Jim Wilcox has never been one to settle for the status quo musically, and his open-mindedness and commitment to pushing the musical envelope has served him well. As drummer for Arizona ska/punk legends Authority Zero he embarked on a musical adventure that included eight full-length international releases and numerous world tours. Now, after a 14-year stint behind the drum kit for A.Z., Wilcox has hastened the next step in his musical journey by focusing on musical production as well as DJ’ing and recording under the alias Blue Collar Prophet.
“Most people are surprised to learn that I grew up on hip hop because I played with a punk band for such a huge portion of my life,” Wilcox explains. “I was drawn to the rhythms of hip hop, the turntables scratching and the drums making your ass move whether you liked it or not.” During nearly a decade and a half of pursuing his passion for rhythm behind the drum kit Wilcox kept his forays into scratching largely under wraps. Today he has come full circle, DJ’ing every chance he gets and hosting a 4 residencies in Arizona 4 nights a week. While the DJ portion of his Blue Collar Prophet persona is growing in scope and opportunity every day, Wilcox is equally passionate and excited about his burgeoning production career. Moreover, he sees the two as interrelated.
“Producing and writing has always been a huge part of my life, so that is my main focus,” he says. “I’m super into doing remixes, and putting a spin on a track that surprises people, it’s always fun!” Remixes for artists including the Love Me Nots and J-Fresh have received positive critical response, as has his work as producer of the debut album for Long Beach-based punk outfit Pour Habit.
Be it gigging as a live DJ, working in-studio as a producer or as one-third of the two DJs and a drummer side project The Wednesday Machine, there are a great many sides to the musical entity that is the Blue Collar Prophet. The organic progression of each side of his musical career is something Wilcox wouldn’t have any other way.
“I feel bands that don’t push the envelope just get lost in the mix,” he says. “You have to progress, keep it fresh, and take what you’ve developed and build on it. Don’t be afraid to lose fans, because you’ll gain new ones.”
“At the end of the day I do this because it’s my passion, plain and simple.”