J-Zen is a French producer signed on Dooinit music, his style is a mixture of heavy beats and samples crushed to the point of making them unrecognizable. He made his debut on the beatmaking scene with his first beat tape « Breakfast » but with « Guilty Pleasure » released in 2010 he became more known to the public. This EP with prestigious featurings, Shawn Jackson & Substantial, was mixed by Dave Cooley (Stones Throw, Dilla, Madlib…).
Since then, he has collaborated with Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime on the single « God Music » a custom-made production for the Californian duo and has shared the stage with the greatest (Dj Premier, Dilated Peoples …). His debut album “Managua” was released in 2015, on this LP made during a trip in southern America, he invited artists such as MED, Mr Complex, Theory Hazit. Latest album “Standa Lone” was released in 2020. The title refers to a well-known term in the beatmaking and electronic culture but also to a state of mind.
If Peanut Butter Wolf make the decision to open a branch of its label in France, there is no doubt that J-Zen could be among the first to apply. It is an understatement to say that the influences of Jay Dee, Madlib and more broadly of the Native Tongue and the Soulquarians seem obvious in his music.
With his first EP Guilty Pleasure, J-Zen slowly getting noticed internationally.in transit between Rennes, Paris, New York, California and central America, he made travel a source of inspiration. On his first album Managua, he worked with MED, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Declaime and Mr Complex and many others. He will follow it up in 2020 with Standalone. Enough to give you a big slap…J-Zen Statham © Romain Santa Maria