“What a gift! Juha is a brilliant little genius.”
- Marc Almond
Juha is the musical incarnation of Collin Clay Chace.
As a singer, he is a vocal shapeshifter - in one moment a whisky-throated rock daddy, in the next a smooth soul diva, in the next a bratty emcee... often within the same song. Musically, he throws genres into a stewpot and mixes it with his own brew to come up with a sound that’s both unexpected and familiar all at once.
In 2002, the Polari album was released by hardcore upstart Agitprop Records. Fusing elements of Middle Eastern, Hawaiian, and punk music over a hip hop back-drop - and with themes including Palestinian dislocation, rap bigotry, and the necessity of hunting and barbecuing Ted Nugent - it scampered to #1 on the Outvoice album chart. The Grooms of God followed in 2007, for which he declared: “I’ve become a three-headed Gargoyle perched on the steps of Motown.” Calling the new sound “Gothic Soul,” he also flirted with Middle Eastern disco, electro-classical, and dub, and told stories of man-eating tigers, male prostitutes, and his own account of the mid-90’s U.S. AIDS Crisis - while not forgetting to throw in more than a couple goofy rhymes about his dick.
The Stomach EP – previewing his upcoming Neuron vs. Love album - is the sound of Prince and Rick Springfield french kissing, and a cover of Nina Simone’s “Be My Husband” was released as a variety of remixes in support of equal marriage. His current single, “Bloodstains and a Crow,” pulls his own past experience with mental health challenges into the current epidemic of youth self-harm and suicide.
As an actor, Collin’s one-man shows have found him playing everything from a white neo-nazi to a black drag queen to a green lab monkey. 2012 saw him touring his current theatre jam, 'The Rock N Wrestle Road Show. "A one-man/multiple-personality mental health comedy," Collin becomes vessel to a host of outrageous characters (- among them a wrestling emcee, an heiress, and a radical tube train announcer) who take on the challenges of living with mental health conditions via potty-mouthed humor.
Born in the USA, he now resides in the London Borough of Hackney, becoming one of the "East End Boys" that the Pet Shop Boys sing about in "West End Girls."