|The Pimps of Joytime
|soulful world music
Courtney Boyd Myers - August 11, 2010
On a Saturday afternoon in the hills of West Virginia, Deli Magazine
sat down with Brian J, the lead singer and guitarist for the Brooklyn
based funk band, Pimps
of Joytime. Pimps of Joytime is: Brian J, Chauncey Yearwood,
who brings personality to the congos and vocals, the beautiful Mayteana
Morales, who holds it down on samples, percussions and vocals, and
Clark Dark form the UK, who plays bass, moog and guitar. Since the
level of drumming required to play in Pimps of Joytime is high in
demand, the band havs numerous drummers - although their main man lives
in New Orleans. The boys have been together for 5 years and have been
living in Brooklyn since 1996. When they’re not touring, they spend
their time tearing around on their bicycles and checking out new
vegetarian restaurants. They’ve been on tour for most of the spring and
summer playing numerous cities including Brooklyn Bowl’s SmileFest,
High Sierra Music Fest and Zanaibar in Los Angeles and plan to play in
Europe and the Caribbean for Jam Cruise.
On a sunny July afternoon, at the All Good Music Festival, we sit down
with their lead singer who’s reviving old school while keeping it
Deli Mag: What does Soul
mean to you?
Brian J: Soul is something that comes from down deep. It’s a feeling,
an attitude. Soul music is something you can’t necessarily
intellectualize but it moves your spirit.
Deli Mag: When did you
know you wanted to be a musician?
Brian J: I was singing in my crib.
Deli Mag: How would you
describe your sound?
Brian J: We’re afrobeat, Caribbean styles, reggae, dub, and salsa. Funk
is probably at the bottom of the list, but I seem to attract a lot of
Deli Mag: Who are you
listening to now?
Brian J: Digging Orgone from Los Angeles
(http://www.myspace.com/orgone) and we’ve been touring with the New
Mastersounds. We met them at High Sierra and now we’ve got our own
little gang. And, I always listen to the old blues like Muddy Waters
and what’s coming out of New Orleans like the Neville Brothers.
Deli Mag: You were
recently down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest which took place just as the
BP Oil Spill began. How was that?
Brian J: It’s so sad. But, you know, all I can say, is that I can’t
believe that out of all the experts in the world, that this had to
happen and go on happening.
Deli Mag: Who are your
favorite local artists?
Brian J: Well we’re on Wonderwheel Recordings, so I get to listen to
Nickodemus a lot and DJ Concerned.
Deli Mag: Where are your
favorite places to go in NYC?
Brian J: Bembe is really cool for music. And since I’m a vegetarian I
really like Chai on N6 and Berry. Their Veggie Duck is slamming. For
Mexican, Papacitos is where it’s at.
"Soul music is something you can’t necessarily intellectualize but it moves your spirit."
The Pimps of Joytime
listen to "
Afrobeat, Caribbean styles, reggae, dub, and salsa, with some funk in the mix.