Today (13/april/2012) I had the oportunity to interview the awesome DJ/producer (and sundcloud sensation) Jack Deezl. That was because I collaborate with a site about music of videogames and some recomendations ( You can check it clicking here). So YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE SPANISH VERS. OF THE INTERVIEW CLICKING HERE. So, here’s the english version of the amazing interview.
Jack Deezl is a young DJ and producer that’s been using social media (specially SOUNDCLOUD) to broadcast his music. His music is basically an awesome mix of ambient electronic and some Dubstep. I could just write more about him, but let just that Jack Deezl talks about a few things like his personal life, music he likes and the plans for this 2012.
INTERVIEW WITH JACK DEEZL.
RKD: I know you live in Philadelphia, right? did you move or you’ve been in Philadephia all your life?
Jack Deezl: I grew up in Asbury Park, NJ and moved to Philadelphia when I was 18 to attend college at Drexel University, where I currently am a Junior majoring in Music production. I love Philly though, it’s become my second home, and I plan on staying here after I graduate college. I really like the scene, all the DJ’s are real tight with each other and very supportive of each other.
RKD:When you were a kid, did you ever consider to be a DJ and producer?
JD: I never thought about being a DJ, but I’ve been playing Guitar since I was 8 and always knew that I wanted to be in a band as a professional career. When I was 17 my band broke up and I was about to go off to college in a year so I didn’t think there was much of a point to starting a new band, so I started producing hip-hop tracks. Eventually, when I was 19 I started producing electro and dubstep and that’s when I started going by Jack Deezl.
RKD: What was your first contact to the music? What was the first record you bought?
JD: My first contact with music was probably hearing my Dad play guitar around the house growing up and listening to my parents records. I can’t really remember what the first record I ever bought was, but the first record I ever fell in love with was Nevermind by Nirvana. I found it when I was 10 years old, in 5th grade, and it changed my life forever.
RKD: Did you receive any musical formation (you know, like guitar or anything like that)? how did you end up doing this music?
JD: I took guitar lessons from a few different teachers from when I was 8 until I was 18. I also went to a performing arts high school where I was trained in classical music theory and some jazz guitar, and a little basic piano. Now, I’m a music production major at college, so I study recording technology and engineering.
RKD: I know on June you’re going to release your debut EP, can you tell me more about it?
JD: The title of the EP is “Unrest”. There’s six songs on it, two of which are out already (“Heart Murmurs” and “Coast”). It’s a bit of a departure from my sound so far, a lot of my remixes have been really heavy Dubstep and with this EP I got a little more experimental and used a lot of samples from old records and messed around with a lot of synths that wouldn’t necessarily be considered Dubstep. I think my fans will like it though, it’s still me *Laughs*. It’s not so much a departure from my sound as the natural evolution of it.
RKD: How does Jack Deezl write his music? Because I mean, I’ve heard a lot your material recently and I have to say it’s very awesome. How’s that process?
JD: I compose and perform all my music in Ableton live. I use soft synths for 99% of my synth sounds (and occasionally a moog voyager), and I take all of my samples from vinyl records. In addition to sampling records, I record myself playing a lot of live instruments (mostly guitar, piano and drums) and then sample the recordings of that.
RKD: What are the plans for Jack Deezl on the summer? Any tour?
JD: Well, I’ll be releasing the EP on June 30th, then I will (hopefully) be touring the east coast in July, but I can’t really talk about that because tour plans are still in the works. Along with that, I will be playing a lot of shows in New York City, Philadelphia, and Asbury Park, NJ.
RKD: If you could choose any artist of the whole muiscal industry to collaborate with , which artist you’d choose?
JD: Oh man, tough question. If we’re talking anyone, alive or dead, it would have to be John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. I love his drumming more than any other drummer I’ve ever heard. As far as people that are still alive today, I would love to collaborate with Jay Electronica. I love his raps, his flows are so creative.
RKD: What kind of music are you listening right now? I think it will be interesting to know what muisc hears someone like you
JD: Right now, I’ve been listening to a ton of Burial, SebastiAn, El Guincho and Starscream. I love weird stuff.
RKD: Any plans to come to Mexico?
JD: I would love to come to Mexico, but I book all my own shows so it’s hard to book myself in areas where I don’t know any of the booking agents. BUT, if any booking agents that do shows in Mexico are reading this interview, BOOK ME! *Laughs*
IF YOU WANT TO CONTACT JACK DEEZL YOU CAN CHECK OUT HIS TWITTER, FACEBOOK, SOUNDCLOUD OR JUST SEND A MAIL TO email@example.com
Thanks to Jack Deezl for giving us a little bit of his time.