Smokin Joga x MoreYoga
Smokin’ Joga is a Dynamic Vinyasa Flow class set to uplifting deep house music
Jo Joseph/AKA Smokin’ Jo is a Yoga Teacher and also a successful International Club DJ who has played in the most incredible clubs all over the world and was resident DJ at the infamous Space in Ibiza. In the past Jo also trained as a dancer so she has brought together her three passions, yoga, dance and house music to create an Uplifting Dynamic Vinyasa Flow class set to cool house and chilled grooves.
Be prepared to sweat, smile and laugh!
MoreYoga Stoke Newington
7pm – 9pm , Saturday 6th April | Only £20
About Smokin Jo
Smokin Jo is one of the most talented DJs to emerge from the British dance music scene, her undeniably cutting edge sound has carved her a niche in clubland.
Smokin Jo has had an enviable career to date, spanning 29 years. During this time she has played all over the world at many of the industry’s top clubs, including Pacha (Ibiza) Space (Miami & Ibiza), Womb (Tokyo), Aghea (Tokyo), Panorama Bar (Berlin), Warung (Brazil), Cavo Paradiso (Mykonos), Crobar (New York), Vinyl (New York), Zouk (Singapore), Fabric (London), Ministry Of Sound (London), Cocoon (Frankfurt).
Jo is still the only female DJ to have won DJ Magazine’s highly coveted DJ Of The Year award.
Most recently Jo has played at Hed Kandi, Morning Gloryville, Annabelle’s, Clockwork Orange in Ibiza and appeared in a documentary for Ministry of Sound The Annual Classic Tour and is booked on one of the live dates hosting and DJ-ing before the orchestra. Jo played two epic gigs at Glastonbury in 2018 for Block9 and Greenpeace and is returning again this year. This summer Jo has been booked for Glitterbox at HI in Ibiza, Shindig Festival and Defected dates. Summer 2016 Jo was headlining the Ibiza Space opening party and playing at the Final ever closing party, she was resident DJ for 3 years at the uber cool Sexy Fish in Mayfair playing to the likes of Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford and the Beckham’s and is now playing regular monthly gigs at The Ned, White City House, plus London’s coolest East End venues. Jo also played at the prestigious Vogue Magazine 100 year event at Tramp in London.
At London Fashion week for the past four years Jo has produced the music and played live at Julien Macdonald’s stunning shows.
Previously Jo and Skin from legendary rock band Skunk Anansie launched their own amazing new concept called “The Electric Tiger Cave”, where they played back2back while Skin sang over the tracks. Last summer they took over Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes in Ibiza for a crazy run of parties.
In the past Jo was booked by actor/DJ Idris Elba to play alongside him at his own club night. Jo has also hosted her own night at the infamous Pikes Hotel in Ibiza, booking DJ’s to play with her such as Mark Ronson and Dave Morales.
Where did it all begin?
Jo’s story began in 1990 when after years of attending many of the early raves and illegal parties she noticed a distinct lack of female DJs. As a massive fan of this exciting new music that was sweeping the nation, Jo decided to buy some decks and started mixing. From those early days it was always the deeper side of things Jo preferred, soulful sounding tracks that take you on a journey, no matter what style she plays from Techno to House it has to have meaning and a bass line to kill. Taking her stage name from the boxer Smoking Joe Fraser, Jo felt it provided ambiguity over an obviously feminine name as at the time it was seen as a novelty to be a female DJ (how times change!) It’s thanks to women like Jo that these shifts in attitudes have taken place.
While working in the Jean Paul Gaultier shop in London’s Soho, Jo made her first mix tapes and gave them to friends and customers to gauge their response. The reactions were better than expected and her first gigs quickly followed at fashion after-show parties. In 1991 Jo was given a chance to play at London’s legendary after-hours party Trade at Turnmills. Seizing the opportunity she smashed the club, blending her mixture of deep house and techno and as a result was given a residency that lasted three years. Trade was her stepping-stone into the big league. At that time Trade was the only after hours in London: all the promoters, DJ’s and industry people came down to party religiously each week so in no time at all Jo was being booked to play at club events like Puscha, Boys Own, Tribal Gathering, Back to Basics, Cream and Full Circle. These gigs were the basis for her winning DJ Magazine’s highly coveted DJ of the Year Award.
