THE Beatles press officer, Derek Taylor was quoted on the sleeve of The Plastic Ono Band.-Live Peace in Toronto 1969 as saying: “Being born in Scotland carries with it certain responsibilities”.

Fast forward to 2018 and former Radio 1 DJ ‘Judge’ Jules echoed this quote when he talked about the responsibility which came with being a parent.

When asked when he first listened to music he said: “From as young as I can remember. Music was played by my parents all the time. I can recall hearing it from the year dot. I think part of parenting is helping your children with their musical education.

“My kids are very much ‘on it’ when it comes to music and If i have not helped them then I would have failed as a parent.”

Music is for many the soundtrack to their lives. The songs which we hear growing up influence the way we look at life and the way we develop our tastes in music.

For many Judge Jules or to give him his real name Julius O’Riordan, he will have helped shape their musical tastes.

As it states on Wikipedia: (Judge Jules) “Known for his DJ activities, music production and popular radio show which achieved global success.

“He was voted best DJ in the world by DJ Mag in the year 1995.”

The DJ’ing path for Jules started while he was at London School of Economics (LSE), where he earned a degree in law.

During his time at the LSE in 1987, he hosted parties where he was the DJ and got the nickname of ‘Judge’ as he was studying law.

Recalling those days and the music he was listening to and playing, he said: “It was probably very open in terms of electro/New Order all the stuff which was going on at the time.

“This was very much hybrid techno and dance. There was a lot of experimentation with synthesisers and drum machines.

“I was doing Dj’ing before I started at University but It was something I wanted to pursue as a full time career.

“I started being a DJ when I was 16-years-old and for 21 years I did not have a proper job.

“That is when I became a music lawyer which means I deal with conflicts and contracts.

“At that time (late 80s/early 90s) there were a lot of illegal parties going in warehouses around the M25. Now there are no empty as London is booming but back then they were derelict and there was a huge amount of music proliferation in dance music.”

Judge Jules rose to prominence on music scene when he joined Radio 1.

He had prior to this been at Kiss FM for three/four years, so by the time he joined Radio 1, he had been DJ’ing for 10 years.

He said: “I felt I had done my apprenticeship as I had done prime time on Friday night and Saturday night.

“Being on Radio 1 (joined in October 1997 left in March 2012) then was great as it was pre-Spotify when specialist DJ’s were taking off. When at Radio 1 I did realise the power of the DJ. I was doing gigs to 25,000 people when dance music was taking off and there was a definite youth culture moment.

“To that extend I was one of the founding fathers of dance music. The great thing was I was doing what I loved.

“When I stand on stage and do my show even if it is to a small gig or a large festival in Ibiza the feeling it gives me is difficult to explain for those who have not done it.

“There is a relationship with the crowd and a coming together.”

Judge Jules will be building another relationship when he comes to Taunton.

On Saturday, August 4, when he will be appearing on the outside stage at Mambo in Mill Lane,Taunton.

Jules explained he likes travelling around Great Britain.

He enjoys doing different shows in different locations as due to his life (with his family) he cannot jet set here, there and everywhere but rather he does shows in the UK.

He enjoys bringing his show to as many people as possible and hopes they enjoy the music and have fun.

As a result he is looking forward to appearing in Taunton in August.

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A VIP package is available for this event and for details you should call 01823 351055.