For the second season we’ve had the pleasure of having London based Fiona Jane as our Guest DJ and music ambassador at the Belvedere Hotel.
Fiona Jane is originally hailing from Copenhagen, and has an impressive clients list, spanning from luxury brands such as DIOR, Emilio Pucci and LOEWE, to renowned hotel bars and clubs around the world from Ibiza (Spain), Mexico to Burning Man (Nevada).
In these uncertain times, we have last Summer in Mykonos in our memories, where Fiona Jane was performing at our “Poolside Nights” and created an exceptional vibe for our guests!
We met up with Fiona Jane in Notting Hill in London a while back to talk about her Summer plans and what she is up to next.
We enjoyed having you as our Guest DJ in July, what were your best memories from Mykonos and the Belvedere Hotel?
Mykonos is a beautiful place, if you just know where to go.. I have many great memories from the last two Summers there, but the best ones are when playing my old-school 60s/70s/80s eclectic disco DJ set by the Belvedere Pool and the pleasure of playing with vinyl is a true joy for me!
When I was not DJing, I enjoyed the view from my room at the new Belvedere Hilltop Rooms & Suites, cruising around in my car exploring the island’s secret beaches, practicing Ableton (music production programme) or doing yoga. I also had many artist/musician friends coming to the island, so I went to see them perform.
You are a DJ, Music curator and Entrepreneur. Who and what is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspirations are other artists and friends that also have multiple talents and are embracing it to the fullest! There are many inspiring artists out there, but David Bowie, Blondie and Prince are some great figures for me.
Beside DJing I also curate music for catwalk shows. My latest project is about to launch; “MoonLight Creative” which is a brand consultancy, experience design and event production agency. Website is coming soon: www.moonlight-creative.co.
When did you start DJing - and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I started DJing more than 10 years ago for fun, along with artists I booked for my events and parties in Copenhagen. After working as a freelance and brand consultant in the fashion and nightclub industries for a decade, I decided at the end of 2016 to take my DJ career full time. My early passions and influences are The Rolling Stones, Grace Jones, The Doors and Donna Summer.
How would you describe your musical style?
It’s very eclectic. I started playing with CD’s and had anything from 60's/70's/80's soul, disco, electro, African and pop in my CD music folder. I named this my “Old-school DJ set” which I mostly play on requests for venues like the Belvedere Hotel or Chiltern Firehouse, private - and fashion parties if that’s the vibe I feel for! I always read the room and play what's right for the party.
Over time I've explored many layers of sounds and for many recent years I've been playing electronica, funky house, deep melodic house and tech-house.
What music do you usually listen to when you are at home?
That always depends on my mood that day, that can be everything from relaxing meditation nature sounds, to classics like Brigitte Bardot and Joy Division, and to Chicago house and deep-house. I love Crazy P, DJ Harvey, Red Axes, Who Made Who, Todd Terje, Psychemagik and Daniel Bortz to mention a few.
My music inspirations come from travelling, my friends and when researching and listening to music on Spotify, Soundcloud, You-tube, Mixcloud and online magazines.
We are curious to follow your adventures until the Summer - what is next for you?
I am currently working on new playlists and learning how to produce music. Recently I have also signed with a new music agent, so I'm curious for that new chapter whenever the world is ready again! The extra time I have now I am using to launch my creative agency website. Also the music industry is a a bit uncertain career now as many other industries unfortunately, so you gotta be creative and keep yourself going.
Five quick ones:
My motto is: “Do it now, not tomorrow” and “Be grateful for what you have, and trust your unique journey”.
My party tip is: Espresso Martini to start the night!
I don’t regret… that I followed my intuition and passions, because that’s when I feel the happiest doing what I love and being my own boss!
This Spring I will: share more music, launch my creative agency and keep spreading joy with DJing.
Now I am listening to: ‘Getting serious’ with Frantique