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  • Faya Friday with #JazzZOLTheWAY

    Faya Friday with #JazzZOLTheWAY

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    Today we feature Jameszoo

    Dance/electronic music producer Jameszoo, aka Mitchel van Dinther, may label his music “naïve”, but he’s using the word in its visual art sense; talking about the open, genre rule innocent approach he takes to collaging and weaving together a range of music that all relate in some way to contemporary jazz on his highly-acclaimed debut album, Fool, which dropped in May 2016 on Brainfeeder.

    Van Dinther was born in Den Bosch in the southern Netherlands. He began as a DJ working with an eclectic selection of avant-garde jazz, prog and kraut rock, electronic experiments, and beat oddities and gravitated towards the greater creative possibilities of production.

    Van Dinther’s main inspirations were ‘70s albums from Steve Kuhn, Arthur Verocai and Robert Wyatt (the 1974 Rock Bottom which featured South African trumpeter Mongezi Feza).

    Fool moves away from pure collage, featuring live performances not only from Kuhn (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7cREtQQ1wE ) and Verocai but also Brazilian singer Carlos Dafe, Thundercat and many more.

    At pitchfork.com, Benjamin Scheim described the album as “at its best, recalling the free spirit of late ‘90s electronic music…strongest when he tones down the overt jazz and instead parses the genre for specific sounds and ideas to embellish his electronic experimentations.” Jameszoo himself says: “I tried to create something that is both tradition and me fooling around.

    There is something to be said for both sides of the spectrum. If we always remain in tradition there will be no evolution.” (https://www.facebook.com/Jameszoomitchel/ )