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 Justin has been DJ’ing & collecting CLUb music since the late 80’s. he is also the DJ and owner of electro phunk.

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Q&A; Justin Easthall, Owner & DJ

How about a quick introduction!?

Sure! My name is Justin, I run the ELECTRO PHUNK show (EP) I’m also the DJ. Originally from England,  I have been living in South Florida for about 11 years,  it’s beautiful,  love it!

DJ Justin Easthall

Justin Easthall – DJ and owner of the ELECTRO PHUNK Show

So how did you get into DJ’ing?

Out of the love for the music, back in the day I was a break dancer (don’t laugh!), so I was buying a lot of electro, hip hop & freestyle but then house music came along and just blew everything out of the water,  I needed to tell everybody about this new music, so getting in to DJ’ing was a natural step. Back then it was about the house groove but fast forward 30 years, my tastes have matured, I love to explore club music as a whole,  its history and its many, many sub-genres. Basically Club and DJ culture is my happy place!

Justin (right) & friends – Key Largo.

Your favorite house acts, club producers?

So many, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Todd TerryFrankie knuckles, David Morales, Frankie Bones, Marshal Jefferson, Fingers inc, Spen, Sanchez I can go on. New cats like the Martinez brothers, Drummer B, Hiroshi Watanabe, Doorly, Francesca Lombardo are doing some really interesting things now too. Right now though, the New York club scene is on fire, super prolific, I literally can’t up with the releases.

Techno?

I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to techno,  I do not play the ‘boom, boom techno, techno’ stuff. I search for the more sophisticated music from the likes of Greg Gow, Underground Resistance, Jeff Mills, Kenny Larkin, Robert Hood, Carl Craig, Derrick May, Richie Hawtin. Of course there’s tons of new cats releasing every hour it seems, but honestly, no-one touches the above, the originators, these cats are all still very prolific and very much part of the modern club scene.

Justin at the first ever live Cybotron gig at the London Barbican, England – 2019. 

So what's your style? What do you play?

The great thing about club music is that there’s so many sub-genres and an amazing back catalogue to dip into. It depends on the booking of course but always in my crates are soulful/gospel house tracks, nu disco, uplifting dubs, club classics, latin house, hip hop, soul, funk, deep house, a lot of progressive unreleased stuff too. My style? I’d say ‘eclectic’  mixing club sounds new and old from around the world into one groove. I’m always looking for that ‘uplifting, spiritual feeling’. I love to keep the crowd guessing too playing rare grooves, unreleased projects….

"AN ECLECTIC MIX OF CLUB, SOUL, JAZZ, HIP HOP, LATIN, HOUSE + MORE"

Live mix. Visit the SoundCloud page for a range of ELECTRO PHUNK live recordings.

Your DJ tools of preference?

So, for the ELECTRO PHHUNK show I needed to keep everything mobile, yet as close to an actual club rig as possible, so the current set-up is the Pioneer XDJ-XZ,  ProX Gig tables, and if requested I can bring along turntables too. The set up is really sweet, like a full club Nexuses set-up on wheels!

DJ equipment

Professional club level controller the Pioneer XDJ-XZ is Justin’s current squeeze…

You mention turntables, You still buy actual records?

Of course! Classic club tracks and labels like Transmat, Salsoul, Trax, Nervous, Henry Street, DJ International. Some disco, a lot of freestyle, and sprinkling hip hop too. Lately I’ve been buying a lot of 80’s hip hop, Eric B and Rakim, Bestie Boys, Del-a-Soul – I love that stuff. I discovered a record store in Oakland Park, called We Got the Beats, fantastic for vintage 12″ club records and more local to me Musicians Discount Center in Cutler Bay, the amount of vinyl in there is just ridiculous…

Justin can often be found ‘digging’ at the Musicians Discount Store, Cutler Bay fl.

So Vinyl or digital?​

Oh I’m both – I’ve been collecting vinyl records since the 80s, but you really can’t beat the convenance of digital – I learnt the trade on two turntables but I have no problem at all using a controller, I’m not one of those DJ snobs, for me It’s all about the music. As a general rule though, I’ll buy old and classic releases on vinyl, and  new releases on digital. Unless a new release is soooo good then I have to have the vinyl pressing too 😎

BUT having said that, if I had to choose one or the other for one night then vinyl wins. I can’t put my finger on it but there’s something really special about mixing with records. And that’s why if there’s room we’ll bring turntables to all our shows. A wink to the history of club culture, some would argue a dying art, oh and it sounds fantastic too! 

OKAY THANK YOU JUSTIN AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE ELECTRO PHUNK SHOW!

CHEERS!!!