Chatting with James Haskell
NFYFC is really excited to announce that English rugby union player James Haskell will be our Sunday night DJ at Annual Convention 2018! The Wasps player is finding time in his busy sporting schedule to entertain 5,000 Young Farmers in their club shirts – and he told us why he wants to play a YFC gig!
How is training going?
Training is going really well. I’m just on my way back from Twickenham where we’ve had a really hard training session in front of 10,000 people. Prince Harry came along and added to the atmosphere. It’s great to be involved with the England side, however long that will last.
How will you fit in Annual Convention alongside your rugby commitments?
I will have played the day before so the Sunday will be a day off for me. I’ll go down in the evening, do the set and then come back. I very rarely get to DJ but getting to play in front of 5,000 Young Farmers at their Annual Convention is really exciting. If they’re anything like the farmers I’ve met before then they like a good night out! I’m really looking forward to seeing them in their club shirts and letting their hair down.
But it won’t interfere with rugby – I won’t be drinking, I’ll just be dropping the tunes and then heading back home ready for training the next day.
How did you get into DJing?
I’ve always used music as a tool before a match – it helps me get prepared and emotionally ready for a game. I’ve also been to Ibiza and Vegas a few times and had some great nights out with some great music so that inspired me to try DJing. Why wouldn’t you want to listen to great tunes that make you feel a million dollars while you’re in the centre of a room giving people an evening that they will enjoy?
So I went on a course and learned more about it. I’ve done around 15-20 gigs and I really enjoy it – it’s a big part of my life now.
Do you live in the countryside?
I’ve always lived in the countryside. I’m a massive supporter of farming – it’s such an important part of this country and I think it’s important to keep that going.
And I’m obsessed with tractors and diggers!
Yes we’d heard you had a thing about JCBs!
I’ve got one sitting on my driveway! I’ve been a huge fan of theirs since I was a kid. I got to drive the new Fastrac 8000 to and from training a few times which was unbelievable.
Do you have any farming experience? Would you like some?
I have friends who are farmers and I’ve been on farms – I’ve laid barn foundations and ploughed a couple of fields in my misspent youth! So know a small bit about farming.
Do you have any top tips for our Young Farmers who are planning to do charity challenges on the way to Blackpool?
Whenever you do a physical challenge, the preparation and training you do beforehand is really important. Doing these things for charity can be a great motivator too – when it gets tough, just remember who you are doing it for. Apart from that, just make sure you stay hydrated.
Do you wish you could still join a local YFC?
I think a lot of young people today are lost – you see them glued to their phones. Young Farmers’ Clubs and the work that they do, including all that charity work, gives people a lot of opportunities. Coming together as they do helps them to develop individuals.
Which of these YFC competitons would you enter and why? Pantomime, Jump Rope, Dairy Stockjudging, Dodgeball or Fence Erecting
I’d do the pantomime – I’d make a great pantomime dame!
What should Young Farmers expect from your set on the Sunday night?
My passion for music is across a few genres but you can expect a few bangers – I want people to have a good time, to bring some energy.