Phoenix From The Ashes
Spacehog was a band that seemed to be HUGE and then...
they were not.
Where did all that talent go?
Well, at least one of the band members is forging a name for
himself, and he's a force unto himself. He's been spinning at Man Ray, Starfoods
, even at
former bandmate's Royston Langdon's nuptials to Liv Tyler.
Remember his name.
HG: So has everyone from Spacehog gone their separate ways?
JC: Yes. Everything you read about bands breaking up happened to us. Addiction,
distractions, lack of success, all of that. We suffered from early success and raised
HG: Were you always a DJ?
JC: Yes, I was always the guy that brought a suitcase with one change of underwear,
a toothbrush and 2000 CDs.
When all the royalties ran out, it was also a way to sustain. And it meant
something to be applauded for it, to go out and spin.
HG: What kind of music is hot for you now?
JC: I'm spinning a lot of funk/indie rock, some hip hop. It's a
genre melt. Keep the floor on it's toes.
HG: How is life as a DJ different than in a band?
JC: You don't have to rely on three other people. You don't
have to worry someone will turn up still drunk! The certain self
reliance, that's very appealing.
JC: Can't say I miss music, I am playing drums in a girl band call The 22s.
HG: Where are you a DJ now?
JC: The new Soho House is one spot and I am also spinning at new hot spot 17 Home.
HG: What kind of people come hear you?
JC: Mainly deaf people.
HG: No, seriously.
JC: Well, at Don Hill's it's indie.
At The Park, it's supermodels and the guys with no taste and big bank
accounts who love them. I'm kidding. I'm just jealous.
HG: Do you have a large bank account?
JC: (snorts latte) Definitely not.
You know you either have style or not.
I know I have it but you can't tell cause right now I'm
dressed up for a soccer match!
HG: Last gig?
JC: My friend (Jacques) Lu Cont's wedding (Les Rythmes Digitales producer).
He's the bassist on Madonna's tour.
Also I just did my ex bandmate Royston Langdon and Liv Tyler's wedding.
HG: Are you worried you'll become "The Wedding Singer"?
JC: I'm not "mobile DJ guy". If that happens, I will take a remote teaching
gig on a Greek island.
JC: Landscape gardening.
HG: Tell us about The 22s.
JC: It's been an eye opener to the sexism in the
industry. It's not one example, it seems to be all-
pervading in the industry. It's the little things. The way
people talk to them. EVERY guy in EVERY studio, at EVERY rehearsal
assumes they're stupid. The way they're objectified, it's gross.
It's well beyond looking at a cute girl on the street. Men just refuse to
acknowledge them as people, their personality.
HG: Are there changes now that you're in the band?
JC: It helps that I am older and have been in a couple of established bands, but
I was in England and the organisers of an event that we were doing actually said
different things to them than they said to me. Men just assume they can be
pushed around. I'm not Mr. Negotiation so it isn't about that! It makes me a bit sad.
HG: Is the DJ world the same?
JC: I would assume so. I have not seen it first hand. There's people like Justine D out
there. She was on the cover of Time Out recently. While it's no coincidence, that she's attractive,
that does not discredit her work. She's really good. I'm a fan.
HG: Let's talk about the music industry.
JC: The whole copyright thing, it's completely un- enforceable and the industry
stubbornly, archaically does marketing and retail in a way that doesn't work.
You can't expect the consumer not to steal when retail is so high and so little is
being offered. Give the consumer something they want at a reasonable price, because they DO
want the art etc. But under $10. People would start buying records again.
HG: What do you think of Sirius (satellite radio)?
JC: Brilliant. Great idea. Claims to have simple subscription fee, claims to
eliminate payola (editor's note: payola is the music industry controversy where radio
stations are being accused of taking non cash bribes to play songs.) Clear Channel,
Infinity, radio programming is too powerful. Sirius' offices are a bit like James
Bond. I almost expected Dr. Evil to be sitting there stroking a white cat! Companies
will have to pay attention to Sirius.
I am willing to try to get my records on the radio, but right now the artist ends up paying. The
only way to address this is to have power. The 22s are a small band, we have no power.
With Spacehog, we rejected that system and the result was we didn't get played on the radio.
We had to part with a lot of money to get a song as huge as the one we had. The artist
doesn't make any money until millions of records have been sold.
Every once in awhile there is a song that gets out there, gets under people's skin in
spite of it. I'd like to see more of that.
A Quick and Dirty on Jonny
Dream travel destination:
CDs in his stereo:
A record by Hot Hot Heat, music by Ed Harcourt, music by Gemma Hayes
Best place he's ever spun or played:
New York City
Drink of choice:
Last book read:
Oscar Wilde's Collected Works
In his bag:
CDs, discman, book, wallet
Musicians he's admired:
Jimmy Paige, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Jan Garbarek, Dave Grohl
O-LIVE MY TAN, O-LIVE ME
Whether we're longing for Capri or Pantelleria, who knows, but one thing
is for sure, we don't just have Italia on the brain.
We have olives.
Restoring our skin since our near- equatorial experience has been a long road paved
with the extract of a certain oil:
The olive oil stores, Oliviers & Co, have a soft, soft cream; Creme Mains.
Actually made in Provence, the cream could soften a truck driver's calluses.
Davines' (the Italian line out of Parma) Regenerating Vital Juice from the
Extra Virgin Skin Care line, has been decongesting our pores of all the sunblock we
rubbed in. We knew those Italian
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The scalp does get burnt and hair dries out with all the swimming we did.
Korres' Juniper and Olive Tree dermatologically tested shampoo is how we've been saving
Kiss My Face's Olive Soap is surprisingly nourishing for super sensitive fried gams.
L'Occitane Olive Face Cream with SPF 15. Fight free radicals (and we don't mean
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