EPISODE 120

Joanne Joseph (DJ Smokin Jo)

Joanne Joseph (Smokin Jo) is one of the most talented Dj’s to emerge from the British dance music scene. Jo’s undeniably cutting edge sound has carved her a niche in clubland.

Jo has had a truly successful career and over her 26 years behind the decks she has played in pretty much every corner of the globe and in every major nightclub you could care to mention: Space (Ibiza and Miami),Fabric (London) Womb and Aghea (Tokyo), Panorama Bar (Berlin), Warung (Brazil), Cavo Paradiso (Mykonos), Pacha, Crobar and Vinyl (New York), Zouk  (Singapore), and Cocoon (Frankfurt,) are just some of the venues she has played in recent years. She is still the only female DJ to have ever won DJ magazines coveted DJ Of The Year Award.

Jo is recently back from Ibiza headlining the Space opening party and playing at the Final ever closing party she is currently resident DJ at the uber cool Sexy Fish in Mayfair playing to the likes of Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford and the Beckham’s. Jo also hosts her own parties called Mixtape at Shoreditch house with special guest DJ’s joining her on the decks.At London Fashion week 2015 and 2016, Jo produced the music and played live at Julien Macdonald’s stunning show. Previously Jo and Skin from Skunk Anansie launched their own amazing new night called “The Electric Tiger Cave”, where they played back2back while Skin sang on the mic, last summer they took over Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes in Ibiza for a crazy run of parties.In the past Jo was booked by actor/DJ Idris Elba to play alongside him at his own club night. In the summer 2013 Jo hosted her own night at the infamous Pikes Hotel in Ibiza, booking DJ’s to play with her such as Mark Ronson and Dave Morales. Jo also produced the music and played at the aftershow for collaboration between designers Julien McDonald and Melissa Odabash for their swimwear show on the roof of the gorgeous ME Hotel in London.

On the production front Jo had a co production with up coming producer Falomir! which was out on Area Remote called “I see Sunrise” In 2013 Jo released her Ralph & Vikki EP on Hannah Holland’s new label, Native City, she has been producing many of her own tracks released on Area Remote, her last EP called Headz Down had brilliant reactions from all the major players .In 2012 Jo released Listen Up an EP for Monique Speciale’ the excellent Canadian label, Jo also remixed Santos – Primitive Cannibal on the labels other signature Monique Music, and also released a track with D Ramirez called “Red Hot”.In 2011 Jo hooked up with fellow female producer Nicole Moudaber to collaborate on some tracks for Yellow Tail and has a collaborated on a release on Dirt Crew with Marc Romboy called “What Is it?”. In the past Jo had been working under her moniker TRNSSTR (Transistor). After the success of the live shows and first single ‘Sausage Dog’ with remixes from Davide Squillace and Plasmik, the second TRNSSTR single ‘As You Like It’ received major support from the likes of Luciano, Anja Schneider and Tiefscharwz to name a few.

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Some of the Questions I Asked:

  • Why did you become a DJ?
  • What was it like to be one of the first Female DJs in a masculine environment?
  • What are you looking for when you are playing music?
  • Who are the most famous people you have played for?
  • How do you turn being a DJ into a business?
  • How do you keep healthy in the DJ world?
 

Jo's Top 5 books to read

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JIvamukti Yoga

Sharon Gannon & David Life,

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Lean In

Sherly Sanburg

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Outliers

Malcom Gladwell

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A Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin

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Jo's Top 3 Extracurricular Activities to Do?

  1. Trekking
  2. Scuba Diving
  3. Eating

Jo's Top 5 role models/mentors

  • Grace Jones
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Prince
  • Claire Missingham – My yoga teacher
  • Skin

Top 5 songs off all time

  • Prince – Purple Rain ,
  • Marvin Gaye- What’s Going on,
  • Diana Ross – Upside Down,
  • Celeda – Music is the Answer,
  • Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose
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