5 Minutes with….JFB

Written by Michael

August 20, 2010 2:53 pm


We catch up with turntablist legend and Battlejam frontman JFB to get the low-down on meeting Beardyman, his advanced levitation skills and er, teleportation?

You’re one of the better known turntablists out there, how did it feel when you won the UK DMC title a couple of years back in ’07?

‘Stupidly Exciting!’

You’ve been running Battlejam with Beardyman and Ed Solo for a while now. How did you all meet? How would you describe the relationship between you?

Met ed solo when I was 18 in his studio. I remember asking him a stupid question about his studio equipment.. not much has changed since..

Met Beard at a DJ comp which he was hosting, I entered the comp in order to win the cash prize which was same as my rent which was needed the following day..anyway, Beard insisted that I join his stamp collecting/comparing tea party group, but I refused and suggested that he should collaborate with his beatbox skillz instead…

Battlejam is a unique chance for people to see some of the most cutting edge techniques, including live sampling of Beardyman’s rhymes, and other improvisation techniques for a cut price on a weekday night – were you thinking of the student audience when you began the night?

I thought Friday nights were weekend nights*.. We’re happy with who ever likes it.. preferberly nice women.. for me though.

*True that..our bad!

Most people can probably relate to most of the skills you need to be good at what you do, quick with your hands, accuracy with the vinyl etc, but are there any less familiar skills involved with scratching that may not be so obvious to the untrained eye?

The very slight levitating in mid air bit is difficult to see because my feet are normaly hidden behind the table..

There must be a strong demand for you to move elsewhere, to bigger cities perhaps, on a permanent basis to pursue your career. What’s keeping you in Brighton?

Beardyman lives in london and plays round the world in huge venues to lots of people, I do that on a smaller scale and can manage still living in Brighton, Battlejam is kept in Brighton & London mainly becuase its easier for us to manage and We’re not doing them so frequently to make it more special and also give us more time to do our own individual stuff’.

You’ve got an incredibly mad, hectic set of dates coming up with a Beardyman UK tour, a couple of dates on Romania and a Canada tour. Anywhere in particular you’re excited about going to play?

‘all of it!

Your diversity with genre is brilliant, in any one night nobody knows what to expect. What genre of music though, would you say, is closest to your heart?


What would you say to anyone looking to pursue a career as a Turntablist/Scratch DJ?

Wicked, have fun.

Equipment must be a massive priority for you. You’ve no doubt been asked this before, but what’s your most treasured piece of hardware?


Any tech coming up you’re really looking forward to?

Short term.. the bridge..

..long term .. teleportation machines & computers that can make tunes out of your thinking.

Lastly, do you know what your plans are for looking ahead to 2011? Anything coming up for you we can look forward to?

Hopefully an album or 2, lots of EPs, remixes, scratch routines & video scratch shows..

Thanks JFB for talking to us. See when he’s next playing near you by checking out his Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/jfbdj

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