THE DREAM ZINE PRESENTS:
Mr. Jeffrey Woodward
What is your background?
In 1978, my first gig was at Rollerworld in Flint, where I played R&B during the Sunday gospel skate, followed by my next gig at an ice rink in Swartz Creek. In 1979, my first club gig was at The Copa in downtown Flint, then the Casablanca Lounge, which catered to the local GM workers. From 1980-88, I started my mobile service, The Chocolate Players Association.
In 1986, I was the first DJ to play house music in Flint at the old Blackstone's while feeding my vinyl addiction working at Nick's Disco Shack. From 1988-92, I commuted to Detroit's #1 record shop, Buy-Rite Music, then moved to the D for good in 1992, working there until 1998.
From 1996-98, I was a co-resident at the legendary Club 246 on Thursdays, as the first Detroit DJ to play UK Garage exclusively. From 1998-2000, I was a buyer for the Dance Zone at Eastpointe's Melodies and Memories, held a co-residency at Lush Lounge in Hamtramck, and became a member of Detroit's most notorious underground crew, DubTech.
In 2006 I became involved with internet radio: first, as a guest mixer on New Detroit Radio and IPM Radio, leading to a co-host role that continues today on 313.fm, doing the Planet Funk show on Wednesday's 313.FM – Detroit's Electronic Music Station 313.fm.
I’m 58 now, and I’ve been working on music since I was 18. I definitely don’t plan on stopping any time soon. You’ve got to be humble in the business and admit that you make mistakes because the same people you see on the way up are going to be the same people you see on the way down. As long as I get to play I’m here.
What is the music scene in Detroit like?
There isn’t really much of a scene like it used to be from circa 1998 to about 2000. The true rave era ended here around 2003, when the police started cracking down on illegal parties, a.k.a blind pigs.
Now in Detroit, we try to be more of a community than a scene. You still have your techno, house, dubstep, then comes the ghetto tech, drum and bass, jungle, UK Garage. Not to say I’m ranking them in any particular order, but there is more house than anything else.
Who are your influences?
The Electrifying Mojo, one of the most eclectic DJ's in Detroit radio history. On his shows, you'll hear everything from Prince to Beethoven. And Todd Edwards, the pioneer of the UK Garage sound.
Locally; DJ Psycho, Terrance Parker, and Brent Scudder are folks that I enjoy listening to.
What has been your favorite experience playing?
My favorite experience was the Sky High party September 10th of 2011. My favorite DJ Todd Edwards was the headliner and he pretty much built up UK Garage, and so I got to play on the same bill as him.
Another one would be at the Tec-troit Festival in 2015. I was the headliner on the Revenge Of Vinyl night, dropping straight Murkage on the massives, leaving them wanting more after all was said and done.
If you could play anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If I could play anywhere in the world, it would be at a club in London, the birthplace of UK Garage. My dream line up is myself, Matt Jam Lamont, MJ Cole, Cameron Perception Phillips, Karl "Tuff Enuff" Brown, and so many more --- it would have to be an all day and all night festival because I have a long list.
[ Photo by Brent Scudder ]
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