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J-Rock Lashes Out On Talk!
By Ben Ohmart
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2001-04-16
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Pain and music go together. You may not think so, but hip DJ J-Rock thinks so, and he's blending it as we speak, in the guise of a new cd, A Whole New Century of Pain... The highly popular underground god is awash with spastic pump and his own formula of anti-corporate rock that defies outright classification. The MusicDish caught up with him on the way to the bathroom, and as he was undoing his 3 flies, here's what he had to say'

[Ben] So what IS the new music for this starting century?

[J-Rock] It's difficult to create an original sound, I mean, everything's been done over and over! Musically, there is nothing that CAN be done that you haven't heard before but lyrically you can always throw someone a curve! The full circle effect is in high swing these days and I like it. It's allowed me to enter freely with a strong lyrical content. I used to front an insane industrial band called ORGANIC BRAIN SYNDROME and it sometimes took me 2 years to complete an album. I wanted the MUSIC to shock you, I broke down a lot of doors in the underground, but it was really nothing new. The angry young man image grows old rapidly. I feel more and more people are catching on to that especially now. I think the exploration of the frail human emotion with a gripping lyrical content is the wave of the future. Don't get me wrong, I'm still treading "barely" uncharted territory with my sampling station, but I realize that less is more. I've gained a whole new following from people from all walks of life, they are relating to me, I mean, the world is so angry, anger is winning Grammies ferchrissakes. It's just anger and hate, man, I just wanted out! Just gimme some relief PLEASE! How bout some comforting, compelling words wrapped in a bun with your booty jams? Like it or not, with my insane beats and my obviously fragile mental health, I really don't care if the worlds not having, I'm gonna have fun if it KILLS me! Then I'm gonna dance off into obscurity with Lou Bega and write N'Sync albums.

[Ben] Where did you get the idea for your underground hit, 'The Firestone Tire Song'? and what the hell does it mean?

[J-Rock] This is my modern twist on the silly love song. I guess it's a kind of novelty song but I really didn't intend it to be. Most of my stuff is really personal, no matter how jumpy the beat is, a lot of clubs are now spinning this song because it's a funny hip hop song and great to dance to, but again, it's the sad lyric of a perpetual love joneser.

[Ben] You were born in Florida and moved to New Jersey? WHY?

[J-Rock] I moved to Jersey 10 years ago because at that time the Jersey / NY area was a hotbed for emerging talent. NOW Florida's hot and I'm moving back shortly.

[Ben] I see you've got your cd in Sam Goody stores. What chain or store would most not like to be in soon?

[J-Rock] Y'know, it's a shock that I'm even in Sam Goody! I have been an underground artist my entire life. It seems I'm peeking my head up from the underground to give the bigwigs out there a smack in the face of reality, I mean, with this glut of un-real unaccessible musicians! One thing the Sam Goody moniker has done for me is pulled me out of underground mosh clubs to opening for giant mega-stars with attitudes, should I thank them? yes, simply because I feel, given the right forum, I can change a lot of the shit that's going on, I mean, I'm playing "family" festivals and these giant corporate events and lots of radio are promoting me. This whole past year has been a truly exciting journey and I do thank Sam Goody for some of that so yes, bring on ALL the corporate chains.

[Ben] Musically, who are your influences?

[J-Rock] This could take up a lot of space so I'm gonna just leave it at "extremely musically cultured!" I have no life outside of music! I'm influenced by all eras. I DON'T like the Blues and my tolerance is very limited for Country Music but if you can possibly imagine EVERYTHING else then that is my influence. Being a DJ by trade probably opened me up to a lot but I got into being a DJ because I was so musically cultured. The editor of IRONWORX magazine who I hang out with once stated that I was into so many different forms of music that it made him SICK haha, it's true, I can speak volumes on any musical genre you can mention, I'm kinda like a freak! There is one cd that hasn't come out of my cd player in a year and that is VAST (first album) totally amazing debut, I have the utmost respect for Jon Crosby at this moment.

[Ben] What are some of the band names that will be influenced by you in 15 years?

[J-Rock] The 2 Hit Wonders..The Flash In The Pans..The Silly Green Haired Dancers.. Emergency Love Explosion..Bring Me The Head Of J-ROCK!

