Welcome to Interview Spotlight! This is where I will feature interviews or discussions with various musicians and learn more about them, what they do and how music affects them.
This week, I am pleased to showcase the talented Jason Juarez!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where you from, what do you do?
“My name is Jason Juarez, I live in Los Angeles and right now I’m a full time student and work at Staples as a computer tech. I’m studying Audio Engineering at Citrus College in Glendora, CA. I hope to become a full time engineer and continue production full time on the side as well.”
How are you involved in the music world? What do you do musically?
“I’m involved in a group called Blue Fire with my friends Kamron Schrader, and Joe Lyons. I also produce by myself using literally only my computer and headphones. No MIDI controllers or actual hardware or anything. Literally just my PC and my headphones.”
Are there any previous associations or bands you were involved in before?
“I was never really in a band. Just didn’t sit right with me for some reason. I’ve always liked “bassy” music and rock wasn’t my think. (I’m a rebel, huh?)”
How did you begin your journey into music?
“I used to sing in choir in high school and sang in Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in Winter of 2013. I started learning piano at 4 years old, taught myself guitar at 8, trumpet at 10, and then composition at 12. I didn’t start producing till I was about 15 and took it to the next level only a few years ago.”
How would you best describe your music?
“Emotional, and driving. And sometimes even mysterious.”
How has your music evolved over the years?
“I have went from “Soundgoodizer” to basically owning all the iZotope and Waves libraries. In other words, I went from an aspiring noob, to a basically world renowned prodigy soon to make a breakthrough.”
Is there any direction you’d like to explore musically that you haven’t before? If so, why is it you choose that direction?
“I actually have a weird obsession with Festival Trap. It’s just so funky and like, bouncy and fun to just dance like an idiot and get away with!”
What’s your creative process like? How do you go from a blank page, to a completed track or album?
“I usually start with kicks and bass. As long as my bassline is groovy or powerful enough or just right, I structure the track to what fits. I normally make up melodies on the fly and then transpose as I work in case I don’t like the way it sounds in a certain key or what not. Then I just keep adding ideas and adding more ideas and processing at the same time. Eventually it all turns into a finished track.”
Have you done any type of tours or special venues?
“Nope, only my High School’s Prom my Senior Year, which was pretty interesting since nobody knew in High School that I produced EDM or even DJ’ed so needless to say, I impressed a lot of people and even my date ;)”
What’s your studio like (if applicable)? What type of equipment do you often find yourself using to help write and record or inspire you?
“I just have a desk, my PC, trusty pair of headphones (Audio Technica M50x’s) and my Blue Yeti Microphone. And normally I just use my surroundings around me to gather atmospheric ideas, and a lot of the time I find I make melodies humming to myself and then I put it on FL and bam, new track!”
What song of yours are you most proud of and why?
“I’d have to say the track I’m most proud of was “Isla Campana”. I released it on EDM.com as my older alias, Pyromax. It truly defined the style of Trance I wished to create and it gave me all the connections and inspiration I have today for EDM and Trance.”
What music, other than your own, have you been listening to lately? What are some of your favorite artist to listen to in your down time?
“I’ve been starting to listen to more relaxed and soft Uplifting Trance, like stuff found on Always Alive or Pulsar and Adrian & Raz. And every now and then in my downtime, I enjoy smooth jazz to just liven up my thoughts and to cool down. Also hearing Jazz Chords by Paul Hardcastle and Kool & Klean does inspire me for good chord ideas anyway ;)”
If you can remember, what’s the first song you wrote? How does that compare to your current releases?
“Wow, the first song I ever made was actually a remix of Alt+F4. I wish I still had it somewhere to show everyone, but it was SO bad compared to stuff I make now. However, I will admit, I think my originality was way higher back then than it is now though hahahaha.”
If you wasn’t doing music, what would you see yourself trying to pursue?
“Probably film, or theater. I’ve always had a secret desire to do showbiz or something along those lines.”
What would your advice be to someone who is trying to get into the music world? What should they look out for?
“Be careful of trends. They change all the time. And don’t be afraid of the current saturation levels of EDM artists. The more you practice and stick to what you love, the more you will stand out and be recognized for your work. NEVER GIVE UP!”
Final question, what’s your favorite type of food?
“Pizza. Forever and ever and ever.”
Thanks to Jason for the great interview and giving us all a chance to see and hear about himself and how music works in his life. Make sure you guys give some support and check him out!
If you’re a musician, artist, composer, DJ or anything to do with the music work, big or small, I would love to hear from you! If you’d like to be showcased, interviewed or be involved in the blog, please contact me through my website at www.derekpalmermusic.com or connect with me on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/derekpalmermusic