Blast us with wind, melt us with acid, and set us ablaze, and what are we left with?
Stick Figure Guy
Veteran House Music Producer J-Punch is constantly re-inventing what it is to re-invent one's self. After several years of thriving in the underground, having released dozens of tracks through various record labels [System, Global Underground], and having spearheaded one of Washington D.C.'s most successful weekly House events, Pulse, for over 100 weeks, J-Punch has decided to scientifically engineer a new genre of music.
J-Punch has been at it for years. He has conquered masses, vanquished impossible odds, and reached the collective unconscious of millions. Yet, at his heart, he is just like the rest of us. Blast us with wind, melt us with acid, and set us ablaze, and what are we left with?
Stick Figure Guy.
How do you describe your music to people, Justin?
In several different manners:
Music for the wire frame
Songs about deftly side-stepping the falling meteors of Ragnarok only to watch a friend run right into one.
Songs about trying to maintain a relationship during the globalization of human chaos on an angry Earth.
Songs for Space aliens that exist outside of time and space. And also for everyone else.
We loving refer to our style as "Alt-tempo," (or "Down-Rock" if you nasty).
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
For many artists, they cite a defining moment for themselves when they knew they wanted to be a singer. For many it was the appearance of Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show, to another generation it was the Beatles’ appearance on Sullivan half a decade later. We got into our craft in two separate ways:
Dave: I knew I wanted to be a singer when I saw Nirvana on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Justin: I've been making music since I was 3 years old.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Watch science fiction movies with my pants off while eating a couple of pizzas off my chest.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
All musical instruments and methods of recording or amplifying sound are forms of technology. Modern technology, specifically digitization of sound and computerization of the recording process has greatly increased the amount of music available to audiences. As such, the audiences have learned to make their own music. Now, basically everyone can make high quality sound experiences to share with others. Due to this, when we try to participate in this infinite miasma of sound, our contributions, however decent, are lost in the screech of the hive. "Technology" has both enabled and doomed our careers as musicians, in that it has allowed us to more effectively create music, but also created a system wherein we cannot profit reliably.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
It has trampled all over it with a big fat boot.
What other artists out there do you love?
Nirvana, Weezer, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Hum, Placebo, The Cardigans, Liz Phair, Arcade Fire, The Pixies, Massive Attack, Lonely Island, Depeche Mode, Radiohead, Silversun Pickups, Doves, Bjork, Pinback, House Music.
What does your future hold?