He has a band called Hot Natured. He’s championing the new sound of real house music via his record label, Hot Creations. And he’s earned the top spot on ResidentAdvisor.net’s hot list. If you grade by the adjective, DJ/producer Jamie Jones is on fire right now. What makes him so hot? Jones routinely blends not only old and new sounds, but he does so using both retro and modern technology. That he’s booked for a 3 a.m. set at Marquee on February 15 (really, early February 16) is an indication that Las Vegas is finally ready to go a little deeper.
Have you ever played Las Vegas before outside of the Electric Daisy Carnival?
The first time I played in Las Vegas was at Drai’s almost two years ago; I think it was their anniversary.
When you spin at a major Las Vegas nightclub, do you go into that gig with any kind of a plan, and have you ever been told to alter your sound?
I don’t really tend to go for plans. Obviously I try to just get as much new stuff [in] as possible, new music and stuff that I’m excited about for most gigs. During my time off, I like to play my music that I’m passionate about, but I also like playing and changing my stuff slightly and making it work.
What does your live rig consist of when you DJ? Do you still spin vinyl?
I use vinyl and CDJs—the new Nexus Pioneer CDJs—so I use three of those and two vinyl. It allows me to play a lot of things at the same time, maybe three tracks at the same time. And I also use an outboard effects unit for some reverb and delay.
Why is it still important to collect and play vinyl?
I’ve never stopped buying vinyl. I’ve been buying vinyl for the last 17 or 18 years. Especially in the age of digital music being so dominant, I feel that people who take the time and the money to make vinyl releases, they probably believe in the music a little more. Don’t get me wrong, I still spend a lot of time digging through the various digital shops, but buying vinyl, I like it because a lot of records sound better. It’s just nice to keep in touch with something that I’ve been doing for so long.
You’ve also got the band Hot Natured. What are the differences and similarities between that and Jamie Jones?
Hot Natured is myself and Lee Foss, and is sort of a more electro-y kind of tip. It’s still kind of house. We did the track with Ali Love called “Forward Motion” quite a few years ago, and it was the first vocalist I’ve worked with whom I really found a good connection. We decided to start writing an album. We just wanted to make songs with meaningful lyrics, and we infused that with Lee and my more house/techno side of things to create a hybrid of indie songwriting and make something that could bridge the two together.
The DJ Mag Top 100 is to EDM what the ResidentAdvisor.net rankings are to hardcore electronic fans. What did topping that list mean to you? Do you think that’s what grabbed Las Vegas’ attention?
It’s difficult to say. I don’t think that’s what got the attention of Vegas. We’ve got generations in electronic music. The generation above me is like Richie Hawtin, Sven Väth and those kinds of guys who are probably a good 10 years older than I am, have been at it a lot longer. And our world has been dominated by those guys for years. I was the first one to get in the No. 1 spot above one of those guys, so that was really cool for me.
Although I never really pay attention to those kinds of things—I try not to anyway. Obviously it got me some more attention from various places, but I think more than that in the past year or so, having my own night in Ibiza that’s been really successful, and just elevating myself a little bit more, and being more on the level of those guys maybe helped me get into Vegas and playing the festivals.