The third offering in the Hijacked Mix Series comes from one of the festival’s first headliner announcements: DJ-producer Benedict Jackson.
A headliner at the inaugural Hijacked Festival in Exeter 2014, Benedict Jackson will be returning once more with another eclectic set, taking us through a variety of deep house and electronica genres. Benedict broke through with ‘Not Your House’/ ‘Audux’ in 2013 on Real Nice Recordings, and quickly gained support from Waifs & Strays and Eton Messy to name a few. With several other remixes to his name, including eLDOKO’s ‘Flur’, and other original material including ‘Far’ and ‘Midnight Lover’ released with Real Nice Recordings, he has also supported a variety of artists at the infamous Love Saves The Day and Gottwood Festival.
His mix for the Hijacked Series is another crowd pleaser, and we get wait to get down and boogie upon his return to Exeter and his debut set at Hijacked Festival 2015 in Oxford.
This is the first hotly anticipated guest mix of the HKD Mix Series, what were your influences you drew on when selecting the songs for your mix?
When selecting the songs for this mix I wanted to keep things varied so hopefully there’s something for everyone in there. It’s compiled of tracks that I’m either listening to or playing out a lot at the moment, both new and old! I’ve drawn on lots of different influences; there’s disco, tribal, acid, house and some pretty old school tunes in there as well so have a listen!
What does it mean to be involved in the Oxford event this year after headlining The Aquarium at the Double Locks, Exeter in 2014?
Last year’s event in Exeter was incredible and I’m really excited about what the Oxford event will have to offer; the venue and the production are set to be pretty special and I hear that there are going to be some really exciting artists playing as well.
Obviously you are used to playing in Oxford, can you sum up the dance scene there in one sentence for our Exetera readers?
Oxford has some great venues and gets some great bookings. The scene is relatively small but it remains varied and intimate. There’s always a loyal crowd so it’s always exciting to play there.