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DJ Focus – Marshall Jefferson


Marshall Jefferson is a name that can be considered as being part of the tapestry and history of electronic music. A true champion of the house sound to him, he is considered as one of the pioneers of Acid House, although it would be unfair to pidgeonhole him to this sound.


Regarded by many as a legend, he is one of the founding fathers of house music alongside the late Frankie Knuckles. He’s produced the seminal house anthems “Move Your Body”, “7 Ways To Jack” and “Open Our Eye”s. Having immersed himself in electronic music for over 3 decades, Marshall has refused to follow the trends and cemented himself as a genre defining house artist who’s evolving into new directions all the time.

Releasing the “Evolution of Chicago house” in 2003, Marshall created a two-part compilation that aimed to show the foundations of this movement.

Chicago played a monumental part in shaping Marshall as a DJ/producer, but he also lists New Jersey, London, Croatia & Manchester as having an influence artistically. He now spends a lot of his time travelling between Chicago, Manchester, and New Jersey as he has a studio in each of these cities. But the trouble for Marshall is that “I’m always missing a key piece of gear that I want to work with.” The one consistent thing with him is his Macbook Pro and my audio interfaces- which are a Metric Halo ULN-8 and a Prism Lyra. But he’s not really into the digital stuff. You’re more likely to find him surrounded by analogue keyboards and drum machines, as he said “I hate the digital stuff, it doesn’t sound as good.”

Having played countless amounts of shows, he states that: “Croatia is my favourite place to play, but Ireland has always had the wildest crowds.”

Going back to London he said:

“I can’t remember exactly the 1st time I played in London or what club but I do remember the underground scene was WAYYYYYY smaller, but more eclectic and varied. I remember going to a jazz club and a blues club; I know they still have them now but I think the ratio to dance clubs is much smaller now.”

He also picked out this track as being the one that reminds him of London the most.

Find out more about Marshall here