Jump Jump Dance Dance might sound like a line from a Wiggles song, but the band attached to the name make music that’s far from cheesy. Affectionately known as JJDD, the duo consists of Simon Lewicki of Chili Hi-Fly and Tonite Only fame, and DJ Chris Carter. Cream catches up with the lads to talk turntables, drug culture, and the meaning behind new single ‘2.0’.
Where did the two of you meet and what was it that made you first click?
Simon: Carter and I met at a bar in Hollywood called Tokyo, which was owned by a friend of mine and Carter was DJ’ing there.
Carter: Simon had some great after parties and owned a few vintage synths I’d been trying to find for years. That was it for me.
Do you find you have the same tastes in music or rather different tastes?
Simon: We definitely come from different ends of the musical spectrum with me being more electronic/dance and Carter more rock, but we also have a lot of bands and artists that we both like and I feel that Jump Jump Dance Dance is very much a result of that.
Carter: Yeah, we come from different backgrounds, but we agree on what we like.
How do you compare the LA club scene to the scenes in various Australian capitals?
Carter: LA had more Ed Hardy, but now Australia (unfortunately) might have caught up? Dance music, per se, is finally exploding across LA clubs, which is cool to see. One thing I love about nightlife in LA is that if you’re looking, you can find amazingly awesome weird scenes and nights. For instance, I went to a Giorgio Moroder tribute night at the Shortshop last week and our last JJDD gig was packed with our friends at the famous strip club, Crazy Girls.
Is there something the LA scene could learn and take from our club culture, and something we could take from theirs?
Simon: Later trading hours.
There is a consistent myth that makers of dance music love to party 24/7. Do you guys like to party to a degree?
Simon: More than some and not as much as others. I believe each to their own as long as you’re not impeding on someone else’s good time.
Carter: Catch me on a good night and I’m a lot of fun.
There is also a drug culture that’s commonly associated with dance music; do you see a more intense drug culture in LA then on the Australian club scene?
Simon: What’s with all the drug questions? My mum has to read this! I think it’s all escapism on variable levels and the particular avenues of choice for that are different in each country. How beige is that answer?!
Q for Carter: you played with DJ AM; did he seem somewhat troubled to you at the time?
Carter: No, he didn’t seem troubled when I met him. He seemed intensely passionate and larger than life, and it’s one of those memories I’ll always be grateful for.
Also, Carter, who have been some of your favourite DJs to play alongside?
Future Music Festival last year was amazing. I got to hang with DJs and a bunch of great artists like Spankrock, Bag Raiders, Goodwill, Hook N Sling, Sam Lamore, and Kid Kenobi.
Q for Simon: you were the mastermind behind Groove Terminator, Tonite Only and Chili Hi-Fly, with all three appearing religiously on dance compilations. Is it a trip to hear your songs playing in clubs and on dance music radio far and wide?
Simon: It never ever gets old hearing your songs on the radio, the dance-floor or blaring out from car stereos as they zoom past you with a bunch of hoons yelling abuse at you as they do, completely oblivious to the fact that you made the song they’re rocking out to. True story…
In your new single ‘2.0’, it was clever thinking using the analogy of an old technical device to equate an old lover. Who came up with the concept and was the song written with one of your actual ex-lovers in mind?
Carter: We brought in a couple of friends to collaborate with us on ‘2.0’ and if I remember correctly the title came from one of them, and we all worked it into a concept we were excited out. With lyric writing I have to always make it personal and authentic – either a specific incident, or a snapshot in time of a feeling I’ve experienced. So yes, ‘2.0’ was filtered through my experiences with my ex-girl, and the paradox of feeling completely heartbroken, yet at the same time clear and hopeful, coming to the end of a relationship with someone you love. ‘2.0’ as a concept is something I think we can all relate to, especially our future robot overlords. I want this song to resonate with silicon-based life as well.
Jump Jump Dance Dance’s self-titled debut album is out July 8th through Etc Etc / Universal Music.