DC-native Julius Jetson and New York local DJ SANiTY sat down with NO BS at Nancy Pantirer Studio in NYC to talk about the growing Ghetto House movement, the risks of going into the music business, and the importance of authenticity.
DJ-turned-producer, Julius Jetson, has focused his attention on creating tracks that blend hip-hop and Ghetto House together. His influences in hip-hop stem from his childhood, in which Atlanta rappers such as Lil Jon, Ying Yang Twins, Gucci Mane, Boyz N The Hood, and Lil Scrappy dominated the scene. Years later, Jetson draws on these hip-hop influence, mixing them with Ghetto House to create a truly unique sound and cementing his name in the g-house community.
“I’ve always listened to hip hop since I was like eight years old…It wasn’t until I found house music in 2008 that I began diving into it and when I started producing music I was actually producing techno. It wasn’t until I heard Shiba San’s first EP that I was like, ‘Holy shit, this is what I want to do.’”
After initially releasing tracks on prominent blogs such as EDM Insider, EDMTunes, and Complex’s Do Androids Dance, Queens native Demitri Kesoglides, a.k.a. SANiTY is experimenting to find his ‘sound,’ which can be described as a cross between progressive, electro, hip-hop, groovy, and g-house styles along with open-format mixing techniques.
Currently, the 28-year-old is trailblazing the ‘G-House’ movement and has made his debut release with G-Mafia Records in 2017 and is currently working with local NYC producers and rappers to curate an “East Coast G-House” movement, which focuses on mixing gritty East Coast hip-hop lyricism, party trap breakdowns, and thumping house grooves.
The first volume of the #EastCoastGHouse compilation has received support from EARMILK, HipHopHeadQuarters, and even a personal shoutout from the West Coast G-House icon Destructo.
“The thing that got me into G-House was that it would sample old-school hip hop…I’m trying to curate something where there’s a bunch of artists involved. Literally, hip-hop bars over house beats, but not ‘Put your hands up. Where the girls at?’ It’s actually these guys are coming correct with their lyrical energy and flow.”