J TEMP 13 is the solo moniker of John Templeman, President and Founder of Jib Machine Records and 13 Recordings. Thanks to the influence of his parents who were in a rock band together, Templeman began his musical journey while still very young. He was performing live by age six and penning original songs by age ten. John then spent most of his teens and 20s in various bands, but he finally released NYC Acoustic Demos/Restoration, a collection of solo songs he recorded with producer Bryan Smith, in 2004. However, the first J TEMP 13 album did not appear until 2008’s Girard, named after Templeman’s hometown.
Over the next few years, he would go on to self-produce and engineer three more J TEMP 13 albums, an experimental electronica album under the name The Penfield Experience and multiple tracks for various independent movies (The Slasher, On the North Coast, Demon’s Odyssey) and short films (Independence Day, Undead Fred) in his home studio.
Then, at the start of 2014, JT began recording what would become his Self-titled EP and first “official” release at the Track Six Recording studios with long-time friend and HH&C collaborator Brandon Youngs. The result was an album that has been described as having a 70s rock vibe with a fresh twist drawing on influences from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Neil Young.
Throughout 2016, JT continued working with Brandon at Track Six writing and recording acoustic songs that sounded full on tape and would translate well live. After compiling a number of completed tracks, he whittled them down to five and on 7/7/17 released Phat Halo Blue.
To purchase selections from JT’s catalog released via 13 Recordings, click the links below…
GIRARD (E13 001)
MARINER AND THE MOON (E13 002)
COLD (E13 003)
THE PENFIELD EXPERIENCE (E13 007)
MINUTE TO KILL IT (E13 012)
THE DEMO ALBUM (E13 015)