JP Backhouse

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JP Backhouse

JP Backhouse was born as Jimmy Bakhuis on the island of Curaçao, the ideal place to absorb many musical influences in which Caribbean and Latin rhythms are by far the most popular.

It wasn’t until the age of 15 that he found his passion for music production. Inspired by none other than DJ Moortje, one of the creators of the music genre Bubbling, he modified the family PC to create a Bubbling music making machine. It wasn’t long before all local free style bubbling dancers came to him for custom made dance battle tracks.

After sampling many hip hop songs he became intrigued by the hip hop culture and started to make hop hip beats for local rappers including a very young DJ Iski of Immorales fame and who also happened to be a classmate at the time.

Sometime later his interests shifted toward more electronic dance music. He developed a very keen interest in the creation of electronic sounds. He followed this passion to Amsterdam, to which he travelled to learn the craft of making electronic music.

He followed an audio engineering and music production course at SAE (School of Audio Engineering). He fell in love with the rave culture and started to DJ and produce dance music while attending sound and audio engineering courses.

After years of experimenting he started to distinguish himself with his ability to create unique sounds and his ability to effortlessly remix songs. It wasn’t long until his tracks & bootlegs got picked up by Dutch DJs like Cor Fijneman and Jochem Miller.

After this he switched gears and started to make harder dance music. This resulted in massive support from Hard Dance DJs across Europe and even regular airplay of his tracks on the BBC radio 1 show from DJ Kutksi.

He also played at massive festivals and Clubs in the UK, Germany and Holland including Defqon 1 and venues like the Heineken Music hall, this all under his prior stage name Jim Justice. You can find his tracks on many CD compilations that were sold around Europe.

But despite all his success, he still felt that something was missing. He felt that he was not fully making use of his earliest and strongest influences that shaped him during his younger years in the Caribbean.

His need to express these rhythms grew stronger by the minute. Thus he followed this renewed passion back to his native Curaçao where he made a fresh start with a new sound under a new stage name: JP Backhouse.

This sound is a unique mix of European electronic sounds accompanied by local Caribbean rhythms that are irresistible on the dancefloor. His first single “King Cobra” is a perfect example of this as he combines Caribbean Bubbling rhythms with European EDM sounds, an explosive combination which will appeal to a very large audience.

This release has already made many heads turn and he got offered promotion for the single on TeleCuraçao FM, which are now giving this track airplay.

This is just a very small taste of what’s coming as he has numerous original tracks and killer bootlegs already lined up for release in 2016.

Listen to JP Backhouse on Skempi!

Gerson Eleonora (1987) has a passion for writing, whether it be short stories, poems or the biographies, reviews and music articles displayed here on the site. He is an aficionado of everything Caribbean, it’s almost as if salt water runs through his veins.

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