Among the finest in the everlasting underground scene of the Bay Area, Jimmy B has been acclaimed as the next generation DJ. As a Bay resident, Jimmy was fortunate enough to be influenced by a diverse array of culture.
Fast-forward to the late 90's when Jimmy was introduced to various forms of underground music and events. Jimmy eventually found himself involved with several west coast events, collectives and sound systems.
In 1999 he hooked up with Clockwork, producing events drawing over 20,000 in every city within the bay area including SF’s (Candlestick Park, Concourse Exhibition & Civic Center), Oakland (Home Base, 85th & Baldwin, West Grand Base), and San Jose (Fair Grounds).
A move to Santa Cruz for college allowed for more creative expression. Produced many epic par..
Jimmy B's fascination with music began with his sister's crazy dance mix tapes and his parent's Lps and 8-tracks. "I was lucky to have an older sister that listened to everything. Reggie, Alternative Rock, Free Style, Hip Hop, Butt Rock, New-Wave, Electro. Thanks Aly for making me boogie."
From the time he was in grade school, Jimmy has been collecting music and stealing his parents Lps. "I had a ghetto blaster with a dual cassette deck and direct drive turntable. I used to record everything."
In grade school, he began creating party mix tapes and playing music for friends' events and house parties.
It wasn't until later in high school when Jimmy was exposed to mixing through turntables. "I was lucky enough to have some friends that had 1200s."
While attending junior college he was introduced to many various underground sounds including breaks, nu-jazz, house, punk, reggie, dancehall, dub, dnb, techno, ghetto tech. He was taken to many different events and eventually found himself involved with various west coast events, collectives and sound systems.
Over the years, Jimmy has promoted and been a resident DJ at parties including; "The Bad Puppy" at San Jose's Historical Cactus Club, Clockwork Events Revolutionary Massives (99-02 circa), "Spliff" at the Galaxy Club (now club Milk), Elevate, Blam, Drop, ground breaking collaborations at the legendary Catalyst and Margaritaville, Santa Cruz only after hours affair "The DL", RXFX, Sole Division and Be The Riottt.
Jimmy admits that the Velvet Shop in San Jose has been the biggest influence on his djing style over the years. "If it wasn't for those promoters and deejays I wouldn't be djing today. I asked about tracks that I would hear and would find them at the Solid Grooves San Jose, Clear or Tweekin in SF. I would dig around for hours looking for tracks that I heard and took note. That is what really got me into it. Hearing music that I really thought was awesome and finding it."
Under aged and with a fake ID in hand, Jimmy would attend the Thursday night San Jose parties religiously in addition to road trips and travels anywhere to discover new music.
These days, when Jimmy B isn't in class pursuing his degree in Broadcasting and Marketing, he can be found producing events, collaborating with friends, traveling and promoting music via mixing at underground gatherings and club appearances.
"Bringing people together for a memorable experience is what I love. As far as music goes, there is so much out there to be explored. I love to do my thing on the decks but the main thing is that music that doesn't get explored through the easier avenues (TV, RADIO, COMMERCIAL HYPE) gets loved by masses through the underground."
Selected discography Jimmy B
A Tribute to the Velvet Shop (rxfx, 2007)
El Otro Mundo Exclusive (EOM, 2007)
Burning Man 2008 (green gorilla, 2008)