Jansons is swiftly cementing his standing as a leading talent in contemporary electronic music. A prolific producer, his back catalogue boasts releases on Circus, Knee Deep In Sound and Four Thirty Two to name just a few, whilst recent mixes for BBC Radio 1 have placed him as a firm favourite in the UK spotlight. DMCWORLD grabs a world exclusive as he teams up with James Solace to bring us the superb ‘Portal’ EP, swinging our way via the mighty Hot Creations…
Hello and thanks for talking to DMCWORLD today! How are you and where are you based at the moment?
Thanks for having me. Very well, thank you – I’m based in North London.
It’s been a strange year; how have you been keeping busy?
It has indeed and certainly a tough one for the creative industries. I’ve been maximising studio time, which has included some great collaborations that may not have happened if we were all busy touring. I’ve also enjoyed a bit more downtime.
Your new release is a collaboration with James Solace on Hot Creations. Can you tell us how the collaboration came about and how you managed it during lockdown? What was the creative process and inspiration?
James and I have always talked about working on music together and last year presented the perfect opportunity. I’ve always loved James’s music and knew it would be effortless in the studio; we had no rules or set template and just let the ideas flow. We drafted many sketches of styles that influence us and finished off the strongest ideas.
Are you planning to collaborate again in the future?
We actually had two days in the studio together this week and got some great ideas laid down. So the answer is yes!
You also collaborate with Richy Ahmed as LoveHrtz. Can you tell us more about that?
I’ve worked with Richy in the studio for years, and LoveHrtz grew organically. It’s been amazing to see the love the project has received. We both enjoy digging for old records, Richy is particularly great at it, and the stuff we make is always feelgood and positive. We’ll be working on Vol. 4 next week, so you’ll be hearing more from LoveHrtz this summer.
You have also previously released a remix of Ben Sterling’s Fantasee on Hot Creations. Have you always been a fan of the label?
I did – that was a fun remix to do. Yeah, I’ve followed Hot Creations from the start and have huge respect for Jamie and Lee for what they’ve done with the label. It’s deservedly still at the top after all this time.
What are you most looking forward to now that lockdown restrictions are starting to ease?
Playing to people, hearing big sound systems, travelling and reconnecting with friends I’ve not seen for ages.
Do you have any advice for aspiring producers?
Be consistent and dedicated. Make music that makes you happy and don’t worry if it doesn’t fit a trend. If you enjoy producing your music, then you will connect with people. The worst thing is forcing records to fit in. Labels always like to hear something different, a style that represents you.
What is one record that never leaves your record bag?
I have so many classics from the vaults, but recently I’ve been playing the wicked edit by Rayko called The Jam
Do you have any upcoming gigs or releases you want to tell us about?
Next up, I have a release on Knee Deep In Sound with Nick Curly. Then a remix of The Dunmore Brothers on Snatch! Records. I’ve also got an EP coming out on my good friend Ben Rau’s label. I’m looking forward to playing Darius Syrossian’s Moxy party at Mint Warehouse. De Ju Vu in Hull will also be a great party. Summertime in Hackney at Oval Space should be a good one!