Interview: Mashup Jack

What are you currently working on?

Currently I’m working on the next episode of my Mashtape series. A mix with all the latest mashups, tracks, and other music that I like. Besides that, I’m working on new tracks of course, producing never stops!

How do you describe your own style?

I’m not sure what to call my style, maybe EDMashup??

I like to use lots of different elements in my tracks. In Tango Tune it starts with trap and builds up to a more house/EDM kind of vibe with a reggae voice, some hardstyle leads and an accordion sound. But it’s all about energy and a good party vibe.

Which of your own tracks are you most proud of?

My first release on Skink! It’s hard to get your music out there and Skink gave me the change to release my track Tango Tune. I have a lot of respect for Showtek and to have their support is beyond amazing.

With which record of another artist do you think ‘Shit, why is that not my track, why did I not make that?!’

‘Cesqeaux – Back Up’, is the first one that comes into my mind. Just a super sick track.

Where did you get your inspiration for your new track ‘Tango Tune’?

It started with the vocals I had for the intro’s of my Mashtape. This guy from Jamaica recorded some epic stuff for it and I wanted to use the recording in more than just the intro’s. So I chose some parts for a track and his Jamaican voice gave me a summer kind of feeling. So I was looking for a sound with a summer/party feeling and made this accordion tango sound. I thought it would sound dope right before the drop so I made a track around that drop. I actually had like 5 other versions before the one I had that I sent to Skink.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I could listen to anything! Lately I’ve been checking out more music from Slushii, Curbi, Party Favor and Loopers. But I also listen to other stuff like Frank Sinatra. I visited the Eminem Concert here in The Netherlands a few weeks ago but also Pokey Lafarge, which is like country/folk music. I like electro swing, jazz, rap, hardstyle. There isn’t much I don’t listen to.

What makes you different from other DJ’s?

I’d say it’s the mashups and edits I make. I’ve been doing that since I was 12 years old. Later on I started to produce my own tracks. But there’s just something about mashing up existing tracks that forms a total new feeling and harmony.

Which colleagues do you look up to? And with whom would you like to work together in the future?

I have a lot of respect for Showtek because they chose their own path, they really went their own way. I think Crisis Era and Dither are making some awesome tunes as well. Cesqeaux’s tracks are like next level, really dope stuff. Bloqshot is making high quality stuff as well! I’d work with anyone that makes dope music.

What is your ultimate dream for the future? And what is your goal to achieve in 2018?

My dream has always been to be able to live from my music. I like to see new places and different countries. My dream is just to see as many new places as I can, big or small. Last year I got to play in Tokyo, Japan. Trips like that are amazing and will stay with you forever.

For 2018 my goal is to release more music. I’ve recently signed with a new bookings agency called ‘Your Agency’ and we have a great vibe. Creative guys with the same mindset as me.

 

Do you have a tip for novice DJ’s and producers?

My dream has always been to be able to live from my music. I like to see new places and different countries. My dream is just to see as many new places as I can, big or small. Last year I got to play in Tokyo, Japan. Trips like that are amazing and will stay with you forever.

For 2018 my goal is to release more music. I’ve recently signed with a new bookings agency called ‘Your Agency’ and we have a great vibe. Creative guys with the same mindset as me.

Club or festival?

Festival! Nothing beats partying in the open air under the sun with a beer.

Produce or perform?

I’d say perform but I really like to just sit in the studio for hours and make new stuff. The variation of sitting in the studio the whole week and then performing later is perfect. You need to get out of that studio some times. if I don’t I will become socially awkward and I’ll have no idea anymore how to communicate with people haha

 

Self-enter lyrics for your own track or dance in the whole clip?

I’m a nerd, I like to make video clips so I guess I’ll choose to self-enter lyrics in the video haha

 

Falling from the turntable during a performance or accidentally stop the music in the middle of the live set?

Falling from the turntable! The party has got to keep going!

 

Only one week per year abroad or only one week per year at home?

I’d say one week per year abroad. Even tho traveling can be pretty exhausting It’s just so cool to see new places, cultures and meet new people!

 

Remix or own track?

Mashup! No, own track! Nothing beats playing your own track at an event. It’s the reward for sitting in your studio with no sun light 24/7.

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