In 2003 she's been making
the transition from DJ to studio Producer and Remixer with
Here's DJ Jackie
Christie talking about her style, her projects
had recently the privilege to interview Jackie Christie,
one of New York's coolest dj, and also the girl who remixed
Madonna's latest single Nothing Fails and
gave fans a new energetic rendition of Madonna's beautiful
Jackie's remix of Nothing Fails, called "Jackie's In
Love In The Club Mix", is available as one of the
exclusive tracks of the American and European Maxi
Single release of the song.
Jackie was a mere 16 years old when she
first stepped behind the instruments that would take her
around the world - the infamous two turntables. Needless
to say, Jackie Christie was born to be
In the early nineties, Jackie left her hometown of Detroit
and set her sites on the home to the worlds best known
DJs, New York City. She made her New
York debut alongside DJ/producer Danny Tenaglia. Jackie
landed her first New York City residency at the famed
Christie caught the attention of the MTV
network. Looking to add more credibility to their program
The Grind, MTV asked Jackie to come on
board. Originally hired as the show's DJ, the network
soon took notice of her poise and broadcasting skills
and replaced their supermodel hosts with the equally camera
Last year Jackie Christie has been making
the transition from DJ to studio Producer and Remixer
with "Nothing Fails", Madonna's
third single from the "American Life" album
which saw release Nov 23.
The song was #1 on the Billboard Dance Sales
chart (the chart that matters as it is based on sound
scan sales) and recently on the Hot Dance Music/Club
now here's what Jackie told exclusively to Madonna
Tribe about her style, her projects and Madonna.
MTribe: You were 16 years old when you started working at
the mixing desk. Did you have the feeling that it was going
to be a full time job from the beginning, or what happened
next was sort of unexpected?
Jackie: I still remember the first time I DJ'ed it
was real fun for me. I loved music so much and I was asked
to DJ because my love for music showed, to the person who
ran a mobile DJ company.
To find myself here in New York just finishing a Madonna
remix and still DJing is a trip!
MTribe: What is the genre of music you like the most
and how much of what you like is reflected in your work
as a remixer and in the style of your mixes?
Jackie: I really like dance music from house to disco,
funk, Motown, pop, hip-hop, and rock. I love it all! I want
my music to reflect my deep respect for music. I hope to
touch people especially if they don't care for dance music.
MTribe: There are a lot female Djs in clubs around the
world spinning records, but there aren't much female djs
known as remixers, that do officially commissioned mixes
for major artists. How do feel being up there with Tracy
Young and a few more?
Jackie: Great! I have many goals for myself and as
long as I can I will continue to focus on music.
MTribe: You once spinned in front of 15.000 people here
in Italy, can you tell us more about your experience with
the Italian crowds?
Jackie: I Love the Discotec in Italy!!! The people
go out with such style and have so much appreciation for
the music and like to dance. Always a great experience.
MTribe: Tell us more about the
artists you have remixed, do you have any personal favorite?
Jackie: Yoko Ono's "Open Your Box" was a exciting
project, her original band for that song was the Beatles.
I also remixed Kung Pow "are You A DJ" and I have to say
Madonna is my Favorite remix.
MTribe: Nothing Fails is your first Madonna official
commissioned mix, did you remix her work before "unofficially"
for your private collection?
Jackie: I love to make my own mix of artist and Madonna
is so huge every where that it's great fun to mix her up.
MTribe: How were you approached to remix Madonna's next
single? was it totally unexpected? Can we expect more Jackie's
mixes of her songs in the future?
Jackie: I asked to remix "Nothing Fails" I really
liked this song on her latest album. So when I got to work
on her song it was very exciting and I am so glad she approved
my mix! I really hope to add my flavor to more Madonna remixes.
MTribe: Tell us more about the remix you did, and what
is the idea you wanted to develop.
Jackie: I wanted it to be a mainfloor mix with a
big choir breakdown so you felt the magic of the Madonna
and the choir, like church.
MTribe: Was it hard to turn a ballad into a club mix?
Jackie: I had no problem. I had my ideas for this
song before I walked in the studio.
MTribe: Did you use only Madonna's vocals, or there were
any other samples from the original track?
Jackie: I used Madonna's vocals and the choir.
MTribe: Speaking of Madonna,
do you usually play her mixes in clubs, and how do people
respond to them?
Jackie: Madonna's music has always packed a dancefloor.
Sometimes you can do a theme based around Madonna songs.
I Love to play her remixes that are made for big dancefloors.
MTribe: Which are your Madonna favorite remixers?
Jackie: I like what Peter Rauhofer has been doing
and also Victor Calderone.
MTribe: You already released some very cool compilations,
and now you're working on some original material, can you
tell us about that and your future projects? What should
we expect from Jackie soon?
Jackie: I am in the process of working on an album
that will be out on Motema Records. I have written a few
songs over the years and the time has come for me to put
them together. The project will be a collective album of
different musicians working together to create a dance journey
for body and soul.
Please stayed tuned!
MadonnaTribe would like to thank Jackie for
for being a great remixer and great, friendly person.
Be sure to visit Jackie's website at DJJackieChristie.com
Copyrigth 2004 MadonnaTribe