JBC is a west Midlands boy and he’s got a story. “I’m originally from a place called Stoke-On-Trent in North Staffordshire. Home of Shelley's, where Sasha made his name mainly back in the very early 90’s.”
Indeed, Shelley’s set the grounds for all the clubbers between Manchester and Birmingham.
'' I used to then go to Manchester quite a lot, buying records from Eastern Bloc, Vinyl Exchange, Spin In, Manchester Underground Records to name a few. “
His record collection is the one of the true digger. The ‘old school’ term ain’t the one that suits him best - in a context that old school brings in mind all the rave scene- and there is an explanation as to why. He is the man that loves a tempo too. In his sets you will hear Hip Hop, Soul, post-Rock, Funk skilfully mixed with House and Detroit , which of course is his mixing style that gives a lush air of grooves , beats and bass-lines as the tunes go on flow.
• What plays in your car ?
If I’m not listening to BBC Radio 2 I have on the CD Shuffler – Andy Smith – Document II, Monkey Mafia – Live At The Heavenly Social, Radiohead – OK Computer, And of course I like to play my own productions when they’re work in progress to gauge where they are going and how they sound and feel.
• How did it all start for you?
Any Many years ago I bought my first 7” record when I was 7 or 8 years old – 1978/79. I think it was either The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star or Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall. A few years later I discovered 12”s. These wonderful things only about £1.00 more which had alternative,longer, different mixes and often different artwork too. Then in 1983 I saw a BBC Documentary about Hip Hop. That was it. Afrikaa Bambaata and the Soul Sonic Force – PLANET ROCK. That was it. This was music I’d been waiting for without knowing it. Graffitti and Breaking too on that Doc. New York baby and I think that started me off down this trek. House was a natural progression. The Hacienda sealed my fate when I was 17, the first proper ‘Club’ I ever went too. Lucky Boy The rest is history and flow.
• What is one sub-genre you think doesn't get the attention it deserves?
Me. My music. It deserves more recognition. One day……Aside from that I’d love a night of slow jams, anything from Hip Hop to Low Down Beats, you just don’t hear that enough. I played my first festival last Summer – Moovin. I played a Low Down Beat set there .
• What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you play it?
Only One? No Fair! Dolphin Wave Effect – Maiden Flight. I can’t help but bug out to it every time I Spin it.
• As both a Dj/Producer , which side are you on : entertainment or educational ?
A bit of both. I want to entertain and educate at the same time. I try not to play stuff that is too overground in my sets. I still dig in record shops and find some stunning tracks on White Labels still which I rarely actually look up to see what they are or who they’re by, and with my tracks I try to write what comes out naturally. I never sit down and plan anything, it just happens. That’s the way I think it should be. I never copy tracks and don’t have one firm style. I don’t think so anyway.
• Do you walk around humming melodies?
All the time. Music’s never far from my head or brain. I’ve tried recording little melodies using my mouth into my phone but when I get to the computer they don’t usually make sense and I can’t work them out. I’m currently humming and arring about writing lyrics again and recording some vocal tracks, but that hasn’t quite happened yet. Maybe in the future…
He moved to Manchester in 1999.
“In comparison to Stoke it was just a very different place and I always knew I'd end up here I guess and I haven't looked back.
I love Manchester, some of it loves me back too.’
Here’s the link to his sonic outpourings…..DJ Sets and Original tracks
You will find out Jase Badfinger Crawley has nothing to prove.