The Insiders: Jim Gellatly

Some tips on how to become a DJ, continuing our Insider’s guide.

Full name: Jim Gellatly.
Age: 39.
Hometown: Dundee.
Job title: Presenter/Producer, Xfm Scotland.
How did you get your job? Wrote to every radio station in the UK for work experience. Went to Moray Firth Radio in Inverness for two weeks of work experience and ended up staying for three years.
Did qualifications or experience help you get your job? Probably not.
What’s the best part about your job? Getting to push the music I love.
And the worst? Trying to keep up with all the music I come across.
What’s the biggest misconception about your job? That I only work three hours a day.
Who is the most famous person you’ve met while doing your job? Lots! Paul Daniels, The Spice Girls, Robbie Williams, Trent Reznor.
How long would it take for someone to be trained to do your job from scratch? From 10 minute to two years. Some people are naturals. I wasn’t.
Complete this sentence: The amount I make for doing my job is… my little secret.
Whose music is making you most excited right now? Broken Records, Black Kids, The Vivians, Vampire Weekend.
What’s the next gig in your diary? SXSW festival in Texas.

4 Broken Records – Kathy
4 Vampire Weekend – Exit Music (For A Film) (Radiohead cover)

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