For the Florida implant and Liquid V artist Jaybee, 2014 was a big year with 2015 shaping up to be even larger. We catch up with him at the tail end of this tour with Dave Owen and talk to him about his recent success and life on the road.
I know you are currently on tour so thanks for taking the time to chat with us! Where are you at the moment?
Right now Dave Owen and I are in Asheville NC. I absolutely love it out here in the mountains. It is really inspirational for writing music. We almost have completed 2 tunes in the time that we have been here.
Let us take a step back for a second. Please introduce yourself.
I go by the name of Jaybee! Born and raised in Connecticut but now residing, for the past 15 years, in Tampa Fl. Holla!!!
How long have you been spinning?
I got my first set of decks at the tender age of 13. Hate to admit my age but that was 24 years ago. It was quite an ordeal because at the time I was still figuring out what I was most into and had a new hobby every week. My dad almost didn’t buy me decks cause he didn’t want to spend all that money on something that I was going to be bored with. In the end my mom, grandma, and him kicked in to get me a Gemini setup that I learned on. A year later, when I was still spending every free moment in the basement mixing records, he kept me out of school one day. He took me into the city to 5th Ave Electronics and got me my first pair of Technics. I will never forget that day!!
What made you transition from Hip-Hop to Jungle/DnB?
It all started with a compilation called “Hit the Decks” 3. Growing up, My best friend’s brother, who was into Techno, was going raving every weekend. My friend played that tape for and me something just clicked. It was all these breakbeats I had heard in Hip Hop but they were just sped up and I loved how it sounded. At the time I still was having a bit of a rave music identity crisis but when I went to my first outlaw jungle party and saw DJ Odi double set [juggle] “The Terrorist. It all just clicked and seeing you could incorporate hip hop skills into [Jungle/DnB] sealed it for me.
How does it feel to have received serious love and releases from some of the biggest names in DNB like Randall on MAC2, Bryan Gee on Liquid V/Chronic and LTJ Bukem on Good Looking?
It really does feel surreal. I came up listening to these guys and the music they put out. To now be actually a part of their team is amazing. I still get weak in the knees when I have to talk to Randall on the phone. That guy was a god to me coming up. Not forgetting Bryan Gee. He gave me my first shot on a major label and continues to show so much support that I am forever indebted to him. Without the support of him and Random Movement, you would never had heard of me.
2014 was a big year for you… 2015 looks to be more of the same!! You have a tune as well as a remix coming out on next week on Intrigue 12: The Anniversary Collection and a tune on the Mac2recordings album ‘PIECES’ due for release in April. Can you tell us about about those tunes?
Holding Pattern is a nice liquid roller with the vocal talents of T.R.A.C. and Ella Jones forthcoming on the Intrigue 12 album. T.R.A.C. and myself had talked about doing a record together and when I sent him the record with Ellas vocals on it he loved it and layed down his verse. The other tune I have on the Intrigue 12 album is the “Wake Up Remix”. I played with Ben Soudscape, who runs Intrigue, at Respect in Cali back in July. He told me I could pick whatever tune I wanted from the catalog to remix. Before he could even finish the sentence I blurted out Wake Up. I played the original to bits. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it so when I got the parts I knocked it out rather quick and it has been getting pretty good feedback.
As far as my tune on the Pieces album, it came about watching Goldie do his thing with the Heritage Orchestra. Hearing those old Timeless tunes really reminded me of what and why I love about this music and inspired me to write The Long Walk Back. There really are not enough tunes like that being written these days or real throwback jungle tunes that remind you of a certain sound from a different era. I wanted to pay homage to that old Meatlheadz sound that I loved so much and after seeing Goldie do it live it blew my mind and I went in!!
There is also a Shimon remix of, Dirt Magirt, one of my tunes off of my Mac II EP on the Pieces album. Talk about a good look. Biggup the mighty Shimon for getting that done and Randall for making it happen!!
What else can we expect from you in 2015?
Tunes, tunes and more tunes. I have 2 things on the Chronic Rollers album set to drop this month. The Pieces and Intrigue album are also out this month I believe. Dave Owen, Zere and I have about 5 ideas started when we were in Cali so expect a lot more music from our collaboration. Dave and I have written 2 new things in the past couple days, as mentioned. An unnamed collaboration with Random Movement will see a release on V and we also have another new tune with Adrienne who is the baddest in the game right now!! I hope to get to do lots and lots more work with Mike and Adrienne so keep your eyes peeled!
Talk about busy!!! That’s a lot of tunes! Thanks again for taking time off the tour to chat with us… Did you want to give any shouts out before we close?
I got to give shouts to my Mom & Dad as well as Bryan Gee, Randall, Bukem, Random Movement, Zere, Dave Owen and everyone that has supported me or my music.