SPOTLIGHT ON JPD
Reflective lyrics and an upbeat energy characterise rapper Julian Philipp David’s ‘JPD’ deutsch-rap, laying down a directness and hip-hop realness, but not being afraid to embrace his own formative pop and jazz influences.

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text MADELEINE ARCHER

For his laidback style, JPD, formally known as Julian Philipp David, has significant musical acumen. Moving to Mannheim at the age of 24 to pursue a music degree, a small village upbringing was no obstacle to musical experience, but his passion was always for German hip-hop. This is celebrated through a self-described ‘songwriter-rap’ style, taking cues (and vocal samplings) of established German Rapper Prince Pi and earning comparisons to fellow German rapper Casper. Previously playing in the successful band Tonomat 3000, JPD experienced the festival circuit, opening for major acts such as Marteria.

Stepping away from his band after a 3-year run, a solo career was a natural progression for the rapper-songwriter, recording under JPD and recently releasing the debut album “Auf den großen Knall”, packed with his colourful and versatile13 songs.

JPD makes German hip-hop/rap that is honest and accessible; reflecting on universal themes of moving away from home, early love, and change, but never losing its ‘kick’.

Interview: 12/2019 with JPD

Spotlight on JPD
Spotlight on JPD
Photography by Bert Spangemacher

Artist Name JPD
Genre Pop/Hip Hop
Based in  Leipzig
Playing since Always
First album released “Herbst“ EP 2016
Freshest album “Auf den großen Knall“, recently released.
Listen to me on Spotify

Describe your band / music / style in three words.
Headstrong, honest, heartfelt.

What did you listen to when growing up?
Private radio in southern Baden: 80s, 90s and today’s top hits. And a lot of ads. Then there was Eminem—the “Lose Yourself” maxi. And then there was hiphop.

Music icon(s) and the reason why.
All artists who managed to make a living out of their creative drive. Who stay true to themselves and keep on going. Even when things don’t go well, when you want to just give up. Who keep being warm and kind to others. I really appreciate those kinds of people.

Spotlight on JPD
Spotlight on JPD
Eyewear by EYEVAN Lubin
Photography by Bert Spangemacher

Who are you listening to right now?
Warhouse, Papooz, Phools

What is the craziest / funniest thing that’s happened on tour?
The time we spend together as a crew. That really is the craziest part. Such great people, such great musicians. We drive through Germany in an awesome black bus, play an awesome show every night and let the fog machine go wild quite often.

Favorite performance venues or music festivals? And why?
I like small clubs, feel comfortable in concert halls, small indie festivals are great and I won’t say no to a really big stage.

Three words to describe your fans.
Pretty cool people.

Spotlight on JPD
Spotlight on JPD
Eyewear by COBLENS Nachtflug
Photography by Bert Spangemacher

Favorite eyewear brand?
Flea market.

What is next for you, an immediately upcoming tour or EP/Album?
My debut album “Auf den großen Knall” was released on 29.11. It was and still is a big project. I don’t have a label anymore, but a tight-knit, small, creative team and a supportive circle of friends instead. We do everything ourselves, we are pressing the upcoming album vinyl ourselves, shoot elaborate music videos on a low budget and program the light show on our own. I’ll be on tour in December. Berlin today, then Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart and Freiburg. I am going to perform the whole album. And it will be loud.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time, where would you like to see your band / music and at what scale?
Still doing, making. Working and living with my closest friends. And by the fifth album, everyone will know what we are doing here.