Dance and Radio DJ
Justin Wilkes is one of the most respected dance music radio DJ’s in the UK as well as being a popular and demanded name in the world of club DJ-ing.
Currently a presenter on Kiss FM, Justin has worked extremely hard to get to where he is today.
Originally, he was due to start a DJ residency at Café Mambo in Ibiza when he was offered the job to head-up Capital FM’s weekend dance slot in 2000. Within a few years his show was being broadcast across Spain, Greece and Italy and he had a second programme on which he interviewed high-profile celebrities; again, this was soon being broadcast across 39 UK stations. Pretty impressive, non?
Let’s fast forward to the present day and you’ll still find Justin working incredibly hard on the live DJ circuit, appearing on the clubbing scene across the UK and abroad.
Add to this is his hugely successful ‘Kisstory’ show every weekday morning on Kiss FM UK (his new resident station) – an amazing, massively popular programme with most people I know; playing tracks that make you scream “Oh my god! I LOVE this tune!” almost every single time. I’m more than happy to admit, Kisstory is the highlight of my working day!
So, now you know a little about Justin’s career, why not find out some more about the man himself…
WHAT’S THE BEST FREEBIE YOU EVER GOT, SIMPLY FROM BEING IN THE PUBLIC EYE?
A 5* trip to Tobago rates pretty highly in the freebies!
IF YOU WERE A BISCUIT, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
I’m not a massive biscuit fan. I like ginger nuts and choco Leibniz, but not being ginger or German I don’t think either represents me very well.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL?
Anything with lots and lots of meat – big steaks/BBQ.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK?
Couldn’t do without my morning latte.
DO YOU SLEEP WALK?
Not now but when I was young I was allergic to cough medicine and I would wander round hallucinating that my bedroom was full of animals.
IF YOU WERE ASKED, WOULD YOU DO A REALITY TV SHOW WHERE THE CAMERA FOLLOWED YOU EVERYWHERE?
I’d be up for a weekend with a crew, but they’d have to forgo sleep!
CARS OR BIKES?
DOGS OR CATS?
Dogs. I love dogs with personalities, cats are only out for themselves.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR FRIDGE AT THE MOMENT?
A big block of cheese, some skimmed milk and a massive pack of diced beef.
HOW MANY PAIRS OF SHOES DO YOU OWN?
ANY BAD HABITS?
IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Megan Fox’s dog.
BEST PRESENT YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
Massive Samsung ES series TV.
WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU DREAM OF BEING ‘WHEN YOU GREW UP’?
WHAT HOBBIES DO YOU HAVE?
Hobbies go out the window a bit when you’re getting in at 4am at the weekend, but gym/tennis when I get a chance.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMME?
Fringe is amazing, and I’m loving New Girl.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FILM OF ALL TIME?
The Matrix was amazing when it came out. Terminator Rise of the Machines is in my favourites too.
WOULD YOU RATHER FIGHT 10 DUCK-SIZED HORSES OR 1 HORSE-SIZED DUCK?
I’d be well up for meeting a horse-sized duck. Think I’d have the speed advantage!
IF YOU COULD RENAME YOURSELF, WHAT NAME WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD?
Ibiza. I know places there where you can watch the sunset miles from the next nearest person!
WHAT ONE SONG WILL ALWAYS GET YOU ON THE DANCEFLOOR?
Anything with a beat usually gets me up.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FEARS?
Not specific fears, but I have a really weak stomach. I could puke on a kids roundabout.
DO YOU PREFER A ROAST DINNER IN THE WINTER OR A BBQ IN THE SUMMER?
BBQ in the s ummer, followed by a roast dinner when the sun’s gone in!
WHO WOULD BE YOUR 5 DREAM DINNERPARTY GUESTS?
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE AND WHAT DID THEY TEACH YOU?
I pretty much looked up to the entire dance music industry. Any DJ who has spent a week trawling record shops to find fantastic independent music and played it in a club for the love of it is inspiring.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU?
Decks, a massive speaker and my record collection.
WHAT ARE YOU PROUDEST OF IN YOUR LIFE?
Being the youngest DJ to sign to Capital FM, then getting the morning show at Kiss FM UK is definitely up there!
Listen to Justin on Kisstory every weekday morning 9am-11am on Kiss FM UK (http://www.kissfmuk.com/justin/)
You can also follow him on Twitter – @justinwilkes