Ju-ju Space Jazz biography
Ju-Ju Space Jazz are Dan Conway & Alex Nettelbeck.
The grand masters of funked out
space-boogie, Ju Ju formed in 1995 in
Sydney, Australia with the meeting of Alex
Nettelbeck and Dan Conway.
After their first album 'HEAD OVER HEELS
IN DUB' in 1996, Ju Ju quickly became
fixtures on the underground and warehouse
party scene in Sydney. Performances that
legends are made of, at events such as
VibeTribe's 'Stompede' and
'Carmageddeon', an On U Sound
System/Tackhead support at the Metro,
Newtown Festival 1996, 1997, 1998, as well
as inter-state festivals; Beyond the Brain,
Transelements, plus regular club
appearances all along the east coast
With the launch of the second album,
'SHLOOP' by London based label Matsuri
Productions in early 1998, Ju Ju Space Jazz
began receiving more international
exposure. Adding the golden horn of trumpet
player Lee McIver, Ju Ju toured Europe in
1998 playing Festivals in the U.K, Germany,
Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the first ever
'Techno Parade' in Paris (300,000 people).
Subsequent visits to Europe in 1999 and,
more recently, Japan at the Solstice Music
Festival just outside Tokyo.
Playing increasingly outside the techno scene
means the Ju Ju sound has found a wider
audience and, contrary to the limited shelf life
of many electronic albums, 'SHLOOP' is still
selling well in Germany, Japan, the U.K and
Northern Europe. Returning to Australia to
focus on writing a new album for the new
millennium, Ju Ju found a new level of interest
from the local scene, leading to live sets with
Yumchacha @ Home nightclub, Offshore
Festival, the Harbourside Brasserie, Glenworth
Valley festival, and 2SER's Freaky Loops.
The Ju Ju gang has also written music for
dance and theatre pieces, notably One Extra
Company's 'the Antwatchers' performed live
from high atop a scaffold tower at Newtown
Theatre and appeared live on Triple J's Mix-up,
in '97 and in'98. Ju Ju have releases on
numerous local and international compilations,
been played from Tokyo FM to BBC 1 and
generally wowed the hell out of anyone who
has ever seen a live show.
And now, after almost two years,
INTERSOUND - the long awaited follow up
album to Shloop has finally hit the streets.
The new album, released November 2000
by Kookyburra Recordings in Australia,
Spiritzone-Germany Internationally, is an
ambitious, far-reaching and focused work.
The guest musician list is huge with strings,
guitars, much live percussion, various
vocalists (Morika Elek and Antigone Foster
as well as the mysterious MC Zen), poetry
and thumpin' disco. Funky, unique and
unavoidably - Ju Ju Space Jazz. The new
feel is also beginning to become more
evident in their live sets which show a far
more main-dance-floor' sensibility than
before. All precious elements of lateral
wiggle have still been maintained.
Having taken a break for much of 2000
Ju Ju are about to unleash the Intersound
live set on eagerly anticipating audiences.
Ju Ju Space Jazz live, featuring the
extraordinary space trumpet of Lee McIver
is a funky, crunchy, wah pants experience.
Dan and Alex use instruments from both
analog and digital realms: custom built
micro-phones, full live sequencer set ups
and all manner of sonic devices, turntables,
vintage keyboards, drum machines and
samplers. Performances range from
ambient electronic, hip hop to thumping
funklaced disco beats. The debut
Intersound live gig and album launch
featured a cast of 15 musicians on stage
and attracted close to 1,000 people to the
Metro to see the larger than life,
Ju Ju tracks have been play listed for
December 2000 and January 2001 on JJJ
as well receiving excellent support and airplay
from independent radio around Australia.
Undercover Mystic has been included on
Qantas in-flight radio for January thanks to
Angela Catterns of ABC fame and enthusiastic
responses have come back from as far as
After playing the 'Big Day Out' in Sydney Ju Ju
launch their New Zealand mission, headlining
the Splore outdoor festival as well as playing
Dancing in the Streets in Auckland. Ju Ju will
then focus on spreading the Intersound word
along the East coast of Australia with gigs in
Brisbane, Byron, Wollongong, Newcastle,
Melbourne and Canberra.
The Ju Ju Space Jazz website is taking it's first
heaving breaths as Angus Chad and Brett
Stanley unleash their design madness on the
web for us. Plans for upcoming features include
downloadable audio, frequently updated
'stories' page and much much more......
Visit Planet Ju Ju at jujuspacejazz.com
Then it's off overseas for the European
summer festival circuit.