Jonathan Edwards

Age: 29
Affiliations: Twijit productions
Spin schedule: Every other Friday at Mumbo Jumbo — on rotation on “House Arrest” Tuesdays at Kaya
Do you have any special events coming up? A couple of local parties but nothing you could quote me on.
How long have you been in Atlanta? 6 years
What genre do you usually spin? French and deep house as well as some breaks.
What’s your current top five?
1. Hakan Lidbo — “All I want”
2. Markus Nikolai — “Bushes”
3. Different Gear vs The Police — “When the world is running”
4. Kid Scientific — “Lovelife EP”
5. Tutto Matto — “Funkulo LP”
What’s your all-time top five?
1. New Order — “Blue Monday”
2. The The — “Infected”
3. Psychic TV — “Jack is the Tab”
4. Donna Summer — “Love to love you”
5. Mogwai - “Tracey” (Kid Loco mix)
Who are some of your major influences as a DJ? Why?
I’m influenced by DJs John Howard, Rae & Christian and Carl Cox. I really like a lot of what I’m hearing on the Paper, Naked and Emperor Norten record labels.
What artists do you most admire? Why?
I have the utmost admiration and respect for Matt Johnson of The The. His skills as a singer and songwriter are unsurpassed in my opinion.
What qualities do you think make for a successful DJ?
A DJ that does not paint himself into a corner. Always be open to shifting gears and going into a new direction.
Do you have any pet peeves as a DJ?
There is not enough camaraderie in the DJ scene. We have to look out for each other. Too much backstabbing. It’s about the music — not self serving ambition.
Where do you see the DJ scene headed?
It’s obviously headed towards more production-most DJs want to write their own stuff. Sooner or later we’ll use the term DJ/songwriter instead of just DJ.
What do you like about the Atlanta scene?
It’s a big town with a real small town kind of feel - I always run into friends.
What do you think the Atlanta scene needs?
More variety. Way too many nights of just house music. I love house but I like to hear something different now and again. Never be afraid to surprise them.
Where do you see the Atlanta scene headed?
Hopefully Atlanta is headed towards an era of more musical diversity. There is so much good music out there-keep your minds open. Other than that I think we are on the right track.