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Monday, June 23, 2014

Jungle: A British Music Collective With Disco Beats

The London music collective Jungle is led by Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland, who go by J and T. (Oliver Hadlee Pearch)

The London music collective Jungle is led by Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland, who go by J and T. (Oliver Hadlee Pearch)

The British music collective known as Jungle first came to our attention during an installment of DJ Sessions. The group was also recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live and at South by Southwest.

Jungle is currently on tour with its first album, “Jungle,” out next month. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson sat down with the band’s two founding members, Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland.

Interview Highlights: Jungle

McFarland on the aesthetics of their music videos

“I think once we set kind of the tone with the first video, we kind of felt that we should continue that. It made us feel good and it worked visually for us. I think its about simplicity in those videos and the connection between the audience and the performers. It’s about that eye contact. You see a lot music videos these days which are so over-cut and so over-lit. And it’s just, like, almost scared that we’re gonna lose the attention of the audience if its not going a million miles an hour. I think we just wanted to pare it back and present the simplest idea and see if that caught.”

McFarland on incorporating nontraditional instruments into their sound

“We were working in the studio and I went out to make a coffee. The studio, by the way, is just J’s bedroom. It’s nothing particularly glamorous. I just walked out of the door and the door creaked while J was working on the bass line. And he was like, ‘Stop, stop, stop!’ and I was like, ‘I’m not making you another coffee, dude.’ And he was like, ‘No, no, no. That door sounded incredible.’ And I walked back in the room and he’d already got a mic next to the door. So, I just stood there for 10 minutes opening and closing this really creaky door as we recorded it over the track.”

McFarland on their recent success

“You never expect to be in a position where you can do this. A year ago we were sitting in J’s bedroom making beats and now we’re in a studio in Boston. It will always surprise us. I think that’s the beauty of it. As soon as it stops surprising us and stops becoming something that’s enjoyable and new, I think that’s when you need to move on and try something else.”

Songs Heard In This Segment

All songs by Jungle

“The Heat”


“Busy Earnin”


“Smoking Pixels”


  • Josh Lloyd-Watson, founding member of Jungle.
  • Tom McFarland, founding member of Jungle.

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