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Mentor My Mix Episode 003 – Jaytech

In this episode of Mentor My Mix, world-class producer and performer Jaytech shares his story coming up, some wisdom he learned along the way, and some brand new music. After a quick intro discussing his newest artist moniker Waveluxe and how he’s dealing with Covid-19, Jaytech delves deep into process, touring, home studios, festivals, live sets and so much more.

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Here’s a bit more information on what’s in this episode:

  • Jamming in Ableton to produce new music as Waveluxe.
  • Dealing with canceled tours and making the most of being given “a break from the road”.
  • The high-pressure lifestyle of the DJ and getting “a year off of Raves”.
  • Starting out as a young promoter as 17 and moving quickly to touring as a DJ.
  • First big break with “mentors” willing to take him under their wing in the studio and the clubs.
  • From small hits on Hope Recordings with help from Nick Warren from Way Out West to getting noticed by Anjunadeep from self-released tracks put out on vinyl.
  • Being invited to Goa, India to play the first-ever Sunburn festival at Anjuna Beach.
  • Being invited to the UK by the team at the Anjunadeep label.
  • From home studio to “legit”: Above & Beyond’s studio.
  • Piano from 6 to 16 years old with the same teacher. Computer nerd from a young age.
  • Being completely “aural” with perfect pitch. Learning by ear.
  • No formal training in music production but an early adopter of computers & music.
  • Started with Acid Pro then moved to Logic & Ableton.
  • Falling out of love with finishing tracks in Ableton and now using Studio One for a more transparent sound.
  • Live PA tour with tons of gear and realizing that it went over most people’s heads and made his set too uncompromising vs DJ’ing with a USB stick that made it easier to play to the crowd.
  • Re-designing his sets for live performance with fail-safe backup systems.
  • Pre-lease Jaytech track: The Axis. Influenced by Nile Rogers “Every track that needs to have a deep hidden meeting just for you and an outer meaning for everybody else”.
  • Being a Progressive Trance Producer & existing squarely between those two worlds: Progressive & Trance.
  • Making that big arena feel.
  • Figuring the track out as you go along vs. mapping it all out first.
  • Notes that linger and float into the atmosphere with 10 second decay times. Using Slate digital Reverb suites and Native Instruments Raum.
  • Layered sub-basses at different frequencies with different roll-offs to make sure they don’t cancel each other out.
  • Dedicated sub-bass, the main bass at 80-100 HZ, and a supporting bass at 200 HZ and up.
  • Using a duck bus that runs to an LFO tool for everything that’s ducking (side-chaining effect) so long as the kick is playing and switching it off when there’s no kick.
  • Steering clear of sidechain compression in favor of the LFO tool.
  • Sound bites made from vocal samples giving people who can’t live without vocals something to latch on to.
  • Sidechaining the reverb tails to the original vocal sample to create room when using long reverb tails.
  • When and where to use loops.
  • Finishing a new Jaytech album.
  • Not the same Jaytech coming out on the other side of 2020.
  • Not being just a DJ and using that to adjust to the changes during 2020.
  • Mentoring with Jaytech as a “judgment-free zone”.
  • Creating a blueprint to work from.
  • Creating his own corner of the music world weather with other labels or on his own.
  • Collaborating with Steve Smith of Dirty Vegas.

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