Jesse Aldridge, 30, aka Jesse Jamz, is the organizer for Sub Sonic Social, held at 9 p.m. Friday at People’s Court, 216 Court Ave., and a resident DJ at Lime Lounge, 435 E. Grand Ave.
Q: How did you get started DJing?
I was about 14 years old and got taken to an all-night electronic music event and was pretty inspired by that. I immediately bought a set of turntables and started practicing around the clock. I started playing publicly later that year, and 15 years later I’m still doing it.
Q: What’s a Sub Sonic Social show like?
It is an action-packed, visually stimulating show and the best monthly party in central Iowa. There’s a variety of local and regional talent, and we also bring in headliners occasionally.
This is our 11th month doing this, and we usually get around 500 people each time. People are lined up half an hour before we open. Bars have a hard time getting people in until 10 or 10:30, so having people lined up at 8:30 is a nice thing.
Q: Dubstep is all the rage at the moment, what do you think will come next?
It’s hard to say. Electronic music is such a unique genre with so many subgenres. It’s all in the eye of the beholder. One person might really enjoy dubstep for some reasons, but others might not like it for the same reasons. Someone might like the upbeat feeling of electro or house, but think dubstep is too raunchy or aggressive. But whatever gets people listening to electronic music is all right in my book. – Joe Lawler