THE BIRDHOUSE 150: Joeski Interview


This week on THE BIRDHOUSE, all the way from New York City, we have Maya records boss and multi-talented DJ and producer, Joeski, taking over the guest mix. Born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, Joeski has been part of the New York house music scene since the early 90's. His productions are focused and finely tuned groove machines. As a result, Joeski has had releases on legendary imprints such as Defected, Cajual, Crosstown Rebels and many more. In 2001 Joeski launched his own label, Maya Recordings, to further promote his vision of house music.

I am happy to announce Joeski will be joining the Dirtybird roster soon with his debut EP, featuring two tracks that blew me away when I first heard them. Check out Joeski's guest mix below and keep an ear out for his upcoming Dirtybird track "Sound Like This."


How did your music career get started in earnest?

When I was a kid there was this guy that had a huge crush on my sister. To impress her – he invited me to learn how to play on his disco records. What a mistake that was – I was over all the time. Then I started going out to the clubs, started The Chocolate Factory crew and began my residency for the Together parties at the Roxy where I closed every Friday.   

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

My family migrated from Cali, Colombia in the 60s – I was born in Brooklyn, NY in the 70s. Not cool Brooklyn, ghetto Brooklyn – then we moved to Jackson Heights, Queens to the Latin area. In Latin neighborhoods – there is music everywhere and you can’t help but absorb that. 

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

Never – at 13 I started learning how to DJ and at 17 I knew this would be my life.

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

E-MU E6400 Sampler. At that time, that was the top sampler. The filters were amazing. Onionz, H-Foundation and DJ Tony were using the same sampler so we started the 6400 crew.

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and career wise)?

I listened to a lot of Ron Hardy from Chicago when I first started. People like the Wicked Crew were inspiring with their crazy record collections that no one else had.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

The gym – I love sweating it all out. It keeps me sane. 

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

Playing records and in the studio. 

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I love painting and riding my vintage Triumph motorcycle. 


Favorite and least favorite colors?

Green and black are my favorite. Teal is my least favorite 

Favorite and least favorite words?

Favorite = Passion / Least favorite = can’t

Favorite animal?

My cat.

Favorite board game?

Candy Land, Shoots and Ladders, and Connect4 – I haven’t played a board game in 25 years.

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Beer and Chicken Wings – hands down.

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Lil Louis – French Kiss

German or Detroit techno?


Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Any venue with good sound

Biggie or Tupac?


Star Wars or Star Trek?


Exercise or Netflix?

That’s a tough one….love both