Toolroom Focus: Juliet Fox.
We caught up with Toolroom’s leading lady, Juliet Fox. This is her story…
Where in the world are you right now?
I’m currently in my hometown of Berlin today!
And how did you end up living there?
Well I’ve been living in Berlin for a few years now! I moved from Ibiza about 4 years ago and in-between traveling, I spent my summers there. Then, I moved to London after that for about 2 years and it was totally the right place for me to move musically. After London, I knew Berlin was the right place because I had so many of my friends tell me what it was like; the city, the clubs, the culture, the whole vibe of the place. So I literally just packed up my stuff and moved!
That’s such a brave and scary thing to do! A new county, a different language, weren’t you scared?
I was a little bit, but it only made it exciting for me. when I travel, I’m creative as well, I really take in my surroundings and learn new things. So I pretty much went and learnt my way around. I didn’t really know many people, but I eventually found my feet with people that I met from the industry.
Tell us about YOUR story… Who is Juliet Fox?
I grew up in Adelaide, Australia. My parents had a really big property and we had lots of different animals always running around the place: Sheep, chickens, horses, dogs, cats, birds! So I’ve always been a very ‘outdoorsy’ person and I think this is where I get my urge to travel and explore. I have two older sisters too and we were always traveling around as a family and I was so inspired by it.
That sounds amazing! So you’ve always traveled and learned about new cultures since you were young?
Absolutely and I still love to travel!
What music was playing in your house when you were a kid?
When I was younger we had a record player in the house and it was always on! It’s funny, I actually found some pictures of my self holding a mic, pretending so sing when I was really young – So I think I knew I always wanted to be in the entertainment business some how. I picked an instrument to play when I was 5 (or something like that) to learn, I actually picked the guitar! I never had lessons, I was self taught. We had a piano in the house too and my sisters could play that and they taught me little bits on that too! So I’ve always been really into music.
My mum was always singing in the house too, I would always tease her for being really bad, but when I think about it now, I honestly think that’s where I get it from. I used to make my own mixtapes too when I was younger. (I really wish I could find them!) I used to do all the rapping on them and make poems with my own voice.
When did you become interested in dance music?
I think I was honestly about 11 years old when I had a radio. There was a station called Coast FM and I remember it being a dance station and I loved it straight away.
When was the first time you experienced this music in a club?
I made my older sister take me out clubbing when I was 14! I took her I.D (She was 18) and then we went to one of the biggest clubs in Adelaide. I just loved it and I knew from the beginning I wanted to be involved in this industry, behind the DJ booth.
How did it make you feel? I guess this was when you knew you wanted to be the DJ?
Yes, 100%! Since the age of 14, I’ve never stopped going out. To be honest, coming from a ‘reserved’ kind of city and way before this I never even thought about DJing as a career! I used to always try go out; clubs, house parties! I learnt how to mix from a young age and at house parties you’d find me trying to take over the decks! I think I was about 23 when I bought turntables and I just kept learning and practicing on there.
Can you remember your first ever record you bought?
Kosheen – Hide U
The whole Resist Album was amazing!!
Who were the females inspiring you to make music?
When I started to DJ professionally, I would say it was Maya Jane Coles – She was big influence on me at the time. Honey Dijon was another, Le Fluer, Laura Jones, Nicole Moudaber and Joyce Muniz.
What have been some of your career highs?
Coming on board with Toolroom was a massive achievement for me and since then so many things have happened. I think having a manager and somebody believing in me really helps and it builds that foundation for everything else. With productions, I had 2 number 1s on Traxsource which was another massive achievement for me. I would even just say, being able to travel and meet so many of my heroes – I got to meet Frankie Knuckles and Marshall Jefferson. One of the biggest things as well was meeting Honey Dijon and getting to play on a line up with her! (Back in Adelaide, of all places which was great!)
If you could give any advice to any aspiring female DJs and producers, what would it be?
I think networking is so important. I’ve met so many people in the industry doing that. When I first got into music, traveling was important for me too; different cultures, sounds, experiences. If there was a DJ in town, I’d do my research on them and really make the effort to get to know them personally, now when I do collaborations, I know the artists on a personal level. It’s hard for me to send an email and not really know the person I’m sending it to. I’d also tell people to really work on their branding. Really find your sound AND your look. If you haven’t travelled, then do that too! Live in a new place. Try something new and find something that keeps YOU inspired. I’d also say find your self a really good network of people who are going to keep you motivated and inspired, not people who bring you down and try to compete with you.
I have an amazing network of female friends (Not all DJs and producers) around me and it makes such a difference. We’re all going to a IWD event tonight, Hito and Le Fleur are playing. It feels really nice, we’re all supporting and pushing each other, not competing with one another. Don’t be in competition. Just support!
Juliet’s top 5 female producer / DJs to look out for?
VONDA7, BEC, Nathalie Capello, Blu 9, and Alinka.