J Fernandez

Born to Filipino immigrant parents, Chicago-based J (Justin) Fernandez spends his days as a map-maker. By night, Fernandez navigates his own personal world of musical endeavors, drawing on the influences of early electronic music, pop and psychedelia. J Fernandez's debut album Many Levels Of Laughter was released June 9, 2015 on Joyful Noise Recordings.

"The appeal of J. Fernandez and his music is summed up right there in the name - he's a bit mysterious. It isn't that he's hiding anything, he's only just revealing what he wants to, keeping the remainder close to his chest. Likewise, there's a certain, undeniable feeling associated with his songwriting, but describing it is easier said than done. That's because there are plenty of familiar touchstones and influences deep in the songs; intricately woven, Marquee Moon guitars, an affectless, Kraftwerk-ian singing style, psychedelic dissonance and melodic structures not entirely unlike The United States of America, and a modern warmth like Chris Cohen's work with The Curtains and Deerhoof. But, dropping these names doesn't adequately sum up what J. Fernandez has captured here. On Many Levels of Laughter, he's invited us into his own, very special, Universe. One that presumably exists only in his head, or at the very least in the Chicago bedroom where he recorded the album, alone.

Giving yourself over to this record for 32-or-so minutes is a bit like agreeing to Gene Wilder's version of The Wondrous Boat Ride, you're going to experience things you don't expect. Some of it will be immediately wonderful, some of it will be confusing and magnificent. Only, instead of a nightmare-fueled, psychotropic freak-out, it feels more like a Brian Wilson daydream, magically stepping into the scraps of tape and interlude left on the cutting room floor once they finally got around to assembling SMiLE." -Mike Adams

Past Shows


Oct
2
nd
2017
Turf Club
Oct
2
nd
2017
Turf Club

Matt Pond PA

with J Fernandez and We Are The Willows
Dec
9
th
2015
7th St Entry
Dec
9
th
2015
7th St Entry

J Fernandez

with The Awful Truth and Panther Ray
Jun
8
th
2015
Triple Rock Social Club
Jun
8
th
2015
Triple Rock Social Club

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

with J Fernandez
Mar
20
th
2015
Holy Mountain
Mar
20
th
2015
Holy Mountain

Midwest Day Party 2015 ( Austin, TX )

with Allan Kingdom, Prof, Mike Mictlan and more!

More Shows

Dec
8
th
Turf Club

Son Little

Sep
10
th
First Avenue

Ondara

Nov
12
th
Fine Line

Nightly

with vaultboy
Oct
14
th
7th St Entry

Boyfriend