The Birth of BJ

One muggy day in June... The year was 2014, the air was warm but the vibe was oh so cool... Bill and Jake had just concluded their freshman year of college and were set loose to roam the streets of ATL with the riffraff they had befriended back in senior high. With their new found freedom and radical new experiences, they hit the stage of their local Decatur coffee shop with absolute gusto. The venue was a quaint, hip and happening bistro called Java Monkey which notoriously hosted a Monday night open mic. Accompanied by their delinquent compadres, William and Morris, the motley crew strived to conjure up a band name. “Bill and Jake Sandwich!,” declared Bill. “Dude, The BJ’s,” exclaimed a witty young William. Eager for a chuckle from the host, Jake Rock stumbled his way to the signup board and inscribed the newfangled band name. After an act or two had passed, Bill rose from his seat like Jesus Christ himself to make the proper enhancement; some say that upon returning he even walked on water... Thus, The BJ Experience was born.

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Atlanta Rock Band, The BJ Experience

The Birth of BJ

One muggy day in June... The year was 2014, the air was warm but the vibe was oh so cool... Bill and Jake had just concluded their freshman year of college and were set loose to roam the streets of ATL with the riffraff they had befriended back in senior high. With their new found freedom and radical new experiences, they hit the stage of their local Decatur coffee shop with absolute gusto. The venue was a quaint, hip and happening bistro called Java Monkey which notoriously hosted a Monday night open mic. Accompanied by their delinquent compadres, William and Morris, the motley crew strived to conjure up a band name. “Bill and Jake Sandwich!,” declared Bill. “Dude, The BJ’s,” exclaimed a witty young William. Eager for a chuckle from the host, Jake Rock stumbled his way to the signup board and inscribed the newfangled band name. After an act or two had passed, Bill rose from his seat like Jesus Christ himself to make the proper enhancement; some say that upon returning he even walked on water... Thus, The BJ Experience was born.

Atlanta Bass Player, Bill Batty

William Stathis Batty (Bill)

Conceived at a Grateful Dead show, the jams were instilled in his psyche from the start. This homegrown Georgia boy brings an electrifying energy that will certainly make you jump. With locks as luscious as a royal duchess and fingers that glide like velvet, he can tote the funk and wield the punk. At the budding age of 10, Bill began his pursuit of slappiness. Under the instruction of Folk Jam master Kevin Fleming, he took his playing to a whole new level, forever "walking the dog down Bassline Boulevard.” (J. Ungaro, 2018) Coming from a family of opera singing Dead Heads, Bill was exposed to a variety of musical influences. He brings you the angst of Sid Vicious paired with the explosive stage presence of a Mexican jumping bean. Bill is the driving force of The BJ Experience, always rocking his Epiphone Thunderbird down low, with attitude, not altitude.

Jacob Kekoa Handley (Jake Rock)

Hailing from the island of Oahu, where the days are as cool as the surf, comes a chosen warrior like no other; with his tasty licks, soulful pipes and devilishly handsome mustache, Jake Rock is sure to captivate an audience. Driven by his own creative genius and lust for adventure, he barrels into battle, guitars blazing, hell-bent for leather. Legend has it that at merely 6 months, he fashioned himself a small outrigger raft from the rotting limbs of a Banyan tree and began his journey to the mainland to find his hometown of Atlanta, GA. Raised on the streets of Decatur with the local skate rats, this grassroots visionary had a natch for revolution. He discovered his passion for music after viewing the cinematic masterpiece, School of Rock, staring the magnificent, academy award winning actor, Mr. Jack Black. The very next day he began saving every nickel and dime until he could afford a modest Fender starter kit. At age 11, he embarked upon a lifelong journey to master the guitar; he began an apprenticeship under Coy Bowles then subsequently continued his training under Johnny McGowan after Coy departed to tour with the Zac Brown Band. Johnny acted as a guide and mentor, inspiring Jake to follow his dream and rock the world with his righteous tunes.

Adam Wilson Garlow (The Experience)

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, this cornfed beefcake was built Ford tough. As you will find with most drummers, Adam is a very primitive specimen bred only to hit things… Or so we thought. Upon inquiry about his musical influences, he replied, "I don't really listen to music, I only listen to the beats." We found this a bit odd, but it turns out that Adam's perception of music is purely mechanical. Coming from a long line of mathematically minded drummers, the rhythm was beaten into him at a young age. As a child, you would often find Adam playing with legos and banging on trashcan lids. But like an un-cracked novel, there is always more than meets the eye; not only was he a starting linebacker for his high school, but the valedictorian as well. Throughout the years, he has continued to hone his craft, except the legos are now robots and the trashcan lids, his Orange Satin Flame TAMA Superstar drum kit.


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