Meet Canadian DJ/Producer Jade

Words by: William Wynne-Morgan
Posted: 4/1/16 9:18
Interview with Canadian DJ/Producer Jade

Jade is a Canadian DJ/Producer who has been DJing for several years now; she landed her first gig in 2008 after being invited by Jonny White (Art Department) to play at a party for his label No. 19 Music. Afterwards he decided to take her under his wing after noticing the sheer talent and energy Jade exhibits in her sets and it’s been nothing but clean sailing for the Toronto native ever since.

Jade has been booked for endless DJ sets over the years, and although it’s taken a few years, she’s fine-tuned her production in the studio and put out a number of tracks on No.19 various artists’ releases. Now with her debut solo release on the famed No. 19 Music label coming up; I Voice caught up with Jade to discuss her background, future and her latest release.

This EP all started with a book I was reading and came across a chapter about a specific sleep process, called ‘Circadian Arousal’...Tell us a little bit about your release on No.19 Music?
This EP all started with a book I was reading and came across a chapter about a specific sleep process, called ‘Circadian Arousal’. For some reason this stuck with me and I wanted to somehow translate it into music.

So I began with ‘Process S’ which is the process of going to sleep hence the vocal in the track. From there I knew I needed something more upbeat and started creating ‘Process C’.

Once finished both tracks I instantly sent it to Jonny White who has been a huge influence on my career for some feedback. He loved both tracks but said it needs one more, something break beaty and airy. So I got back to work and ‘Deep thoughts’ was born shortly after.

What hardware and software do you use to make your music?
Ableton is my vice. I tend to use machine as well but I mostly create my sounds from what I call ‘Frankensteining’. I chop up a bunch of sounds and put them back together in a weird way then tend to mess around with the sounds any which way possible until it sounds exactly the way I want it to. Once the record is done I take it to the AD studio and mix it down over there since I don’t have the friendliest neighbours and there is only so much thump thump music they can handle.

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? How did you initially get into the music you play?
The music I play changes all the time. It has a lot to do with the people in my life and their influence on me. Also which city I live in. You start to kind of change the way you hear and play music. Barcelona is a dark city and I tend to gravitate towards that sound.

I got to spend a lot of time in Ibiza this summer and have to say Circoloco at DC10 never let me down. The energy and vibe in that place is next level... What are your hobbies and interests outside of music?
I have a guilty pleasure of watching reality TV especially ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians

Which producers are really doing it for you at the moment?
I am very much influenced by Martin M and Neverdogs. They really make the type of music I love to play out and trying to make in the studio. That simple deep bass groove is what I love the most.

Now that 2015 is over, what are some of the highlights from the year gone by? Best sets? Best parties? Best festivals? Best tunes!?
My biggest highlight of 2015 was going back to Toronto after being away for 2 years and getting to share the stage with my brother Kenny Glasgow at CODA. Also being part of DGTL festival this year was really rewarding. I got to spend a lot of time in Ibiza this summer and have to say Circoloco at DC10 never let me down. The energy and vibe in that place is next level. As far as best sets go I have to say it was hands down when I saw Rhadoo play in Barcelona. Those Romanians are top!

And similarly, do you have any exciting plans for the New Year ahead that you’re able to fill us in on?
I’m very excited to be playing at Pulhanation festival in Honduras in March as well being part of the new SXM festival in St. Martin which is going to be bonkers.

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