The meeting of two Riddim obsessives, separated by 4,500 miles and brought together by a shared love of bass, rum and parties, Jus Now is the vibrant and exhilarating fusion of Trinidadian Soca rhythms with the sub heavy sound of the UK Underground.
Sam Interface is a versatile Drum and Bass producer who has collaborated with the likes of DJ DIE, TC and Eddie K, on releases and remixes for esteemed labels such as Shogun Audio, Clear Skyz, Hospital and Metalheadz. Lazer Beam is a well-known percussionist and producer in Trinidad, who has toured the world spreading the Trini carnival fever and established himself as a producer by remixing the likes of L-Vis 1990 and Major Lazer.
The pair met by chance through a mutual friend in Bristol in 2010, whilst Lazer Beam was visiting from Trinidad. He professed his love for UK Bass music and the shared passion led to a studio jam session. Sometime later the favour was returned, with Interface spending a month in Trinidad and experiencing the world famous carnival. Sam instantly fell in love with the culture and music of the island, and out of the deep respect for each other’s sounds and by now the strong friendship that would become Jus Now was born.
The link between the UK and Trinidad is not often made explicit, but it can be heard in the work of UK underground breakout stars such as Redlight, Lil Silva and many in the UK Funky scene. Not content with just paying homage to these influences, Jus Now have set about assembling a stockpile of innovative and exhilarating rhythms that tear up the dance from Portishead to Port-of-Spain.
Their first EP ‘One Time’ is a contagious fusion of styles – the ‘Power Soca’ tempo lends itself perfectly to influences from classic DnB, which interplay effortlessly with the syncopated rhythms of Trinidad. Fittingly, it has achieved support across the board from people such as Skream, Toddla T, B.Traits, Mistajam & The Heatwave.
Experiencing the Jus Now live show is like dancing next to a Carnival truck, whatever the weather. Interface takes to the decks mixing and blending original productions alongside massive UK Bass and Trini anthems. Whilst Lazer Beam, surrounded by a plethora of percussion, directly channels the Trinidad Carnival vibes, providing the Riddim section and the call and response mic chatter.
Now working with established Trinidadian stars such as Bunji Garlin & Nival plus some secret superstar vocalists from the Caribbean and the UK. Jus Now are building towards an album that is set to raise the bar for cross genre innovation and ridiculous carnival party energy.