Jake Lloyd is the KUTX Artist of the Month for July. Photo by Luis Perales/KUTX.
Jake Lloyd’s music is a blend of R&B, rock, and soul, bringing a collage-like quality to a live band experience. He recently told KUTX’s Aaron “Fresh” Knight” that he feels like he has to make music this way, partially due to his own diverse interests and skills but also because as a black artist in Austin, he often gets pigeonholed. “[I’m] going out of my way to show my genre-crossing ability, I mean literally bending over backwards to show my range,” he says. “What needs to change is first, the level of respect for all artistic expression in this town needs raising.”
This week on My KUTX, Lloyd is our guest DJ, expressing himself through an hour of influences and inspirations. Those range from his dedicated Prince fandom and love of Ray Charles to ’90s R&B, the boundary-pushing of Fishbone and Bad Brains, and more. Hear Jake Lloyd’s My KUTX on Saturday, July 11 at 6 p.m. or any time in the player above.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
[intro music: Jake Lloyd – “Crossroading”]
1. Tony! Toni! Toné! – “Let’s Get Down” (feat. DJ Quik)
2. Mint Condition – “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)”
3. Prince – “Starfish And Coffee”
4. Michael Jackson – “Liberian Girl”
5. The Temptations – “I Wish It Would Rain”
6. Chromeo – “Juice”
7. Bad Brains – “I And I Survive”
8. Fishbone – “Black Flowers”
9. Jazmine Sullivan – “Forever Don’t Last”
10. Bettye Swann – “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”
11. Ray Charles – “Let The Good Times Roll”
photo by Luis Perales/KUTX
Fresh: With everything from a global pandemic to civil unrest how have you managed to stay focused on music?
Jake: Well, music is my life. Aside from my kids and my girl, well my family in general, music is the most important thing to me. I literally love it, so I’m always finding things to get inspired by. I take pieces with me of everything I hear on a daily basis. From a show-tune, to the random track playing on a paper towel commercial, I hear it all. Not only hear it but feel it.
Fresh: How did the Lloyd Pack EP come about?
Jake: The Lloyd Pack EP started with the first song, “Crossroading”. The track was originally made to be on 2019’s MoonLit Mornings, but I had second thoughts about its functionality with the rest of the album, so we pulled it. Unsure what to do with it, and also knowing it had to be put out delicately, we set “Crossroading” on the back-burner. “The Pass” was probably the first song we recorded after MM came out, and that’s when I think I turned to Danny and said: “I know what we gone do”. I saw the stories I was telling on both “Crossroading” & “The Pass”. and decided to connect them. That’s where “Smoke & Mirrors” comes in – the bridge that connects both songs to each other.
Fresh: Your music contains quite a bit of storytelling seemingly inspired by Bonnie & Clyde, or a desperado lifestyle. Is that done on purpose or does it just come out like that?
Jake: It’s partly purposeful but it’s also accidental. Being a big movie enthusiast, I’m drawn to the stories of the outlaw, the bad guy, the loner, and usually, they can’t keep companionships. When they do, it’s toxic. The toxic relationships speak to me for some reason. I’m fascinated by telling the sad story. I’m not cynical (all the time) but my stories kind of take that shape at times, maybe from some underlying subconscious notion.
Fresh: With the climate now being bucking the system, as a Black artist in Austin, what has your particular experience in the scene been like, and what do you feel needs to change?
Jake: My experience has been: I’ve had the term “urban” thrown at me more times than I can count. I’ve told people I make music and it was already assumed I rapped. I have been overlooked for radio spins, for only one reason that makes sense to me – nervous Austin. I have found myself looking up to non-black artists around here that I don’t necessarily think are better than me, but further than me, so at times I have felt like a “boy” on the Austin music scene. Trying to show gate-keepers I got it and you don’t need to be scared of my hip-hop background. Going out of my way to show my genre-crossing ability, I mean literally bending over backwards to show my range. ‘Cause why? Austin. What needs to change is first, the level of respect for all artistic expression in this town needs raising. The town was built on blues and rock and that’s awesome, I’m a fan, but don’t throw out the diamonds because you’re looking for a ruby.
Fresh: Lastly, You work very closely with Danny Saldivar aka DSII, but do you see yourself working with other producers?
