Howdy friends, this week we had a chat with Jem Stone/Jem Panufnik, DJ, artist & filmmaker , also known as co-founder & creative force behind legendary label Finger Lickin¹ Records. Jem is also responsible for all the label’s artwork. “Lately Jem has found a home for his jazzier flappier side at a Brighton label whose philosophy is not far from his own. Freshly Squeezed Music is at the fore front of the nicely bubbling electro swing scene, which means it’s the perfect springboard for Jem’s ragtime-with-beats passion.
I stumbled into it by complete accident – in 2008 my wife Mischa and I made an animation – Teleparp ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtvxPQilEIk ) giving the look and soundtrack a very ’20s-version-of-technology vibe. I thought I was being very original sticking my love of ragtime into a house beat! Not long after I was at The Glade festival (DJing as Bush Doctors – my project with Rennie Pilgrem) and very late one night I stumbled into a tent playing exactly the kind of music I’d just made for our film! I loved what I was hearing and seeing – a live band with beats (Swing Zazoo), acrobatics and crazy costumes – I’d found a new spiritual home !
Can you introduce yourself and your work in a few words ?
Of my several musical projects, the stuff I do as Jem Stone is more of a funky-jazzy-dubby vibe – the last two EPs on Freshly Squeezed have had loads of swing in there but I enjoy doing all sorts really, from disco to hip-hop to very chill stuff. For many years it was all about housey funk-fuelled breaks, as one half of Soul of Man and our label Finger Lickin’ Records but my influences have always been quite varied. But generally it’s all about the groove for me …
As we can see you’re quite a polyvalent artist, in all crafts, you have this simplicity for mixing tracks that can be more hip-hop, or very dancefloor, you also do you’re videos, and you’re artwork, can you tell us about this ?
I’ve always been into mixing media as much as possible – I went to art school many years ago doing a degree in graphics and animation and during that time got really into recording and jamming. At the time I was a bit tortured trying to work out which road to go down as I loved both sides but couldn’t see how to combine them. It wasn’t till we started Finger Lickin’ a few years later where I was able to fuse both passions together – making music, making the sleeves, making projections and videos etc. So now I can’t separate it … I’m lucky also to be married to a very talented animator !
Can you tell us about you’re future projects ?
Well there’s lots going on this year, with a load more stomping music coming via Freshly Squeezed, with some surprising angles and exciting and unexpected collaborations … I’ll be giving out more free chunky bootlegs via my Facebook page, and I’ll be taking on a few more AV gigs here and there … Got some cheeky things up my sleeve I’m very excited about but you’ll have to wait and find out !
Is there anything you’d like to add ?
My EP “Jem Stone’s Perpetual Lotion” is out now, available from all good download stores, and if applied daily is proven to reduce chafing, hair loss and aging. That’s the truth
Well Jem, we’d really like to thank you for you’re time with us and all you’re work, i’ve been losing a few hairs lately, i’m going to start that>cure straight away!!! =)