Meet Ambient Electronic Artist J. JUVA – aka Joel Neale

By FM

Hi Joel! How are you today?

I’m good! The weather is incredible so I’ve been out riding my bike today.

Your new single Miasma just came out and its bloody ace! Can you tell us what its all about? .

Thanks! The music was inspired by the rise and fall of bacterial colonies that inhabit our bodies day in and day out, changing and evolving without us even realising. The two sections overlap but never fully integrate.

Your EP Protozoa is also out on 24th July 2020, are there any themes running throughout it?

I recently read a book called I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong. He vividly describes this invisible world of bacteria that fill the world we live in, and fill our bodies. They are often misunderstood as bad for us, but in actual fact we wouldn’t survive a day without them. I guess this project is my soundtrack to that book – they way it made me feel, what I felt that world sounded like, and my response to learning something new.

Describe your sound in five words:

Electronic, Rhythmic, Soundscape, Melodic, Otherworldly

Who are your biggest influences?

Right now my biggest influences are Murlo and Skee Mask. Both their latest releases (Dolos and Compro) are of a ridiculously high level and I’m constantly going back to those records. I always hear more on every listen.


You’re also the guitarist in indie-rock band Saltwater Sun, which is fun! How does that compare to producing electronic music?

It’s completely different! We write as a 5, in the room, with live instruments, whereas this project is all me working in my home studio. I love the contrast of both worlds, and making music in both ways is equally fun and satisfying.

How have you been keeping yourself entertained whilst in lockdown?

I’ve been making a lot of music, re-doing my pedalboard, designing new synths and sampler instruments and trying to teach myself to code.

Can you recommend any new music to us?

Earthbound by LCSM (Likwid Continual Space Motion) is on my vinyl player at the moment. Incredible stuff.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020 (lockdown dependent)?

I work mainly as a sound recordist for TV, so hoping to go back and do a bit more of that now the restrictions are lifting.

Where can we find you online?

You can find me on Instagram (@j.juvamusic), bandcamp, spotify, soundcloud and facebook!