On the first stop of their New Culture Tour, Los Angeles based duo J*DaVeY came to San Francisco’s 330 Ritch, for an interesting show to say the least, headlined by themselves, and rappers Def Sound and Blu.
One thing that was clear from J*DaVeY’s stage show is they have a unique fan base, as they cover all genres—hip-hop, a little rock, a little electronic, clearly unable to place their music into one specific box.
“For people who want to get into our music, or who are into our music, always keep an open mind,” says J*DaVeY front woman Miss Jack Davey. “Stop putting us in a box because it’s not going to work. You’re only going to be disappointed when you have an expectation and you come, and that’s not that,” which is a true mark to the duos overall success.
Since entering the scene in 2006 and releasing their debut album, Beauty in Distortion/Land Of The Lost, two years later, J*DaVey which is made up of Miss Jack Davey and producer extradonaire Brook D’Leau have been uniquely refreshing—nothing you can place in a box, or dare call it conventional. Gaining influence from a wide palette of great producers or classic albums—new aged jazz-fusion, and pivotal albums in hip-hop: A Tribe Called Quest, Biggie, Redman, and The Roots, D’Leau has created a staple sound for the duo.
After the success of their debut, the duo got a major record contract with Warner Brothers and started on their follow-up in the form of The New Designer Drug which was set to be released in 2010, but the project was delayed due to record company negotiations.
“You know, you sign with a label and it’s the hurry up and wait game,” says Miss Jack Davey. “What a label does is they collect artists with buzz and then they sit on them until it makes sense. You kind of do the dance where you collect music and turn it in and try to get everyone on the same page—it takes time on a major machine like that. At a certain point as our fans have seen, we don’t typically like to sit around and wait for too long, that’s’ why we’ve been releasing EPs.”
The album New Designer Drug is set to be released in June and is an overall extension of what has made J*DaVeY a fan favorite—a fusion of great production and great vocals all blended to perfection, with more depth and growth than previous projects, as well as a completely finished product. Their key intent with this project is to show listeners exactly what they’ve been taking so long to create.
“It’s a broader sound so it will appeal to a lot more people, and that’s the key of an artist—you want to reach as many people as possible and expand your fan base, so I definitely feel we will be able to with this one,” says Ms. Jack Davey.
For the album, the duo didn’t collaborate with a lot of artists, but with really amazing and well known producers and songwriters all the way from Kara DioGaurdi, Greg Wells whose worked with Katy Perry and Timbaland, Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio, and Greg Kurstin from The Bird and the Bee just to name a few. Given the wide variety of the collaborators, this should be a very interesting sound and a great sophomore project.
While working on their album, the duo has put out a three-part mixtape series in the form of “The Great Mistapes.” Thus far, they have released two of the three—Boudoir Synema, and Evil Christian Cop, both different, but with a few key similarities: good lyrics, good production and a catchy but sensual, and in a way rebellious nature, found with “Raincheck,” on the latest release. The third mistape in the series will be entitled POMP, which from their response and laughter seems to mean something that we’ll never know.
Aside from J*DaVeY, Miss Jack Davey, has a clothing line under the name of LadyTripper, which is available online at www.ladytripper.com. If you are interested in seeing J*DaVeY on a stop of their New Culture Tour here.