Jason van Wyk interview
Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Jason van Wyk (born 10 January 1990) is rapidly building himself a name in the worldwide Electronic Dance Music scene. Signing his first single at the age of fourteen, having his club debut as a DJ at the age of thirteen, with years of experimentation with music production and writing music, Jason has found his ground in music that works well for him and for the listeners who have praised his productions.
Sameer and Jacquelina cought up with Jason to interview him for Trancepodium.
With having your first single signed at the age of 14 and a club debut at the age of 13, I must start off with one of the most cliché yet this time most intriguing questions. What were the influences and events that led you to your EDM journey?
Well I’ve been into music all my life, but EDM came into the picture when I was around 7. I got into DJing, got myself a pair of Technics SL’s and learnt how to mix. Production just came naturally a few years later after that, using very basic software at first, my taste in the music also developed. I started getting much more into Trance, was listening to a lot of Paul van Dyk, Tiësto etc. It seemed to be the most melodic style out of what I was hearing, so that was the obvious choice to move forward with. At 14 I did a track with a friend of mine at the time, and that got signed to Warner, so that’s pretty much how it all started. As for DJ gigs, a demo mix of mine got handed to a promoter and that’s how I landed my first club gig, I was around 13 at the time and ended up playing at a lot of venues around Cape Town after that
Yesterday brought us the outstanding news of your tune "September Rain featuring Marcie", it will be appearing on the illustrious "In Search of Sunrise" series in the upcoming volume 8. How did you and Marcie meet?
Marcie and I met online a about a year or two ago when I did a remix of Pierre Pienaar’s If You’re Not Here, which she sang on. We kept in contact and decided to work on something together around the end of last year. September Rain turned out really well in my opinion, her vocals really compliment the track, very subtle, no lyrics, but it really adds a lot to the tracks over all atmosphere.
What is your greatest record of all time?
I’ve been asked that so many times and I actually have no idea. They’re way to many good albums out there that I love, each one for a different reason.
You’re currently a student as well, how do you manage to juggle your academic life with such an engaged EDM career?
It’s not easy! This week especially was insanely busy, I had a remix to finish, a new single to finish, a new EP to start with, and an exam this morning so it gets a bit hectic.
A link from the above, what do you do to relax and free your mind so that it may burst with inspiration the next time you’re at your studio?
I watch a lot of movies! I try and go to the cinema at least once a week. Besides working on music it’s my favorite way to spend time. I also obviously listen to a lot of music :)
We want to hear it from the artist himself, you are signed to Black Hole Recordings, how much of a honor is it?
It’s really great to be signed to them. I’ve been an admirer of Black Hole for years now and looked up to a lot of the artists on there, so its really awesome to be a part of such a legendary label in the industry. They really know how to take care of and promote their artists.
A question from my side, with your collaboration and obvious communications with Marcie, any chance you could convince her to give me her mobile number?
I wouldn’t mind having it myself to be honest!