For nearly a decade, J-Dub has been traveling North America and Europe laying down his own unique brand of new-school house with a hypnotic, versatile and irresistible sound that both the dance floor massive and hardcore heads can vibe to. With a combination of seamless cut and paste blends, eclectic programming, funky, elegant bass lines, deeply soulful vocals, and relentless percussion, this Chicago bred house sensei shuns convention opting instead to forge a highly personal style based on the great Windy City house tradition of crossing boundaries and breaking rules.
His highly developed deep jacking technique, developed in the fires of Chicago’s heated DJ scene, has opened the doors to many residencies at top venues across North America including Shelter (Chicago), Crobar (Chicago), Red Dog (Chicago), Common Thread @ Sonar (Vancouver), 360 (Los Angeles), Sorted @ Smart Bar (Chicago), Material @ Rednofive (Chicago), Hush/Underbar (Toronto), and most recently The Hasselhoff Scandal at the Brixton Telegraph in London. J-Dub has established a reputation as a versatile showstopper with an infectious energy and verve that inspires and invigorates long after his sets are over.
Trained as a filmmaker and in the theatre, J-Dub mixes genres, eras, and new school/old school methods without diluting the essence of his style. His first release, On The Line, was featured on Greenskeepers Music 013. The strong response to this track led to an EP of remixes, Greenskeepers Music 015, featuring house production luminaries Kaskade, J.T. Donaldson, Mark Farina, and Pete Moss. Relocating to London in 2005, he began to hone his writing and branch out into other genres outside of house. He also became one of Ministry of Sound’s US resident DJ’s as well as a regular with the Artizan Music crew.
Never one to rest, J-Dub began a collaboration with longtime partner in crime Gene Farris and the duo released “Back and Forth” in two parts on Farris Wheel Recordings featuring remixes from Stacy Pullen, Mark Farina, Jason Hodges, 1200 Warriors and Chuck Love. The follow-up EP, “Banned In Tokyo” will hit hard this summer. GKM has re-released “Vagabond” with remixes from James Curd and Lucky Date bringing a strong dance floor element to this seminal dance rock jam. With live Greenskeeper tour dates, DJ sets, and production releases on a wide range of labels, 2010 is shaping up to be the strongest ever for the multi-dimensional J-Dub from Chicago.
TWITTER INTERVIEW 01.24.13
Apart Which artists had the greatest impact on your decision to pursue being a DJ?
J-Dub Diz, Mark, Derrick, Miles Maeda, Frankie Knuckles, Larry Heard, Sneak, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, DJ Premier, Ron Hardy, Lil Louis
Apart What are your top favorite 3 clubs (or cities) that you have performed at?
J-Dub Industry in Toronto was one of the greatest clubs of all time. Shelter here in Chicago and Ministry of Sound in London.
Apart Do you have any of your own productions out? If so on what labels?
J-Dub I’ve done mainly vocal work and writing. My work with Greenskeepers, Science + Industry, others I consider co-productions.
Apart Can you tell is the name of one track that we can expect to hear you play this Friday at #TasteIt?
J-Dub You’re going to hear my latest collab with Frames. It’s Master of Time on Blotter remixed by Sneak. Pure Ass Shakery! Blam!
Apart One last question for ya.. Finish this sentence: Nobody would ever guess that I ________
J-Dub Used to be a total frat boy jock type with no love for house at all. Until Diz and RedNail changed my life forever. Thank u!