BC: Janeen, you’re a regular face at Big Chill Brick Lane, what’s your favourite thing about the venue?
J: My favourite thing about Big Chill Brick Lane is the fact that even the security guards and bar staff promote the freedom to play what you want. When you’re constantly discovering new music, you want to share it and I think Big Chill provides the space for that.
BC: You DJ for the incredibly popular night Hip-Hop vs R&B, if you could only play one of these genres for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?
J: 100% hip hop would be okay with me. I like RnB but the general storylines are love and/or heartbreak. Hip hop has its own varied forms of storytelling and for me, it never gets boring.
BC: When you’re not DJing, what else keeps you busy?
J: When I’m not DJing, I’m cooking, reading or creating poorly-drawn artwork (still therapeutic)!
BC: Growing up, who were your musical inspirations?
J: MJ was my 1st musical love – as I got older it became Eminem (of the storytelling on the Slim Shady LP), Hi-Tek, Amy Winehouse, Jazmine Sullivan & 80s-90s New York hip hop. Most recently, new inspiration has come from Flava D, Kaidi Tatham & Josey Rebelle.
BC: For any aspiring DJs out there, what would your top tips be?
J: Make sure you enjoy the music you’re playing, keep practicing outside of gigs, and remember that great underground/unsigned music is more accessible than ever and now is a good time to discover new artists and share their bangers with the world.
Explain That Gram
We’ve taken inspiration from a Big Chill favourite Hot Ones, [check it out if unfamiliar] for this segment called “Explain That ‘Gram,” whereby we’ve checked out your Instagram and selected a number of pics at random, if you could just tell us the bigger story behind each one?
I was invited to do a guest mix on the Kim & Pia Show (NTS Radio), where Kim was determined to give me a lesson on r’n’b singer Zhané. It was my 1st time on radio and my vocal skills were terrible..
Hmmm... I was somewhere in the Swiss Alps, but if I’m honest, I don’t remember where! I was accompanying my boyfriend somewhere and as a ritual I always make him stop the car if I see cows or horses nearby (but horses are sort of scary up close).. it’s like a quick thank you to Nature before we continue on our journey.
I used to spin for a night called BOOM!, and one night Phife Dawg (RIP) came through for a quick performance. He’d done a few shows for The Doctors Orders and it was an honour to say I played a party that Phife MC’d at.