5 Questions with Rags #34 - JFB

The first time I saw JFB was a few years ago in Fractal Forest at my first Shambhala Music Festival (2013). I didn’t know anything about electronic music or DJ culture outside of hip-hop. While my friends were talking amongst themselves, trying to decide where to go dance next, my eyes were directed to the large screens surrounding the stage. I was instantly mesmerized watching the hands of JFB work magic on the turntables. It didn’t hurt that he was crushing the tasty hip-hop vibes I needed. I asked my buddy who I was watching..."JFB"... BAM! Name locked in. He was the first DJ I paid to go see outside of Shambhala. (I met him at that show, but being overly shy I couldn’t bring myself to start an actual conversation.) Since then JFB has become one of my go-to DJs when I don’t know what to put on. Dude’s output is so damned prolific with a constant stream of routines, tracks and mixes (Including those bloody rad BattleJam mixes he lays down). This is a long-winded way of saying JFB was a huge catalyst of my journey into electronic music and if you’re not listening to him, you’re making a huge mistake. Don’t keep making the same mistakes: Listen to JFB.

JFB is touring Canada this month. Check him out if you can. I promise it’s super-fun!

(Click the date for available ticket/event info.)

2.11 - Victoria – Distrikt (Song & Surf After-party w/ Moontricks & Funkee Wadd)

2.12 - Regina - Habanos

2.13 - Saskatoon - Le Relais (w/ DB Ramsay, the BodyBreakaz)

2.19 - Montreal - Cabaret Lion D'Or

2.20 - Toronto - Salon Electroma

2.26 - Whistler - Maxx Fish

2.27 - Vancouver - Red Room (w/ Serial Killaz)

And here’s a tasty JFB favourite of mine for your listening pleasure whilst you read our wonderful little chat.

1. Do you remember the first album you bought with your own money?

1st album I bought was with my own money, but that money was given to me by my mum. It was 10p = 5 cents (Canadian) Anyway was at a car boot sale. A 'Readers Digest' Vinyl compilation of film soundtracks themed 'The Musical', 'The Western', 'The Drama' & 'The Action.' So we are talking Orchestral soundtracks of big films, but like re-runs/ variated versions of the main themes, almost like remixes...

I was only 6 or 7 years old and forgot about it quite quickly, Can't remember if I was allowed to play with my parent’s record player back then or not. Just remember finding it, 2 or 3 years into DJing when I 1st started scratching and sampling... probably made a few tracks out of it... can't remember the favourite track, but probably one of the Westerns. Still got it somewhere, might pull it out!!

2. When is the last time you did something for the first time?

Just now…

3. Can you think of a film that had a genuine effect on the way you saw the world?

Can't honestly think of just one film that's had a genuine effect. The way I see the world is mainly dependent of where I am and who I’m with at the time. Also things change everyday.. sorry, spent a while trying to think of a film that’s had such an impact like that & nothing springs to mind apart from ideas that I like in the Matrix, Terminator, Pi, War of the Worlds, Groundhog Day, Back to the Future.

4. If you could spend the day with anyone living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?

My Dad, miss him greatly. Would try and take him to a festival or something.

5. So, there are actually TWO guest questions this time. The first comes from Marten Horger...Where are you from and where can I get the best sushi there?

I'm from Brighton, UK & Sushi Mania! It’s pretty damn good for UK's sushi standards and it’s all you can eat! I’m taking my house mate there tomorrow for his bday! 

6. This guest question comes from Dan from Funkanomics...What means LOVE for you?

Solution for all problems.

Now, lay back and listen to this fucking gem. Egads this is smoooooooth.