About Norman Jay
From the first illegal warehouse parties to glamming it up in Ibiza, Norman Jay is the one true Godfather of British Club Culture.
As a young man Norman became hooked on all aspects of black music, becoming increasingly influenced by his father's huge collection of original 60's blu beat, ska and rock steady reggae from Jamaica. He was fortunate enough to find himself over in the 'Big Apple' in time to experience the rise of 'disco' first time around during the late 70's - and again a few years later being present at the birth of rap and hip hop culture during the early 1980's in New York's notorious South Bronx.
His reputation as an underground deejay of some repute began to grow rapidly. By now he was attracting crowds of several thousand people whenever he played out at one of his huge itinerant (and illegal) warehouse parties. This led to an invitation from old London DJ pal Gordon Mac to start up their own pirate radio station which they called KISS (after it's New York namesake). Completely untrained in any aspect of broadcasting - he nervously presented his very first 'live' radio show the day after the station debuted on the capital's airwaves back in October 1985. The rest, as they say, is radio history.