305 – Jay “J-Zone” Mumford: “Time is the Scariest Thing”
J-Zone spent the first chapter of his music career as a Hip hop DJ, but eventually burned out on various frustrations with the music business. His reentry into music began with reconnecting with the funk, soul, R&B, and jazz he grew up on, and an unexpected gift from his father, a cheap Sonor drumset. Obsession and instinct drove him further and further into the world of drumming, and what started as a mid-life hobby evolved into a drumming career.
He has released a series of solo breakbeat records, been sampled by Madlib, Prince Paul, Alchemist, Marco Polo, and recorded for Danger Mouse, Broken Bells, Lord Finesse, Pharoahe Monch, Karen O, Michael Kiwanuka, DJ Nu-Mark and many more. He is also the drummer and cofounder of instrumental funk outfit The Du-Rites.
In this episode, Jay talks about:
- His unconventional entry into drumming resulting in his instinctual non-“drummy” style and lack of drummy ego
- How his producing background made him obsessed with the sounds of drumming
- Discovering that his cred in the hiphop world meant little to nothing in the drumming world
- “Convincing people that what you do can work for them” rather than changing what you do to suit everyone
- The importance of restraint, whether in what to pursue or what you play
- His experience interviewing legends like Purdie, Garibaldi, Greg Errico, and many others
- The festival experience that showed him how all drummers are on the same team
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