Jay’s career started in BBC local radio as a producer and presenter of BBC Radio Sheffield’s weekend youth show. His first taste of commercial radio came as producer of Hallam FM’s late night phone-in and afternoon sports show. At around this time a small underground dance music scene had begun to form in Sheffield. Warehouse parties in unused steel factories were playing: Chicago House, Detroit Techno and U.S. Hip Hop alongside Sheffield’s own Warp record label’s releases. The tracks included The Forgemasters, LFO and Tricky Disco and were making an impact and representing the bass heavy electronic sound of the steel city.
Greatly influenced by this scene, Jay became involved in setting up a pirate dance music station which led to a short legal licence being awarded to Groove FM. With demos from his shows on the station and his growing specialist dance music knowledge he secured the drive time slot on Yorkshire’s first regional dance music station Kiss 105 which was later to become Galaxy 105. Jay became Head of Music of the Sony nominated station and presenter of the Galaxy network Chill Out show where he played new music from Trip-Hop to Drum n’ Bass and R&B to Deep House.
Following a move to Manchester where Jay was afternoon presenter for Galaxy 102 and then Century 105.2, he joined the Capital radio network in London programming music for stations around the UK including BRMB, Red Dragon, Power and Ocean FM.Jay also worked for dance music plugging company Size 9 working on releases for Ministry of Sound and Homelands and Gatecrasher music festivals.
Jay currently works as a Music Editor for MTV UK. Electronic music has stayed in the family too with Jay’s nephew Jamie xx currently enjoying great success as a DJ and producer and as part of the Mercury music award winning band the xx.