Jonpaul Balak


Jonpaul Balak - Fiberglass Jungle
Saturdays 2 - 4 PM PT

Fiberglass Jungle host Jonpaul Balak has been intimately involved with the Southern California Surf Music scene for many years as a die-hard fan, collector, performer and journalist. He is the bass player for “Planet Earth’s Longest Running Modern Surf Band,” Insect Surfers and for 21st-century Exotica sextet The Tikiyaki Orchestra and their smaller, more Surf-centric project Tikiyaki 5-0, and has performed with artists such as The Ghastly Ones, Surfer Joe, Threesome, The Kilaueas, Randy Holden, The Blair-Pongracic Band, The Boardwalkers, The Disasternauts, 3 Balls of Fire, Project Pimento, John Blair, and Paul Johnson, among others. He earned his BA in Musicology from UCLA and resides in Venice, California, where he is currently working on the first book to present a complete history of the Surf instrumental revival.

  • Philosphy of my radio show: To present the very best in recordings that fall under the wide instrumental "Surf Instrumental Music" umbrella. This base encompasses the “pre-surf” instrumental Rock n’ Roll tunes of the late 50s, the classic “First Wave” originators of the early 60s, the “Second Wave” bands of the late 70s and early 80s, the crossover, genre-blending bands of the 90s, the cutting-edge, description-defiant melting pot of current-day innovators, as well as a healthy dose of Spaghetti Western, international styles such as Japanese Eleki and Finnish Rautalanka, Surf-Guitar-based Exotica, Easy Listening, and Crime Jazz. 
  • Five artists LuxuriaMusic listeners will hear on my show: Eddie & the Showmen, The Bambi Molesters, The Astronauts, Surfer Joe, Jon & The Nightriders.
  • To derive maximum pleasure from my radio show: Leave the stress of the weekday grind behind, open your mind and explore the insanely wide world of Surf instrumentals!
  • When I’m not DJing I can be found: Playing Fender basses, hunting for treasure at swap meets, flea markets and garage sales, pouring through books on Oceanic art, Horror movies and music history, investigating leads on long-gone Tiki carvers and restaurants, obsessing about finding that needed out-of-print Surf album.
  • Secret superpower I possess: The power of finding the positive in everything.


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