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 septet The Tikiyaki Orchestra, and has performed with artists including The Ghastly Ones, The Boardwalkers, Surfer Joe, The Disasternauts, 3 Balls of Fire, Project Pimento, John Blair, and Paul Johnson, among others. Jonpaul was a staff member of Tiki Magazine since its inception in 2005, serving as photo editor as well as photographing and writing about Tiki/Polynesian Pop culture and its history. His work has appeared in Sippin’ Safari and Beachbum Berry Remixed, Tiki Mugs: Cult Artifacts of Polynesian Pop, Tiki Road Trip (2nd ed.) and numerous other publications. He holds a BA in Musicology from UCLA and resides in Venice, California, engulfed by books, music, musical instruments and Tiki artifacts.

  • Philosphy of my radio show: To present the very best in recordings that fall under the wide instrumental "Surf 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 “Third Wave” 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, Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks, Jon & The Nightriders.
  • To derive maximum pleasure from my radio show: Clear your mind, leave the stress of the weekday grind behind and feel the reverb coursing through your veins!
  • 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, mid-century modern design 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.