j and the 9s are a married glam punk power duo originally from Brooklyn, NY, now living in Daytona Beach, FL. Described as "a mix of Alice Cooper, Pink, and Iggy Pop sprinkled with jazzy flute licks and glam visuals", and known for their "fun, high-energy, interactive stage show", this band is one "that is certain to steal your attention."
j9 (vox, flute, guitar) and Beatz (drums, programming), met in the NYC rock scene while Beatz was in a different band. They were tired of touring separately, so after a year of being together, Beatz joined j and the 9s which was originally a 4 piece, then a 3 piece, and finally a 2 piece. Despite these line-up changes, nothing was ever compromised, with the music and performance always at the forefront.
They have toured in the U.S. in venues big and small, and have played in festivals all over the world. Most notably Summerfest, multiple Warped Tour, SXSW, and Extreme Tour dates, The CBGB Fest (NYC), The Lancaster Music Fest (U.K.), The Zandari Fest (South Korea), The V-Rox Festival (Russia), Laconia Bike Week (NH), and famous venues The Gramercy Theatre (NYC), and The Viper Room (LA). They have also been the backing band for Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, have opened up for The Meat Puppets, Mumiy Troll (Russia's biggest rock band), and viral sensations Small Town Titans.
At the end of 2017, they moved from Brooklyn, NY to Long Beach, CA in their painted rv, and once there built their rooftop stage performing on it for The Springboard West Fest in San Diego, Make Music Long Beach, and the 4th St. Music Fest (also in Long Beach) multiple times.
In 2013, they released their 1st ep entitled "Birth", in 2017 their 2nd ep entitled "The Terrible Twos", and in 2020 3 singles via Cul-De-Sac Records. In September 2018 they got married, and in May 2020 had a baby boy. In 2021, they moved from Long Beach, CA to Daytona Beach, FL.
At the end of 2021 they began playing bi-monthly at local hotspot World's Most Famous Brewery, and in March of 2022 played multiple times for Daytona Bike Week. During the summer, they traveled up to New Orleans for The Cutting Edge Music Conference, played local original festivals, and in the fall added Daytona's Biketoberfest to their credits.
In November of 2022, they won the Unique Style of the Year award from The Songwriters Showcases of America, and the W.A.M. bronze award for Best Song of the Year by BWH Music Group for their song "Don't Think About It".
In December of 2022 they took 2nd place in a local Battle of the Bands winning a cash prize, and in January of 2023 they started recording 4 songs (2 covers, 2 originals) at Broken Step Studio in Bunnell, FL that they will release over the coming year.
They are excited to be making headway in their new city, and look forward to what the future brings.
Follow their adventures on social media: @jandthe9s
j9: vox, flute, guitar
Beatz: drums, programming
We have moved from CA to FL and had a baby!! We hadn't played live since covid shut everything down, and our baby was born, but we had our very 1st show back in our new city of Daytona Beach earlier in November. We had to flip the script a little bit by playing 3 sets in a row for the 1st time ever, as well as mostly covers. But, when in Rome, right?! We also enlisted a really cool guitarist (Lincoln) to help out with the heavy load. The show went really well, and we were invited to play at the same venue twice a month.
In March, we got the opportunity to play a bunch of shows for Daytona Bike Week! It was our first time playing it, we met so many new fans/friends, and had the best time.
We are excited to announce that we have a new bassist (Jake)! We are a 4 piece once again! He played with us for the 1st time live in April for local original music festival Delandapalooza, and a few more times since including over Memorial Day weekend at the gorgeous Cafe Davinci in Deland.
In June we played a battle of the bands at The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona. We made it to the semi-finals in Oct, and the finals round in December where we took 2nd place.
In July we traveled in our rv to NOLA as a 2 piece (baby and babysitter included) for the Cutting Edge Music Fest. We played 3 shows in 2 days and had a great time. We also played a fun summer solstice event at Parsley Lane Farm (which had been rained out the previous month), and the Aloha Rock The Block Fest on Main St. in Daytona which was really fun.
In the middle of August we finished out our summer shows playing the 1st ever zombie crawl in Daytona. We had blast! We had a change in players- Jake moved to guitar, and our new friend Jabare joined us on bass.
The Battle of the Babes fundraising event we did in the beginning of October went so well! Thanks to you, we raised over $500 for The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation! Also in October, we played our first ever Biketoberfest, made it to the finals round in the Battle of the Bands and played a Halloween show at a new venue.
In the beginning of November we played the DeLand Original Music Festival and to our surprise we won the "Unique Style of the Year" award courtesy of The Songwriters Association of America! Amazingly, that same night we won another award from a completely different company- the W.A.M. Bronze award for Best Song in our category by BWH Music Group! This one completely surprised us as well!
In December we competed in the final round of the Battle of the Bands. The numbers were close, but we came in 2nd. We were awarded $250, so are planning to put it towards recording.
We are recording all February long, but will be back out performing in March. Look out for our show dates, including ones for Daytona Bike Week! In the meantime, check out our latest livestreams on our facebook and instagram pages.
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"Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
-j9 and Beatz