J Phlip (pronounced J Flip) known to some as Jessica Phillipe discovered house music in her hometown of Champaign, Illinois, just 2 hours south of Chicago. Sometime around her 19th birthday she got her first DJ rig – two belt drive turntables and a mixer lacking EQ knobs for $100 bucks! From then on, her poor roomates were forced to listen to a constant dance party in-between her Systems Engineering studies. There aren’t a lot of 4.0 braniac engineering majors who decide to become DJs instead of cashing in on their degrees but Jessica truly loves the music and has dedicated her life to it.
Her proximity to Chicago’s famous house scene tremendously affected her sound, but the distance afforded her the freedom to incorporate a variety of other influences into her repertoire. Her sets posses a fun, “lets-not-forget-this-is-dance-music,” feeling and simultaneously keep you guessing about what might come next. Her collection spans house, tech house, deep house, techno, booty bass and pretty much anything that make you shake your ass.
She’s currently a well known DJ/Producer in San Francisco. Her skills on the decks and in the studio have secured her highly desirable spot as an official member of the dirtybird crew. She has a residency at San Francisco’s infamous Endup nightclub, which is notorious for its non-stop, never-ending parties.
Jessica continues to have new productions coming out on dirtybird where she has signed on as an exclusive original artist. Add to that, remixes on Scion Audio/Visual, Justin Long’s Dotbleep Records, and brand new Denver-based label Full Flavor, and original tunes on Alland Byallo’s Nightlight Music & the east coast imprint, Airdrop. She is currently Claude VonStroke’s favorite support DJ and has already played at amazing high profile gigs like Fabric, Space Ibiza & Back to Basics. She was also chosen for URB Magazine’s Next 100 of 2009 and is looking forward to Berlin, where she will be moving in the spring of 2010. Look out for her this spring in Europe – she WILL be making asses shake on the dancefloor and she’s just as excited about it as the day she got her belt drives!
(Letter from Claude VonStroke)
“It is not that often that i get to hear someone play who i think is amazing. It is even more rare for me to hear a person that understands what the real “dirtybird” sound is all about. Jessica (J Phlip) is one of those rare gifted DJs who I love to listen to. I can fully attest to her skills on the decks as I have travelled on tour with her from the UK to Spain to Germany and beyond. I promise she can hold her own with anyone I have ever heard play on any stage. If you are thinking about booking someone fresh from dirtybird I really think this is the DJ who can deliver the goods as they were meant to be delivered. Straight from San Francisco with dirty basslines, bootylicious funk, and cute as hell – J. Phlip is the total package. She is moving to Europe for the summer, so this is a chance to hear someone really cool from the original San Francisco dirtybird crew who doesn’t sound like everyone else.” – Claude VonStroke
TWITTER INTERVIEW 12.26.12
Apart Which artists had the greatest impact on your decision to pursue being a DJ?
Jessi Phillippe @djcolette and @djheather had an impact early on. i got to open for colette for a month long tour… and that was what really made me decided i wanted to do this foreal. also @justin @mrJUSTINMARTIN and @vonstroke .. i was lucky to meet them early on in their careers and they really inspired me more than anyone else.
Apart Can you leave us with the name of a track that will be played at #TasteIt this weekend?
Jessi Phillippe i have been playing a lot of old disco D lately… the midwest especially appreciates it! Disco D “Work That” …. i would link a youtube but it isn’t on there! guess you gotta come out!
Apart What is your favorite thing about Milwaukee?
Jessi Phillippe Jessica Fortune Fenner @djFortune! And all the people are great (and maybe a little nutty which i love). Milwaukee was the first place to book me outside of Champaign, when I was 21 or 22? I feel a strong connection with MKE because we have history 🙂
Apart Finish this sentence: Nobody would ever guess that I _________
Jessi Phillippe …. ok here goes… my deepest darkest secret…. I was a cheerleader in high school LOL. but we were a competition squad. 13th place at Nationals at Disney World, LOL. It was actually pretty badass so don’t hate!