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Welcoming LA based duo Juggs to Northern Exposure. Recently signed to Alan McGee’s new label Creation23, Juggs are childhood friends, Brandon & Willem, who’ve been making music together in Los Angeles since they were young lads. Both say they have a common goal of wanting to make cool art and music and that they were lucky enough to find someone who shared that goal. I caught up with them both to find out more. 

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Tell me all about Juggs and how long you’ve been making music together?

Brandon: Juggs is really just the two of us. We started playing music together when we were kids and in various other bands.  We’ve always made music together and we love to collaborate and have friends jump on tracks. That’s sort of the idea behind JUGGS, take one idea, re-sample it, create something totally different and see where it goes from there and where it feels the best.

How you describe your music sound and who would you cite as influences?

Brandon: This is always the tough one, but JUGGS is funky, electronic, poppy music. We grew up loving punk and still do so that lies in there somewhere too. Maybe more in the attitude and the way we make music. J Dilla, George Clinton, Beastie Boys, Misfits, Squarepusher are some major influences.

You are based in Los Angeles. Talk us through the LA scene? Has it inspired your sound at all?

Brandon: I think wherever you’re from will come through in your art somehow. Personally, I’ve always felt the music we make is a bit on the outside of a scene in LA. Like we kinda fit in here, but also can fit in anywhere. One thing about LA is that it’s so spread out, so you wind up driving from the beach to the city or to the desert or to Chatsworth where they filmed Star Trek and they all are so different in landscape and people, so with JUGGS we love all kinds of different styles and cultures and we inherently channel that in our music.  Just being diverse and open. 

Willem: In a way LA is a melting pot of culture and it most definitely comes through in our collage of noise we put out when we create and get excited. 

‘Super Cool Time’ released on Creation23 Alan McGee’s new label, your music now physically exists. Is this ‘One of those moments”?

Brandon: We’ve grown up loving and listening to tons of records Alan has put out, so to be in the same camp as The Cramps and Primal Scream feels great.  Really great actually, kind of like winning an award.  And all the bands that have been announced on Creation23 so far are great and the complete opposite of each other.  We love that he’s putting out what he digs. We feel like we’re just getting started and are working towards “thirty of those moments”.

Willem: We’re truly honored and no matter what, this is a big moment for us. We are and will be forever humbled by someone else seeing what we see and believing in us.

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Whats your definition of a super cool time?

Brandon: Sitting at home with my cat, drinking coffee and binging horror movies. I’ve become a bit of a recluse. Or any type of goth night if I go out.

Willem: My idea especially where the song is concerned is about having a cool job. In any city there’s a social life and the first things people ask are about who you are and what you do and what makes up all the tiny bits of your being. That’s what ‘Super Cool Time’ is and in the end, Brandon and I’s super cool time is just playing music and creating and spreading a message of weird and fun.

Can you tell me the story behind the video?

Brandon: It’s basically a day in the life of JUGGS.  I live up the street from this bar with all these vintage arcade games so we started out by just going there to film us playing games but also drink, and we kind of developed it from there and we wanted to use a green screen with all these silly things, but then realized it’s actually just what we do when we’re together, like make music on Ableton and joke about politicians and then maybe just maybe get a little trippy.

Willem: Yep, that’s it. We wanted to show who we are instead of look cool all the time. I mean that’s a given , given our appearance and how god damn gorgeous of a couple we make. ‘Super Cool Time’ does NOT mean you need to “look” super cool, just feel it and be it. 

How important is the creative side to the music, like your artwork, to you both?

Brandon: The creative side is the most important. Everything seems to spark from a conceptual idea and then we just follow it until we feel it’s what represents us at the time we are in in our lives. Making music, or the artwork or videos all become part of that moment. 

Willem: Everything we do comes from a spark, one idea that hits us so hard it can’t be shaken. Other ideas come and go and that’s ok too. It’s the ones that stick around that we end up falling in love with and the tracks become part of our lives because they are part of us and our daily ups and downs. 

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How do you want people to feel when they hear your music?

Brandon: Ideally, just feel good and sexy. 

Willem: Whatever way they will feel is slightly redundant seeing as it’s always an after thought. You make art and there is always an opinion about it. But in the cosmic end all of that is truly pointless. We make music because we believe in it, if no one saw it our way, we would still make the same music. 

Can we expect to see Juggs performing over in the UK anytime soon?

Brandon: YES! We’re working out the details now. 

Willem: Most definitely !! 

Finally, what can we expect from you in the future?

Brandon: I’ve never been a 5 year planner, but ultimately more music. 

Willem: We’ve just begun, so tons more ideas from us are in the works everyday.

Super Cool Time / As If  is released on 25/01/2019.

Listen and pre-order at: https://creation23.tmstor.es/

FOLLOW JUGGS AT: 

https://www.facebook.com/juggsmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/juggstagram/

RACHEL BROWN

 

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