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May 5, 2012
On the 12th edition of CDN Beats: TNG, I’m proud to bring you Montreal’s own Jimmy Be! Jimmy Be has grown very quickly for a 20 year old. He has played Stereo Montreal twice. One for Local heroes, Stereo’s 12 anniversary and in April, played at the infamous Comfort Zone Toronto. On May 5, he will make a special appearance at Systems for Antonio Piacquadio birthday in NYC! As always, if you or someone you know should be featured on CDN Beats : TNG, please holla at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Name: Jimmy Be
Current City: Montreal
Style: Tech house/Tribal/House
Hi, my name is Jimmy Be and I’m addicted to your love.
So you’re from Montreal and live in Montreal, why on Facebook does it say you are living in Spain?
Haha, unfortunately I do not live in Spain, just yet. I was born and still living here in Montreal, but my Facebook ‘Hometown’ tells lies! I figured since Facebook is all about creation and imagination of your mind, and a place where people get to express themselves and share their lives openly, I get to play a little game and imagine myself by the coast of Valencia on a sunny day jamming to the natural sounds of the city! I would love to be there one day.
What the first track that got your heart pumping?
The drill! At the time when it was popular everyone didn’t know what hit them. It’s pretty much the track that said “wutsup everybody we are the drill you’ve never seen us we made this one time hit and disappeared,” and from then on we were introduced to the official millennium electro tech movement that just began to flourish into branches of new generation tech.
What made you decide to get in the scene?
I’ve always had music in me, but back in secondary two when I was just 15 I got introduced to the world of DJing, where I finally was able to paint my art on a canvas.
Where do you get your musical talent?
Myself! Waveforms have been surrounding me since I was a little kid. I would dance, laugh and enjoy the music being played when words were still foreign to me. My dad had to play music every single time when I was a baby in order for me to fall asleep … And as I got older I just developed the ear and passion for electronic music.
What is your ultimate goal?
To see as many happy faces as I can. For real. It just turns me so much on to see a union of people get together and jam to the sounds of love and music. It’s crazy to know these waveforms and frequencies could in fact be the greatest feeling on earth … it exists on the dance floor!
What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you at a gig?
December 9, 2011 at Stereo Montreal! When you’re growing up in the scene of Montreal every DJs dream is to get to play in the temple. People have invested their time, lives and souls into that place … getting away from the weekly life and enjoying another world. The sound is incredible and to be able to play there was unimaginably great. The party ended at 10 a.m. and I could definitely say that being 20 years old, I’m one of the youngest DJs to play there! After the martinez brother wuddup of course haha.
What or who was the inspiration behind your career choice?
My two favorite women in my life! My mother and my girlfriend/manager. A bit out of the subject but big props to the ladies, behind every successful man lies a women! They give life to every single person on this planet, they are our mother nature! Both these ladies are a big influence in my life with words and wisdom … let it be.
How did you come up with your alias?
Jimmy Bishouti is my real name, but for some reason everybody from my Dads side has a different way of saying my last name or spelled differently so I figured I’ll rearrange it to the best meaning ever … simply be … Jimmy Be. In return I wanna to be able to prove and show the world what is really the meaning of BE-ing yourself; it’s the most supernatural talent a human can have. I can say I am a lab rat to my own life. I never was who I used to be until I discovered the power of love, loving myself and discovering who I am and … I have been testing my energy and vibes to see what it brings me and let me tell you life is magical … good will is good karma does exist.
What’s your favorite part of the industry?
The dancing and the connection with the crowd! Goddamn there is nothing better than people sharing their vibes and soul with the DJ … It turns on the hell out of me! It’s like a ping pong game. I provide you the rhythms to your feet and I get your soul in return!
What’s the biggest challenge to you when it comes to making it as a DJ/ Producer?
Montreal scene! I’ve been to Toronto and New York so far and everyone in the scene pulls it together for the people.. I love Montreal’s scene and will always do. Never get me wrong BUT some of the leaders right now that have more control than other are just doing it for their own benefit … our voices need to be heard!
Describe your first experience with electronic music?
Wow! My first rave was in 2008, I was 17 at the Bell Centre with Tiësto. Definitely not my style now, but at that time it was walking in the gateways of truth. But my real first experience where I got to try my first trip to heaven and open the eyes of greatness was when I was 18, I got to see Steve Lawler at Stereo. Since that day, I’ve been pulling out dance moves that I never knew I could do.
What’s your favourite ‘pump you up’ track?
Dont chuuuuuuuuuuuu knowww funk yaaaa … The other side of bed – Davide Squillace (original mix). Baby I bring this tune to every single gig and till this day, it just hits you in the jiggles. It’s so groovy.
What was your first piece of equipment?
It was so ghetto! My mom had no clue about gears so for my birthday she got me just an American audio mixer with two regular CD players aha! I just had fun playing CD players in the mixer until I saved my money and bought some American audios with the plastic buttons!
Who gave you your first gig?
I got my first gig when I was 16 at a sweet 16 party! I started off playing hip hop music and I remember it was a latin influenced birthday so I had to play some reggaeton. In fact big ups to bringing back reggaeton this month. Who would of known on the new STEREO PRODUCTIONS album The DJ CHUS edit of Otra noche is awesome! Reminds me of back in the day when we were teeny boppers.
Who do you look up to?
My lovers and friends. Each person I interact with in my life have been a new door to a mystery path and adventures, I want to thank everyone who’s giving me their positivity to grow my bubble of energy and be able to do what I do best.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
My dream is to travel. Hopefully to be playing everywhere. I wanna see the world and I want to see as many different cultures as possible.
What can people look most forward to when you spin?
MY VIBE and my ENERGY! My listeners refer to me as an entertainer or a maestro for that matter. I just have such a great soul when I spin some DJs forget their entertaining a crowd. I know what it is to be a dancer so I interpret my dancing skills into the DJ and that’s kinda my secret remedy, I dance with my equipment.
How have you grown the most since you first started out?
I was very young when I started, throughout the years I’ve had to face some harsh realities as well as some epic moments that I can see how my roots of my tree are starting to build a solid foundation. It’s made me realize a lot of things, opens up your mind and judgment and brings you to place where you wanna be. But of course I still have a lot to learn.
Who is the artist you would like to work with most and why?
LUCIANO! Our vibes and musical style are very similar. One thing we have in common is the energy we send towards to crowd. We like to act majestic, like wizards controlling the crowds footsteps.
Who’s your biggest fan?
The secret … universe a personal relationship I have with the world and me. I might sound very hipster but really it’s the truth. Everything I’ve wanted to achieve is not considered luck … it’s just a love/love relationship you build with the universe and just learn how to be happy. The law of attraction my friend!
What’s coming up for Jimmy Be?
Be-day at U.N in Montreal on May 11 for my birthday and every Thursday in my upstairs! I’m also at Up Club on May 17! Also, Stereo!
About Jimmy Be’s THIS IS NOT A PODCAST: Simple but bold, idea of giving young and local talent a chance to collaborate with international DJs. With a monthly, podcast, interviews, photos and more.. TINAP has already had international guests such as, D-formation, Nathan Barato, Carlos manaca, Italoboyz and macromism.
At the moment, Creating the revenge of Jimmy Be’s phunky ho remix as part of beatport’s M.IN remix competition and working on a Collaborating with NYC’s finest ANTONIO PIACQUADIO from INMOTION music and Sankeys to bring you a hot new generation banging tracks.
You can find the mix here!