JAY KAY started DJ'ing in 1990 at Northern Ireland’s most influential House Club Kelly's Portrush, where he carved out his knish and developed his own sound.
Within a short period of time he began to gain regular work at 2 of Ireland's now legendary club's of the time namely "Kilwaughter House" Larne and "The Point" in Donegal. Jay then upped sticks and fled to the North's capital "Belfast" upon doing so he gained residencies and guest work at some of the cities top clubs like The Network, Space and Thompson's Garage (were he still holds down a weekly residency to this day).
Firmly established now as one of Belfast's leading djs it was only right that when club Milk opened amid a blur of publicity that Jay became one of the residents a residency that lasted 7 years and saw him share the one and twos with the likes of Danny Rampling, Louie Vega, Joey Negro, Roger Sanchez, Eric Morillo, Harry "Choo Choo" Romero, Jim "Shaft" Ryan, Seamus Haji, Richard F & Jazzy M to name a few.
1998 was a busy year, as well as picking up the Best Northern Ireland DJ at the Bacardi Dance Awards he also gained a monthly residency at "Vena" atop Edinburgh club night in Wilkie House, played at Northern Ireland's first Dance Festival "Planet Love" and released his debut single entitled "Expose" which was released on independent Irish label Little Fluffy Records.
Fast forward some years and alongside his Club Milk residency Jay also took up residencies at Earth in Derry, after hours club night "Last Chance Saloon" (held in The Venue Club) in Belfast, completed a successful tour of Canada and entered a stage in his career were he was djing 5 nights per week, quite a feat for anyone im sure you will agree!!
In 2007 Jay won title of Northern Irelands Best club Dj by Fate magazine and won the same title again earlier this year. These days you can find Jay residing weekly at Belfast clubs The Apartment, Yello at Mynt, Thompson's Garage (still!) Sonic Academy events and his own monthly club night "Glamour Boy" at The Potthouse.
In 2007 Jay thought it was time to get back into the studio and in that last year he has his own studio and runs Glamour Boy recordings and has a string of tracks and remixes out and forthcoming and has done remixes for the likes of Mousse T, The Shapeshifters, Seamus Haji, Oliver Lang, The Japanese Popstars, Reza, Chris Cargo, K-Klass & Peyton plus has a lot of his own original material due for release. As well as doing his own production he also has various other projects like Glamour Boy and Hooks N Kay and The Cuka Kings covering all sides of house and re-editing everything in his sight.
Quote from www.djdownload.com newsletter:
"Jay Kay is one of Northern Ireland's leading home grown DJ's. Last year he more than adequately proved what a hot production talent he was by making the number 1 spot in DJdownload's Top 100 best selling tracks with two consecutive singles. This time Jay covers the Lil' Louis classic "French Kiss". Aptly renamed "Belfast Kiss". Watch him carefully in 2009