JM#126 – Ole Rønning

Opening up the Jæger mix this week, Ole Rønning ventures straight into something a little more peculiar as the strumming guitar of Cornelis Vreeswijk greets us with “Somliga Går med Trasiga Skor”. It marks the start of an eccentric mix that trips the light fantastic through the known musical cosmos. Jazz and breakbeat live side by side, underpinned by a psychedelia across disparate genres the likes of which we haven’t heard since the 1970’s

A mash up of tracks that shouldn’t work together but somehow remarkably do, Ole Rønning gives us an alternative sound to the Sunday nights at Jæger. Much like his last appearance on the Jæger mix series, Rønning offers a kaleidoscopic view from the side of his vast musical palette. Where dub influences and Reggae laid the foundation for his last mix, on this occasion he has come to the crossroads where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil for the Rhythm and Blues.

A bluesy mix of tracks that go from 12 bar to the furthest reaches of Miles Davis’ most lysergic visions, Ole Rønning tempers his Sunday mix for a listening audience with a loose theme coming into focus by the end. It’s a all-encompassing theme, a place where Mick Jagger and Lou Donaldson can occupy the same space, and where an extensive history of music is interpreted in the contemporary realm in the context of a club mix.

Give us an introduction to your Jæger mix.

This is a mash-up of tracks that seemingly don’t fit together. And me trying to make them.

What is your earliest memory of a piece of music?

My dad and I in his car. Him teaching me to follow the beat. Nodding our heads to Dire Straits.

What encouraged you towards a career in music?

I love digging for vinyl. Finding strange music and getting the opportunity to share it.

What do you consider your role as DJ should be?

To challenge the listener’s perspective of music, and hopefully give them a good time.

Are there any favourite tracks in this mix?

They are all someone’s favourite track.

What do you hope your Æmix relays to the listener?

That it is different, interesting and they want to hear it again.

What’s next for you after this mix?

Play some gigs when I get the chance and feel like it.