This week's Music Monday focuses on Julius Jetson, an artist and business owner who has become one of the most prominent taste makers in the blossoming DC electronic scene. Jetson is known for his crafty blend of funky and groovy house music that grinds with harder elements inspired by hip hop. We sat down and asked Jetson a few questions about his music, his motivation, and his goals for his business. RBM: How would you describe your music?
Julius Jetson: I makes all da gangasta house music that make da people move.
RBM: How did you get involved in music?
JJ: I started working for a dance party “Nouveau Riche” in Washington DC. I think that was 2011-2012.
RBM: Was it the same album that inspired you to want to work in music?
JJ: No, I actually didn’t think about making music till I started DJing in Highschool/College. I really got motivated 2 years ago when I sat down with Imad-Royal in my dorm room at Maryland. That was when I decided I was going learn the art of production. So shout out to him for being the inspiration behind everything.
RBM: What inspired your latest single?
JJ: Richard Simmons haha. I was actually planning on doing something else completely with the track. I showed it to P.Keys and he layed down 4 bars while listening to it on my laptop. We quickly got in the studio and recorded it and then that weekend, I just cranked it out.
RBM: If this single could be a movie scene, what would it look like?
JJ: Could we rephrase this and be a music video? because it would totally be Kanye’s Workout Plan. P Keys, would be the janitor pushing a mop whilst leading a whole group of people working out. Definately in short shorts
RBM: What do you want to be doing in 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years?
JJ: 1 year from now... Be able to produce better music than I am right now. 5 Years.... I want to start my own record label and push gangsta house through the dance community.... 10 Years? Who knows time will tell.... A residency in Ibiza is the dream.
RBM: What is the music scene like where you live?
JJ: DC is amazing. We have great Venues like U Street Music Hall, Flash,18th Street Lounge and a few warehouse parties and great promoters and parties (Nu Androids, Closed Sessions, Midnight Project, Roam, The Brown Elvis). It’s thriving.