If he’s not on the tip of everyone’s tongue, then he certainly will be. Jemmy has been carving himself a place in the music scene among some of the most influential names in the industry. He secured himself a Cream residency and what started out as him producing music for his own sets, ending up with his music falling into the hands of various DJs. This lead to his music being signed by industry giants such as Renaissance, Global Underground and of most recent, John Digweed’s Bedrock with “Quarry Bank”. Based on a combination of hard work, musical integrity, and powerful creative vision, Jemmy is making a big impact on the world of electronic music right now.
Jemmy has a rich knowledge and love for music from right across the spectrum and his own unique sound appeals to fans of lots of different genres. This much is clear from the wide range of people supporting his releases, including the likes of John Digweed, Yousef and Danny Tenaglia. And when it comes to gigs in club and at festivals, Jemmy’s done some of the biggest, Cream, Ministry Of Sound, Amnesia, Sankey’s and Creamfields all on the list.
As if DJing and producing wasn’t enough, he also runs the well know record shop, 3B Records, which has been at the cutting edge of electronic music for quite some time now and remarkably still going strong and stay on the cutting edge of new electronic music. Jemmy is relied upon by DJs and dance music fanatics for his expert knowledge and advice, sending out new music packages/promos to people across the world.
With his supporting appearance warming up for John Digweed at the next Bedrock night at The Camp & Furnace in Liverpool, Guerilla Sounds caught up with Jemmy to discuss his career, music and the record shop.
Tell us a little bit about your musical background and your first memories of music?
My first memories of music are listening to old rave that my mum was banging out when I was really young. I started getting more seriously into it after hearing bands like Radiohead and stuff. And then when I was old enough to go out, my earliest clubbing memories are of Cream, which was a big game changer for me.
You’ve had your music signed to Bedrock Records, Global Underground, Highway Records & Renaissance. How did these all come about and would you say that as a producer, these will be the peak of your career or are there others that you hope to achieve?
Initially I was just making music for my DJ sets, but the tracks fell into the hands of some big name DJs that later got released on their labels or comps. The releases so far have done well, but I think with each track I’m learning new things, so they’re sounding better now. I also have a very broad taste in music so I’m constantly trying out new sounds. But yeah the Bedrock release certainly meant a lot to me.
You’ve been booked to play Bedrock in Liverpool, supporting John Digweed in the main room. How did this opportunity arise and how do you feel about the gig?
Well I’m a resident for them, but I’m really excited about this show. Warming up for John is always special but I think the whole lineup is great, very diverse. And Camp & Furnace is such a good venue.
Not only are you playing at Bedrock but you have also providing a mix for John Digweed’s renowned Transitions radio show. With two very important sets as these, is there any particular preparation you go through?
For the Transitions guest mix I wanted to put together a mix of the type of music that inspires me in the studio, some of the tracks are more for home listening than dancefloor relevant. So that was more of a studio mix. Whereas for my set at bedrock I’ll do quite a lot of preparation before hand in terms of little edits etc. But I’ll probably take around 6 hours worth of music on the night and just see where my set takes me.
You run your own record shop, 3b Records, what made you decide to do that and what’s the music focus there?
We bought the shop when the previous owners decided they wanted to focus all of their attention on the 3beat record label. The main focus is vinyl, CDs, merch and tickets. The online side of the business is starting to take off now, especially e-tickets. So that is taking up a lot of our time at the moment. But we’re also in the middle of starting up a new record label too.
Running your own record shop seems almost like having a huge collection of records you like on sale. Is 3b Records about selling mostly what you like or selling what others like?
Yeah more so now than ever really, we stock so much good music, right across the board, stuff that is only available on vinyl too. A lot of the big names still shop with us every week.
In an environment where there has been a huge transition from physical music to digital music, what’s been the effect on 3b Records and can a record shop adapt to this change?
Well ticket sales have been a huge help in the shop, they grow every year, CD sales seem to be dropping. On the other hand vinyl sales are increasing by the year, which is mad.
What’s your preferred format of music when behind the decks?
CDs and vinyl, sometimes I’ll use a USB stick too. The digital side of things is great for the edits I do.
As a DJ, where would you say your home is or your preferred club / night to play and why?
I love my residencies for Cream & Freeze, where ever in the world the gig may be you’re guaranteed a good night.
What do you have lined up in the near future?
I’m midway through a few projects in the studio at the moment and have a couple of remixes to finish too. Some great club gigs and festivals to look forward to in 2013 as well.
Between the DJing, producing and running a record shop, what’s the most enjoyable aspect of working in the music industry for you?
Just the music itself and the people you meet along the way. I have met some of my closest friends through music.
Don’t miss Jemmy supporting John Digweed in the main room at Camp & Furnace for Bedrock.
With one eye firmly on the future, John Digweed’s Bedrock celebrates its Anniversary on Saturday 06 October with a multi room takeover of the Fire and Lightbox nightclubs in Vauxhall. Bedrock’s Anniversary will feature many of electronic music’s leading artists, in an all night session guaranteed to have you rocking to the early hours.
An imprint for sensual, hypnotic house music and deeply textured techno…
Having become one of the most sophisticated and emotive producers in electronic music over the last decade, Guy J will now launch his own label on 23 July 2012. This exciting new platform will allow him to release not only his own critically lauded, sensual, hypnotic take on house music, deeply textured techno and wondrous ambient material, but also give him the freedom to sign and nurture new talent and hidden gems from established artists.
