London’s jackLNDN has a laundry list of blue chip productions, ranging from official remixes for heavy weights Clean Bandit and James Hersey to global chart topping originals. Recognized and praised by notable media outlets like Mixmag, Billboard, GottaDanceDirty, Dancing Astronaut and Thump, among countless others, jackLNDN is helping lead the modern resurgence of house music by innovating across the genre and pushing a refreshingly sultry signature sound. Feel Good house in it’s purest form, the rising talent has perfected a style that is flirty, fun and malleable to nearly any setting.
With two hugely successful projects already under his belt (Drop Out EP 14′ / Summer Never Ends EP (Vol.1) 15′), jackLNDN is poised to continue to grow organically, expand his sound palette and deliver jaw-dropping productions.
We had the opportunity to interview jackLNDN earlier in the week and discussed his advice for emerging artists, approach to production and newest release, “Firing Line” (hear it below).
JADAMIX: What is a typical day like with jackLNDN?
jackLNDN: Very positive. I like to keep my mind in a good place, so an outdoor coffee is almost always on the cards. Then I tend to hit the studio and start playing around with all types of things.
What is your best piece of advice for an emerging musician / producer?
A piece of advice that my manager gave me a while ago. Focus on making your music the best you can and don’t worry about the rest. If the music is amazing then the rest will follow. People often get a little caught up in their branding, image and social media, which causes the music to suffer. Music catches people’s attention way more than marketing gimmicks.
Favorite city to perform and why?
Tricky one. I’ve been fortunate enough to play in so many amazing places. I have to say I have a deep love for Chicago (maybe because I’m here as I write this), but also the history of house music and its relationship with the city always makes playing here extra special.
Hands down Snarky Puppy. No contest.
If you were stuck on an island with a turntable and just two records…what records would they be?
“Plugged In & Live ” by Earth Wind & Fire and “Night Train” by Oscar Peterson.
Aside from your music, what do you want to be known for?
I guess it would be my cooking. I’m not brilliant, but I like to create things, and creating a tasty and good looking plate of food is extremely satisfying. Even more so when you make it for other people.
You’ve had rigorous training in music over the years. Do you think a strong musical background is key to learning how to DJ / produce?
Not at all. It just made me approach things slightly differently. Whatever musical ideas you’re throwing down and no matter how clever you might think they are, they don’t mean shit if you can’t get the sound design and the mix right. It helps when it comes to chord writing for sure, but that is only half the story.
Do you have different approaches when producing a remix vs original?
Not really. When I produce a remix, I usually take out everything except the vocal and start again from scratch. With remixes there’s already a musical idea there, so I tend to re-harmonize with new chords and build new ideas around that. Originals I treat in the same way but I just have to create that initial musical idea first before I can start building around it.
What do you have upcoming in 2015?
A bunch more shows and festivals on the calendar, plus a live show later in the year. That and a whole load more remixes and originals.
What is your goal with this latest original?
To blow peoples MINDS! I jest. It’s actually just a really fun, groovy house cut. Just trying to show some nice variety for the people out there who enjoy listening to my music.
Hear jackLNDN’s newest release “Firing Line” below.