Every now and then a DJ will come along that brings something extra special to the dancefloor. Whether it be through razor sharp mixing skills, an impeccably woven web of sounds or a deeply intimate connection with the dancefloor that borders on the spiritual, there are some DJs out there that propel the experience of hearing music to a whole new level.
As a DJ, Jewelz is all this and more.
Jewelz brings something to the craft of Djing that transcends the simple practice of beat mixing. From her signature dark ‘n’ dirty trance sound, to the filthiest acid basslines, toughest form of progressive and the crunchiest brand of techno, Jewelz seamlessly combines them all to produce pleasurably wicked floor-shaking soundscapes, inspiring even the most po-faced of punters into a blissed-out state of shuffling hysteria.
For Jewelz, what began as an early passion for music, soon developed into an all-out driven obsession to immerse herself in the sounds that were inspiring her. In 1996 Jewelz scored her first professional big break, winning a residency at Sydney’s Hellfire, her natural talent and incredible energy charming punters and promoters alike, and ensuring that this talented gal’s rise up the Djing ranks would be a rapid one indeed.
Throughout the next few years of her career, Jewelz spread out her Djing wings beyond the boundaries of her hometown of Sydney, becoming a resident at Melbourne’s exclusive Liquid Parties, as well as frequently packing out dancefloors in both Adelaide and Brisbane. International dance music lovers were also fortunate enough to get a taste of Jewelz’s magic when she toured both New Zealand (playing at Voyager) and Korea (The Basement) in 2000.
In 2001 Jewelz left the harbor city to start a new life in Melbourne, in a career move that has surely been her smartest yet. Before too long Jewelz had earned herself a prestigious Bass Station (now Bass Australia) residency and had begun garnering regular gigs around town.
In city known for its burgeoning dance scene, Jewelz’s impressive sonic dexterity quickly set her apart from her DJing peers. Her love of chunky house and progressive saw her start up her own dayclub, Therapy, with fellow local DJ Tony Loucas, with the weekly prog fests drawing a loyal cult following amongst Melbourne clubbers in 2002. Her skills were also regularly sought for the legendary Shaza bush parties, with Jewelz’s genre-defying sets of electro-acid-tech infused progressive trance going down a treat in the outdoor setting. Appearances at the big kahuna of outdoor festivals, Earthcore were to follow.
Today, whilst Jewelz regularly exercises her progressive muscle with gigs around town, it’s her ability to incorporate these less conventional influences into her hard sets that’s made her one of the scene’s most in-demand DJ. 2005’s Live at Big Bass CD compilation which she mixed with Jason Midro, was an unquestionable critical and commercial success, with Jewelz completing an extensive tour of Australia to promote the mix.
No surprise that she is now regarded as one of Australia’s leading DJs, coming in at no.27 (no.6 overall in Victoria) in ITM’s prestigious Top 50 poll this year. An essential addition to any line-up, Jewelz regularly plays the biggest events in Australia, including Summadayze, Two Tribes, Slinky, Godskitchen, Pharmacy and Earthcore. Here versatile playing style has seen her support DJs as diverse as Carl Cox, Satoshi Tommie, Paul Oakenfold, Scot Project, Infected Mushroom and Dutch tech trance wunderkind Marzz, among many others.
With her best career form still ahead of her, Jewelz is a stunning DJ whose flawless technical skills are matched only by her incredible stage presence. Treat yourself to a slice of her magic, you won’t go back
Bio written by Clare Dickins