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Fans of Independent resident DJ All Night Shoes’ monthly FRESH Sessions mix were treated last July to a guest mix by JF//Discord.

The “De:Volve” mix showed just what makes JF//Discord (Jeremy Ferguson) unique: It featured some familiar dance music—tinged with a darker side.

Ferguson recently discussed his interest in becoming a DJ.

“I just wanted to move people with good underground electronic music,” Ferguson said. “I think I have a good ear for underground electronic music and hopefully translate the connection I have with people to where they can dance.”

Ferguson isn’t shy about his adoration for metal music. He often wears a hoodie jacket with the logo of the metal band Death. He’s also known for his saying, “Horns Up!” He said first discovered metal music when he was in the fourth-grade.

“I first started off with Def Leppard and Pyromania, and I got that on cassette,” Ferguson said. “It was my first actual music purchase. When Hysteria (Def Leppard’s follow-up to Pyromania) came out, I got that one. There was a store in Palm Desert at the time … called Music Plus. My brother and I would go in there, and we’d just start looking through their audio section in this thing they had with four pairs of headphones you could use to listen to music. I remember seeing the list of bands … Autopsy, Death, Testament, Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth. We started listening to all these bands, and it piqued my interest. From there on out, it was just all metal.”

Ferguson was even a member of a metal band in high school.

“I was in a death metal band called Discordance the whole I time I was in high school, as the lead vocalist,” he said. “Metal took a real bad turn when all the grunge stuff started popping up. Nobody wanted to be associated with metal whatsoever in any way, shape or form. I was still kind of young back then, so I was like, ‘Maybe metal is starting to die, and maybe it’s going to start fading away.’

“I got exposed to electronic music. It was super-underground at the time, and the masses didn’t really like it yet.”

Ferguson’s interest in metal led him toward a different side of electronic music.

“I was drawn more to the underground, darker styles,” he said. “The darker production style (features) a lot of minor chords. House is a lot more soulful; deep house is a little bit more deep; and trance … is atmospheric and euphoric. I like the darker, more subtle, disturbing undertones with bass music. Right now, I really like the underground techno coming from Greece. Guys like Christian Cambas, Axel Karakasis, Spiros Kaloumenos … are putting out some really good techno.”

Ferguson’s equipment includes two of his own Pioneer CDJs and a Pioneer mixer. He said that while he started out using turntables and likes vinyl, a lot of the music he selects isn’t available on vinyl.

Ferguson also said the local music scene is not always so embracing.

“It sucks getting no love from anybody in your hometown,” he said. “You don’t get any love from the locals here at all. No one really comes out to shows. No one cares, really, and it’s just tough. It’s not just DJs, but it’s universal to all artists here. We have no venues to play at, and the venue owners don’t really understand electronic music, or care about it. It’s tough to get something built and keep it going on a regular basis.”

Still, Ferguson said he enjoys what he does as a DJ.

“The upside for me is focusing on that musical side of me and getting it out,” he said. “Hopefully, somebody that you play for in the crowd will connect with it. That’s the cool thing—when you expose somebody to a different style of music, and they say, ‘Oh yeah! I’ve never heard that before. Who is it?’ That’s what’s cool for me.”

Ferguson explained what he wants to happen in the Coachella Valley’s DJ scene.

“I’d like to see all of us come together as a community and not be so fragmented,” he said. “We should support each other whether or not we like the musical style—and I’m saying that for me, too, because I have my own certain style. We all need to be more open-minded and come together to make an impact for the local community here. That’s what we need in order for it to grow and succeed, and to get exposure from out of the valley.”

For more information on JF//Ferguson, visit www.facebook.com/JFDiscord1.

JF//Discord, aka Jeremy Ferguson, is one of the most unique DJs in the Coachella Valley music scene. Influenced by music in various metal genres, he has a unique house sound that is dark and yet brilliantly put together. He’ll be performing at B.B. Ingle’s Annual Halloween Bash at the Hard Rock Palm Springs on Friday, Oct. 31. For more information, visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JFDiscord1, or his SoundCloud page at soundcloud.com/jfdiscord.

