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JAEN

31-08-2021

Today we sat down with our friend JAEN from Belgium to discuss his productions, creative process and his debut EP here at UNMUTE. We took a look at how he is coping with the pandemic and what his views into the future look like. As always we are excited to amplify creativity together and shine a light on those close and dear to us.

When were you first hit by the music virus?
I’ve always been a music lover but the first time the music touched me deeply was at “I LOVE TECHNO” in Ghent. I had just turned 16 and that was the minimum age for what was back then Belgium’s biggest indoor techno & house festival. I had a great interest in the underground, but was still finding my way. Searching for myself in music. At around 3am, Jamie Jones started an extended set and I was immediately hooked from his first record. To me, Jamie is one of the greatest legends in our beautiful scene. It felt like coming home, and from that moment on, I knew what I was getting into. Not for a moment did I have to look any further, just delve deeper. I started a search in the underground house, and ended up in the somewhat deeper minimal house. Which does not mean that I do not try different things with my music.

How and when did your musical career start?
My brother had two turntables and a mixer in his room at home. When he wasn’t home I would sneak into his room and play a few records, hehe. I knew nothing about it by the way. I was just playing around. After a few years he bought me a small all-in-one mixer, and I really learned to play on that. When I was 17, I got a message from a good friend asking me if I wanted to throw a party with him in Aalst, our hometown. To our great surprise, we sold out pretty quickly, and I was part of the line-up at that party. Since then, I let things take their course and that has brought me to where I am now, with you guys! 😉

During the same period, I started to become proficient in Ableton. Once the corona pandemic emerged and the first lockdown was a fact, I started producing actively. So glad that my first EP is finished, thanks guys.

What would you be doing now if you hadn’t become an artist?
Probably an Event Manager, although that’s what I’m going to do now in combination with being an artist. To be honest, I really don’t have a plan B. Music is what I want to do and if that does go wrong somewhere, I think you can find me working in a record store or something.

I still have some nice little gigs here in Belgium but nothing too big. It’s not easy to be allowed to open by the Belgian government, so there aren’t that many parties yet. September 11th I’m coming to Unmute Het Schip, that’s my biggest prospect at the moment.

What have you been doing lately? Have there been any special gigs or releases?
These are stressful times right now, I just graduated so I have to leave my student house. Real life is just starting and I still have to find my way in it, so I don’t have much time to crawl into the studio. But, from next week onwards, we will be working hard again. I’m currently working on a remix, and I’m working a lot on the deeper aspects of minimal house. In Belgium, everything is gradually opening up again, which made it possible for me to have my first normal gig. What a party, incredible feeling. It makes me emotional! haha. I still have some nice little gigs here in Belgium but nothing too big. It’s not easy to be allowed to open by the Belgian government, so there aren’t that many parties yet. September 11th I’m coming to Unmute Het Schip, that’s my biggest prospect at the moment.

What is most important in your life right now?
Music will always be the most important thing. I can safely say that everything I do in life now is guided by music. I work as a student at an event agency with underground music, in my spare time I make music, when I’m not in the studio I listen to music… My girlfriend, friends and family are of course also incredibly important. Without them I would never have reached where I am now. Never, really. My family supports me in any way they can, my friends are always there for me and literally come to every gig I play. And Ilse can handle my music so well, that’s unseen! She is ready to listen to my musical and non-musical crises and is just always there for me, whenever. Lots of love!

How do you organize your life next to music?
Hardly! Ha-ha no, that’s okay. I try to keep track of my schedule with my responsibilities. I make sure I can be in the studio every day, and if I can’t, I just get up early and go to jam anyway. Besides music, there’s not much going on at the moment, so I’m looking for a part-time job, preferably in Amsterdam or London. Seems like a nice challenge to work and network abroad. The part-time job is a must for me, I really want to focus on my music, otherwise I think it would disappear.

What or who inspires you the most? Is it other musicians, a writer, an athlete? A certain art style or nature?
When we talk about other artists, I am strongly inspired by Luuk van Dijk, The Martinez Brothers and Marco Carola. Luuk’s music is just rock solid in my opinion and that is something I like to strive for. With TMB and Carola there is something magical. You can listen to a set of theirs online and vibes, but it’s never the same as experiencing it for real. They take you right into their set, experience and quality shine through.

I do meet an incredible amount of beautiful people now that I’m making music myself. That inspires me enormously. I feel more and more like part of a producer community and that makes me happy!

I’m inspired by so many things that I can’t list them all, ha-ha. It’s all in the little things. I am really a foodie for example, when I have good food on my plate I become a sunshine. I need that sunshine to feel good in the studio etc. I also like the hustle and bustle of the city. If I’m not doing well with making music, I go outside to get some inspiration. Oh well, there are a many more things, best is you ask me about them again on Het Schip.

Next to your release on UNMUTE, what will the future bring you? 
I live a little from day to day and let things come to me, so the future will tell! Just enjoying now that gigs are coming in again, making lots of music, seeing lots of friends, good beers (I’m a Belgian remember) and good food. And finally seeing you again!

Music will always be the most important thing. I can safely say that everything I do in life now is guided by music. I work as a student at an event agency with underground music, in my spare time I make music, when I’m not in the studio I listen to music… My girlfriend, friends and family are of course also incredibly important. Without them I would never have reached where I am now. Never, really. My family supports me in any way they can, my friends are always there for me and literally come to every gig I play. And Ilse can handle my music so well, that’s unseen! She is ready to listen to my musical and non-musical crises and is just always there for me, whenever. Lots of love!

How do you organise your life next to music?
Hardly! haha no, that’s okay. I try to keep track of my schedule with my responsibilities. I make sure I can be in the studio every day, and if I can’t, I just get up early and go to jam anyway. Besides music, there’s not much going on at the moment, so I’m looking for a part-time job, preferably in Amsterdam or London. Seems like a nice challenge to work and network abroad. The part-time job is a must for me, I really want to focus on my music, otherwise it would (I think) disappear.

What or who inspires you the most? Are they other musicians, a writer, an athlete? A certain art style or nature?
When we talk about other artists, I am strongly inspired by Luuk van Dijk, The martinez brothers and Marco Carola. Luuk’s music is just rock solid in my opinion and that is something I like to strive for. With TMB and Carola there is something magical. You can listen to a set of theirs online and vibes, but it’s never the same as experiencing it for real. They take you right into their set, experience and quality shine through.

I do meet an incredible amount of beautiful people now that I’m making music myself. That inspires me enormously. I feel more and more like part of a producer community and that makes me happy!

I’m inspired by so many things that I can’t list them all, haha. It’s all in the little things. I am really a foodie for example, when I have good food on my plate I become a sunshine. I need that sunshine to feel good in the studio etc. I also like the hustle and bustle of the city. If I’m not doing well with making music, I go outside to get some inspiration. Oh well, there are a thousand things, ask me about them again on Het Schip. 😉

What wil the future bring you next to your release on UNMUTE ahead?
I live a little from day to day and let things come to me, so the future will tell! 😉 Just enjoying now that gigs are coming in again, making lots of music, seeing lots of friends, good beers (I’m a Belgian remember) and good food. And finally seeing you again!

Love!

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