Before reading this interview make sure that you check out the posts we have already done for J. Rabbit because there are some banging beats by him especially his remix of Eiffel 65’s Blue coz that is just something else! Anyway back to the interview…
Alrite, talk us through where the name ‘J. Rabbit’ came from.
Well the name “rabbit” was giving to me after high school, either due to my paleness or due to the fact that some people think I look like “rabbit” from the movie ‘Super Troopers’, regardless it stuck for a long time and with my first name starting with the letter “J”, it seemed like a good choice. So really it’s just my first name and my nick name combined.
Has the music that you were brought around in your childhood influenced you to what you produce now?
I would have to say most definitely, the earliest band I can remember listening to and loving was “Primus”. In that band the bass is the lead instrument while the guitar is the backup, while most bands are the exact opposite, and being a bass player, I was naturally all about it. Then obviously when I got into Aphex Twin and Crystal Method at an early age I started to taking notice to synthetics, I was hooked and started to explore other forms of electronic music.
How and when did you start producing your beats?
Well, when I moved to The Bronx, 5 years ago, I started playing around with music on the computer, I would record sounds from my records and lay them together in order to kind of make music, but I really had no direction or knowledge of what I was doing. Then a couple years ago I became close friends with Terravita/Hot Pink Delorean and their protege, Fantastadon, and all those guys really took me under their wing. They would answer my questions, give me constructive criticism, and would show me and explain to me different concepts of sound design and sound engineering.
What have you got planned for the coming months?
Well, right now actually I’m pretty busy and excited, just got word that I will be playing the Winter Music Conference this year, and I’m stoked on that, I’ve never been to Miami and it should be a great time. As far as upcoming tunes, I just started working with Simplify Recordings, and have a couple EP’s planned with them, the earliest should be out soon with Fantastadon. I also have remixes getting ready to come out with Play Me Records, Delorean Music Company and Digital Terror Records. I’ve also been linking up with labels based out of the UK, San Francisco & Atlanta, but it’s too soon to say who, what and when. Then aside from other bookings and remixes I plan on blogging, I’m quite swamped, yet really excited at this moment.
Who is your favourite producer at the moment?
I would have to say that my favorite producer of all time is Clipz. Something about when a tune drops and it sounds nothing like you thought it would sound like, creates such energy on the dance floor. I’ve always found his music unique, even the work he does as Redlight is great, but I would have to say that he made me feel it was alright to experiment with noises that some people might dismiss. To this day, even with all the great dubstep and drum n’ bass coming out, Slippery Slopes is still my favorite drum n’ bass tune of all time.
What gear do you use to produce your filthy songs?
Right now I’m running FL9 and using Massive to make all my noises. I’ve also starting using Albino more and more but to be honest, I still think that Massive has the best interface, is the easiest to use and creates the best sound.
What are you up to when not in the studio?
Well, I wish it was more exciting, but I live in the Bronx with my fiance, and when not working in the studio, I’m usually just relaxing with her, like playing with ours cats, watching tv or playing video games. I do get to travel quite a bit so when on the road, sometimes I’ll find myself hanging out with my boys in Boston (Terravita / Fantastadon), and we’ll go ‘ghost hunting’ and take pictures in cemeteries, or find we’ll get some vegan pizza and play Halo.
Is there a song that you have produced and is your favourite?
I would have to say not really, I mean, after finishing a tune, if I’m really happy with it, I’ll be stoked on it for a while, till I write another tune, then it’ll kind of fall off. It’s not that I don’t like the tune any more, just that I’ve heard it alot and now I’m focused on what’s next yanno? But I must say that all my tunes are my favourite at some point or another, even if it’s only for a week or so.
Who can we look forward to this year?
Like who is up and coming? I’d have to give a shout to Borgore, and I know I’m probably late on the Borgore express, but I just started taking notice to him and I have to say that his tune ‘Saturday Night’ is banging, I find him really original and he seems to have a very unique and heavy sound.
Any final words for the readers/fans?
Just keep listening, I have some big plans for 2010 in the works… and if you’re reading this, I hope all is well, and that you’re around people that are cool.