JM#102 – Linda Jenssen

Our Jæger mix guest this week is originally from Trondheim, but resides in Sydney, where she’s DJ’d since 2005. Linda Jenssen has been playing records for the better part of two decades, with a sincere dedication to the pioneering roots of House music. She plays regularly around Australia and spends her summers in Norway, where she can be found playing the likes of Dattera til Hagen and Blå. She’s hosted several residencies around Sydney and has contributed to a weekly Radio show on Bondi FM with Eddie Wong since 2007.

Jenssen stopped by the Jæger mix on her latest sojourn to Norway, to lay down a mix from the deeper corners of House music. Bass-lines, anchored in the lower register around four-four kicks, move at a reticent pace with the accompaniment. Sustained legato keys and cosmic synths create immense textural layers that float between syncopated hats and the odd R&B or Gospel vocal melisma. These elements conspire in a mix for “lazy Sunday afternoons” as Linda Jenssen intended.

Give us an introduction

Norwegian born, Australia based DJ of many genres:)
What is your earliest memory of a piece of music?
a-ha, I was probably their youngest but biggest fan from the age of 4 or 5.
What sound or genre do you feel represents what you try to do through your selections?
I definitely lean towards the warm, melodic and soulful sounds, in any genre.
What do you consider your role as DJ should be?
To educate and entertain.
What was the theme of your mix?
Lazy summer days.
Which track in your Æmix best represents the theme of your mix and why?
The opening track Destination (Beachtowel Mix) by Schmoov, because of it’s drive, funky bass line and for always putting me in a good mood. An all time favourite for about 20 years.
What do you hope your Æmix relays to the listener?
I always try and mix it up blending different genres to keep it interesting both for the listener and for myself. I just hope the mix is being appreciated for what it is :)
What’s next for you after this mix?
I am in Norway at the moment and have a few fun gigs lined up in Oslo and Trondheim. I am just going to enjoy DJing on home soil for a few weeks and then see where the wind takes me.