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Royce Haven

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In a world where men have gods, and the sea vomits forth evolutionary beings, hurtling through time, J-punch (a.k.a Hook the Captain) is a king among princes. Just as music attains its zenith, and what is new is old, reborn, J-punch has come to us. Fusing genres while haunting house music, J-punch is the freshest, bestest dj/producer in this or any other timeline. He clobbers the fourth dimension with his utterly original tracks, as they enter your mind and implant themselves in your past, present, and future.
J-punch's music thrives concurrently on many record labels such as Global Underground, Climax Recordings, and System Recordings, but his corporeal being resides in Washington, DC.

Coming up in DC, J-punch has developed a deep respect for electronic music, and he has ridden that vehicle into the limelight.

Drawing on a love for warm ambient sounds, dope disco, funky tribal beats, epic melodies, and tweaked-out human voices, there is little question why this master of the hook is the most talented new producer to come from Washington D.C. since the emergence of Deep Dish.

J-punch DJ's regularly at his own "Pulse" party in Washington D.C. Constantly defenestrating skepticism, the Captain has his hand in the pocket of the underground, and it's anyone's guess what he'll put out next. When the Captain spins, he makes with the vinyl like you've never heard. He knows what's worthy of play, and he wants to show it to you.

In one short year, under the alias Hook the Captain, J-punch's first album, "Bang to This," became a legend. While most artists would be content with such an accomplishment, the Captain has propelled, ever forward, against the winds of complacence.

J-Punch's second album, "Bang it Forward," contained 150% more awesomeness than ever before. Through tracks like "Bitch," "The Way You Like It," and "Remind Me," the Captain brought it with the thunder. In the arena of house music, "Bang it Forward," was like a big naked gladiator with a giant sword. Every single person in the entire world is likely to agree, by following up one legendary album with another, J-punch is about to become a double-wide super legend.

And now, J-Punch will take things to a new level. With his third album, "Level," produced with the help of the very talented Global Underground artists, Trafik, in the summer of 2004, and to feature massive remixes and collaborations by Shelley Harland, Barry Gilbey, Fretwell, Trafik themselves, and Open Air, this album is certain to kick up the punch for already seasoned J.

A barrage of singles and a full length album are slated for 2005. The Pulse party hype begins to snowball. As the juggernaut of J-punch's success rolls forward, he is fast becoming a stone giant of industry, pumping out countless hits. The pantheon of dance music is set to crown its Zeus. This Zeus is J-Punch. You needn't worship, but you'd best recognize.


1. Hook the Captain; how did you come up with this name?

Well. My friend used to say I was the captain of the "hook." So when I was about 20 or so, I was putting out indie CD's under the name captain hook. Then at some point, for no reason, I reversed it. I don't use this (hook the captain) name much except as an alias. But it’s funny to me how all the local friends call me hook instead of J-Punch. Everywhere else in the world, I’m called, J or J-Punch but not here. Here, it’s all... “Yo hook,” “HEY HOOK,” or “hook, bro.”

Most of my records are being released under the name J-Punch and I suspect the world isn't quite ready yet, for hook the captain.

2. From the looks of the superb line-up in February, Pulse is having a good year. Are you satisfied with the party's trajectory?

The party is going ok, in my opinion. But to answer your question, no. I'm not satisfied. That’s one of my main character flaws though. I'm never really satisfied with anything I do. Music is never done. Something always goes wrong. Nothing ever works out quite the way you would expect it to. It's like anything else though. With Pulse, I'm just trying to do the best I can, with the little time I have.

I would like to take it further then it has been. I'm not sure where that is, or where Pulse has the capability to go. I just know that you have to keep banging it forward, because that’s all there is really.

3. I see that your tracks are listed on various dance charts (e.g. Balance). Any new
projects that we should look out for?

It's true I’ve seen decent chart action this year. Everything from balance to billboard. New projects: Well if you are referring to material not yet released, yes there’s quite a bit. A really hot “bitch” remix from the open air boys, I know you've all heard it already in this city - will be out on system. The afterglow single with Shelley Harland. Also will be out on system with remixes most likely from trafik of Global Underground and hometown hero samio. Shelly is superb, truly. Possibly another Shelly collaboration on my own label that is being set up at the moment.

One or two originals of mine; old school stuff with some hot new remixes from grayarea, presslab and some others I can’t quite remember.

The big one though, will be my full lengther - due out sometime this year on climax recordings. The date keeps getting pushed back but I’m sure it will be put out sooner or later. Currently sorting the paperwork for who is going to distribute it here in the states. I think System might pick it up but we’ll see. Labels are like a money pimp. They say they love you and will call you baby, and then you never hear from them.

But anyway, the album will have remixes from fretwell (whose on fire right now), open air, trafik, Barry gilbey and so forth. It will be a big moment for me, when this album sees light of day, after all the work that went into it. Traveling abroad to record it with Andrew and John of Trafik. It will just be great to see it finally hit the stores. And I know trafik will be glad when it does as well.

4. How bad was the first track you ever did. Or how good was it?
Man. It fucking sucked. No joke. It was on a Casio when I was about 8 years old. I think at the time I thought it was the best thing I had ever heard.

5. Name one person, dead or alive, that you would like to spend the day with?
Hmmm.... Jennifer Connelly. (When she was in labyrinth)

6. Give us a little run down on what you use to make music?
You’d be surprised. I've used everything from totally illegal samples, to me singing in the shower, to running a voice through a guitar pedal through a vocoder. I experiment a lot to get unique sounds that other people don't have. Other then that, just the traditional shit. I've got a Juno 106 that I adore.

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring producers/dj's?
Get an ipod or something so you can listen to a lot of music. Really listen to it. It will change your life.

8. Were you a DJ first or a Producer? Do you feel it is important to wear both hats?

I was a producer first. Long before I started playing music for other people. But I suppose I’ve always enjoyed both. Do I think it is important to have both traits? It just depends what you want to do really. I mean important in what sense? I would argue, its better to have more then two traits. Why limit yourself? Don’t just be a DJ/Producer. Be a DJ/Producer/Label Owner/Party Thrower/Songwriter if you can. If you can be an attorney too that might help but then you’re gonna be short on time. Maybe a DJ/Producer/GO-Kart driver is the most effective combo to superstardom. Who the fuck knows. Dumb shit happens, usually not controllable by most of us.

Accordingly, I would say before you choose your “combo package” evaluate what you’re doing and why. Then, do what you want to do. Not what you think you should do, in order to achieve what you think you should achieve.

If I could start over, I would have been a producer/DJ/mad scientist. Then I would be able to invent all kinds of crazy live performance shit

9. What are you hobbies aside from music?
My hobbies is be, Nintendo, (resident evil 4 specifically at the moment) Chinese food, sexin’ up the ladies, (where possible) reading about samurai’s and Sundays on HBO. God Bless HBO.

10. Can you give us any hints regarding the upcoming lineup?
Well, I hate to give away big surprises. But I suppose this is a good way to do it.
Ladies and Gents, prepare yourself for Nic Fancuilli. Cuz he’s a comin’ to Pulse for his first gig ever in Washington D.C. - I'll give you some more information on this soon.

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