Jessica Phillipe aka J. Phlip grew up 2 hours south of Chicago. Sometime around her 19th birthday she got her first DJ rig and began mixing in between her Systems Engineering studies. She hates being confined to genres: so she calls her music “booty-tech.” The fifth addition to the elite dirtybird team, she’s VonStroke’s favorite support DJ and now for this first time is setting out on a headlining tour. The bearded king has this to say of her sound:
“It is not that often that i get to hear someone play who i think is amazing… If you are thinking about booking someone fresh from dirtybird I really think this is the DJ who can deliver the goods as they were meant to be delivered. Straight from San Francisco with dirty basslines, bootylicious funk, and cute as hell – J. Phlip is the total package.”
After a crazy set last summer, we snuck red bull and vodkas past security to her trailer with her while she regaled us with stories of Ibiza and beyond. Now on the eve of her very first headlining tour, we share them with you.[soundbutt url=”https://api.soundbutt.com/tracks/159757765″ params=”color=471682&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
You just dropped a dope Photech song, “Glamorama,” can you take me through how you like to come in and out of songs?
I like to do long blends and I always cut the bass of the track I’m mixing in next. So I’m mixing the drums and the tops, and then I either drop the bass in suddenly or sometimes I just tease it; it depends on how I feel the tracks go together. I think I dropped that one in pretty fast. It’s a weird track- it almost DJs itself. The sub-bass is out most of the track and then it just hits as if a DJ was doing it. It comes at the weirdest time. It just has groove and no low end and then all of a sudden it rumbles in.
A friend of mine gave me the new Boddika it’s coming out on Swamp 81, it’s called “Heat,” I’m obsessed with it. That one was super fun to play. I played two of Claude’s newer tracks. “Dude,” my favorite, and “Can’t Wait.” Those were really fun to play. They sound fatter than anything else I have with me. Really warm, he spent forever working on the sound design, the mixing. Everyone always freaks because you can feel it more than any other track.
Which do you prefer, renegades or big festivals?
Renegades. We don’t get to play real renegades very often.
What's the story behind that photo of the crew with their pants down behind you?
Barclay wanted this photo shoot at 9am after everyone played at Space so that we’re all lose and vibey. Except it’s Monday morning after a ton of gigs and some people are really wasted. And while I’m in the front they all just dropped their jeans and she’s making me pose and they’re all laughing behind me. We’re just like a silly crew.
Tell me all about the trip!
When I was in Ibiza I had a big party night going out. It was on Monday, so first I went to DC 10 and I was just raging, dancing, meeting a bunch of DJs and I met some guy who helped produce Afrika Bambaataa doing a documentary for The 808. Have you been to Ibiza yet? It’s pretty fucking bonkers. If you go to DC 10 on Mondays, everyone who’s involved with music is there.
Sometimes I want to get out of there because its too cool, and I want to go on the floor with the ravers.
Then there’s Cocoon, a legendary party for Sven Vath. It’s massive and people over here don’t know anything about it. Sven Vath is a rockstar- he’s a techno DJ, but a rockstar in Europe. It’s a whole nother world of Dance music and it doesn’t even reach here, it’s crazy. Amnesia is a club that fits 10,000 people. I was with my friend Jesse and he kept buying me shots, and all these people Kink, Loco Dice, all these DJs and then at 6:30 am Jesse’s like we need to get out of here, we need to go home and I was like fuck this, this is my party night in Ibiza and I ran back in the club. A club that fits 10,000 people.
So I’m just partying by myself and I go in the VIP and sit down on people’s couches. Everyone’s really nice and make drinks for me and think my accent is cool. Which is odd, because i don’t have an accent. Two hours later I’m playing Outkast songs in a villa, a really fucking pimp-ass villa, with Gary Richards (aka Destructo, founder of Holy Ship and Hard Summer) and his friends, wondering how the fuck I got there. Everyone gets tired around 10am and goes to their rooms to pass out and I lay down on the couch on the front porch and go to sleep.
I wake up and have no idea where I am.
I’m walking around the villa and no ones home, I’m just there by myself. I want to go home but there’s a wall around the villa and I can’t get the gate to open. I can’t get out of this fucking place. So, ok, I’m gonna climb the wall. I climb back down on the other side while people are walking down the street wondering what I’m doing. I get down and the house is on a cliff so I have to climb down these rocks. I wander around for 30 minutes to find a taxi to get home to our villa that has no address. And Gary tweets me ‘Be careful, Ibiza can be dangerous.’
What's the future for Dirtybird in Golden Gate park? Christian was unsure.
It probably won’t happen, at least not in Golden Gate Park. That little space requires a permit which we always got. The permit is for very low sound, like a guitar player with an amp, and 150 people. When we started there were 50 people. It got to 500 people and then more, but we cleaned up so well they kept giving us the permit. We tried to keep it secret so we could keep doing it, but it got to where we couldn’t control it anymore. They’ll give us a bigger permit but it’s really expensive and the party is free.
So Barclay’s said: “Dirtybird is a sleazy night in a Detroit strip club, Mothership is a long night into morning at a techno club in Berlin.' Regardless of the labels, which of those two parties do you prefer?
Both. I want both.
Your sound is identifiable as both a Dirtybird sound, but it’s also unique, Barclay describes it as a fresher sound, did you start off sounding Dirtybird-esque before joining or did signing influence your sound?
I was totally not Dirtybird sounding, I was very housey when I was a baby DJ, influenced by Chicago house and Derek Carter and then I started hearing Justin Martin’s tracks and I loved them. I started finding more techier sounds and started getting into that as opposed to the funkier happier groovy house. I was going in that direction, and I wasn’t a part of dirtybird yet and they had influenced me but not totally. I made this mix and I was giving it out in Miami and Christian popped it in the CD player and we were just partying in Barclay’s hotel. We all danced and Barclay came out and asked ‘Whose mix is this.’ A few months later he invited me to play. I was doing something on my own that fit and they liked it.
Do you know why I first went to SF and DJed with Dirtybird? We all had a big joke about “Snakes on a Plane.” I graduated from college and then that week the movie came out so I said I’d come to SF and we’d all go see it, and they were all ‘Yea! Motherfuckin’ snakes on a motherfuckin’ plane!’ Justin let me stay on his couch and Barclay was like ‘J. Phlip’s comin out? We should have her play.’ And everyone was like ‘Yea!’
Two artists we should check out-
You really need Dauwd, he’s on Ghostly. His stuff is really incredible. It’s deep, but its got this crazy bass, and sometimes its got this acidy 101 shit goin’ on. It’s not in your face at all though it’s usually pretty deep.
These guys Graze, they’ve only got one EP out, but its really amazing
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