Crafting his own take of sultry laden-beats in twain with House, Hip-Hop, and Jazz influences, San Francisco’s J Boogie has been developing his own sound and style within the last 10 years. Having ventured towards the realm of combining live instruments with mixing records on his Live Dubtronic compilation, he was able to produce an album that was both deep and soulful.
A native of San Francisco and fixture on Om Records' artist poll for as long as anyone can remember, the city has nurtured his open-ended interest in music and his passion for melting various influences together to create something new and unique. J Boogie squeezed in a bit of time to speak to RA as round two of the Loveparade San Francisco gets closer and closer to kickoff.
How does it feel to be playing on Om’s float again for the second year straight?
Fun! Can’t wait to get down on the float.
The first Love Parade to hit North America had an attendance of 30,000+ in year one with an expected attendance of 80,000 dance music lovers this year. Are you excited to hear how people in the dance community have embraced the concept of the Love Parade?
Ye! I think people just want to have fun.
This year’s Love Parade in San Francisco has expanded for the entire weekend with pre-parties, post-parties, and weekend parties throughout the city in celebration of the Love Parade and the idea of Dr. Motte’s “Love, Peace, and Pancakes”. How do you see the Love Parade different, or special compared to other dance events like Glastonbury, Fuse-In, or Coachella?
Haven’t been to any of those other events; anything in SF (San Francisco) is going to be special ;)
Any memorable moments from last years parade that you can share to those who might think otherwise about coming to San Francisco to experience this version of the Love Parade?
I jumped off the Om float and danced with the people that were following us and grooving to the sounds of JT and Lance.
The Love Parade and Woodstock have the same essence, same vibe; two events that bring love and peace; colorful and open-minded people together in one location, with a massive party and some of the most popular entertainers of their time. Do you see any correlations between this and Woodstock?
Same energy, different music.
Do you believe dance music, or dance culture is just a fad like what most people in the general music business believe?
No, people always want to dance.
Do you think the parade will open or has opened the eyes of those that haven’t paid attention to dance culture? Do you think this event will eventually revitalize the presence of dance music in mainstream culture in America?
Yes and no. Mainstream American culture isn’t set up for fun, but we love to do it anyway. The heads will always support the music.
Your sound has been described as an anagram of dubby soul, house, and hip-hop with a very icey-cool approach. Are you going to keep to your strengths or switch it up a bit during the parade?
I always try to play different types of music and not stick to one style, hoping to be the DJ who plays some new sounds in the parade – will definitely be bumping some Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, Disco, House, Afro-Beat, etc.
You’ve always attempted to include live musicians and instruments, like on your Live Mix of Dubtronic Science from 2004. What are you opinions to those who constantly say that DJs are no more than a guy putting a record and pressing the ‘play’ button?
Sometimes they are right! But I know a lot of DJs that take it to the next level, and by including instruments, we all are trying to expand the sound of the DJ!
Finally, can you give RA a heads-up on anything to keep an ear out for, or anything else happening towards the end of 2005?
New Colossus remix on Om Hip-Hop (*Note:New sub-division of Om Records for underground Hip-Hop) and a brand new track with Crown City Rockers on ³Music Is Our Art² The HVW8 Compilation on Ubiquity Records.