J1 aka THE DEER
R.I.P. J-1 (Javon Coleman) aka The Deer (March 5, 1979 - November 27, 2011)
Friends, Family and Fans, we have lost an incredible musician and all around good brother.
You were an amazing talented spirit and will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans.
Rest in Power!
“I don’t have to be the center of attention, but I like to be a part of the action.”
As a drummer, producer, and DJ, J1 is not only just a part of the action; he’s usually creatingthe action.
From teaching himself how to play the drums in his hometown of Cleveland to linking up with some of the most progressive musicians on the funkscape of his adopted city of Los Angeles, J1 demonstrates himself dedicated, passionate, and, in his words, “straight to the point.”
While living in San Francisco, J1 visited L.A. and happened upon the now-legendary Do Over party, where he found himself surrounded by many of the very people, such as DJs House Shoes and Aloe Blacc, he respected most. That, combined with the Eden-like weather, sealed him, and he decided right then and there to move.
It proved to be a wise snap decision, indeed. In his three short years since relocating, J1 has become affiliated with Shafiq Husayn’s En’AFreeKa Ensemble as well as Animal Kingdom. He’s released several beat tapes and podcasts through Heavyweight Production House (HVW8), including “Attack of The Deer” and “The You Tube EP.” After a completely improvised Super Session at HVW8 Art + Design Gallery, Master Blazter, comprised of Computer Jay, Dam Funk, and J1, has grown to be one of the foremost bands on the funk/soul/boogie scene. Expect solo releases, as well as a break beat album, from J1 in the near future.
His artistic integrity and resolute work ethic account for much of his recent success. By applying that same approach to every collaborative venture, J1 helps artists realize their visions while staying true to himself and the funk. Quietly observant and keenly focused, he’s always at the eye of the storm of people having a good time.