A mini-interview with 22 short questions (some personal, some tricky) looking for equally short answers, addressed to artists, producers, promoters, djs, friends and affiliates of the blog in general.
Today Justice (Modern Urban Jazz head honcho) Jumps the Q
Let’s get started:
Set 1: The man behind the mask
Q1: Favourite travel destination?
Q2: Favourite dish?
A2: Patatas bravas
Q3: Favourite drink?
A3: Mint tea
Q4: Dream car?
A4: VW Golf MK 1
Q5: Favourite movie?
A5: Pulp Fiction
Q6: Favourite sports team – domestic and international?
A6: Luton Town FC and England
Q7: Favourite pair of trainers?
A7: I am a big fan of the Converse All Star
Q8: Feared but not respected, or respected but not accepted?
A8: Outside looking in…….
Set 2: The man behind a set of decks
Q9: First record you bought?
A9: Stand and Deliver- Adam and the Ants
Q10: Most valuable record you own (sentimental value not financial)?
A10: BFC- Psyche
Q11: Favourite piece of musical equipment?
A11: Mini xylophone
Q12: Favourite track (non genre-specific)?
A12: Firebird- Stravinsky
Q13: Favourite label?
Q14: Favourite dj/artist/producer?
A14: Chris Watson
Q15: Track you wish it was yours?
A15: Follow the leader- Eric B
Q16: Vinyl or digital?
A16: Every dog has its day
Set 3: The man behind the scenes
Q17: Favourite venue worldwide you have ever attended?
A17: Le Batofar, Paris
Q18: Best live performance/dj set you have ever witnessed?
A18: Maceo Parker
Q19: Worst live performance/dj set you have ever witnessed?
A19: I think I have blocked them out
Q20: Dream line-up for a festival (5 names)?
A20: Roy Ayres, Kraftwerk, Public Enemy, James Brown, Derrick May
Q21: If you had a magic eraser who would you extinguish from the musical map?
A21: Most of the “Top” forty
Q22: Future plans?
A22: Carry on falling into things.
With a history that goes hand in glove with that of the development of drum & bass and jungle itself, Tony Bowes, aka Justice, has consistently spearheaded new musical forms. He is very much instrumental in the birth of drum & bass and is heralded as one of the true pioneers.
Raised in Luton, Justice began producing at the age of 17 with friend Conrad Shafie (aka Blame). The two met while studying media at college in Dunstable, and went into the studio in 1991 to try their hand at producing hip-hop tracks. Instead, they emerged with Death Row – one of the earliest examples of hardcore breakbeat – on Chill Records, a UK bass, bleeps and breakbeat label which was based in his home town of Luton.
While the rave scene progressed into a self-parodic fluff, Blame and Justice continued producing, both together and on their own. Pushed into new directions by the emergence of a mellower, atmospheric sound in the drum and bass spectrum, the duo formed Modern Urban Jazz Records.
What followed was a vinyl journey across just about every key label within the genre, with releases on Moving Shadow, Creative Wax, Ultimatum Breaks, Echo Drop, Recordings of Substance, Basement, Precious Materials, R&S, Partisan, to name but a few as well as his own Modern Urban Jazz imprint, on which he recorded and released alongside Blame, the critically acclaimed Icons LP Emotions With Intellect that is still highly praised to this day.
In the late 90’s and into and beyond the new millennia, Justice takes a much more experimental aspect to his productions with tracks and LP’s including Viewpoints, Modern Retro and Justice presents Modern Urban Jazz again on various labels like Recordings of Substance, Hydrogen Dukebox and Nu-Directions.
Fast forward to the present, Justice continues with his forward thinking approach to music productions and the running of the MJAZZ label with the 839 LP with old pal Metro, which has just received the remix treatment, as well as recent and forthcoming collaborations with Momentum, Chris Inperspective, Invincible, Metro, Cuelock and Diamond Eye. MJAZZ recently released the third installment of the limited edition, highly acclaimed The Modernists series as well as a number of podcasts presented by affiliated artists as well as producers of the MJAZZ collective.
An extended discography, reviews and everything MJAZZ can be found at the following links:
Who is Justice, bio, discography highlights and links can be found here:
Read the whole Jump the Q series following the link below: