Interview: Getting to Know Greek House Music Aficionado CJ Jeff

An artist boasting an impressive release archive and globetrotting performance resume, Greek electronic stalwart CJ Jeff finally lands on Solardo’s Sola Records imprint with an electrifying peak-time cut. Combining with fellow countryman and funk-soul-r&b vocalist Georges Perin, “Around” builds around a captivating vocal topline with chugging drum grooves, rippling arps, modulating analogue bass notes and expansive audioscapes. A track with endless depth and width within its production – “Around”, pushes the boundaries of aural experience and was made to be played loud. Download/stream “Around” here:

Greek producer and DJ CJ Jeff has a wealth of experience in the electronic music world, from A&R to event promotion to co-owning clubs and owning a label. Starting as a raver at Cavo Paradiso and Ministry of Sound, CJ Jeff soon learnt he wanted to be on the other side of the booth, playing his music to large crowds.

CJ’s earliest releases have found homes on Souvenir, These Days, Supernova’s Lapsus Music and John Digweed’s influential Bedrock Records. With such a long-standing career, CJ Jeff has seen further success recently, releasing on many labels, including 8Bit, Objektivity and Kling Klong. The last two years saw him secure releases on seminal and respected brands such as Circus Recordings, Saved Record and Stereo Productions – all receiving a multitude of support from artists such as Dennis Ferrer, Oxia, Nic Fanciulli and Rafa Barrios, adding to his impressive history in music production.

Please introduce yourself.

Hi guys I am CJ Jeff, DJ, Producer, and Label owner. 

Tell us about your journey into music and what led you to this point.

I have 25 years at the game. It’s a long journey, but I feel it’s just started. 

How do you effectively promote yourself as an artist?

It’s a 360º experience.

Tell us about your latest release.

My last work, called “Around”, is out now on Solardo’s label “Sola”, including amazing vocals from my good friend and soul music singer “Georges Perin.” You can listen to it loud on all platforms!

What has the feedback been like from your latest release?

Feedback so far is amazing! Thank you all, guys.

How do you take care of your mental health?

Reading books and swimming keeps me in balance.

Talk us through your creative process.

That’s an everyday struggle that I am taking. The inspiration for now comes from what is happening around me. That keeps me alert and motivated to create.

What advice do you have for other artists?

Be authentic, you are unique, and be happy with other artists’ success. 

What is your biggest goal this year, and how close are you to achieving it?

Another big release to a label I respect the most – it’s coming!

Lastly, what can we expect from you in the future?

More music and many more crazy DJ sets. 

CJ Jeff’s ‘Around’ is available now via Solardo’s Sola Records.