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DJ Jeet on the decks at Firefly
DJ Jeet on the decks at Firefly

Meet DJ Jeet

By Phill Huxley
Successful club promoter and top class DJ. Click on the link on the right to listen to the full audio interview with Jeet.

As founder and resident DJ at Firefly, Jeet has built up one of the most successful dance nights in Nottingham.

In five years he has taken Firefly from a being a party with a group of friends, to booking world famous techno DJ Jeff Mills. Not only is he a successful promoter, he's also a top class DJ in his own right.

Clubbers at Firefly
Clubbers at Firefly

Jeet hails from Rotherham and spent time in India before heading to Notts to study medicine at University of Nottingham. "I was drawn to the club scene" he admits, "that was the major reason  I decided on Nottingham - nights like Essence, Renaissance and The Bomb".

But he was a little bit disappointed with what he found. "It was all a little bit too cool. I like things a little bit more hectic".

Jeet the promoter

Five years ago when his favourite techno night at the Marcus Garvey in Radford suddenly stopped, he decided to do something about it.

"I still remember the day when I saw the first queue outside my own night. I was jumping around like a loon."
DJ Jeet

Pulling in favours from friends he put on his first night. "We thought we'd throw a house party in a 1000 capacity club" he explains with a casual shrug. "We had no expectations. We really just set out to put on a few parties because we missed our old night.

"I still remember the day when I saw the first queue outside my own night. I was jumping around like a loon".

From there things grew and expanded, with Firefly nights attracting over a thousand clubbers. Now as well as regular Nottingham events,  they put on regular nights at ski resorts in France and have also put on nights in Rome and elsewhere in Europe.

Jeet has now switched courses to study architecture and has taken a year out to concentrate on Firefly.

The stage at Firefly
The stage at Firefly

"I've always been a bit hit and miss as a promoter" he admits, "for the first night we just went down a few streets near the university stapling posters to trees and thought that was it. Obviously if you want to attract new people, there's a lot more to it than that.

"It's a real collective effort to organise the night. The Garvey is like a blank canvas so people come down for a couple of days before the night and decorate the place to get it ready".

Jeet the DJ

Jeet describes his own style as "breaks, house and techno... I mix it all up".

He also has a side project called Thrash Jelly with fellow Firefly DJ Max Cooper, which also throws hip hop and drum & bass into the mix.

"Firefly is my baby and I would say it has retained the house party vibe we had when it started. I think it's unique.

"There's a lot going on in Nottingham, but there's still not enough nights when people punch the air and scream at every breakdown".

Firefly is one of those nights.

To listen to the full interview with Jeet, use the links in the right hand section of this page.

Jeff Mills plays at Firefly on Saturday 19th March at the Marcus Garvey in Radford, 10:00pm - 6:00am. The night also features Jeet and Max Cooper. Tickets are £16.

last updated: 15/03/05
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robert sleaford
big up jeet! need to catch up with you soon, still haven't been to a firefly, i know i'm missing out on a lot. gutted i missed jeff mills!

Hannah B
I'm a first year at Nottingham University and have become involved in the firefly nights-they have rescued me from the nightmare cheese clubs that are in abundance in notingham. I have coinsidently met some amazing people and had some of the best nights.Thanks to Jeet for letting me get involved!

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