After winning the award Jo headed off to Ibiza to play at Space for the first time in 1993, when the island was still relatively untouched. During that period she played at Amnesia, Pacha, Ku (Privilege) as well as many infamous secret beach and villa parties. This was when Jo’s career took off on a global scale, seeing her regularly traveling all over the world every weekend, as well as maintaining a hectic schedule of the UK&’s top clubs: her demand was such that she often played up to 5 gigs in one night. Thanks to her knowledge of the Ibiza scene, in 2002 and 2003 she was assigned to present a ‘Postcards from Ibiza’ report on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection on Radio 1, giving weekly reports of all the latest club news and goings on there. In addition Jo was also asked to do an Essential Mix for Radio 1 as part of their & Ibiza Heroes; series, which was broadcast on 20th September 2003. Jo went on to mix the Terrace CD for the Space Album that was released on Azuli Records in 2003. This followed on from the other successful compilations she had under her belt such as ‘Defected Sessions 14’, ‘DEF Com 2’ and ‘SJ01’ released through Trust the DJ.
At this time Jo was signed to Defected where she produced some successful releases for the label, including Yanu
and Psycho Bitch, however Jo’s demanding schedule meant that her productions at that time were few and far between. She also mixed a cover-mount CD for Muzik magazine in the summer of 2001 and more recently in 2006 she mixed the cover-mount CD for Mixmag, which was hugely popular and was re-released in 2016. Jo’s international credibility has led her to work alongside a number of iconic figures in the world of music, film and fashion. One of her career highlights was being flown to Prague by Daniel Craig to
play at the wrap party for his first James Bond movie, Casino Royale. Jo has opened for Grace Jones at one of her concerts, played at The Pet Shop Boys end of tour party, Skunk Anansie’s album launch party, Jamiroqaui’s South African tour parties, and at fashion shows and events for Alexander McQueen, Julian Macdonald, Melissa Odabash and Michiko Koshino. Jo was also asked to play for supermodel Naomi Campbell at her private villa party in honour of Quincy Jones.
About Smokin Jo Yoga Teacher
Jo qualified through Yoga Alliance with Claire Missingham one of the UK’s foremost Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teachers and has been teaching private and group yoga classes in London. She teaches a dynamic style of Vinyasa Flow from Beginner to Advanced Level. Most recently Jo has appeared on an episode of Made in Chelsea reality TV show, teaching yoga to some of the male stars of the show. Her clients also include designer Julien Macdonald, Nick Clegg and Skin Lead Singer of Skunk Anansie.
Jo trained as a dancer at London Contemporary Dance School and later became a successful International Club DJ for many years under the name Smokin’ Jo, during this time Jo discovered Yoga, the instant improvement she experienced in strength and flexibility made her curious to discover more about Yoga and its extensive uses and benefits. Jo has been practicing Yoga for fifteen years; it was her dream to become a teacher and blend her three great passions together, Yoga, Dance and Music. Her sequencing and interest in how the body moves is largely influenced by her work in dance, her playlists are cleverly crafted utilizing her extensive knowledge of all forms of music from her DJ career, whereas the breathing, asana and esoteric elements stem from her education in Yoga and its rich history of ideas and styles. The hope is that by combining her three loves; they enrich one another creating a fulfilling practice.
Jo has also studied Meditation at the Buddhist centre and Naturopathic Nutrition at The College of Naturopathic Medicine, Jo firmly believes in the power of a healthy diet and has taught Yoga at Amchara Health retreat in Somerset on their weekly juice fast detox retreats. As well as her 1-2-1 clients Jo is currently teaching weekly open classes at The Ned members club and corporate yoga for the Estee Lauder group. Jo has developed a more hi-intensity Dynamic Vinyasa Flow class, which she calls ‘Smokin’ Joga’ these bigger events are set to cool electronic grooves and house music all mixed by Jo under her DJ name Smokin Jo, a live percussionist plays over the mix and the room is lit with funky coloured lights to create a fun and exciting mood. These events have been very successful with Tatler and Elle are featuring them in their magazines.