After my dive into the BALLROOM music and culture last week, I decided to look at some of these young producers a bit more in depht. One of the most interesting guys online right now in this genre is JAY NINJA, a young dude that I emailed some questions about his music and productions and what he’s been upto untill now:
GB – can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
JN – I go by Jay Ninja. I am a full time college student living in Kentucky. I am a fairly new DJ/producer on the scene and I have a brand new sound and a brand new outlook!
GB – when did you start producing ballroom/vogue?
JN – I started mixing and making music fall 2011 after being inspired by my favorite Ballroom DJ Vjuan Allure
+ CHECK OUT VJUAN ALLURE’S MUSIC RIGHT HERE
GB – are you affiliated to ‘a house of’ as well?
JN – I am a member of the Legendary International House Of Ninja in the Central Florida Chapter – Willi Ninja (April 12, 1961 – September 2, 2006) was an American dancer and choreographer best known for his appearance in the documentary film Paris is Burning. Ninja, who was gay, was a fixture of ball culture at Harlem’s drag balls who took inspiration from sources as far-flung as Fred Astaire and the world of haute couture to develop a unique style of dance and movement. He caught the attention of Paris is Burning director Jennie Livingston, who featured Ninja prominently in the film. The film, a critical and box office success, served as a springboard for Ninja. He participated in Harlem’s drag balls with “children” from his House of Ninja. Like other ball “houses”, HoN was sort of a combination of extended social family and dance troupe with Ninja as its Mother. Willi was a featured dancer in many music videos including Malcolm McLaren’s “Deep in Vogue” and “I Can’t Get No Sleep” by Masters At Work featuring India. In 1994, he released his single “Hot” (another Masters At Work production) on Nervous Records. Willi’s later career included runway modeling for Jean-Paul Gaultier, performing with dance companies under Karole Armitage, providing instruction to Paris Hilton on perfecting her walk.
GB – what’s your all-time favorite ballroom track?
JN – My all time favorite ballroom track is the Witch Doctor and The Ha Dance!
GB – who are the producers or dj’s we should be looking out for in the near future?
JN – I make music that’s gonna reach more than just one generation of ballroom. It’s going to reach all, check out some cuts below.
GB – what are your own plans in the near future? Are there any releases upcoming?
JN – Be looking out for me and my upcoming projects in the future. I have a CD coming out in Mar/Apr 2012 with only instrumentals. And in the fall 2012 will be the same CD with commentators over some of the same tracks. And also a new DJ group will be in the works this year as well..