona is a vivacious, clued up business women making real strides in the industry, taking risks and reaping the rewards.
After winning many plaudits and fans with her summer residencies in Ibiza in 2010, Juliet set her sights on London where she set up her own record label – Attraction Music and landed a radio show on Bloop.fm. Now signed to Cajual and Toolroom among others, Juliet’s unique take on Techno sees her regularly performing all over Europe and beyond.
UK Editor Simon Huxtable sat down recently with Juliet to find out more…
Hi Juliet, its great to catch up again. I haven’t seen you since the Toolroom gig in Bristol. That was a pretty fun night huh?
Bristol was a very fun night, and was good to finally meet in person! Such a great venue and responsive audience! The Toolroom Live shows are always on point, and a have a really strong following.
You’ve just got back from a week in Ibiza. Other than the luggage fiasco, how was it? Anywhere new you can recommend?
Ha, yes… Veuling managed to lose my case for two days, a bit of excitement to kick start the week..but nothing I’m not used to haha! Ibiza was amazing, always is. I just love the vibe out there, the people you meet, and the inspiration from it all.
I’m back in Berlin now in full studio mode, lots of new ideas and projects to finish! I didn’t get to check out many new places (most venues are just starting to open), but the Mambo opening was great as always, Pikes after that, then ANTS at Ushuaia on Saturday and Sankey’s for Tribal Sessions. Both packed, and such a great time!
Do ever make comparisons when you travel back to how it was in 2010?
Things are still going strong in Ibiza, and may have changed a bit in terms of venues, but I think for the better. It’s basically giving more options to suit for different clubbers; commercial, VIP, underground etc, theres something for everyone which in my opinion only makes the underground nights even better, people are there for the right reasons who really want to be there!
Let’s go way back to the beginning, tell us about Adelaide and the dance scene in South Australia…
I left Adelaide at the beginning of 2010 to really focus on my musical direction, even though I hadn’t been DJing very long at that point. Adelaide was very behind (still is) when it comes to the rest of the world and I wanted to experience what other venues and clubs had to offer, really take it all in and see if if I could make a career out of it.
It must have been a huge decision to travel half way around the world to follow your dreams. What is it that drives you?
Both my parents were born in Europe, my mum is English and Dad is Italian, so I always felt very drawn to the EU. They always took my sisters and I travelling a lot, so it was in my blood from a young age. So after my first trip over as a DJ, I fell in love with everything about it, the music, clubs, vibe, people, food, it’s addictive!
Do you ever get homesick? How do you deal with being so far from family and friends?
I am very focused at the moment, and as much as I miss my parents, sisters and family I make sure I’m doing it for all the right reasons, and that being how much I love what I am doing and that I want to be successful.
I think sometimes in life you have to take a chance and give it everything you have. With social media, Skype, Viber etc its easy to stay in touch with family and friends, and I make sure I go back to Australia at least once a year or more when I can.
Can you tell us about your time in London. The streets really were paved with gold for you…
I wanted to live in London since I was 18 yrs old, took me a bit longer to get there but it was amazing and everything I had imagined, Seriously it has a certain energy and I have met some of my closest friends there. The clubbing history, and vibe you get there is just amazing, but for me, after two years I knew I needed a change, some fresh inspiration, which is why I moved to Berlin and have stayed there since.
Ahh yes, Berlin. So does this mean those feet are less itchy?
HAHA! Only just! I think I will always have the travelling bug (maybe a good thing being a DJ!) Its just my personality.. I love experiencing new things, meeting people, playing in different cities. Gives me a rush! But most of all its challenging!
I always remember this quote by Diane Von Furstenberg who said, “The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.”
Have you found any cool ‘off the beaten track’ places you could recommend in Berlin?
To be honest I haven’t really spent that much time in Berlin since I moved over in November last year. I think I have been away over half the time travelling with DJing, but I have been out on a few early morning runs and there is so much of the city to explore with so much culture to take in, I’ll report back with this in a few months time!
Talk us through how you write music. How do the ideas form?
My brain ticks in strange ways haha, I actually usually come up with random lyrics or track ideas all the time, so will write them down in my notes on my iPhone or record voice messages as reminders. Sometime it’s a simple song in a shop, or a noise on train that triggers an idea. Then the most exciting part is getting home and putting it all together, and seeing just how good the idea was at the time.
Can you tell us about your studio? Are you completely ‘in the box’?
I actually work best on the road, when I’m surrounded by other people say on a flight or train, so yes pretty much in the box so to speak! For some reason it makes me work better, and I’m more creative. I have a basic studio set up (just from travelling and moving so much), but then work out of a couple of studios close to home to properly build the track and to work on the final mix.
Whats new for 2016 that you can talk about?
I have been really focused production wise this year and trying to really find my musical direction, Its taken a bit longer than I thought, but I don’t think you can force anything, and this is what helps develop you and helps create your journey in life: the people you meet, and influences around you.
Its important to be true to yourself, be in the flow, be positive, and let things happen as they should. I have been working with a lot of my close friends recently, and find this more rewarding as you share the same passion and can be creative and drive each other. I have some amazing collaborations in the pipeline, so cant wait for these release to be out soon. The last track on this mix I have just finished is with Ramiro Lopez, so a little taste of what’s to come.
With many major cities dealing with Mike Baird’s lockout laws, festivals closing down and increased Police presence at events, what do you think the future holds for the Australian underground?
I think people will find a way around it! I mean small lock out laws like this only effect the inner city clubs. There’s so much more to the underground scene and festivals in Australia. I played at Chinese Laundry in February this year, and it was amazing, packed out! People just need to support and stop analysing things too much. Less talk more action!
Think we better wrap it up there haha! Its been fantastic to catch up Juliet, just to finish off, can you tell us where you’ll be playing this summer?
Im off to the U.S this Friday playing at Primary in Chicago, then Turku Finland next Friday (May 27th) We Are FSTL on May 29th, then DAWN in London, Ibiza, Berlin, Zante, then plans for another tour in India and Sri Lanka. Lots on the cards which is amazing!
Thank you also for taking the time out to chat with me, and hopefully catch u again soon!