Jay Reading

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Jay Reading has always been a very musical person; As a musician Jay’s father would always have music playing in the house, so Jay’s early years were spent listening to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Hendrix. When Jay himself took to music, it was rhythm and percussion that took his fancy and after years of persistance Jay’s father finally bought him a drum kit for his 15th birthday. It was seated behind this drumkit that Jay Reading spent the better part of the next three years.

With a diverse musical taste Jay toyed with everything from jazz to hardcore and soon began playing in school bands, although speaking of this period Jay reflects that he could not recall many enjoyable moments during his school band years. It was however during this stage in Jay’s life that he discovered electronic music; artists like Underworld, Jeff Mills, Oliver Lieb and New Order among the early inspirations and it was not long before Jay’s true passion emerged; techno and djing. “I was naturally drawn to it” says Jay, “I found a mate with decks, moved in with him and started buying records.” Jay soon became a walking encyclopedia of all the artists and labels that he discovered, leaning towards techno because of how fun it was to play.

Following his passion Jay landed a job and at Sanity Dance Arena and it was through Dance Arena and his friendship with another budding Melbourne DJ Paul Graham (Booshank) that Jay met Sam McEwin, Peter Baker, Matty Radovich and Craig McWhinney, the foundations of what would later become the Melbourne Techno Collective.

Speaking candidly Jay describes how lucky he feels to be one of those to help push techno in the underground music scene. Over the years Jay honed his own style of mixing during the Melbourne Techno Collective’s peak years, when their monthly free events were a staple on the last Saturday of every month.

Despite his passion for techno Jay says he does not like to be tied down to playing any certain style of music and even when he play’s at a house or electro night he still prefers to play with variety, mixing quickly and fusing genres and styles together. Jay’s influences however remain largely techno inspired, listing internationals like Dave Clarke, Jeff Mills, Ben Sims, Deetron, Technasia, and local jocks such as Dave Pham, Booshank, Peter Baker, Sam McEwin and Matt Radovich as those who he has drawn inspiration from.

Jay Reading continues to push the boundaries as resident and promoter of the Melbourne Techno Collective and holds a fortnightly residency at Lucky Coq in Melbourne’s south.