A Sit Down with DJ Jon Gaiser
"Music is like food, you wouldnt want to eat the same thing everyday"
Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gaiser began his musical education studying percussion with the symphony and playing drums in punk rock bands. It quickly transitioned to techno when at the age of fifteen he discovered the endless possibilities of new sounds that only synths and drum machines could provide. Weekend forays into Detroits nightlife ultimately led him to move to the city and brought him in touch with the Minus crew. It was only a matter of time until some of Gaisers work fell into Richie Hawtins hands. Hes a musician who lives off his instincts, channelling his moods and emotions directly into his computer, translating new experiences and sensations into sound. There simply is no other way. Music has always been in his blood, his early punk rock exploits counter-balanced by the more considered approach needed to learn piano and symphonic percussion and by drawing on these earlier experiences, he has avoided the genres more self-referential clichés.
How was created your album "False light"? My main idea while working on this album was to go into the studio and have as much fun as possible, I wanted to create something where each track complemented each other, where all of the tracks relate to each other in a way so that the whole album tells a story. But ultimately, I wanted it to be a fun story.
Whats your ratio of production to release? The past two years, I was really light on the releases. A lot of people were making jokes like, Oh, I thought you were dead. I just wanted to play everything I wrote. I wanted to just keep my live set fresh and see the response to it instead of putting out another release.
Would you ever produce a classical music or even a punk album? Do you think youd ever get tired of techno? Yes! To the first question that is I would love to find the time to record a classical album and a full-on hardcore punk album, for sure. It will definitely be a seriously ambitious studio adventure for each, but Im pretty sure that both will happen sometime before I die. I still listen to a lot of symphonic and punk, and I always have tons of ideas bouncing around in my head. Im also quite sure that I will never get tired of electronic music, because for me the main point is creating new sounds that have never been heard before. Electronic music is constantly changing and thanks to technology it will keep on doing so. There are so many new pieces of gear and sound tools being developed every day, and I get so much inspiration by testing and experimenting with them to create something new and unique. Its a constant process and youre learning something new every day. I love it.
Would you ever work with another imprint or even launch your own label? I dont really have any reason to start my own label at the moment. If I did, it would only be the outlet for any crazy ideas that I come up with. When youre working with people who care about it, there is more attention to detail from the conceptual stage, all the way to the finalised product. Everything is thought out, and results in something everybody is proud of. It all comes down to an amazing group of like-minded people who work hard to create something that we all believe in.
Do you feel like youve gotten better as an artist?
I feel like I have progressed in some ways and changed quite a bit. I wouldnt say gotten better, but developed. You have to know your tools. They are an extension of your hands, and once you feel comfortablewhere you know what your hands are doing without your mind thinking about it too muchthats where the creativity comes from.
Who is your Idol? This is Richie Hawtin. Ever since I heard his play 'Withdrawal' at Sonar back in June, Ive been dying to first, know what it was, and second, get my grubby little paws on it when it finally came out. Here is a man who can take things to the next level, and if you thought his sound had been firmly pigeonholed in the bleepy shrill whistle effects from 'Neural Block, 'Withdrawal' is not one to stand still. It's one of the most refreshing, warm, melodic songs Ive heard in a long time.
How important are loyalty, trust and friendship in the dance music industry? Not just in the music industry, but in life in general loyalty, trust and friendship are extremely important and create strong relationships that you can rely on and build upon. Its also these relationships that inspire you creatively, brainstorming ideas back and forth with those close to you, which allows ideas to develop to their full potential. When you are surrounded by people who support you, and also help you see things a different way, it can help you significantly on your path to wherever it is you want to go.
Nearly a decade has passed since the electronic music community first heard Gaisers name. Needless to say, his talent is continually a force to be reckoned with. Unafraid to experiment with pushing boundaries, Gaiser has kept his eager listeners only guessing at what will come next.
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