Meet Jeremy, 41 years old from Minneapolis, USA.
“I have been working at an internet startup for several years. When we got our stereo system I would DJ the music for the whole office, while I was managing on the floor. In order to do 8 hour musical sets day in and day out that was not the same music over and over, I needed to create playlists with a lot of depth. The NEWFORIA playlist is a way to introduce people to music that is outside the average mainstream stuff they can get anywhere.”
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Shpongle's "Tales of the Inexpressible" is one of my favorite albums for a lot of reasons. It is polyrhythmic and tribal, which taps into something primitive psychologically. It blends that with futuristic and electronic elements. All the songs transition into each other creating a long dreamlike experience. It is not afraid to dive deep into psychedelic realms which are abstract, dreamlike, and even a little scary. It has a lot of world influences interweaving together. It is contemplative and is great background music while doing something creative, and it is also being very danceable.
What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?
Music. Music reaches levels of consciousness (and unconsiosness) that lyrics cannot reach due to the limitations of language. Music lets you experience something dreamlike and/or spiritual. Lyrics are like trying to describe the dream or spiritual experience. No matter how hard you try, you just can completely convey the abstract experience with words. Music is the magic we have to convey those abstract experiences of life.
Favorite artist? Top 5?
It is hard for me to name only 5, but I will give some of my favorites: My all time favorite local band is the bluesy, funky Root City (aka Alex Rossi & Root City Band). They are good friends of mine and I spent a great amount of my life partying it up with those guys and their fans. I would say I met my closest friends through their music. Number 2 would have to be Kruder & Dorfmeister, particularly for their K & D Sessions album, which I would say is my second favorite album of all time. I love electronic jazz music and these guys created a downtempo masterpiece with their K & D Sessions double album. It is ultra-cool dubbed out lounge music. Nobody, except perhaps Pink Floyd, can slowly and confidently build up a groove like these guys. If you are the kind of urban dweller who knows how to get into the back alley speakeasies in your city, you need to have this album on vinyl in your collection (it is not on Spotify, unfortunately). Both Kruder and Dorfmeister have side projects like Tosca and Peace Orchestra, which also produce excellent dubbed-out music. I am going to go with Grateful Dead as my number three favorite band for a few reasons. Grateful Dead’s pioneering spirit to dive deep into improvisation has left it’s mark on a countless number of bands, particularly jam bands. Another reason I love them is that they are not radio friendly, so only some of the funnest party people know their music when they hear it. So when a band plays a Grateful Dead cover at a show and certain people react to it, I usually know those are the genuinely fun people at the show and will gravitate towards them. Music in this way is almost an unspoken code that lets people’s true colors show. Number four would have to be the altrock god, Beck. I love variety in music. Like an audible collage artist, Beck creates clever, multilayered fusions of different genres. His songs have that magical ability to get your head bobbing without you even noticing it. His concert at Bonnaroo where his band ate dinner on stage, then finished the set by playing on the plate and glassware, was one of the most creative concerts I had ever seen in person. My number five favorite band is Talking Heads. I have a vivid childhood memory of being at a pool party and going into this person’s house where the song “Once in a Lifetime” was playing. Everyone at the party was outside, but I just stood there listening to the song and being so mystified by the strangeness of it. About 15 years later, I saw their concert film Stop Making Sense and thought it was the best concert movie I had ever seen. Just the subtle creativity of slowly building the stage as David Byrne is playing was interesting. I bought the DVD and played it for my significant other on one of our first dates. We danced in bed to the film. After the film, she told me “We are on the same wavelength.” She was right, anyone who dances naked in bed to Stop Making Sense with you is on the same wavelength. We have been together for 12 years since that night.
If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive) and why?
If it doesn't have to be a musical artist, I would choose Dali. I am a huge fan of surrealism and Dali wasn't just painting unusual artwork, he was living a crazy life as well. I love hanging out with people who are trying to make people's waking life more dreamlike.
There is an event called Bassgasm at our hometown musical mecca: First Avenue & 7th Street Entry. It basically features a bunch of electronic artists and DJs in a multi-room party. When I lived in London, I used to party at Fabric. Bassgasm has a similar vibe to the events at Fabric. I am a huge fan of dance music that isn't simply a collection of Top 40 pop songs. Variety and creative aesthetics are the keys to my enjoyment. Anyone creating things that are outside the status quo has my attention.