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Throughout the recent FADER cover story on Gucci Mane, themes of work and work ethic are persistent, providing a constant throughout the Atlanta rapper’s many ups and downs, prison sentences and creative high water marks. Regardless of how much Guwop’s life spiraled out of control in the period before his most recent prison sentence, he was still constantly in the studio churning out track after track. Young Thug credits Gucci for imparting his indefatigable work ethic on him and it’s hard not to imagine that his mixtape-a-month release schedule over the past decade or so has changed rap for the better. Born in Newark, but now residing in Los Angeles, DJ J Heat seems to approach Jersey Club in a similar manner, tirelessly working on his own bootlegs, collaborating with MikeQ, Brenmar, Gianna lee and K-Shiz and continually refining an approach that is simultaneously one of the hardest and most heterogeneous approaches to club music.

J Heat’s work ethic, and immeasurable talent for that matter, hasn’t gone unnoticed and in the coming months he’ll release his debut on London’s venerated Night Slugs roster, a rare US signing for the Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 headed crew that felt like a comfortable fit even before it became official. After all, some of J Heat’s most successful remixes are of Night Slugs hits, from a much rinsed take on Kingdom’s “Stalker Ha” at the end of 2014 to a brilliant refiguring of Bok Bok and Kelela’s “Melba’s Call”. And beyond the relatively standard remixes of major rap and R&B hits, J Heat has remixed M.E.S.H. (twice), Tokyo Hands and Art of Noise, showing a willingness to experiment with contemporary material and left field samples that calls to mind early Bmore and the bizarro footwork of DJ Nate.

Having produced his fair share of ballroom and footwork, as well as work with vocalists, it would be diminishing to refer to J Heat as strictly a Jersey Club artist, but there’s no doubt that it’s what he excels at and puts the most time towards. 2012’s “NJ Transit Rhythm”, one of J Heat’s few original compositions to date, is a case in point, a sparse construction based around a distant train whistle that bangs as hard as anything to come out of Newark in years and maintains an eery presence throughout. With artists like DJ Sliink, DJ Rell and Nadus making waves across the US and internationally, the idea of a Jersey Club producer breaking out is far from unheard of, but despite his incessant work rate, J Heat has taken a more patient path, eschewing questionable labels like Dim Mak and Mad Decent in search of a more idyllic fit. In Night Slugs, he’s seemed to find that and while his debut for the label will likely bring a new fan base and critical acclaim it’s clear that it won’t be the beginning or end for J Heat.


If you’ve followed the site and/or regularly tune into our Radar Radio show, you’ll know that DJ J Heat is one of our absolute favorite Jersey club producers and this Saturday, he’s headlining Wile Out Presents Ghetto Musick at Los Globos alongside Gianni Lee and Alfred English. Despite hearing Jersey played on a regular basis around Los Angeles clubs and parties, it’s all too rare that one of the culture’s more genuine purveyors come through so Saturday is set to be a special affair and to celebrate we’re giving away a pair of tickets. All you have to do is enter your favorite J Heat remix (ours is “Never Gon Lose”) and you’ll be put in a pot. We’ll be contacting winners Saturday morning.

We also spoke with J Heat over email about his musical lineage (his father was a DJ at legendary Newark club Zanzibar), the release he’s working on for Night Slugs and how he chooses remix source material. As one of the most prodigious and hardworking artists in the culture, it’s a pleasure to have him out to Los Angeles so don’t miss out on this one. Find more info on Wile Out here and grab yourself a ticket to Saturday’s party here.

Hi John, how are you? Have you played in Los Angeles before?

Hey I’m great and you self !? No this will be my 1st debut I’m very excited haha.

I’m good! When did you start making music? Does your family have a musical background?

I’ve been making music since I was like 10. Yes my father was a Zanzibar Dj and my uncle Dj money got me into club music and he was always keeping me busy as a kid.

How did your connection with Night Slugs come about? Do you have a release on the label in the works?

I’ve been in touch with Bok Bok and L Vis 1990 for a while on the internet based they were interested in a slew of songs I had Thru Internet communication. We recently just linked in the summer of 2015. Yes I have my 1st EP being released by them I’m super excited for everyone to hear what I’ve been working on I want every the world to experience jersey how it’s suppose to be experienced.

You’ve done an extensive amount of remix work and I consistently come back to your work as some of the best in the Jersey club world. Especially like your “Never Gon Lose” and “Moments In Love” remixes. How do you choose your source material? And how do you differentiate yourself from the other Jersey club producers remixing the same songs?

Thank you that truly means allot to me as a person who loves and respects our culture and been doing it for so long .
“Never Gon Lose” and “Moments In Love” is a favorite amongst my work due to the fact of ideas i run across on the daily. I choose my material thru the outputs ideas and sources that are available to me. It all comes thought out and finessed as i work thru out the track. And I been that way I’ve always have been a person with a signature style different from the usual.

What else do you have planned while you’re out here in LA?

I plan to work with as many friends, supporters and people who would love to learn about the jersey culture. Eat some in and out hang in the studio and spread the sound and built a relation to all the supporters of the jersey club culture.