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Credit: Jerry Dibbs
Tell us a bit about yourself?
Joel Sammut aka Jerry Dibbs – originally from Sydney Australia, residing in London, England. Influences range from Rowland S Howard, Patti Smith, & Primal Scream to Aphex Twin, Amon Tobin & Modeselektor.
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?
Relocating to London in late 2012, I soon found myself filling all my time working, partying & barely paying the rent. With no real time to make music. A few years past and I decided I needed a break from the fast pace city I grew to love so much. For 6 months I worked double shifts and saved up as much cash as I could – I then moved to Berlin and made music solely for 8 months. This is where I found Jerry Dibbs...I recorded over 90 tracks in that time and only have 5 I'm happy releasing today. The rest can be burnt when I die.
What’s your back-story?
I started playing guitar at the age of 11 and was instantly hooked. My sister and I use to share lessons and would be the only one who would practice, so I soon overtook her. I then played in chapel, singing and playing guitar in front of the whole school for majority of my high school.
Initially when I moved to Berlin I'd hope to be making Post Punk/Rock and Roll. Much as my heroes before me, Nick Cave, Bowie and Iggy. All finding solace in Berlin as the creative refuges it is.
However, to my surprise I discovered going out to the techno clubs during the weekends to be the greatest influence on my music. I had a friend who worked the bar at Berghain and found myself having the most amazing influential musical experiences on dance floors. Contributing to all the dance elements in the Jerry Dibbs sound.
I loved how Berlin changed what I ended up producing after 13 months living there. All my previous ideas of what I thought I'd record soon went out of the window.
What are you working on at the moment?
Jerry Dibbs' debut album – Cuts set to release in August 2018.
What's the first song you remember hearing?
Beatles – Eleanor Rigby feels like it was uploaded to my brain since before I can remember. My Mum used to play me Bee Gees & Abba as a young child.
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?
Bloc Party - Banquet
What was the first gig you went to?
I think it was U2...
Which song do you wish you'd written?
Johnny Cash – I Hung My Head
Which song changed your life?
Rage Against The Machine – Killing In the Name
Which song would you like played at your funeral?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Breathless
What song is stuck in your head right now?
Kendrick Lamar - Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
What was the first Album you bought?
SebastiAn - Motor
Which song made you want to play music?
Led Zeppelin - You Shook Me