Born Joanne Joseph, Smokin Jo began her career after noticing a distinct lack of female DJs. After falling in love wtih House music and the scene, in 1991 Jo decided to purchase some decks and try her hand at djing. While working in the Junior Gaultier shop in Soho, Jo made mix tapes and gave them to friends and customers. Her first entry into djing for real was for fashion parties, which then escalated into her djing for club events. Taking her stage name from the boxer Smoking Joe Fraser,
In the early nineties, Jo was given a chance to play at London's legendary TRADE night @ Turnmills. She absolutely rocked the dance floor and was given a residency that lasted three years. From there she went on to play at many of the UK clubs Cream, Pushca, Ministry of Sound, Renaissance, Progress, Sign of the Times and Miss Moneypennies. She also played for the infamous Boys Own, Betty Ford Clinic and to a crowd of 30,000 people at Tribal Gathering, where she attributes as one of the most memorable and amazing experiences.
As the scene has changed Jo has changed with it, playing for Tribal Sessions, Shindig, The End, Fabric and not forgetting the residency she held with DTPM. Jo has always been a part of the London Gay scene, where through this she opens doors and pushes boundaries with her audience & music. Jo has been able to tour the world with her unique sound. Danny Tenaglia has become a loyal supporter of Jo, regularly dropping her tracks within his sets and inviting her to play at Vinyl in New York alongside himself.
She spends much of her summertime living and Djing in Ibiza at Space, Pacha, El Divino and Privilege and she was the resident DJ for Vivid at Space playing alongside Steve Lawler, Sasha, and Space resident Jason Bye on the terrace mixing vocal tracks into tribal grooves. Jo's international credibility has led her to work alongside numerous celebrities, Djing at The Pet Shop Boys end of tour party, Grace Jones' concert, Skunk Anansies' album launch party, Jamiroqaui's South African tour parties, Todd Terry at The Royal Albert Hall as well as fashion events like Alexander McQueen, Michiko Koshinos and Julian Macdonald after-show parties.
Jo entered into presenting in 2002, with TV & Radio. She made her debut as a presenter for MTV: Dance in Ibiza as well as presenting for Radio One at Mardi Gras 2002. Jo was also assigned to do bi weekly postcards from Ibiza for Pete Tong's Essential Selection show. As Jo is based in Ibiza all summer, she was perfect for the role. Delivering back to the BBC studio's the goings on in Ibiza, what was hot and what was not.