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“Amplify Humanity”: Ahmad Farzad & King of the Jungle Productions, Part I of II

"Amplify Humanity": Ahmad Farzad & King of the Jungle Productions, Part I of II

Farzad with The Burning Peppermints at Saturn Birmingham. Photo courtesy of Ellen Berryhill.


By Lindsay McDuffie

If you’ve spent considerable time in Birmingham’s music scene, you might recognize Ahmad Farzad’s man bun towering above a black leather jacket, or possibly a cotton white tee with “Truth = Beauty” written across the front in permanent marker. Ahmad (pronounced uh-MOD or, by his Persian family, AH-mad) is a Birmingham native, bassist for The Burning Peppermints and King Magnum, and owner of King of the Jungle Productions (KJP), where he records, mixes, and masters performances from some of the Southeast’s finest musicians. My interview with him far exceeds the space of a single write-up, so we’ll first discuss Ahmad’s role as music producer. In part two of this interview, we’ll discuss his role as music maker.


What are your current projects at KJP?

The new Peppermints album, Taylor Hollingsworth, Taylor Shaw, Dead Balloons, Elliot aka Meridian. All of these acts are Birmingham people who I think are super talented, uniquely talented. So I’m super pumped to work with them.


What’s the process you go through, in your mind, when you…

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New Music Monday – James Supercave

New Music Monday - James Supercave

In this edition of New Music Monday, Mother Plug Music features the synth-scuzz dance riffs, toe-tapping vocal harmonies and driving bass of psych-pop newbie James Supercave. For fans of Broken Bells, Animal Collective and Tame Impala, Supercave’s The Afternoon EP, featured below, is in your wheelhouse. Or fast forward to his debut album, Better Strange by clicking here. Look out for his upcoming Spring tour with Wild Belle.

-Lindsay McDuffie



Better Strange
James Supercave
independent, 2015

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