IN FOCUS: Jaysounds

Australian DJ & Producer JaySounds has surprisingly shot out of the gates to becomes one of the fastest rising acts in the country. Bringing his own unique style of production and a knack for massive DJ sets, JaySounds has already gone on to play at some of Australia's biggest festivals as well as remixing and supporting one of his idols Uberjak'd. Melting dancefloors with a variety of progressive, big room house, trance and electro, JaySounds is undoubtedly the next big thing coming out of Australia right now.

Having recently mixed the On The Download June/July compilation, we sat down with JaySounds to get to know a bit more about him, his inspirations and what's next for the young gun.

First off, tell us a bit about yourself? How long have you been DJing for? And how did you first get into it?

I've been DJing for about 4 years now. It started off as a bit of fun in my bedroom on a small Numark console and then lead to playing at parties that my mates and family were throwing down!

You were recently asked to join Uberjak'd on tour? How was it?

I was quite overwhelmed when I was asked to join Uber on tour. His set from Stereosonic Adelaide in 2012 was actually my first ever 'like' on Soundcloud! ...so I guess you could say it's pretty sick that we've become good mates! It worked out well as it followed a remix I had done for his latest Dim Mak EP. The tour has been nothing short of awesome. I've been fortunate enough to join and meet a whole heap of legends such as Savage and his crew and play at venues I would have only dreamed of playing not very long ago!

You have grown close to Uberjak'd recently, how has he helped you develop into the artist that you are today?

Uber is a legend! He's definitely taught me to believe in my sound and to try and push traditional boundaries. I've been fortunate enough to work with him in the studio and have learnt a lot from his work flow. He's definitely helped me boost my confidence and often supports me during my sets etc. e.g. Uber & J-Trick got on the mic during my Future Music Festival set (I didn't have the confidence to do so myself at the time).

How did it feel when you were asked to mix the latest On The Download compilation?

It was a great feeling. A little hard to believe at first! Mixing a compilation for Ministry of Sound has been a goal of mine for a while... so I guess it speaks for itself :)

What challenges did you have when mixing the compilation?

I wouldn't call it a challenge... but it was definitely super fun and a little out of my comfort zone to be mixing a few tracks that I don't particularly play usually. It was cool transitioning between different tempos and genres.

How would you describe your own productions?

I don't really know - I usually produce big room and am all for melodic synth breakdowns and hard hitting drops!... Dim Mak recently described my latest release as a "electro house roller coaster ride" - so I might just roll with that haha.

What is your favourite club to play at?

Definitely Pacha Sydney! I've always wanted to play at Pacha, even since a few years back when I was still underage and my older sisters were going there. It feels unreal to be playing there so often now!

What's your favourite Ministry of Sound Compilation?

Definitely the Annual 2008! Had some of my favourite tunes from Axwell, Dirty South and The Chemical Brothers on there! I think that was one of the first Ministry CDs I had purchased myself.

What can we expect from you in the rest of 2015?

More music, more gigs, more fun – wherever the year takes me I guess… I've been working on a few records with a few other artists also, so keep an eye out for them :)

Are there any production tricks that you can share with us?

Sure!

#1: One thing I like to do is group any common sounds and bounce them as a single stem - I find this makes it easier to process sounds and keeps my projects tidy. Tidy project = easy work flow!

#2: Listen to your track on different speakers/headphones! I like to listen to my tracks in my car, on iPod earphones and in my smaller monitors and take notes down on things to improve on with the mix... Not everyone will be listening to your track in a studio!

#3: Don't be afraid to try different plug-ins! Some of my favourite plug-ins and processing tools were found by accident! ;)

And most importantly, Burger, Pizza or Burrito?

Duh, Burrito - You can ask G-Wizard and Matt GC about that one! I accidentally ordered 3 burritos instead of 3 tacos in LA earlier this year... I thought eating two of them was a solid effort though...

On The Download June/July is out now on iTunes