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The Lucky 13

Friday, 17 October 2014 12:00

The Lucky 13: JF//Discord

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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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