BC: So Jimi, we’ve picked you for our Big Chill Presents playlist being released on International Dance Day, how’d you pick the ten best songs to get people dancing to?
JN: As a freestyle kinda guy I’m always choppin’ and changing the styles and genres. I think doing that, especially somewhere as music-centric at Big Chill can have such a profound effect on the dancefloor! I’ve picked ten records in almost all different genres that always get those hands in the air and the party people on the dance floor.
BC: How long have you been DJing for and what have been your biggest highlights so far?
JN: I’m 29, and came to the realisation the other day that I’ve been a DJ for half of my life! I’d say my biggest highlight so far would be spinning a main stage at Glastonbury.
BC: You’ve played your fair share of festivals, what’s your usual day like when you’re at a festival and you’re playing that night?
JN: Unless there is some major headliners that I absolutely have to see, I always find it best to not really have a plan and wander. You stumble upon the best music this way. Of course regular beer top-ups is a given!
BC: What do you think makes a great venue for DJing in?
JN: The clientele. Open-minded party people make the best party people.
BC: What is your Big Chill drink of choice when behind the decks?
JN: Mojito as it invigorates my inner party-starter.
BC: If you could eternally be stuck in one year's music scene, which year would it be?
JN: 2010 was a crazy year for music. Dubstep had broken through from the underground, there were loads of what I consider timeless D&B and House records released, and the NuFunk & Breakbeat scenes saw a huge revival too. Those were good times for sure. As someone who’s completely all over the shop musically, it was a pretty decent year.
BC: What have you got coming up in 2018?
JN: I’ve recently finished my debut record! I’m doing all the behind the scenes stuff right now getting ready for it’s release; I now have a brand new backing band of super-tight jazz guys playing my music live, and we’re hitting a fair few festivals this summer so watch out for “Jimi Needles LIVE’’ shows up and down the UK. Also touring Canada for the first time in June, got some smashing West Coast DJ dates coming up so I’m super excited for that. Plus I’ve got loads of free tracks and remixes dropping over the course of the year, it’s nice to give away free stuff!
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?
This was taken at Wilderness Festival 2017, one of the craziest crowds I've ever rocked. I played a set with my Live Band, and immediately after a DJ set till the early hours. Some shows stay with you forever, and this will be one of them!
I made this artwork myself, so be as harsh as you like! Me and my pal, 4 x DMC Champion Mr Switch are good mates and always get together in my studio scratching and beat making. We've just put out a hilarious 9 minute megamix of the 90's, you can hear that right here (have a listen, you'll love it!)
Needles gotta be ballin' sometimes...