Brian J of Pimps of Joytime Talks the New Album, Influences, & More at Summer Camp 2017

20 June 2017
Cheyanne Powell

About ten years ago in the city streets of Brooklyn, New York a band emerged together with a small residency at a place called Black Betty. The funky soulful band goes by the name, Pimps of Joytime. As the music scene began to grow, the band leader Brian J., collaborated with young talented musicians to develop the band as a whole. Pimps of Joytime started playing in cities such as New Orleans and San Francisco before they had hired a booking agent. The team has been running ever since. Through the years the band has released a handful of albums with their recent one, Third Wall Chronicles, which was recently released this March. Aside from dancing to the melodies of their music in Three Sisters Park, we were able to sit down with Brian this past weekend at Summer Camp Music Festival and learn more about their creative process.

How did you all meet and become Pimps of Joytime?

The line-up has evolved over the years. But we had all met in Brooklyn. In the Brooklyn scene is where I met David Bailis and Mayteana Morales.

Pimps of Joytime just came out with a new album called Third Wall Chronicles. Can you explain a little bit about the creation and songwriting behind the album? What do you hope fans take away from it?

The creative part was fun. A lot of the songs I just wake up from dreams and have part of the song happening in my head. I then go and sorta write the songs. We worked on it for almost two years. When I was partially done with the record, I had a guy name Steve Berlin come in and sorta help me with the production element. It was a fun record to make, and I’m just hoping it reaches people's ears and hearts.

If you could describe your music in five words, what would they be?

Joyful, funky, groove-tastic, soulful, freeing.

Who do you look up to the most, your inspiration, when making music?

Basically all the music I’ve been listening to my whole life. It’s so much to even begin but you know, Curtis Mayfield, I love the golden age gospel from the fifties and sixties, a lot of blues, a lot of jazz, a lot of reggae, afrobeat. I love Alabama Shakes records, Tame Impala, so just a huge amount of influences.

What advice would you give to young musicians to becoming successful in the music industry?

Besides all the obvious ones, you have to really love it. If you don’t love it, you’re just not going to survive. There are so many bumps and bruises that can be so challenging to make your way in the industry. You need to get so much out of it, so much love for what you do. Be authentic. Really find something that’s real and true. It’s also really important how you treat people. If you’re a band leader, how you treat your musicians. It’s an art form.