Itâ€™s a true pleasure have Claude Young Jr (CYJ) back in Chicago! If you get the chance to chat with himâ€”heâ€™s a man with many interests and much expertise. On top of being a world class DJ, electronic composer and creative collaborator-CYJ's a sci-fi junkie, web designer, videographer and an electronic gadget and computer whiz.
CYJ is a Detroit native born the son of legendary WJLB (Detroit) radio personality, station founding member and production wizard Claude Young Sr. After early interest in television production and some experience working as an intern and later mix show DJ for several radio programs in the early 90's, CYJ turned his focus to the art of the DJ. He was coached by close friend and mentor Anthony Shakir. After relocating to London in 1995, CYJ embarked on a string of DJ tours worldwide from Europe to Asia & beyond lasting almost a decade.
CYJ co-founded two of Detroit electronic music's most respected record imprints: Frictional Records with Anthony Shakir and 7th City Records with Dan Bell. His editing and production skills in studio (taught to him by his father and years of experimentation) helped him produce a string of records for independent and major record labels. Heâ€™s remixed and edited a number of artists including Musto & Bones, Technasia, Gary Numan, Carl Craig, Joey Beltram, Inner City and 4Hero.
In December 2004, CYJ took some time off from DJing to start cynet:media with his current mentor and close friend and advisor HG Wells (in Glasgow) and his wife Yukiko in Tokyo (who runs cynet:media Japan). The collaborative team includes Claude's DJ partner, True People resident DJ and Glasgow House guru Ian Elgey. The company focus is to present electronic music in the most modern forms possible and without musical constraints.
Claude is currently working with Japanese producer and DJ Takasi Nakajima on a collaborative project called Different World (DW). CYJ and Nakajima met in early 2005. The two quickly became close friends after discovering they shared a love of electronic music, turntablism and production. After only a short time working together the two artists were booked to perform at the 2007 DEMF and ended up closing out the packed Made In Detroit stage.
Different World (DW) continues to perform regularly in Japan and recently picked up a sponsorship from M-Audio Japan. Their first production together â€œRaptureâ€ was released on UK artist Kirk Degiorgioâ€™s ART label in 2011. One of their exclusive / unreleased tracks was licensed to Berghain resident DJ Marcel Fenglerâ€™s mix compilation for the infamous Berlin Clubs mix series. Shortly after these releases DW caught the eye of fellow producers Psycatron who have signed them to their new label.
Different World (DW) finished 2011 with a tour of the US performing an all-night (8hr) set at the legendary â€œBUNKERâ€ club in NYC and events in Washington DC and Pittsburgh.
In April 2012â€”Claude Young Jr is returning to the US with a tour of his own (his second solo US tour in the last 9 months). Heâ€™ll stop in Chicago on April 21st.
April 13 - Detroit: http://www.facebook.com/events/265539250199106/
April 14 - Philadelphia @ Rizumu 10 Year w/ Shawn Rudiman: http://www.facebook.com/events/245198085566598/
April 21 - Chicago @ TBA
April 28 - Boulder - @ Communikey Festival w/ Shawn Rudiman: http://www.facebook.com/events/169264509845113/
April 29 - San Francisco @ TBA
One day Lokua added a pitch envelope to a low octave sine wave. He titled it "BD" for Bass Drum; the sound was something like BOOM. He laid it down on the first, second, third and fourth beat and looped it.
After that he duplicated the track and changed the sine oscillator to white noise, slightly opened (or slowed) the amplification's attack, added a hi-pass filter to kill the lows, and moved every note an eighth forward; this became "OH" for Open Hat; a sound like SHHHH.
Next was to be "HH" for Hi-Hat which was very similar to OH only with a sharp attack again like BD, a much shorter decay, even more lows cut, and a placement on every 16th note ts ts ts ts ts ts (very fast). At this point Lokua realized what was to come next - can you guess?
Lately Lokua hasn't been all too fond of Snare Drums or Claps so he decided to record his one bar loop into a new channel. Scratching his head, it dawned on him to take the first dotted eighth of the bar and loop it so it met every three beats with his original loop (though he pitched it down an octave to stand out). He called this "1" and created altered duplicates 2, 3, 4 etc. in much the same way he made BD, OH, and HH.
Lokua continued in this fashion until after about an hour he realized it was time to turn the speakers on so he could hear what he made.
"It's a good start", he thought to himself, "I wonder if we have any oatmeal cookies left" and off to the kitchen he went.
Lokua (born Joshua Jay Kleckner) is a master of texture and mood. Heavily influenced as a child by Chicago's gritty hip-hop scene and undeniable house presence led him to start producing in 1995, where-after he majored in music composition at Columbia College, Chicago.
Earlier works consist largely of down-tempo instrumental hip-hop (literally thousands of tracks) from jazzy boom-bap to nightmarish theme music.
Recent works branch out to include a large scope of electronic genres with a significant amount of ambient and up-tempo ranging from acid-house to minimalist techno purism.
Lokuaâ€™s sound is characterized by the richness and sincerity of its emotional content with even the danciest of tracks retaining a deep, cerebral sophistication.
Completely immersed in the art of live P/A - occasionally freestyling entire sets â€“ Lokua has been rocking all walks of Chicago night-life from art shows to grimy warehouse raves and various traditional music venues including residencies at Darkroom, Subterranean, Rodan, and his three years and running weekly Heartbeats at Morseland.
Lokua has released on CPKAY (Chicago), Soft Phase (a nordic netlabel), remixed for Lucidflow (Berlin), and is co-founder of the multi faceted Moment Sound label.