This week’s Music Master is Jason Bye. Jason and Mark Broadbent clearly have a lot of affection for each other so we’ll let them do the talking from here on in!
MARK BROADBENT – I was traveling in Mexico around the Christmas of 1998 after finishing our final season at Amnesia for Cream, I made a call home to let everybody there know that we were both okay (this was a time before Facebook and emails so that’s what you had to do then, simpler times). I Spoke to my wife’s parents who said I had to call Darren Hughes (original Cream Liverpool head honcho and my then boss) quickly as he needed us to go to Australia and head up a new club Home in Sydney that he was involved in that had gotten off on the wrong foot with the management seemingly upsetting their target audience right from the start. He reckoned that we should go over there for a few months and try inject a little bit of what we had been doing in Ibiza there, try get the locals excited about the new venture, take a bit of the old Acid House spirit to Sydney and hopefully mix things up a bit. We’d been in Mexico for three months already and were wondering where to head next and in the back of my mind I’d always been curious about Australia so we said yeah why not.
For the next week I was thinking about what we could do there and how best to go about it, right from the start I had one idea in my head that I knew would make our work there far easier. I agreed to go to Sydney on the proviso that I could choose my main resident Dj to take with us.
We’d been at Amnesia the previous two summers and I’d met Jason Bye the resident DJ there, he played all the parties every night of the week, he’d been doing this for a few years and had honed his skills playing Foam Parties, 80’s Nights, Italian Psy-Trance, Old School Rave nights, Spanish nights and big commercial UK based promotions. He was simply out of this world. I have seen the guy walk into a room (any room with any type of people) and within three records he knows 100% what to play for the rest of the night to have that crowd eating out of the palm of his hand….for anything up to ten fucking hours!
Anyway to cut a long story short three months turned into almost three years in Sydney, we had many many madcap adventures and became firm friends, we’ve worked together ever since and I can not imagine a time when I’m putting on parties – however big or small – where I would not want Jason Bye to be involved. Jason Bye is one of the best Djs that you’ll ever see/hear and this is why he is this weeks Music Master.
JASON BYE – I met Mark Broadbent I think in 1997, I was the resident Dj at Amnesia at the time and I had to pop into the club one afternoon. He was in the main room putting up the decor for cream later that evening, he had longer hair than me at the time and looked like he just walked straight out of Thailand into Ibiza. We said hello and had a little chat, I don’t really remember what was said but we got on straight away. We have had some pretty amazing times since then, from cream in amnesia to home nightclub in Sydney & Bondi beach and of course all them years at space on Sundays. I can pretty much say that I taught mark how to be diplomatic when it comes to dealing with people in Ibiza instead of curbing them, and that’s something he taught me how to do instead.
MB – When did you first become interested in music and what was the first record that you bought for yourself?
JB – I remember that I must of been about 8 or 9 years old when I walked into Woolworth’s and purchased either ‘Carly Simon – Why’ or it could have been ‘Fat Larry’s Band – Zoom’
MB – Growing up did you have anybody that influenced your tastes in music and where would you go as a young man to hear the music that you loved?
JB – My influences were all over the place, I loved listening to a lot of electro like Planet Rock & looking for the perfect beat by Africa bambata and the soul sonic force and Tim westwood on LWR radio was a massive influence at the time. But I also listened to James Brown, Alantic Soul records and Motown.
MB – You’ve been on the island and played at many places during your time here but how did this come to be? How did a young lad from Walthamstow get to be resident at some of the greatest clubs in the world and where did it all start for you on Ibiza?
JB – Well I came to Ibiza in 1992 on a club 18-30 holiday and was hooked by how the Island made me feel so I decided to come back the following year and get a job in a bar, and so as luck would have it Javier Anadon gave me a job in his bar called Bucanero in San An bay after I got into a fight with his bar manager. I was mainly collecting glasses and cleaning up and working behind the bar everyday of the week until I started going in before the bar would open and practise on the decks. The following year Javier opened mambo and invited me to play, I don’t really know what anyone was expecting because I’d never really played out properly apart from a few gigs down the West End in San Antonio. But I knew my tunes, I always had done and so I played and its was amazing, Alex and Brandon were in there with Coxy and Jon Kelly and the likes and they ripped the shit out off me but I could handle it. They asked me to play every day after that and I did.
MB – You’ve held some amazing residencies over the years, which one of push comes to shove do you remember with the fondest memories and why is this?
JB – That’s difficult because each residency has been so different. Mambo I would say is my home, it’s where I learnt how to DJ and then Amnesia was like a dream come true, I felt like I was becoming part of the island’s history in a big way. Then you got Home night club in Sydney which blew my mind with how good it was, it was like nothing else in the world mattered except what was going on in the city at the time. And of course Space, I wasn’t sad when space closed, it had run its time. You could never re create the days of the old Terrace on a Sunday because those clubbers defined a generation that the island will never see again and have tried to replicate ever since, which is not a bad thing but I’m just glad I was playing there when it was going off proper.
MB – You run a successful record label and make lots of tracks yourself but the first track that you ever made was an edit of a Boney M classic that you had high hopes for, can you tell us a little about the track, how it came to be and what happened to it?
JB – Haha, it was about 1996 I think, I just started out with first studio set up and I did this disco thing with ‘Ma Baker’ I remember my mate H was round the house listening and I was going on about how massive it was gonna be. I put it on a TDK tape and sent it to a label, I cant remember which one. I never got a reply, shame there loss haha, would love to hear it again but I think I posted the only copy of it.
MB – Your able to time travel as a person of your choosing to a specific time and place to visit historical music event for the weekend where would you go and who would you be?
JB – I would probably go back to NYE 1999 on Bondi Beach and watch the millennium come in again but this time be a punter on the beach. Or any Beatles concert in Liverpool or Hamburg in the early sixties.
MB – Your a London Lad and I’m guessing that you spent your formative years going out to clubs and pubs around where you grew up. You have also played all over the country, where and when was it the best time to be alive and out on the town on a Saturday night?
JB – I would have to say when I left London, I got loads of mates of course that I went out with but I never really felt like I fell into that stereotypical London clubber. When I first got to Sydney I felt like I was proper in the zone having the time of my life. I learnt a lot in Australia, good and bad.
MB – We have worked together on many parties all over the world, is there one that stands out to you as being particularly good?
JB – When we used to put the decks down on the dancefloor in amnesia and played till like 9 or 10 am. They were the best parties.
MB – What do you sing in the shower?
JB – The Romantics – Talking in your sleep.
MB – If you had to make a choice of only ever being able to listen to either ‘rock’ music or ‘dance’ music for the rest of your life which genera would you choose?
JB – I cant answer that, I love them both equally but not at the same time, I go through phases. Totally unfair question, haha!
Thanks very much to Jason and Mark for a great insight into their entwined history. Jason plays this Sunday with a load more fantastic DJs.