Next Level Experimental Music ||| by a True Artist

in #music2 years ago (edited)

One of my favourite electronic music artists is Jochem Paap, better know under his artists name Speedy J. This guy from Rotterdam (the Netherlands) started his career when in the Netherlands this new sound called "Hardcore" was invented and became popular in the underground dance scene. For those who don't know, "Hardcore" is maybe to hardest genre in the electronic dance music genre.

When a little later "Techno" made its baby steps in my little country, Jochem started to lean more to this style, on the harder side of the spectrum though. But for sure with some intelligent approach to it!

Jochem is a truly great artist in my opinion, knows how to challenge us with his sounds, doesn't take the standard routes, innovates not only in music, but also in how he brings music to us; One of the first artists using digital equipment for his performances. Not afraid to do things he likes and may go against what the mass wants. He also is an artist who doesn't DJ, but performs live, creating the sounds on the spot using his music gear and sometimes mixed with a bit of digital DJing, but the later is pretty rare.

In the late 90s and early 2000, he took electronic music into a new direction for himself and us, music fans. "Experimental" is the best term to use for some of his work he produced in that timeframe. In the profile on his own website this is how his experimental side is described:

He changed his harmonious techno for a much more complex sound, filled with colliding samples, crackling rhythms and tremendously thrilling turns.

One of the albums that I really love is "A Shocking Hobby". Hard and Soft: combined. Rock-ish, Dance-ish, Space-ish: combined. Complex: definitely, and that is what I like. Challenging: for SURE! With this album, Jochem shows a side of himself not so many people know; A side I really love!

When you are into discovering music, I urge you to hit the play button and discover the great artist in Jochem yourself.

Let me know your thoughts.

Artist: Speedy J
Album: A Shocking Hobby
Year: 2000
Country: Netherlands


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I don’t do them very often because they are such a time sink in transcribing, but Speedy J and Lucy were the first people I ever Skype interviewed. Which was terrifying.

Terrifying, in what sense? I think Jochem is a very friendly guy :)

They were both wonderful! But I’d never interviewed anyone with actual voice before! Plus I had the fear Skype wouldn’t record... all sorts.

Hope it worked out pretty well for you!?

It did in the end! The article doesn't exist any more, but I still have the recording!

Cool :)

Real tasty stuff, @qsounds ! listening now and absolutely eating it up!

This is maybe his most experimental-ish album. In the past he did quite a few shows with this type of music, in small venues, but recently I think he is in Techno mainly when performing. Also on the production front more techno last decade. But also that part of him I really like! He is an amazing artist!

Well then, I suppose 'experimental-ish' defines my tastes quite accurately ... I'm having a conversation with another steemian about that balance between finding acceptability from your audience versus authenticity ... how to walk that line as an artist. I would be interested in hearing Speedy J's crossover from Hardcore (some Prog House elements, no?) to Techno ...

Authenticity and Audience; Well, I guess that is the question any kind of artists will have to ask him/herself when creating art. Is it what the artists wants to create, or are there elements influencing like "I need to be able to pay for my food and roof over my head". I think this is always a very difficult one. I know artists who take to approach of no compromise, and they are quite successful, but I also know artists who are by far not 'successful', meaning they rely on some other income and in the end it may (sometimes) also influence their art in not always a positive way.

For music; check the links I provided in the post, Lots of music from Speedy J.