Interview by Sheryl DeLieto
Jeff Bujak is a talented keyboardist, producer, and composer from Northampton, MA. He has designed and stylized an innovative kind of intelligent dance music that transcends the electronica and live- music scene. His passion for his work becomes evident during his performances. His carefully constructed beats are full of excitement.
Jeff’s live performances aren’t ones to miss. He has a fascinating stage set up and flawless lighting. A lovely hula-hoop dancer, Jen Dulong, also accompanies him. Miss Dulong also handles the merchandise and gets inspired to create unique artwork that is displayed on stage. Jen’s hoop dance inspires positive energy during the show and brings an amount of visual stimulation that is just right. Jen and her hoop don’t miss a beat, literally. Her LED hoop along with Bujak’s light show and beats make for a funky dance party that you can’t help but tap your toes to. Jen’s first show with Jeff was February 8, 2011 and she’s been a part of the Bujak experience ever since.
“Hooping to Jeff’s music is on another level for me. I love playing with his music almost as much as he loves playing it,” says Dulong.
If you haven’t heard Jeff’s music, you can find him on iTunes, or listen to tracks from his website www.jeffbujak.com. His live performances are an experience that won’t disappoint you, and if you like to dance, get out to a show for the Buj experience
I first experienced Jeff Bujak’s music at a private party and was immediately captivated. I spoke with Bujak and was able to get him to answer a few burning questions that I had:
What is the message you are trying to convey with your music?
Bujak: My music doesn't necessarily have a message. I feel that I try to push my music with a message, but the music itself, especially being instrumental, is created for some reason I can't explain. Its just music that I wish I could hear. It comes from my very small, narrow musical tastes and I started writing these pieces so I could listen to them. And I eventually came up with a plan to market it and create a career out of it.
What type of process do you go through to create a song?
Bujak: My processes for songwriting are different per song or track. Sometimes I'll start with ideas for beats, sometimes they start with melodies or just a rhythms. I have a studio at home and just create into the night. I build them until I'm content and they grow from there as time goes by. I get bored fast and I like my songs to change, especially my live versions of the tracks. Then, when they are 'done,' they go away and the recordings hold their memory.
What is your favorite part of performance?
Bujak: There are so many aspects of the live show that I love. The whole process is a trip. I do love to play, but after I perform and I get to talk to people that just enjoyed my show is something I can't explain. It's really cool to hear other people's thoughts of the show while just forming what I felt of the show. Or hearing people's stories about the last time they saw me. I can't help but love listening to people's thoughts of my music. It's intriguing and addicting.
Where did this all begin?
Bujak: I toured on the road for years in other bands, but this solo show started about 5-years ago. It started as an idea as a side project and now it's growing into it's own career. My first idea was a laptop and a keyboard: keep it simple. Over these 5-years, I've added much more, including lights, so it's been a slow progression of increasing gear from almost nothing. Technology has been booming lately for solo artists and loopers and it makes it possible to do what I do.
Thoughts and feelings on the current music scene?
Bujak: I think the live music scene is in its best situation ever. With the mass-acceptance of the laptop as the new instrument, I embrace all the new ideas and new forms of music coming from this addition. It's exciting to see what everyone is doing with computers, and makes the new production work from electronica artists completely flawless and filled with unlimited ideas. Anything is possible now.
Do you consider your work an art form? If so, Why?
Bujak: Yes. I'm not sure what exactly constitutes an art form, but I feel that I am an artist who creates music, so I think that fits. I don't try to make it art, I really just create what I feel is good music and hope that people like it. It seems to be going well.