PHW meets Jaytech!!
It’s time again to hit up with a brand new interview here on Progressive House Worldwide.
With numerous releases on leading labels such as Anjunadeep, Anjunabeats, Silk, VANDIT, Alter Ego, Armada and so many more, it is with great pleasure we present an interview with globe trotting Australian native, DJ and producer James Cayzer aka Jaytech. Being an inspiration for so many, and one of the guys that hooked us on progressive music, it is a joy to present what he’s got cooking in his career at the moment.
Enough of me, it’s time to go, we hope you will enjoy it!
First of all, we are proud and honored that you felt this was something you would want to take time for, we are big admirers of your great music, and we feel you’re definitely one of the leading producers in the genre we love.
Could you give us a brief intro on how it all started for you, how you got hooked on progressive house music, and what you feel have been big turning points in your producing career that moved you towards the top where you are now?
It’s been a long road I suppose! I was intent on doing something with music ever since I can remember – even throughout my school years it was the most important thing for me. My interest in electronic music came about in my teenage years after discovering the sounds of Paul van Dyk and BT, and it all pretty much happened from there. I signed a few records in my teenage years, but it was getting tracks licensed to a few big compilations that really got things started. There was a Dave Seaman Renaissance CD, a Tiësto In Search of Sunrise CD, a Ministry of Sound Annual and a few other similar signings, all in the space of a year or two. It was a crazy time for me and helped to start me up on the world stage.
Having numerous albums out, flying off in 2008 with ”Everything is OK” and todays ”Multiverse”, what would you say is the hardest thing to put together an artist album, and what would be your best tip to let others know about when putting together an artist album?
The hardest thing is knowing exactly what it is you want to say to the world, as that’s essentially what you’re doing with an album release. You’re taking all your musical knowledge and using it to define your perspective of this crazy universe (multiverse?) we live in. Everything is OK was a message of positivity and intelligence in dance music, whereas Multiverse was designed to show the world all the different kinds of styles that are important to my sound. My biggest piece of advice when writing an album is to get the outline done – basically have drafts for each track that’s going to be on there, even if they’re really simple. Once you have the framework you can go over the album again and again, working on one track for a while then moving on, and slowly the whole thing takes shape.
”Multiverse” for me is a superb album, giving me a journey in sound structures, creativity and I feel there is a great story told through the music. What was the thought from you, could you try and describe some of the thoughts, and the process when making it?
The main idea behind the album was to broaden the scope of what people could expect from me musically. Up until that point everything I had done was centred around the progressive house or Anjunadeep sounds, so I wanted it first and foremost to transform my into something new. Doing so has given me more freedom to explore new sounds and incorporate new styles into my sets, not to mention push things further up into the trancier end of the spectrum.
What’s your personal favorite production from ”Multiverse”?
Probably “Blue Ocean” as it was the last track I did with my friend Melody Gough, who passed away three years ago. In a way the tracks we did together are a kind of preservation of that experience we shared, something I’m very glad to have. For the finished version of the track I phoned in some awesome guitar work courtesy of San Francisco based producer Trifonic, which really helped make it shine.
You are currently in the USA for your Multiverse North America Tour. Exciting times we understand and a great way to express who Jaytech is and what Jaytech music is about. What does the schedule look like and where can people go and see you and have a great time?
I’ve just wrapped up some great gigs in SF, Chicago and New York. Finishing off the weekend are shows at the Paradiso Festival outside of Seattle, and a Sunday night show in Dallas. Next up it’s San Diego, Vancouver and Los Angeles. I’m having an immense time!
When producing your music, do you always work the same way or you don’t walk the same path time after time? (like if you always start with the lead melody, bass sounds, drums etc. and work with the same structures)
I do it different every time. Sometimes my music studio is more like a lab for my crazy musical experiments. They don’t always work, either. I think by varying your approach you get a broader sound. Something that worked really well for me lately, though, was to conceive and produce all the elements for a project before even using them for anything. It was a remix I did with a female vocal, and my approach was to try and imagine as much as possible how the finished product would sound before starting work on anything. I had an idea for the chords, melodies, drum patterns, everything.
After that, I wrote a list of all the elements I would possibly need to make it happen. This list included elements like digital bass, a trance pluck, pianos, strings, the list goes on. Then I worked to create each instruments and sound that I needed as necessary, and made them sound as good as possible before even starting to write notes or arrangement. Once I had all my elements, I designed the structure in a similar way. I was really amazed at how quickly everything came together when the ground work was done up front. Food for thought!
Your podcast Jaytech Music works like a charm, gaining some huge amount of support and listening. Will it continue and be a regular thing for you and your true followers?
I think so, yes. It’s a symbiotic relationship between me and the artists I feature on the show. In exchange for the use of their tracks, they get some exposure in a market that can often overlook newcomers to underground music.
Could you give us a hint about what is to come from Jaytech in the stores, as well as upcoming projects in the coming months?
Well, I can safely say there’s a ton of new tracks, thanks to two months hard work in my studio. I’ve been road testing it over the past couple of weeks – now it’s just a matter of deciding what to do with it all! There’s another single off the Multiverse album with remixes coming also.
It’s time to round things off, as always it’s been a real pleasure having you around us. Of course we will keep following you and write interesting stuff about you. Any final words to your fans that hear about you through our website?
Thanks for tuning in and hope you enjoy the music!
June 30th, 2013