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Birth name Jole Richard Hughes
Also known as DJ S3RL
Born (1981-12-17) December 17, 1981 (age 35)
Origin Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore
Occupation(s) DJ, record producer
Instruments Decks, Vocals
Years active 2000 (2000)–present[1]
Labels EMFA Music, Executive Digital,[1] Australia with Force, Relentless Digital, Relentless Vinyl

Jole Richard Hughes, better known by his stage name S3RL (pronounced Serl), is an Australian UK hardcore DJ, record producer, singer, and musician from Brisbane. In mid-2015 his single, "Genre Police" (featuring Lexi), peaked at No. 10 on the Norwegian singles chart.


Jole Richard Hughes is a UK Hardcore musician from Brisbane who performs as S3RL (or DJ S3RL).[2] In October 2010 he appeared as a DJ at the inaugural Bam! Festival at Ivory's Rock in south-east Queensland.[3]

One of S3RL's popular tracks is "Pretty Rave Girl" (2006),[4] which uses the melody from "Daddy DJ" (November 1999) by the French dance act of the same name.[5] S3RL has contributed tracks for several UK hardcore compilation series, including the Bonkers series. Some of his other works are "Fantasy Land", "Raver Dimension", "Rainbow Girl", "Friendzoned", "Sek C Raver", "Little Kandi Raver", "Pika Girl", "Keep on Raving Baby", "Bass Slut", "Feel the Melody" and "MTC". S3RL uses Reason software by Propellerhead to create his music.

Many of his songs reference geek culture such as anime, manga and video games. In 2011, he founded his own label, EMFA Music, through which all of his productions and remixed works are released. In May 2012 the label issued, "Press Play Walk Away", as a single by S3RL and SynthWulf, a fellow hardcore DJ.[6]

As of February 2015, S3RL is ranked 1658[7] on the "Official Global DJ Rankings" page dj-rankings.com which bases its rankings on a number of factors include chart rankings, DJ fees, and radio airplay. During mid-2015 his single, "Genre Police" (featuring Lexi), which had been issued in Australia in the previous November,[4] peaked at No. 10 on the Norwegian singles chart.[8]

Personal life[edit]

S3RL married Jodie Hughes in 2012. S3RL lives in Brisbane, Queensland with Jodie and their baby Ryker Hughes. S3RL's producer name was based on a nickname his cousins gave him when he was little, which derived from his cousins calling him "asshole", but they weren't allowed to swear so they began saying "Jole you arserl", and according to S3RL, "serl" stuck.[9]



Year Single Peak positions Album
2015 "Genre Police" (feat. Lexi) 10[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (n.d.). "S3RL". Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Zakiya (26 January 2015). "6 Ways the Dance Music Scene Has Changed According to S3RL". RaverRafting. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "BAM! Festival 2010 – Ivory's Rock, QLD". The AU review. 2010. Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Zakiya (24 November 2014). "These 7 Throwback S3RL Tunes Will Restore Your Faith in Happy Hardcore". RaverRafting. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "'Daddy DJ', in various singles charts". Lescharts.com. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "'Press Play Walk Away' – Single by S3RL & SynthWulf". iTunes. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "S3RL – Official Global DJ Rankings". dj-rankings.com. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "S3RL feat. Lexi / 'Genre Police'" (in Norwegian). VG-lista. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "S3RL Interview". youtube.com. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "S3RL feat. Lexi 'Genre Police'" (in Norwegian). VG-Lista. Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 

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