Featured Base DJ – FJ

Finn Jeppesen, aka FJ, has been supplying Base FM listerners with all kinds of reggae related goodness since the very birth of the station. You can still tune into Finn every Saturday from 8pm – 10pm when he spins Bashment, Dancehall andRoots on The Jugglin’ Show – perfect for starting your Saturday night off. If you do miss one of his shows, he uploads them all online and posts links to his Facebook page. This week we talked to FJ about his favourite tunes, memorable gigs and his sure fire cure for winter blues…

When and how did you get into DJing?

When I was working in record stores importing and selling records to djs (mid to late 90s) I was reluctant to dj as I didn’t want my customers thinking I was competing and holding back records from them. It became increasingly obvious that there were a lot of records not being played out to people particularly when it came to dancehall so I was forced to start playing out to promote the music and encourage sales.

When did you start DJing at Base?

Started right back at the Base FM’s launch. I was doing a show on BFM with Big Matt (RIP) and he put me up on the birth of Base. A quick conversation with Manual and I jumped ships to start the week of Base’s launch.

The last record you bought that would surprise listeners the most?

I’m not sure if anything would surprise listeners…Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Of Ethiopia

What song got you out of bed this morning?

Chronixx – Dread – Rebirth Riddim

Favourite DJ?

DJ Sunshine (Irie FM – Jamaica)

Favourite show on Base?

Riddim Culture with Sgt Benji and DJ Locksteady Thursdays 2 – 4.

First record/CD/tape cassette you ever bought?

Memory isn’t so good but I think it was a Stray Cats record…

What’s your proudest achievement?

My son Issa – who also DJs on Base FM Sundays 8 – 10pm.

As a preemptive measure, what’s your personal cure for the winter blues?

Loud reggae and dancehall, a fine bottle of Remi, a few blunts and my good, good friends.

What do you do for fun when you’re not DJing?

Reading, watching movies, weight-training.

Something most people don’t know about you?

Very private person so there’s lots…

What’s your signature dish to impress friends with?

Salmon and kumara hash cakes with chilli sauce.

What would you save in a house fire?

As many records and hard drives as I could carry.

Dream venue or party to DJ at?

Poolside at a mansion or Sting (Jamaica’s end of year hardcore dancehall concert).

Top 3 concerts of all time?

Seeing Beres Hammond and Buju Banton Sumfest 2006.

Gappy Ranks at PSC (shouts to Sandy Bay boys for sorting it).

African Head Charge Powerstation 1995.

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