Sound Off: Audioconfusion's Jalipaz on Brian Chartrand, Gay Kiss, and Brown G.O.D.

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Brad Dwyer and Jalipaz at Audioconfusion Studios
Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly feature, Sound Off, where Jason P. Woodbury is joined by a different guest each week to listen to and discuss three tracks from local Phoenix artists. If you would like your songs to be considered for future Sound Off columns, please email

Jalipaz runs Audioconfusion Studios in Mesa. He has manned the boards on some of my favorite local releases (disclosure: I have recorded with Jalipaz on several occasions), including Knife Man, by Andrew Jackson Jihad, which was released earlier this year.

Jalipaz has a unique approach to music, so I sat down with him at his mixing board to listen to some hip-hop from Brown G.O.D., art-punk from Gay Kiss, and alternative rock from Brian Chartrand.

BROWN G.O.D.-Ashes to Ashes feat. Rampage

Brown G.O.D., "Ashes to Ashes," featuring Rampage.

Brown G.O.D. is a Phoenix-based hip-hop artist. This track features Rampage of the Flip Mode Squad. The two emcees have toured together, and this marks their first collaboration. For more information, visit Folded Arms Pro.

Jalipaz: Nucky Thompson [laughs]. You know who that is, right?

Up on the Sun: Captain Kirk, too.

I used to record a lot of rap. Different guys, too. I recorded this one rap act. All the songs were about Japanimation. These two black dudes, and they loved it.

What were they called?

I can't remember...I remember they had a song that had the sample of the Rocky movie. I liked it because it was different. It was in the '90s, when it was all gangsta rap.

So overall, you're impressed with this production?

I thought the production was good. [I like] old-school rap production because the vocals are in with the music, they are not above the music. A lot of new rap stuff is above the music. In this, the main vocals were in with the music, and I really like that.

In the mix, not on top of it.

It's easier for me to listen to rap that way. That's just me. He has good rhymes, good rhythm.

I appreciate that we got a Stella Artois rhyme, we got Nucky Thompson, Star Trek. We covered all the bases there.

[Laughs]. I'm not into words, so I don't really know what they were rapping about.

I like the guitar sample. A lot of what I listen to rap wise is really really laid back, a lot of the "weed rap." I tend to like smooth stuff, this had some of those elements but also the big beat, and horns. It sounded commercial and aggressive.

It reminded me of a rock song as much as a rap song.

In terms of the overall orchestration?

Yeah, exactly. That and also the way it was mixed. Just the energy, too. The energy was way more rockin' than rappin'. Again, I say this a lot, but for a local band, I was really impressed. "For a local band." You shouldn't have to say that, you know what I mean? But I do say that a lot. I would say for a [national] band, this would seem pretty standard. Nothing blew me away, but they are good at what they do. With a band, I would say "I'd like to see them live," but with rap, I don't think any rap band pulls it off live.

It's certainly hard. I mean - there's a live energy to hip-hop. With a rock band, you have a massive difference in presentation, but hip-hop requires a lot of pre-recorded material.

It's karaoke!

It can be, but you get someone expertly scratching, and an emcee that really moves, gets the crowd into it, it can be a great thing. That said, it's tough. Just like rock bands - most people aren't that great at it. Then there are always the chosen few who can pull it off.

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Jalipaz, Jason (?), Whoever, Re. Brian Chartrand.Your review(s) have a long-way to go in the "big-boy/big city" departments: "I don't like Stevie Ray Vaughan; I like Jimi Hendrix. Stevie Ray Vaughan is too perfect, I just can't get into it.  Same as Eric Clapton. It's too perfect."Really ? So, you like Hendrix (that's a stretch) but, the other guys are "too perfect?" Huh?"I find myself asking when "he's going to play the ugly note that makes me sit up in my chair." Uh...The "ugly note?"  Do you mean, a dissonant note or chord based on perhaps knowing some theory and/or, being "too good" or perhaps the raw, uneducated note that  gets intuitively played and who's rub makes things kinda' edgy or, raw?  I mean, what the fuck are you talkin' about?You'd did dig the woodblock.  That was really funny (hehe), no really, it was cute.Cynicism aside (or not), critics like yourself seemed to follow a similar theorem which includes the mastering of verb conjugation fused them with a sort of completely affected anti-"mainstream ( be it productions, popularity, etc.)" opinion. The theorem isn't exclusive to you, Jalipaz but, it fits. THEOREM: I really, really love music and know better than say, Dave Matthews' fans. I especially dig, indy, nichey, cool, ugly- note kinda' music. Gonna' throw out some obscure indy artist ('cause I'm hip), mix it with a mention of some "go to the well legendary artist ('cause I'm hip) and couple it all with my (not so) musical  life experience, a little English 101, some closet Facebook mastery and presto...I'm published in the Phoenix New Times.It's as formulaic a theory as all the music you shit on for being formulaic.   At the end of the day, your funny, little, nichey, cute reviews sound tenaciously  farm-league.Next time, why don't you do a little research on the artist, the history of the project, the intention and decisions behind the "mud," reverbs and woodblocks.Do your homework, this way if you feel compelled to shit on something, at least your critiques are rooted in some fact and education.  You do that Jalipaz-Jason (huh?) and maybe someday, you'll make it to the "bigs!"Good Luck,Mike FlorioPS Adjective check: drop "cheesy" 

Jalipaz Nelson
Jalipaz Nelson

hey mike, thanks for ur comment. i didnt c it till now. u know im not a reviewer right and sound off isnt about doing research its about hearing something for the first time and discussing it. i know what a dissonant note or chord is, im not a musician but i do know what that is and i didnt necessarily mean that. when jason said "ugly note" my thought was like when they make a "happy" mistake. i hear them all the time in the studio and i love those. i do however always compare jimi hendrix and stevie ray vaughan i think people get it when i compare those 2, so it u can c by my writing and rny run on sentences and punctuation im not good at this so i would never ever consider myself as a reviewer or a critic. jason and i were just talking. thats what i like about sound off its just chatting about what were listening to.thanks-jalipaz

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