Branded a young Eddie Halliwell by partying institution Goodgreef, Jordan Suckley is the anthem-loving DJ that Radio 1 trusts and the dance scene adores.
Signed to Radio 1 after submitting a pre-recorded, raw pilot to the station, hardcore, rave devotee Mr Suckley’s on-air etiquette is all about the music. Letting the decent tunes play out and keeping his chat to a minimum, every track Jordan is sent, he allows time for. Rarely out of the studio, kept busy behind booths and playing international parties, he is an intelligent electronic talent who understands the importance of timing and technical prowess when laying down a set. Currently grafting on a top secret project whilst simultaneously working on new releases via Spinnin’ & Armin van Buuren’s Armada label, Jordan’s not wasting any time seizing the limelight.
i-D online caught up with the elusive lad off the airwaves to chat about his equipment.
What processes did you go through to be selected as the official talent for Radio 1′s ‘In New DJ’s We Trust’ initiative? Radio 1 emailed my management in July 2011 asking for a Pilot show, so I got one sent over and within a few weeks they replied saying they really liked the music and how I came across. They were in touch for a few months, but I only found out I had the show two weeks before they announced it.
How do you go about planning and scheduling content for each programme? Is your show heavily scripted? I get loads of promos sent to me every week now, so I go through all of those and sort them into ‘Yes’ and ‘Maybe’ folders. Also I ask my DJ friends for any exclusives. We have a feature that seems to be quite popular, “The most emotional Record”, where I try and find a really emotional Trance Record that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. For each show like on BBC TV, we have to cross-sell other people’s shows (e.g. Tune in to Annie Mac tomorrow etc..), so they supply me with links to read out whenever I can throughout the show. Aside from cross selling other shows, I have to explain where to listen again, find tracklists and also info about any tracks I play or any funny stories from my travels as a DJ.
What is the difference between being a DJ and a radio presenter? When I am doing my Radio 1 show it feels like a gig to me, it’s such a great buzz! The only difference is that I will never get on the mic in a club, however, the music I play on the Radio is the music I play in the clubs!
Who do you think are the up and coming DJ talents to look out for in 2012? Sneijder, Heatbeat and Chris Schweizer.
What pirate/viral radio stations do you regularly tune into? Armin van Buuren’s ASOT for Trance and I am subscribed to a lot of Podcasts as well for Techno and House etc!
After winning a DJ talent competition at the age of 18, you had the opportunity to play with some of the world’s greatest DJ’s, for you, who was the most inspirational to work with and why? I am inspired by many DJs such as The Scratch Perverts, James Zabiela, Kutski & Eddie Halliwell for the Technical side of things. For the music side of things, Simon Patterson, John O’Callaghan, Sander van Doorn and many others.
Where is the best place to party on earth? Argentina 100%!
What tunes never fail to get you on the dance floor? Old one- Simon Patterson- Us (orig mix). New one- Evol Waves- Nobody knows (orig mix).
Who is the best DJ you have ever watched play live? James Zabiela or the Scratch Perverts, they take the art of DJing to a new level!
What tracks have you produced recently? Jordan Suckley- Sunkissed (orig mix Tydi ft Audrey Gallagher) – Walk away (Jordan Suckley remix).
What equipment do you work with when producing? 27inch iMac, Logic 8, Sylenth, Massive, ES2, Saffire Pro 24 Soundcard, Midi Keyboard, Mackie Speakers & Coffee.
What do you always carry around with you in your bag? Ear Plugs, Passport, Headphones, CD’s, spare socks and my dignity.
Essential summer anthems?
1. R3hab- The Bottle Song (Darth Vader remix)
2. Swanky Tunes- The Legend (orig mix)
3. James Dymond- Overthrow (Protoculture remix)
4. Andy Tau & Sean Truby- Rapture (orig mix)
Text: Milly McMahon