About this Playlist
The best in new jazz influenced music, from the amazing instrumentation and experimental sounds of the new British jazz scene, to the deeper sounds of electronic music like broken beat, the worldwide sounds afrobeat and Latin influences of South America, the music just needs to have strong rhythms and deep grooves but still able to destroy a dancefloor.
LordJAG has been working with hip-hop and R&B artists for the past decade, including Nipsey Hussle and Blac Chyna.The son of legendary violinist Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Flock), LordJAG has forged his own sound, an innovative and eclectic fusion of funk, soul, rock, and hip-hop. His debut single “Jungle Brain” from his forthcoming EP solidifies his style and lays the foundation for a rich body of work. With years of experience, LordJAG is poised to shake ‘em up with his solo material.
The Hoof caught up with LordJAG for a chat..
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter, from a musical family and have been making music since age 7.
So how have you kept busy during the last year or so, did the pandemic stifle your creativity or did the free time allow you to experiment more.
I’ve been in the studio working, focusing on solo material and a few meaningful collaborations with amazing artists, and being a father. Being locked down in Los Angeles during the pandemic definitely gave me an opportunity to focus and stretch out musically. I created a lot of stuff during that time.
What’s the inspiration behind ‘Jungle Brain’
I’m inspired by everything from 90’s hiphop and grunge to the Beatles and Stevie wonder… 70’s funk and fusion, blues, jazz… My family is a huge influence always. My taste is specific but it covers a wide range and I think that’s reflected in the music.
Tell us about your writing and recording process, what instruments, hardware or software to you use.
Each song is it’s own process. It always begins with a feeling. I hit record and go, whether I start with guitar, bass or drums. Whatever speaks to me. On Jungle Brain for instance, I started on the drum set, then moved to bass, then congas and percussion, then guitar and vocals. And I’m usually editing as I’m building sections and parts. I love the freedom I have in the studio to capture all the live elements, and simultaneously edit and let the song build organically in that way. I love gear but I do believe that it’s how you use the stuff you have, to a point. I’ve found limitations are actually helpful to me at times.
What is your 2022 looking like, what are your hopes and dreams, do you have any exciting plans, new releases, tours or gigs.
I’ve a few more singles, collaborations, and a solo ep in the works.
Can you give us a classic track, something that has inspired you or simply one you love and never get sick of listening to.
Ocean’s 1971 “hand in the hand”. Way funkier than it should be.
Can you recommend any new music, something that you’ve just discovered or are just really digging at the moment.
Check out Motivations II by The Bad Plus
Do you think playlists are important, what types do you enjoy, in your opinion, what’s the future of the playlist.
Playlists are great for music, new and old. I love discovering stuff I missed from back in the day and new stuff that I wouldn’t find otherwise. I love it for genres that I’m not as familiar with too. I had a samba classics playlist on the other day and I was jamming.
How do you prefer your music to be heard, streams, downloads or physical product sold. Why?
Physical would be ideal because @ceeboba does such amazing art for me. Everyone should have it up on their wall.
How do you connect with your audience, email, social media, PR firms.
What’s the best way a fan could help you today if they had just ten minutes to spare.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your career in music.