J-Rock Lashes Out On Talk!
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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[Ben] Do you have a 'real' name or has it gone way beyond
[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
[Ben] What's the most insane thing you have ever done on
[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.
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)