Techno Vinyls Records ’ series of interviews, we talk to producers who have releases on our label.
Interview with Jeremy Wahab
What does producing mean to you? When did you start your music career and what motivated you?
- I first fell in love with music when I was 10 years old, I heard a song in a movie and it completely blew my mind! The movie was called “Under Siege” and the song was “Voodoo Chile” by Jimi Hendrix. After that my dad gave me one of Jimi’s albums on cassette called “Electric LadyLand” and from there I got a guitar for christmas and music has always been a huge part of my life ever since. It wasn’t untill I was around 15 that I found House and Techno music. I would listen to my older sisters rave tapes and eventually when I was old enough to go clubbing I had an urge to start DJing. I bought a friend’s old turntables and was hooked from the get go! I soon began playing in clubs and started producing my own electronic music. I would really like to make my passion for DJing and producing my only job and this is what motivates me the most. Whether this comes to fruition or not I will always make music, it’s part of who I am. Producing for me is not only a way to express my feelings but also a way to release them, it’s very therapeutic. I love getting lost in the sound.
How have your releases inspired you throughout your career?
- An artist is never really done learning and so learning new techniques to incorporate into the next release is really inspiring. I feel with each release my muisc improves, and as I look back on releases I like to see the progress I have made moving forward.
Do you like to collaborate with other artists? What do you think about remixing? Do you like to remix or do you like to have your music remixed?
- I like collaborating, there is a lot to be learnt from each other and it is really exciting to hear how the mix of styles turns out. I really enjoy remixing a lot, especially if the music I am remixing is really good, it is very inspiring. I love having my music remixed too,
it’s always really interesting to hear another artist’s interpretation of your work and the creative ways in which they build upon and manipulate your samples.
How do you choose a title for your tracks? Do you think a well-chosen track and EP title matters?
- Often I will name a track depending on what vocals I have used or how the track makes me feel and sometimes what inspired me to make the track. I don’t personally feel the title is too important, if the music is good people will remember the title.
Is a well-designed cover important to you?
- I love a well designed cover but as with track and EP titles I don’t feel it is too important as long as the music is good.
How do you choose record labels (what is a good label for you and what are your expectations)?
- I always choose labels that are releasing music similar to my own at that time and whose music I often buy, labels that are promoting a lot as I want my music to be heard and of course it is always nice to have demos accepted by big labels that can help my music reach a wider audience and propel my career forward. It is also always great to be released with labels that are enthusiastic about my sound and put lots of time and effort into promotion. I also really like Labels that give me feedback as this helps me to learn and grow but this is not expected.
How do you see track sales in the digital millennium data flood (for example: how do you see the digital sales, promotion tracks, illegal downloads etc.) ?
- The digital age has had a huge financial impact on the artist, music is easily available to everyone with a computer for free and so I don’t hope to see much from digital sales or even streaming. And now with Covid-19 closing clubs and bars all over the world everything is seeming very bleak especially here in the UK where the government doesn’t seem to care much at all about saving club culture or artists. So it’s important to support the artists as much as possible, so much time, effort and emotion goes into each track.
What are your future plans for making tracks?
- I have just finished a lot of remix requests I had built up so I am free to work on a new EP, I also want to spend some more time working on my mixdowns, mastering and sound design.
Musically speaking I am really happy with where my sound is at and I am excited for the future and how my sound will develop.
Thank you for accepting our interview request, we wish you much more success in your producer work!
- Thank you for having me and for releasing my music both digitally and on vinyl, I think it’s really important now more than ever to keep vinyl alive.
VINYL ► Jeremy Wahab – Kontakt EP