18 years old and from LA, Justin Jay is just absolutely bursting onto the scene right now. his sound is unique and different, really catching your attention in a world of endless bleeps and bloops, and what he has been producing is nothing short of special. with the influx of young dj/producers popping up on the scene and killing it, Justin Jay is surely to be a name you’re all about to recognize. i checked in with justin earlier this week to get an idea where it all comes from….
so it all started with daft punk eh?
“yeah. Digital Love was the first house song I heard, and I fell in love with the stuff at 8 years old. Hearing Discovery from start to finish is still my favorite listen haha.”
when did you first start producing?
“I started when I was 15, I took an electronic music class my first year of high school. I thought it was the coolest thing (even though I was trash at it haha) and it was from there that I realized DJing would be how I could showcase my music once I improved a bit.”
favourite performance equipment and software?
“DJM 800 & CDs”
did you know you seriously kicked my ass in that 2010 dj mag contest? hahahaha (tho i managed to make it decently far)
“No way! I’m sure you had a fat mix haha 🙂
At first, I actually had no idea I even won at all. For the contest, I signed up with an email that I never checked and after the judges picked me as the winner, they were scrambling to contact me. I had completely forgotten about the entire thing hahaha. They sent me half a dozen emails and they even messaged people who followed me on Sound Cloud after stalking my email address, and I had 2 random friends messaging me on facebook that some guy from Sweden really needed to talk to me. I ended up accepting the prize and what not a week late haha.”
favourite track, and or artist?
“I’ve been loving Julio Bashmore’s stuff. “Ribble to Amazon” and his remix of “The Force” are two of my favorite late night tracks at the moment. He’s also got some cool Bass stuff with Hyetal under the name Velour. Everything the guy touches has been unreal.
But yeah I like a wide range of music, from the most laid back Hip Hop to Jackin Disco House to even some guilty pleasure big room club tunes. Picking a favorite track out of all the different styles I like is tough. Favorite artist would still be Daft Punk though. How could you not love 2 Robots strapped with neon lights and leather jackets haha. Albums like Homework and Discovery add a bit of appeal as well.”
how would you describe your sound besides awesome?
“Deep Round Bass haha. I definitely like making music that’s chill enough to kick back to, but also groovey and subby enough to dance to. I’ll be coming out with more crazy, high energy music at some point down the road, but right now I’m having a lot of fun making the deep stuff.”
favourite production tool, software, gear?
how goes the dynamite? is your first official release right? how cool is that?
“Unbelievable! It’s a dream come true to have a release out on dirtybird, period. It’s been my favorite record label for awhile. I have so much respect for Claude VonStroke and all of the dirtybird artists. The music they put out is incredibly fresh and unique. Joining the ranks there is an absolute honor, and having my first release there is mind-boggling.”
also that track is so haunting and dark and amazing! where does it all start on a track for you? melody? bass? drums?
“I made “How Goes the Dynamite” from the bottom up. Once I had that bass line, I just kept on layering on my random ideas. It’s a really simple song but the vibe all came from that groovey sub pattern. Those subs inspired me I guess haha.
For most of my projects, I get inspired by a concept I think of or a sample I find. “Hack the Mainframe” was me trying to make a house track with computer and printer noises making up the beat while “Dr. Zulu” took shape when I found those vocals and my friend Jack Healy found a few of the drum samples.”
“Morbidly obese 808 kicks! NOMNOMNOMNOMNOM”
one song our readers should really be listening to right now?
“Les and Eddie by Mocean Worker
Funky & sophisticated downtempo. Gotta keep it classy while checkin up on blogs i guess haha.”
How Goes The Dynamite? – this is an absolute deep/tech house gem, the sound is haunting takes you everywhere and is everything you want to chill out too or get dirty too late into the night. he kinda nails it! show your love and buy the track here
or pick up this free treat he posted to his soundcloud…
“Hack The Mainframe” the computer and printer samples absolutely kill me (in the best way possible) and the keyboard click melody is just too groovy for its own good!
LIKE his shit here – http://www.facebook.com/justinjayofficial
LISTEN to all his shit here – http://soundcloud.com/justin-jay