What was the first concert you attended?

(Local band) Blaze in the Sun at the Palm Springs Angels Stadium in 1992.

What was the first album you owned? 

Def Leppard, Pyromania.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Oh man, all kinds of great metal and underground techno. I’m really liking the new Exodus album Blood In, Blood Out.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Hipster indie-rock and trap!

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I would love to see Death perform if Chuck Schuldiner were still alive. R.I.P., Chuck!

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

None! I don’t have any that I am not proud to say I don’t listen to.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Locally, The Date Shed. Out of town, Sound Nightclub (in Los Angeles), as the sound system in there totally envelopes you with warm, quality bass frequencies.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

Probably “The Parting” from Katatonia: “In the weak light, I saw you becoming the lie, taking it all for granted. Like freedom, it’s something you’ll never have.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Testament. I really connected with their lyrical messages about environmental issues, and social and political unrest. The music they created was some of the best thrash metal ever made—super-musical and heavy at the same time! Plus, no one sounds like Chuck Billy!

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

James Hetfield from Metallica: “Why did you guys remove the ‘crunch’ from your guitar sound after The Black Album?”

What song would you like played at your funeral? 

Hmmmmmm, probably “Return to Serenity” from Testament.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Souls of Black, Testament.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Demanufacture” from Fear Factory. Great song about the downfall and erosion of society that was written back in (the early-mid 1990s) and still rings true to this day. (Scroll down to hear it; it’s the first song.)

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FRESH Sessions this month features a guest mix from JFDiscord, aka Jeremy Ferguson.

JFDiscord offers up a deeper, slightly darker side of dance, while managing to create a unique yet familiar sound. Jeremy works with an eclectic mix of music, ranging from metal to deep house: Thanks to his mixing skills and his keen ear, he can marry various styles effortlessly.

I have been following JFDiscord for quite some time. Our music scene in the valley has had its ups and downs, yet he has been a mainstay. We DJs can sometimes get stuck inside certain genres—but Jeremy has no boundaries and can play almost anything. If you have not had the pleasure of seeing him live, make sure you give him a follow on SoundCloud (soundcloud.com/jfdiscord) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/JFDiscord1) so you can catch one of his gigs. You won’t regret it.

Check out his Independent-exclusive mix below!

As for me: I have a quite a few shows coming up in July. In addition to my Friday-night “Mischief” residency at Toucans Tiki Lounge in Palm Springs, I will be playing at the Desert AIDS Project’s Seventh Annual Mid-Summer Dance Party at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club on Friday, July 25. The event will feature sets from myself and Femme A (aka Annie Flores), as well as a special performance by Cameron Neilson of X Factor fame.

Tickets are on sale now at desertaidsproject.thankyou4caring.org/danceparty.

  • Inphasia, “So Warm” (Christian Cambas Remix)
  • Alen Milivojevic, “Slut Machine” (Original Mix)
  • Mario Ranieri, “Freude am Leben” (Balthazar and Jackrock Remix)
  • Kostas Maskalides, “Sodom” (Kardinal and Lowkey Remix)
  • Justin Schumacher, “Resist” (Sutter Cane Remix)
  • Lluis Ribalta, “Belial” (Original Mix)
  • Andrea Roma vs. Balthazar and Jackrock, “Yamato” (Original Mix)
  • DK8, “Murder Was the Bass” (Chris Liebing Remix)
  • Spiros Kaloumenos, “Second Skin” (Original Mix)
  • Siva Six, “Intha Ren” (Christian Cambas Remix)
  • Christian Cambas, “Increase the Grease” (Original Mix)
  • Andre Walter and Stigmata, “Big Rip” (Original Mix)
  • Kardinal and Lowkey, “The Sentinel” (Original Mix)
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