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Inspired by beats from around the world, Seattle’s J-Justice has dedicated more than 15 years to music with soul—from house to boogie, disco to jazz, techno to hiphop.
Best known as one of the founding members of acclaimed DJ crew SunTzu Sound,
J-Justice is driven by a faithful following in Seattle and beyond. His tireless efforts have made him an indispensable participant in Seattle nightlife.
Along with fellow Seattle DJ, Atlee Treasure, J-Justice has served as weekly host of Friday night’s City Soul radio show on KBCS 91.3 FM since 2004. The weekly show connects the dots between genres and highlights a variety of underground sounds.
J-Justice has performed at major venues in Seattle and across the country including The Showbox, Chop Suey, Q, Cielo and The Pawn Shop. For five years, he was a resident at TRUST, a roaming monthly party created with Kid Hops and Atlee, that fans called one of the best dance parties in Seattle.
Where are you based?
1) Why do you play music?
I originally wanted to be a music journalist. In college, I started DJing parties at the same time I started writing for the local alt-weekly. I quickly learned that I was more interested in being involved with making music and parties happen instead of reporting on them. I was better at it too.
2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
My role has been, and always will be, curator of quality music. Whether through my radio show or DJ sets, I want to expose listeners to great, new music across all genres and to juxtapose styles in a way that excites the ears. History is important too, so I’m always digging for older selections that will easily fit with tunes from today.
3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?
I feel like Ninja Tune deserves a special shout out for consistently releasing great music for over two decades. Once the home of all things downtempo, they’ve remained relevant by expanding their roster to include artists such as Machinedrum, FaltyDL, Moiré, Dorian Concept, Kelis, and Seven Davis Jr.
4) What are you looking forward to most this year?
DJing during the summertime. Every year I anticipate performing outside in the beautiful Seattle weather.
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Stark’s Reality
Dorothy Ashby – Drink
Minnie Riperton – Inside My Love (Doc Adam Edit)
Pools – SKATE
Candi Station – You Got The Love
Steve Reich – Nagoya Marimba (HNNY Edit)
Jungle – The Heat (Joy Orbison Remix)
Daniel Avery – All I Need (Roman Flugel Remix)
Shamir – If It Wasn’t True
Raumakustik – Raider
The Carter Bros – Loving You Is Easy (Tom Trago Mix)
Bok Bok & Tom Trago – Pussy Trak
Beesmunt Soundsystem – How I Wish
Daphni – Usha
Jordan Fields – We Can Make It
Hugo Barritt – Penumbra (Tuff City Kids TDK 90 Mix)
Sasha – Deepest America (Moodymann Remix)
Mass Production- Welcome To Our World (Joey Negro Remix)
Universal Togetherness Band – Ain’t Gonna Cry
Dee Edwards – I Can Deal with That