Jake: Danny is my brother. 9 out of 10 times if you see a song come out by Jake Lloyd it’s gone have parentheses and say “prod. By DSII” next to it. Dude gets me, and I get him, my brother for real. Wouldn’t be here without him. We both work with other artists and producers, but home is home. I have worked with Nate Coop who’s from San Antonio, now in LA. I love Cham, 04 Hippie, who’s helped me a lot with harmonies and phrasing. The Grammy Award winning Jon Deas who has been a friend and mentor for a while, we have a couple songs together. I mean I’m just a student of the game. Danny and I have created a sound together and that was on purpose, but I have a lot of producer friends around town and around the state. So hey, let’s work!
Harry Paradise’s music is airy and bubbly, full of neon-lit synths and percolating rhythms. There’s something especially transportive about the Austinite’s songs right now: we can’t dance in clubs, so Paradise brings that transcendent promise to your home or your headphones.
This week on My KUTX, Paradise is our guest DJ, guiding the dancefloor from a remote location. The hour feels like one big beach party, letting classic reggae, modern techno, soft pop, and more all rub shoulders. Hear Harry Paradise’s My KUTX on Saturday, June 20 at 6 p.m. or anytime in the player above.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
[intro music: Harry Paradise – “Physical Miracle”]
1. David Bowie – “Right”
2. Sade – “Hang On To Your Love”
3. Marcia Griffiths – “Don’t Let Me Down”
4. The Beach Boys – “All I Wanna Do”
5. KOKOROKO – “Uman”
6. Daryl Hall & John Oates – “Perkiomen”
7. Pink Floyd – “San Tropez”
8. Little Beaver – “Party Down – Pt. 1”
9. Queen – “Cool Cat”
10. Steve Monite – “Only You”
11. Todd Terje – “Johnny And Mary” (feat. Bryan Ferry)
Austin electronic artist Harry Paradise seems to enjoy a certain anonymity. His social media is nearly nonexistent. His bio on Spotify? One cheeky palm tree emoji. And with an intriguing handful of blissed out singles under his belt, there’s clearly still a lot to learn about Brett Hammann, the artist behind the moniker. But some things are intuitive — his music basks in a summertime glow full of ’80s synths that feels like, well, paradise.
After years of heavy touring, singer and multi-instrumentalist Hammann found himself burnt out in Nashville and in vital need of a creative recharge. One move to Austin later, and the Harry Paradise project was born. Now, Hammann embraces letting things grow at their own pace. After releasing a debut single in 2017, he made some festival appearances and opened for some high-profile acts before deciding to press pause on live performances in 2018. After a couple years focused on writing and reconnecting with his indie rock roots, Hammann is back with a new single and debut EP, One Side of Paradise, set to release later this summer. “Joan,” his debut single, is pure heat wave magic; hushed vocals give way to a crashing wave of soaring synths and giddy euphoria. And new single “Physical Miracle” holds similar promise with a jangly beat and tropical shimmer to match Hammann’s words of desire. The beach might as well be next door.
— Annie Lyons
Jonathan Terrell is the KUTX Artist Of The Month for May. Photo by KUTX.
There are many sides to Austin’s Jonathan Terrell. He fronts hard-charging rockers Not In The Face, but he’s also a nuanced country singer and songwriter. His new EP Love Can Find You Anywhere shows off his twangier influences, mixed with an almost psychedelic spaciousness that brings to mind wide open Texas highways. This week on My KUTX, Terrell is our (remote) guest DJ, showing off his love for good-time country, Italian disco, and even a little Bette Midler. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, May 23 at 6 p.m. or listen at any time in the player above.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
[intro music: Jonathan Terrell – “Give It Time”]
1. Gloria Ann Taylor – “Jolene”
2. Bobby Darin – “Me & Mr. Hohner”
3. Juniore – “Panique”
4. Never Dull – “Most Expensive Diamond”
5. Pino D’Angió – “Una notte da impazzire”
6. CSS – “Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above”
7. The Jeremy Spencer Band – “Travellin'”
8. Tanya Tucker – “Hard Luck”
9. Tony Joe White – “Don’t Steal My Love”
10. Bette Midler – “Favorite Waste Of Time”
11. Dave Dudley – “Six Days On The Road”
12. Little Richard – “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”