What Is Jersey Club Music?


The term “Jersey club music” has been thrown around a lot lately and with good reason; some of our favorite producers like  Dj Sliink, DJ Tiga, DJ Fade, Dj Rell, Dj Unique, DJ Tray, Nadus who are from Jersey. Along with others adopting the style of Jersey Club and putting their own spin on it like: Ryan Hemsworth, Trippy Turtle, Dj Hoodboi, Cashmere Cat and many more, undeniably having an effect on the current state of trap music and related production styles.

But what the %#&$ is Jersey Club Music? Relax, it has nothing to with Pauly D or his goon crew of orange douchebags. Well, almost nothing.

Not Surprisingly, Jersey club music originated within nightclubs of New Jersey during the 90’s, specifically in the city of Newark (affectionately nicknamed “Brick City”). It was pioneered by DJ Tameil, DJ Tim Dolla, Mike V and DJ Black Mic of the “Brick Bandits Crew” who were largely influenced by the Baltimore house scene of the 80’s.

In essence, Jersey club and Bmore club/house are very similar; both are based on a 4/4 time signature* and tend to fall in the 130-140 BPM range making gratuitous use of short sample loops and shuffled triplet kick patterns to create a “bouncy” groove. DJ Tameil broke it down during an interview in 2006:

Our styles are real similar, but the difference with the Baltimore club is they like a lot of horns, while we use harder kicks and chop the samples up a lot more.

Simple as that? Almost. Since 2006, the scene has changed (read: gotten much younger) and according to DJ Sliink (a 22 year old himself) in an interview he did with Dubspot,

“They’ve got a bunch of popular dance groups out in Jersey, so they’ll come and make a dance at a small party when a DJ plays a song and maybe runs it back a few times… Then you go to the next party, and everybody’s doing that dance. At the next party it’s even bigger. Then, they’ll make a video and that’s how the kids learn it.”

Dance music made specifically for dancing (and not for drugs) being disseminated across the internet? No wonder elements of Brick City club music have been making their way into trap music and mainstream EDM. If you take a look back at my OG Trap Evolved: The Future of Trap Music post, this is a positive sign regarding the longevity of both trap music and Jersey club music; by fusing the two together you get a whole new permutation of sounds thus continuing the evolution of each respective genre (and allowing them to stay relevant to the people listening).

Here are few examples of Jersey club music and Bmore club music so you can really familiarize yourself and school your friends with all the l337 music knowledge you possess. You’ll start noticing exactly how prevalent the sound is becoming:

Jersey Club Music

DJ Sliink

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Dj Uniique

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DJ Fade

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Dj Rell

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DJ Tray

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Ryan Hemsworth

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DJ Hoodboi

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Trippy Turtle

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Baltimore Club Music

DJ Murder Mark

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DJ Booman

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Philly Club Music

DJ Sega

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*On Wikipedia, it lists the “beat structure” for Baltimore club music as 8/4 at 130 BPM. That’s just %#&$ing retarded. This music is 4/4. 8/4 changes the quarter notes to 8th notes essentially doubling the BPM to 260. That’s fast.

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What Is Jersey Club Music?