“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 creating the 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.
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.