MUSIC – Think you know Jodie Weston?
Jodie Weston has been an up-and-coming DJ and model in the UK since before the Instagrammer influencer label began. Here in an interview with HearLondon magazine, we ask the questions no-one’s yet had the answers to…
Jodie, how did you get into music?
I had no contacts or family connections in the music industry so it was old school trial and error for me! i also grew up in the Staffordshire/Derbyshire countryside, totally in the middle of nowhere so there weren’t any opportunities for me to explore my passions! I moved to London when I was 19 and started off by going to girl band auditions and things like that from 19-22 years old but they never materialised into anything. I was always given millions of promises but no results! I felt really disheartened so took some time out to start a beauty business and ultimately ran two different hair and beauty salons. I’ve always been an entrepreneur and tried out different businesses and ideas. I even had a clothing line at one point and was an overseas real estate agent, but I always felt like something was missing and I’d given up on my childhood dream!
What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t DJing?
I think I would still be going from career to career, never fully content. Music is my heart and what I love. I’ve always enjoyed the beauty industry and running my own businesses, being my own boss,but i always felt unfulfilled, like something was missing!
How was lockdown for you? Did you spend a lot of time focusing on music?
I was lucky enough to still do my radio show “The Dollhouse Show” every Monday 12-2pm so that kept me going and I think I helped a lot of my listeners get through the lockdown as well with some uplifting house music, fun conversation and festival vibes!
What are your other hobbies?
I actually really love wild swimming, there’s a lake where you can do it in Beckenham where I live and even though there hasn’t been many hot days this summer, I’ve made the most of them by heading down to the lake!
I also love traveling and getting all glammed up with sequins and glitter on my face to attend festivals!
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
I want to enjoy the freedom we have back again, hopefully travel to some new countries, get booked for some more amazing dj gigs and build my fan base in the House music industry! By this time next year I want to be one of the most well known female DJs in England!
Do you have any exciting new music releases coming out?
I have two new songs in the pipeline, one is a melodic/progressive track and the second is an uplifting summery, mainstream dance tune!
What is the best thing about DJing for you?
The two best things about djing for me are the art of performance and seeing the crowd singing and dancing along to my track selections.
Does DJing help with your mental health?
DJing can be nerve wracking at times, im a perfectionist so I put a huge amount of pressure on myself but nothing is better than the emotional high of feeling like you’ve pulled off a great performance, DJing is a great form of escapism for me.
What was the hardest thing for you during lockdown?
I am a free spirit, I like to go where I want to go, whenever I feel like going and having all these rules and boundaries that none of us have ever really experienced in our lifetime, it was very strange and hard to look to the future. I felt like it was never gonna end!
What is your main goal in life?
The most important thing in life is to be happy. I’d love to get married, have a child, have a successful career but I think society puts too much pressure on us to have all those things at once, so id definitely say happiness is the most important goal!
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