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THE SCUMFROG interview


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written by Jennifer Warner

The Scumfrog has a plan for world domination. Do not be fooled by the baby pink bra he is wearing on the cover of his latest mix CD Mega Scum! 01, nor the blonde wig, nor the fact that you can see his... ahem. That miniskirt he's wearing is all part of the megaplan to rule the universe. Here's how it unfolds!

You are drawn in by the seductive cover of his new CD, and The Scumfrog's stellar reputation for consistently turning out incredibly danceable music, and purchase a copy. Upon opening your mail-order envelope a week later while drinking your morning coffee, having momentarily forgotten in your pre-caffeine haze what you ordered, you are so shocked by the cover photo that you spill/spit your latte all over your laptop's keyboard. In a fit, you storm off to the [insert closest computer store name here] and buy a new laptop, one that just so happens to meet the technical requirements of Second Life, the virtual 3D online community where The Scumfrog is having his CD release party. You plan on marching your avatar right up to The Scumf**er and demand that he cough up enough Lindens to compensate you for your pain and suffering (damaged laptop, scalded thighs, ruined pajamas).

But then... now here's where the megascum plan really kicks in to gear... you're completely sucked in to Second Life, where The Scumfrog's new nightclub is about to open, complete with "enhanced" experience that you being the music junkie you are just can't live without, especially since it only costs a few Lindens a hit...

You see where this is going. So get ready to meet the master of the New Universe: The Scumfrog, aka Jesse Houk.

JW: For your photo shoot, why pink? (Your stylist isn't credited by the way. Care to name names?)

The Scumfrog: My stylist was my allegedly closeted alter ego. The whole idea for the shoot was a joke and therefore not exactly masterminded, leaving me with nothing to wear on the day of the shoot except the wig. In a frenzy reminiscent of a twilight zone episode I found myself running through the isles of a random 5th avenue H&M, pretending to be bikini shopping for a woman with my exact size.

And blonde? Don't you think you'd be taken more seriously as a brunette?

I didn't want to give ANYONE the temptation to take this seriously.

Seriously... actually, I can't ask anything seriously looking at the out takes of your CD cover shoot! But the first thing that popped into my head when first saw the cover photo was how/who came up with the concept?

The person who calculated that bikinis on Dance compilations help sales (he died in 1854) came up with the idea. As an indie label we don't have the funds to afford supermodels though, so this was kind of the next best thing... or the thing after the next best thing... or... well, the thing that kept us within our budget!

I love that you are having the release party in Second Life. When? Where? How can someone snag an invite?

We're shooting for the second week in November. Details will be announced soon.

So, about this Second Life club you're opening... I have some insider information that you'll be making money in a, um, not exactly non-traditional manner... but can we spill the beans as to how you'll be doing it??

The club will be promoted during the release party, but it won't be finished yet by that time. I was stunned when I saw the possibilities of Second Life, and I wanted to be a part of it and tell my friends about it. I partnered up with my talented webmaster Sumo at to make it all happen, but we still have a lot of details to figure out before I can tell you anything definite. Stay tuned to my MySpace page for developing info (

What is your Second Life name? (I'm Jentamara Weissenberger!)

Scumfrog Howe, nice to meet you.

What do you do when you're in Second Life?

Right now, Sumo and I try to get as many ideas as possible to measure the possibilities and limitations of the Second Life environment. When that gets boring I try to improve the features of my avatar so that hot cyber chicks want to have orgies with me and download my CD.

Sweet. So back to your CD a minute... I'm sure you've answered every question I could possibly come up with already in the two hundred interviews you've done before this one. Can you say something enticing about it?

I feel that House Music and its perception in the US have undergone a lot of change in the past two years, largely for the better. The changes in sound more or less forced the established DJs in the scene, including myself, to re-evaluate their sound and presentation. At first I was slightly nervous about such a strong new variety and big leaps of progress in our genre, largely spearheaded by the electro and minimal movements, but at the same time it was also tremendously inspiring to re-examine sounds both in the studio and on the dancefloor. I'm really proud of this DJ mix because I think I managed to reflect the changes I went through in my sound but yet still lay down a core dirty Scumfrog feel... with balls.

What's this White Leppard project?

Hahaha! It's a good example of a fresh feel, mixed with spontaneous ideas from a few intoxicated individuals on a hot New York summer night. Infamous party animal Swamy (who throws the LeSouk parties on Sunday) wanted to do vocals for the longest time, and LeSouk resident Gaby and I indulged him one night and "Come Save Me" is the outcome. The name is Swamy's pick, who wanted to pay tribute to his two favorite bands of all time: Whitesnake and Def Leppard. Really, don't ask! The record will be released on Beatport with my own new track "Durty Extra" both simultaneously with the album.

Did it turn you on or make you nauseous remixing Paris Hilton?

Paris and I go way back to the era before our respective sex scandals. Unfortunately my family was not as forgiving as hers (they completely disowned me of my trust fund) and we haven't really been in the same circles since. This remix finally gave me the opportunity to show her that I don't need my daddy's cash to make a successful record, and now she doesn't stop calling me. She seems to be all into techno geeks all of a sudden. I kinda lost interest though.

How about some technical info - what software/hardware did you compile this CD on?

Three Pioneer CDJ1000 MK3s and a Pioneer DJM800 mixer. To me, this is the ultimate setup. It allows for so much manipulation of your tracks that your main concern is to not to go overboard with loops, effects, and live edits.

What are you using when you do your production work?

A bunch of analog synths, guitars and outboard compressors, then a bunch of software synths, throw everything into Protools and tweak it until it sounds decent.

Any other secrets you want to give away?

I never give secrets away!

What would be the "perfect" gear setup to make you smile when you walk into a DJ booth?

The Pioneer set of the DJM800 and three CDJs. More important for me is the relationship of the booth to the floor. It shouldn't be too far away, or high up somewhere, unless you're playing for thousands of people. Lighting of the booth is important too. People need to be able to see the DJ (preferably in changing light) yet it can't be too bright. Ultimately, the smile appears when you find that special connection with the crowd, whether it's a big room or a small one, whether it's at the very first record, or after half an hour. No million dollar gear or setup can substitute that.

What would make you smile right now?

Finding out that this is the last question of the interview!


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