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Local legend in the house. With recent shows in Indiana, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Seattle, she’s been staying quite busy. Well respected for her skills behind the decks for many many years now, it’s a pleasure to have this lively character on the site and at our monthly spot Thursday. Enjoy our little conversation!

DD Hey there Jimni! Welcome to Disco Droppings, how are you?

JC Heavenly, thank you.
 
DD You have this very fun, animated energy. Who or what has helped shape the way you carry yourself?
 
JC Self-awareness and self love give me the inspiration to be expressive.

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DD You’re known for your work with Happy Hardcore, but this week (3/19) you’ll be showing another side to yourself at our Disco Droppings Presents Kremwerk monthly, this interest in Jungle. What first sparked your attention with this kind of style, and when was the last time you did a set like this?

JC I am pretty sure I started collecting jungle records the same time as Happy Hardcore. My brother was DJ ERA with the Seattle Pressure crew in the 90’s. He would always give me his new mixtapes with all the newest jungle. In 1997 for Christmas he gave me Roni-Size-Reprazent-New-Forms which is still one of my favorite cds. That cd for sure made me a life time fan of dnb. I suppose Lucky was the last time I played dnb …..so last weekend. I will of course be a little more mindful about the happy hardcore at your event haha but only a little. I feel like variety is very important.

DD Where have been your most inspiring places to travel?

JC Burning Man has the most amazing art and is rather lovely. Also every time I go to LA to hang out with DJ Flap Jack, Audra and all my other alien friends I am so inspired by their creativity.

DD You’ve mentioned “The Last Unicorn” and “What Dreams May Come” in a past interview, what about these books sparks your interest?

JC I like the style of writing in “What Dreams May Come”.  It intentionally becomes confusing at parts, which I find to be a good way to set the mood of what is happening. The book uses good imagery. “The Last Unicorn” is inspiring due to its poetic nature, every word spoken in the book is like a song. It is very musical for something with no music. Every line is perfect. There is so much wisdom in this book.

“There never is a happy ending because nothing ever ends.”

Always was my favorite quote from the book.

*Photo credit: Jeremy Jones

Jimni Cricket – Soundcloud

– Jimi Jaxon

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My buddy Matt Mauldin aka Wheez-ie is back on DD! For those that don’t know what this man is all about, I asked him for a short description. He said, “It’s like if 90’s rave, Juke, Jungle, Hard House and Pokemon Yellow had a baby..with some Classical and Jazz influences.”

We talk about his latest big project..starting Southern Belle Recordings, his DJ approach for his current tour and other plans for the future. If you’re a NW resident, get yourself to Kremwerk on Sunday 4/20 for his first Seattle set alongside Mascara, Thalo and myself. Presented by Mindfield and Disco Droppings.

#smokeup

 

DD Whatsup Matt! What are you up to right now?

W Right now I’m finishing up some paperwork for the first release on my label Southern Belle Recordings, putting together tour dates for June/July and dealing with this random cold spell we’re having in Texas.

DD I was HYPED when I heard you were coming to Kremwerk. The positive vibes continued when I was added to the lineup. You’ve been one of my favorite artists connected to Disco Droppings through our interview last year. Your tracks are also a big part of my mixes opening for Bok Bok and Warp Records, so it’s a true pleasure to be playing alongside you. April 20th will be your first time in Seattle. Me and you were talking about what we’re planning to do, and I liked that we both enjoy switching things up. How would you describe your approach for this upcoming set?

W I have a very balanced approach to Dj’ing. There has to be a careful balance between doing what you want and what the crowd needs. A lot of the shows I play have people from all walks of life, and reaching out to the people that aren’t “heads” or “in the scene” is really important to me. “The scene” has a tendency to alienate and exclude a lot of those people, and I want to help change that.

 

DD Are there any things you’re interested in doing/visiting while in the Northwest?

W I’d really like to see the Seattle Underground. I hear it’s more of a tourist trap thing these days, but my inner 10 year old still wants to see it.

DD You’ve been working hard to get your new label, Southern Belle Recordings up and running. Being someone with a label myself, I know that it is quite the commitment. What drove you in this direction? How has the process been so far, and what kind of vibe are you going for?   

W That’s a complicated question. I started the label because the music that I’ve been writing is getting harder and harder to categorize, and I wasn’t really sure what to do with a lot of it. Around that time I was getting sent a lot of really interesting music that wasn’t going to see the light of day. I felt like it was just the right time to start something. It’s been a really long process. I’ve been doing it all myself, so it has had quite a learning curve, but overall it’s been a really rewarding experience. As far as vibe goes…I’d really like to release anything that I’m into. I enjoy all kinds of music, and I want my label to reflect that.

 

DD Besides the label work, what’s on your list for the rest of 2014?

W I’ll be touring throughout the summer, and putting out a few EP’s on my own on various labels. I’ve also been working on an album for the past year or so. I have a lot of things really close to being finished, and more options than I have ever had. We’ll see what happens. ;]

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– Jimi Jaxon