Spacejams: The ‘Wednesday Alternative’ Mix
Bombay’s Milkman crew started throwing raves at defunct locations across India, with the hope of changing the way people experienced nightlife in the country.
Over the past four years, they’ve brought over the likes of Helena Hauff, DJ Stingray, Ben UFO, Lena Willikens, Kamaal Williams, Optimo and Aisha Devi, to name but a few. This year party collective founder Jai added another string to their bow with the launch of their label and a first release from Bombay-based producer Azu Hoyvoy – a dark, grungy, avant-garde EP titled ‘Future Literature’.
Another member of the Milkman family, and a resident at their parties, is SPACEJAMS, who takes care of this week’s humpday mix. Real name Yohann Jamsandekar, his wide-ranging selections and mercurial mixing style is translated through his raucous, high-energy sets that detonate the dance floor.
Jai gives us a brief intro to the resident: “The artist I’m about to introduce is SPACEJAMS, our resident DJ who has practically opened for almost every artist that I have mentioned above. When I moved back to India in 2017, he was the first person I met in music and we instantly connected over it. Yohann was there from the start of Milkman in India and had a major role to play in the bookings we did over the years. To have him do this mix is very important because he really represents the Milkman sound in India and is probably my favorite DJ in the country.”
To those familiar with his jacked-up taste in music, this comes as little surprise. He can make you break dance, brain dance or simply give you a good old fashioned body massage! Get to know…
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
Hello. My name is Yohann Jamsandekar (JAM-SAND-DECKER). People know me as SPACEJAMS or Jammy. I was born on 30th September 19TIGER. I’m hailing from the city of BOMBbay, India. I’m also the resident DJ for Milkman parties.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
Hmmmmmm, what does my music really sound like? Good question. It definitely sounds SCI-FI, Industrial, electric with a twist of lime. My sound keeps evolving with time. Lately I think it’s been sounding pretty whack! Like a googly but the one that’s bowled by a fast bowler.
Where was the mix recorded?
In my bedroom, which also happens to be my studio.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Working out or spacing out at home.
What should we be wearing?
Something comfortable so you can move easily. Jogging suit, Bday suit — whatever suits you.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
In an aircraft with no seats in. That Mile High Club setting we/ve all been dreaming about. Imagine mixing an 8 hour set on a nice long journey across the continent!
P.S The DJ table must be at a good height.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Patel Rap – Bali Brahmbhatt & Devang Patel
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
BMX NINJAS – PHONE SEX MIX. So sad that it was taken down from their page. Lucky for me I hit the DL link in 2009 and now it’s somewhere safe on a HD.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
David Vunk. He’s the true definition of a wild wild wild wild DJ. His selections are full of heart and playing with him would just be too much fun. The night could go in many directions.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
I started off with an M-Audio midi controller – Torq Xponent, then moved onto Pioneer CDJ 1000’S/ DJM 800 setup, then Traktor midi mapped to a Novation Launchpad. In recent times im happy with a DJM900 Mixer with CDJ 2000’S. All thanks to my homeboy Swayne (ProActive Sounds) who always lends me his decks whenever they are not being used for shows!
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Both. Take off and landing are equally important.
What were the first and last records you bought?
2pac – All Eyez On Me
Duke Of Juke – Nuthin’ But Sum Duke Knwldg
If it was an animal what would it be?
Bi-Polar Labrador Retriever
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke & Pearlies – Super-Cali-Fragil-Istic-Expi-Ali Docious
Upcoming in the world of …
Local events are finally starting to resurrect. Feeling the excitement slow n steadily.
Apart from that I’ve been spending a lot of time on developing my music production techniques amd skills.
Anything else we need to discuss?
Get vaccinated! Take good care of your mental and physical well being. Talk to your homies often. Workout as regularly as possible. Listen to your favourite music everyday. Try to make yourself and others around you feel good at all times. I know it’s hard, especially with all that has been going on over the last two years.