Multi-platinum Justice Johnson is a true producer. He started his career in Washington DC at the legendary Renegade studio as an intern and worked his way to head engineer/producer, working with artists such as MYA, Digable Planets, and many local artists. In less than a year Justice was promoted to head engineer and was recruited by New Horizon Studios in Capitol Heights MD., where he worked his way up to chief engineer/producer and worked with rap legends like Tupac, Biggie, and Snoop, Justice has also worked alongside and learned from great producers like Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Swizz Beatz. Most notably, Justice was the recording engineer and co-producer on DMX's "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot" album. Justice also started the company SubUrban Entertainment in 2006 and has placed tracks with current artists including: Wale, Rick Ross, and 50 Cent. Justice grew up in Reston, VA, and has always supported hip hop artists from his community. He recorded some of Reston's earliest hip-hop tracks and established its relevance in terms of rap music in Northern Virginia. You can find more information about Justice and his work at http://dmvlife.com/
Jamie Fisher went from being a punk kid with a camera trying to somehow capture the magic of his local music scene in Northern VA and DC to a man with a video camera trying to capture shows the right way in Richmond, VA. He never liked all the rules, regulation, and repression of RHOA and the spreading of their yuppie ideals around his community, but acknowledges that it gave rise to the most creativity he’s ever seen come out of one town in such a short period of time. Check out his photos of Jam for Man I at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Jams4Man/photos/?tab=album&album_id=501398803618988
and Jame for Man III at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Jams4Man/photos/?tab=album&album_id=441417896283746
along with his professional videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/guitarjamie1
Andre Love is the kind of drummer that broke his wrist playing basketball, so he shoved a drumstick down his cast in order to play Jam for Man. He played so many of the Jam for Man shows, at the start with Remission, then continuing with Split Decision, and finally at the end with Nemesis. He continues to play the Northern Virginia area with his current band Soul Craft. His episode is perfect for this week, since he expresses so much gratitude to all of the great musicians that have jammed with him and given him a chance to live out his musical dreams.
Byron Stafford moved from Roxbury, MA to Reston, VA, dropped his stage name Baby B in favor of Illy the Kid, and met T.J. Fobbs. He gave T.J. the moniker Cochise after a character from Cooley High, and the two went on to form groups like Reality, Rough Enough, and Universal Tactics. Justice Johnson, engineer on DMX's "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot" album, made their earliest recordings and taught them how to be professionals in the studio. They had their chances to get a label deal with some help from Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels and rap Coalition founder Wendy Day, but the lure of the streets somehow got in the way. Much of his output is hard to find, but in his day, he was a battle rapper to be feared. Just ask the Fugees' Pras.
Jason Hamacher moved from Florida to Fairfax County, excited to be there because of a reference from a Scream album and its proximity to Minor Threat and the DC hardcore scene. He met Shelby Cinca on a Christian retreat and a video of him shirtless, banging out a Sepultura song sealed the deal of securing a spot in his band. This launched them on a ten-year odyssey of touring around the world and recording with three bands, from Frodus to The Black Sea and most recently Decahedron. This episode also features music from Jason’s straight-edge band, Battery, and his screamo project Combatwoundedveteran. Jason developed skills promoting his music and booking tours, almost securing Frodus a gig playing a lab in Antartica, and utilizing some of the same talents to preserve ancient Syrian chants. Jason has accomplished so much musically, but never takes himself or his achievements too seriously, and was more than happy to to give us insight into his Northern Virginia roots.
Along with bands like Frodus, Lugnut, and Kidskin Conduction, Bubble Jug played loud, experimental, and intense shows in and around the Chantilly, VA area. The lineup consisted of Dave Cleary and Kelly Medford sharing lead vocals, Scott Hawkins on bass, Jayson Capps on guitar, Josh Neall on drums, and the late Nathan Maddox on saxophone and everything else. Bubble Jug followed in the footsteps of bands as diverse as Nation of Ulysses, Bikini Kill, Born Against, and Sonic Youth, and added even more interesting sounds on their recordings with the help of Christian Quick at Stillness Sound. Like the delicious and highly edible gum from which they took their name, Bubble Jug burned bright for a few years and then disappeared... until now.
Dave Stone grew up in North Reston, incrementally inching towards punk from a pretty early age thanks to the Clash and the movie D.O.A. He started his first band K.I.D. (Kids In Dispute) before any of them really knew how to play, and he went on to form or join at least nine more bands, including: FSA, Enough, Infusion, All Fall Down, Porch Mob, VPR, Nervous Impulse, BSR, and finally his current band, Rise Defy. He’s comfortable on both bass and guitar, writes great songs, headlined Jam for Man, recorded at Inner Ear Studios, and has played with some of the greats like HR and Angelo Moore. Even better, Lake Anne Dave is an excellent storyteller, and he weaves it all together on this week’s episode. For more information about his band and music, check out: https://www.facebook.com/risedefy/ and https://risedefy.bandcamp.com/releases
Ananda Burke just got back from Punk Rock Holiday in Slovenia, part of his first-ever European tour with his band Head Honcho. However, thirty years before that, he played guitar in the band Doubt at Jam for Man, DC Space, and parties around Reston. Ananda learned important lessons from the music scene in Northern Virginia that he shares with us here and takes with him as he works on the next album with his band. For more recordings and information on Head Honcho, go to: https://headhonchomusic.bandcamp.com/
Carter Blitch got a subscription to Thrasher magazine for his twelfth birthday, and the first issue he received had a feature on the band JFA. Little did he know that years later, he would become the drummer for this very band, skating and playing punk rock with them across Europe and the U.S. Carter had come a long way from his first band, the Golden Beat, named for his children's drum set, and Knothead, his Reston hardcore band that played at Jam for Man. In addition, Carter recorded out West with bands such as One Shot Kill, Mob 40's, Love Canal, and Childhood, Inc. You can find more information about his band JFA and their tour schedule at http://www.jfamusic.com/
Steve Bidwell has lived in West Virginia, Ghana, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, New York, and Austin, and adding to his drum repertoire, which includes playing with The Calm Blue Sea, Hard Proof, Brownout, and Black Pumas. Steve can play anything and everything on drums, from afrobeat and go-go, to dixieland jazz and western swing, making him in demand as a session musician and touring drummer. However, he got his start in Reston, VA, and credits the multitude of record stores, high school music instructor Jeff Fraker, and Jam for Man as some of the inspirations for his life in music, and will fight to the death anybody that doesn't recognize Fugazi as one of the most important bands of all time.