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Ask a Cool Person: Jon Jon Scott

Jon Jon Scott (Photo by Andrea Swensson/MPR)

Each week on the Local Show, we’ll meet a new person from the Minnesota music community who has some fresh discoveries to share in a feature called “Ask a Cool Person.” These people will come from all corners of the scene, including record store clerks, recording studio engineers and producers, artists, writers, bookers, photographers, and fans.

This week’s “Cool Person” is Jon Jon Scott, a longtime employee at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis and the head of a local label called Sound Verite Records, which works with artists like Greg Grease and Villa Rosa.

Hey Jon Jon! How do you discover new music?

Jon Jon Scott: Scan online all day. Some blogs are known for breaking things, or introducing something before it breaks, or you see something new pop up. And if I see something early on that comes up, I try to snag it quick. And if not, you know how it is in blog world; by the afternoon it’s old news. So if you get it in the morning and get it when it’s fresh, that’s cool.

What’s been exciting you lately? What scenes are you watching right now?

Well, I’ve sort of been paying a little bit more attention to our beat culture in town, things related to beats.

There’s a young lady I like a lot named TaliaKnight who has a new EP called Nocturna. It’s a chill-out, kind of nocturnal, down-tempo vibe with nine songs, very short.

I also like a new MC, a really lyrically smart kid named D’Allan White, and he has a new record called Not a Damn Was Given. He works with a lot of young producers around town like Greg Grease, Medium Zach, and other people like that.

Also, a young producer named Su Na, I believe he’s affiliated with Against Giants, and he’s done a lot of super cool production that’s different from a lot of stuff coming out in Minneapolis. He’s making marks in Europe, the U.K., and other places.

Besides the people I work with the most, those three people I’ve been pretty excited about. Also, I’m excited about the young teenager out of St. Paul named Lexii Alijai. A certain kind of modern swag meets Aaliyah sound, real confident, and she’s really young, like 17, but her songwriting is really in-depth. She’s writing about relationships and what family members are going through, and it’s like, how does a 17 year old girl know this much? Particularly her relationship with men; you would think she’s been in relationships for 20 years, the way she’s bringing things to surface that are everyday politics for women out here.

Where can people keep up with your discoveries?

I have a blog called Sound Verité! Pretty much every day, we’re trying to look for new music to let people know about.