Interview with Jeremy Juno

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Jeremy juno interview

Jeremy Juno (1982, the Netherlands) started DJing when he was 14 years old.
During these years he developed a wide range of styles he likes to play.
All his influences got him into delivering Deep Soulful tunes which can easily flow into Tech House, Techno and Tribal House.
This variety can also be found in the tracks he has been releasing since mid 2008. With a global imprint Jeremy Juno has released on several labels. We’ve talked with Jeremy about his electronic music journey so far and about his new remix of ‘Losing You’.

Hey Jeremy, thanks for chatting with us today! How has 2022 been for you so far?

Hi there, many thanks and of course a pleasure to answer some questions! 2022 has been quite fun and busy so far. Started a Vegan restaurant with my partner, did some nice releases and hit the number one spot on the Traxsource Soul / Funk / Disco chart. I was also selected as number 65 Nu Disco artist in 2021 (also on Traxsource). Quite the honor of course. I got remixed by legendary Booker T. His Jocelyn Enriquez remix from 1996 is still one of my favorite tracks!

Tell us about your journey into electronic music, when did you first fall in love with it?

An old friend of mine bought second hand record players and Drum ‘n Bass (and Hardcore) vinyl. I kinda lived in his (attic) room during that first year (1996). Just watching him playing those tracks, trying to mix it with a crappy mixer. In that period he also introduced me to FastTracker II. So we slammed on the keyboard for ages to pop out some repetitive tunes on the old computer. At that point I started to save up some cash and buy gear myself. Local thrift shops saw me weekly to check if “new” stuff and speakers were available. In that period I was fully into Hardcore and Gabber. But my cousin took me to one of Amsterdam’s most legendary and open minded clubs (iT Amsterdam). A soon as I entered, the filtered Disco and Soulful house was pumping that room. After that I was hooked. After that experience it was full on Vinyl shopping for Disco, Funk, Speedgarage and Deephouse. Every last “Gulden” (the old Dutch currency) was spent.

You’ve remixed the ‘Losing You’ EP from Sasch, arriving November 4th. Tell us something about the creative process remixing this track?

When I do a remix I always start with the vocal (when available). I like to do my own chords or flip the original ones. But the original bass / organ from Sash was also quite usable. I used that as a base for my piano parts. It had been a while since I did a full on piano track (as I released a lot of Disco sample driven tracks during the last period). So I decided to “Low Steppa” this remix, haha. I think the chords turned out proper but also easy on the ears. Just a fun solid House track.

What are some of the key bits of music-making gear in your current setup?

I actually do everything on my Macbook (Ableton) and a midi keyboard. I live in a cute tiny house in the forest, so lack of room is mostly the reason. I am also a huge fan of Splice. The samples one there are easy to find, but mostly perfect to change them up in your own production. For example when I find a solid groove or top sample, I cut out almost 50/60% of that loop, so I don’t hear that “drag and drop” in your track. Why not take the best parts of three or more percussive samples and make it your own? As I live quite small, I always produce on my headphones. So when I need to hear my stuff on proper speakers, I have to visit one of my friends to steal their room for a bit (thanks Bruze D’Angelo and Dennis Matser!).

Do you make music to fit certain labels, or do you just create what you like and worry about finding a home for them later?

Actually both, I had received quite some (remix) request so that automatically lets me check the overall vibe of that label. I also produced tracks with a specific label (or labels) in mind. Then it is quite nice to see it get picked up. Of course I slap out tracks with no specific labels in mind. I kinda changed my mood from Jazzy to Soulful, back to kinda Afro and over to (filter) Disco. So there are a lot of unfinished 20 second tracks on my Hard Drive. ūüėČ

What would you like to achieve as an artist in the rest of 2022 and beyond?

Actually there is a tiny chance for a Grammy nomination. My buddy Twism has three tracks in the first voting round. I have participated in two of those tunes. Last year we also got close in collaboration with Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge). Who knows!

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