DJ Joseph

josephMy name is Joseph and I was born In France on 27th august 1962, I’m 49 years old and I’m married with 3 daughters and 1 son. At the end of the 70’s, when I was a youngster, I used to go to two clubs in Belgium (The POPCORN & The CHAMPOU) and two others in France (The WESTERN CLUB & Le REFUGE)

It was at these clubs that Belgium DJ’s and collectors came to play fantastic records …60’s SOUL and Latin’ through to Boogaloo and more groove styles!!! In a very short space of time, I found myself falling in love with this wonderful music. Some of my favourite artists at this time were Major LANCE, Gene CHANDLER and Jerry BUTLER. I loved this music so much, that in the 80’s, I took the decision to buy my own records and started to built my own record collection, I have nearly 8000 records now (45, LP and EP (including many French pressings). I gave my first radio show in 1982 and continued to DJ on the radio for 4 years, but, in 1986, I became blind, and as I’m sure you can understand, it was a very hard time in my life! But soon things started to get better for me, I met my lovely wife and continued to look for records and this gave me a new outlook on life. I’m so lucky because my love for this music makes me happy and strong!

So, after that, 13 years ago, I started another Radio Show on Radio BOOMERANG 89.7 FM (ROUBAIX in the north of the France) I broadcast every Sunday at 06pm to 07. 30pm. Anyone can listen it on the web. ( My Radio Show has given me the opportunity to meet some of my favourite American singers like, Tommy HUNT, Gene CHANDLER, Don GARDNER, Baby WASHINGTON and also famous French singers like Nancy HOLLOWAY and Frank ALAMO, they gave me interviews for my Radio SHOW called OLDIES MEMORIES and it was so great! 

I now use Braille. I put Braille stickers on all my records, this enables me to find each one of them when I need to play it, also, I am able to find each record very quickly when I’m playing at a party. I also use a vocal computer, that is another great way to find records all over the world, with all my and contacts in United States, United KINDOM and of course in Belgium were I have many friends enjoying the same kind of music that I love. This is my story!