A seminal force in the rise of instrumental hip-hop, J.Rocc started DJing in the '80s before founding the DJ collective Beat Junkies in 1992 with Melo-D and Rhettmatic. In addition to numerous mixtapes and his own releases for the LA label Stones Throw (including his first album, Some Cold Rock Stuf, in 2011), the Californian DJ has been touring with Madlib's live shows since the early 2000s.
J.Rocc's Boiler Room DJ set (2014)
LE BAIN: You started DJing in 1981 because of the record cover of "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren. What can you tell us today about that record and its cover?
J.ROCC: The DJs (World Famous Supreme Team) sounded like they were having fun on the record and then they showed the 1200 turntable on the back cover. I never saw those before because my turntables were belt drive. I always wanted to be a radio DJ and the Supreme Team made it sound so good.
Is there another record cover that had a comparable influence on you?
No, that was the only one that had a picture of turntables on it. I would stare at that forever and question why they were using a cheap mixer.
"Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren & World Famous Supreme Team
Your latest project is "Share My Bed," which combines J Dilla’s instrumentals and MJ’s vocals. Could you describe your state of mind when working on it?
It was something that I did a long time ago and a few people asked me what happened to it. I decided to just release it for free. Bandcamp makes it so easy for artists to get their music out to the public, especially something like that. Soundcloud would have shut that down already.
What's next for you?
The next thing is another full-length LP for Stones Throw if I can just get all my beats together. There will also be a project that I co-produced with Flaunt Edwards that comes out in June/July.
On Friday, May 18th, Le Bain presents J.Rocc with Shawn Dub
The Standard, High Line | 10pm