10 Jun @ Circus, Montreal, Canada
11 Jun @ The Guvemment & Kool Haus, Toronto, Canada
16 Jun @ Qiu Club, Queretaro, Mexico
17 Jun @ Expo Reforma Cookie presents, Mexico City, Mexico
18 Jun @ Calle 2 Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico
19 Jun @ The City, Cancun, Mexico
25 Jun @ Glastonbury, Somerset, England
28 Jun @ Papaya, Pag Island, Croatia
30 Jun @ Dreamers Opening, Marbella, Spain
02 Jul @ Fresh Festival, Coruna, Spain
10 Jul @ El Row, Barcelona, Spain
10 Jul @ Bedrock, Balaton Sound, Balaton, Hungary
12 Jul @ Space, Ibiza, Spain
15 Jul @ Lemon Park, Nicosia, Cyprus
16 Jul @ Black Pearl, Kos, Greece
19 Jul @ 10 Days Off, Amsterdam, Netherlands
23 Jul @ A Day At The Park, Amsterdam, Netherlands
24 Jul @ Monegros Festival, Fraga, Spain
29 Jul @ Green Beach Festival, Ohrid, Macedonia
30 Jul @ Bedrock, Global Gathering, Stratford on Avon, England
19 Aug @ Kazantip Festival, Ukraine
20 Aug @ Frequency Festival, St Polten, Austria
27 Aug @ SW4, London, England
30 Aug @ Space, Ibiza, Spain
Maetrik is someone who has been contributing to the musical world around him since 93′ but we have to say that 2010 has been his year. With exceptional releases such as his ”Gliding Blind EP” out on Audiomatique, not to mention the dancefloor destroying “Snorkel” on Cocoon and “Glob Monster” on Bedrock, plus a long list of quality remixes you can understand why 2010 could be classed as a superb year for this exceptional producer. And it must be said that his constant searching for the future of electronic dance is evident in his music.
After devastating dancefloors across Europe with his rich dynamic production and unique blend of Techno, House and Electro, Maetrik makes the transatlantic journey back to his homeland for his North America Tour, which will take him from Montreal, to New York, Miami, Detroit, San Francisco and Dallas.
As a warm up to his tour, Maetrik has released a promo mix which is a fine example of what to expect. – don’t miss that monster track after the 54min mark!
North America Tour Dates:
14 Jan @ Compound, San Francisco 15 Jan @ 813, Dallas 21 Jan @ Electric Pickle, Miami 22 Jan @ Vain, Detroit 29 Jan @ Espace, Montreal 30 Jan @ Resolute, NYC
01 Ormatie – I Am Nowhere About /// Proton Music
02 Franco Canegelli – My Electric Soul /// Self Defence
03 Nick Harris – Rituals /// NRK
04 Martin Thompson & Sweaty Fish – Gloryhunter /// Noir Music
05 Spin Science – Grissoms Science (Dale Howard Mix) /// One Thirty
06 Seulo – Cabin Fever (Andomat 3000 Mix) /// Four:Twenty
07 Chadronnet Vs Afrilounge – Just For A Little Peek (Sarah Goldfarb Mix) /// Sportclub
08 Junior Lopez – In To The Key /// Dilek
09 Conforce – Grace /// Delsin
10 Mark Henning – Haunt Me /// Dilek
11 Decimal – Melody Attack (Sandwell Collective Mix) /// Soma
12 Switchmode – Red Lantern /// Circle
13 Janice Robinson – Children (Joe T. Vannelli Dubby Mix 1) /// Dream Beat
14 Mark Henning – Gibson Said /// Watergate
15 Donatao Dozzy – Your Transparent Eyes (Transparent Mix) /// Attic Music
16 Pete Heller – Nu Acid (Robert Babicz Mix) ///Bedrock
Bedrock 12 is surely going to be a night not to be missed (which we will unfortunately been missing), as this time round Bedrock will be held at the O2 Brixton Academy. Now it’s not just the fact of the huge venue that is going to make this night immense, it’s not even the fact that it’s going to be spread across 4 rooms, or that it’s Carl Cox’s final UK date of 2010, but more down to the simple fact of some of the names lined-up.
Now obviously there is John Digweed joined by Carl Cox in the Main Room, but there is also Marco Bailey, Adam Sheridan, Jon Rundell and Jim Rivers being part of the Intec Digital Label Showcase in Room 2. Not forgetting that Drumattic Twins will be cracking away in the Circle Bar: Crooked vs Supatronix.
If you haven’t yet got tickets for this event, then stop Um’ing and Arh’ing about it and get your tickets fast. Although you better hope that there are still some left.
Saturday 28th August…. Bank Holiday Weekend…. Clapham Common…. SW4…. In the Bedrock tent….. Christian Smith…. Live Recorded Mix…. Need we say anymore?
The Man himself has just published a live recording of his performance rocking the Bedrock tent at SW4. The mix just jumps straight into full swing where stays relentlessly swinging with soul and jazz elements.
One of the true highlights of this mix has to be Christian Smith’s remix of Carl Craig’s “At Les”, which is an absolute master piece.