On this episode of The Jam we get reacquainted with Brook D’Leau and Miss Jack Davey aka J*Davey. This duo has been sorely missed from the music scene and gave us one of their first interviews as they prepare to roll out new material. They plan to take their fans back under their wings and guide them on a journey, as they themselves have been through journeys individually and as a group.
I first meet Brook and Miss Jack some years ago as they were preparing their major label debut. Brook and Jack jumped through multiple hoops getting their album done and endured countless fans and friends asking “When is the album coming out?” and each time promising “Soon.” At long last “New Designer Drug” hit the scene and quenched the thirst of their hardcore fan base. And just like that, they seemed to disappear. During that time Brook was working with Miguel helping do music direction for his tour, and Miss Jack became a mother to a baby boy. For a few years they were individuals, and people wondered with bated breath if they had broken up. Well fear not! J*Davey is back!
In this episode we ask a series of questions from getting the history clear on how they formed, being part of the “New West” movement of the late 2000’s, and navigating the music industry with mentorship from the likes of Sa-Ra and Questlove of The Roots. And of course the question, “Where’s the new album?”, as well as how ladies can catch Brook’s attention.
Other topics include: 5 layer dip, meeting J Dilla, if music were the ideal man, sliding in DMs, and events that would be in the Sex Olympics.
No other DJ in the last decade has had a bigger influence on Los Angeles music culture than Garth Trinidad. As both a resident DJ with KCRW over the last 15 years and a voting member of The Recording Academy, Trinidad has risen to prominence by championing progressive, creative and often overlooked artistry in urban alternative music. Through his weekly show, Chocolate City, Trinidad has inspired a refashioning of the Los Angeles underground music scene, providing a much-needed platform for new, independent music artists. Further, Chocolate City has evolved into a global soundscape by infusing soulful classics with the best in independent world music.
I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know Garth over the last year and was happy to discover the many layers of the man behind the music. Garth, a loving husband and father, is also an artist in his own right and, lucky for us, 2013 will be a year of many Trinidad-laced projects. First up, is the KCRW 5th Annual Moja Moja Pre-Grammy Brunch & Benefit Concert happening this Saturday, February 9th at the W in Hollywood. The brunch, which benefits Oxfam America and The Darfur Stoves Project, will honor the legendary George Clinton this year and feature intimate performances by artists such as pianist, Chloe Flowers and Malaysian singer-songwriter, Yuna. This event usually sells out so check here for tickets for more information.
Watch and listen to the first in a two-part series with Garth Trinidad. Stay tuned for more to come!
As far as hip-hop goes, it doesn’t get much blacker than The Roots – the name says it all. Before they became known as the house band on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, they were known to us heads as “the hardest working band in show business”, with a tour schedule that would make the greatest performers tremble. Luckily for all of us, that tour schedule would give the band the opportunity to travel the globe several times over, and give fans a chance to see them do their thing at least once, maybe twice in a year. Since the band was formed over 20 years ago in Philly, you can imagine how many people they’ve come in contact with.
Founding member, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson decided to give us mere mortals a glimpse into their world with his website Questlove’s Celebrity Stories. The homepage in and of itself is daunting with a long list of Who’s Who in the entertainment world. Singers, rappers, rapsingers, actors, etc. all make the list of interesting tales that Questlove shares on the site. My faves so far? Erykah Badu, Jay Dee, and Jeremy Piven (who knew Prague was off the hook like that?) but trust, I’ll get through the rest during 15 minute breaks and spare time. You should too.