Jaydan ‘Journeys’ interview
Jaydan has recently dropped the Journeys ep on Playaz, so I caught up.
DB: Hey, how you enjoying the heatwave?
J: Loving it! I’m definitely more of a summer person although it does have an effect on your productivity in the studio.
DB: Talking about productivity, the Journeys ep struck me with its diversity: loved ‘Late Night Drive’ and ‘Lonely Days’ in particular. So what went into the ep that was a bit new for you? Maybe talk about a tune or two.
J: Thanks. I’m constantly striving to add more and more techniques and variety to my productions and I honestly feel that from digging deeper and writing more styles of music I learn more and more all the time. ‘Lonely days’ is one of my deeper tracks; at one stage I was in the studio and instantly caught a vibe with it; by the end of my studio session I’d got a playable draft of the tune. Sometimes I can work on something for weeks and not be able to get it to a point where I’m happy.
With ‘1952’ I actually started out thinking ‘I want to do a tune with a jazzy feel and a double bass’. Again it was one of those projects where I was working away on it and it just started writing itself. I think that it’s a good mixture of both my style and styles I’ve never written before.
DB: Plus there’s that evil remix of ‘Driller Killer’…
… so how does this material work live? Tunes like ‘Thrillseekers’ I could imagine go down well.
J: ‘Late Night Drive’ has gone down well as has ‘Lonely Days’ when I’ve played them in the club: they’re good tunes to actually change the dynamic of a set and mixed in the right way can pass through without sounding dry against some of the heavier tracks I play.
I never expected ‘1952’ to get the reaction it has got and it’s a track that gets its fair share of reloads. ‘Thrillseekers’ is a good example of me starting out spending 3-4 sessions on writing an intro with an idea to make a roller and then thinking ‘I’m happy with that but maybe I should add some kicks and a build up before the drop and make it drop heavy so I can open my sets with it’ ha ha. That’s what happened and based on the feedback I’ve had I think it worked out quite well.
DB: How did the linkup with Decimal Bass come about? I thought that was an interesting combo.
J: Decimal Bass is an artist that I have got on well with for quite a long time. He did an EP for my label prior to being signed to Playaz and I did a remix for his and Konichi’s label. We’d talked about getting in the studio together for a while so he came up to Leicester, we hit the studio and to be honest it just flowed really well. There’s more in the pipeline so watch this space.
DB: So back to the playing out question, what sort of places do you frequent on the live map?
J: This year though I’ve played in Belgium about nine times already; it’s definitely one of those countries you just know the party will be great in so that’s one of my favorites. But I would say although I’ve played in loads of countries over the years and fortunately I haven’t have many bad experiences.
I decided to call the EP Journeys because I felt that the overall project was written and compiled to give the listener a bit of a journey through different styles of D&B. It was about the journeys I’ve taken as a producer to get to a place where I’m able to turn my hand to different styles and execute them to a standard I’m happy with.