[Ben] Is it true you're gonna have an all-girl touring band? Is it difficult to remain a monk in such surroundings?

[J-Rock] Yes, I do have an all girl touring band for this year called HUNNIEJAM! They will also be featured throughout my upcoming cd "The Problematic" They are A-K on keyboards, beats and vocals..KITTY on bass and vocals..BECCA and TIFFANY on backing vocals and me on guitar and keyboard programming.

This years upcoming tour is gonna be way to cool. This is a rockin, beat bangin all girl pop explosion. These chicks kick it like nothing you have ever seen. I keep thinking what I did to deserve this awesome band, y'know, I used to be a real evil ruthless person but that's in the past now, it's never too late to change and I'd advise a lot of you out there to check inside and find the real you! These girls keep me grounded and on my toes! On the MONK front, I guess I stand for anti-celibacy, I'm currently bangin my manager!

[Ben] You're obviously constructing a highly original sound and style. When you get up on stage or walk down the alley, is there fear or excitement in the eyes of all present?

[J-Rock] I've been performing in clubs for over 10 years, I'm really comfortable on stage. A lot of my backing players have needed pep talks in the past but I'm pretty intimidating, I loosen you up. Last years tour in support of A WHOLE NEW CENTURY OF PAIN was the best I've EVER had on the road. It was a genuinely fun experience. I felt the music every night on stage, it was almost like a religious experience, every show was phenomenal and I'm feeling the same vibe for this years upcoming shows.

[Ben] What do you think of the music scene today?

[J-Rock] Like I stated earlier, a lot of it is centered around anger and negativity but there is a lot that isn't! I feel a lot of the masks are coming off now and people are sick of being in the cage! We've been beaten into submission by negativity! We now call anger ART just because we've been so diluted. But I feel a change coming and I'm happy to say that I'm a part of that change

[Ben] How has the internet thang helped you? Are you planning to tour, virtually, a lot?

[J-Rock] The internet has helped me tremendously, I'm actually KNOWN on the net, although I myself am not extremely computer savvy. If you feel strongly about your art then throw it to the wolves on the net, there's plenty of places to go. A friend of ours just picked up a webcam and yes, we will be doing some virtual gigs from the live shows and we have a few interviews and rehearsal jams coming up on net radio to hype the tour.

[Ben] If you were given the keys to VH-1 for a day, what would you do in the studio?

[J-Rock] For one I would fire everyone for a day and probably play groups that no one has ever heard of. By the end of the show their ratings would probably soar and I would be the new darling V-J of all time, be offered an insane amount of money for my insight and become a corporate wunderkind!

[Ben] Do you have a 'real' name or has it gone way beyond that already?

[J-Rock] I think I once had a real name but nobody cares about my trivial existence.

[Ben] What's your current tour schedule like?

[J-Rock] We just recently hooked up with GTS TALENT SERVICES who handle all the big acts and they are planning to kill us with gigs, a lot have come in already and it looks like from June on we will be touring extensively.

[Ben] What's the most insane thing you have ever done on stage?

[J-Rock] I have done a lot of insane things on stage in my life but my most memorable was in Texas at a hick bar, it was obviously a mistaken booking, I was playing industrial music at the time and the drummer dyed his whole body red (redneck) and I danced on their bar with my guitar and proceeded to kick off their Budweisers, I went totally insane and we barely escaped with our lives. A movie studio from Texas later contacted us for a live appearance but we declined cause we thought it was a ploy to get us back and lynch us.

[Ben] Anything you want to scream at all your loyal followers out there?

[J-Rock] My fans are real people. To appreciate my music, you have to have a longing to rise above the bullshit. I have overcome a lot of unbelievable circumstances in my life and I'm still here, God knows why, a lot of my friends are not. The people who dig my stuff are people that are feeling what I'm feeling. I might be flashy but I'll always be the anti-rock star getting my daily dose of pity sex.

http://expage.com/rockya

Related MusicDish e-Journal Articles:
» J-Rock - A Whole New Century of Pain... - Fatalist Records (2001-04-05)
» J-Rock - Human (single) - Fatalist Records (2001-04-02)


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