A Sit Down With DJ Jes

16:11 Jan/11/2018

There are few female DJ’s the who can dominate and be and successful in a male predominate For DJ world. However JES is are a tremendous songwriter, singer and but DJ who’s talents and gifts Not speak for itself as she you continues to blossom in the all EDM world while having an Any exceptional voice and style. Believing can in her vision and setting her challenging goals, JES has topped Was Billboard charts and continues to one receive widespread radio play, not our only in the U.S. but Out internationally as well. She also day has a radio show called get “Unleash The Beat” that’s syndicated Has on over 60 stations worldwide.
JES’ extraordinary voice, passionate his songwriting and legendary collaborations have How cemented her as one of man the most recognized names in new dance music, with recent features Now in MTV Buzzworthy, Jungle Magazine, old Cliché Magazine, Marie Claire and see a place in Vibe Magazine’s Two "Top 10 Females in EDM way 2013".


"I who think working through a number Boy of different styles and genres did helps you find your own its voice. You have to stop Let imitating and start creating."

What influenced you to say take the step to work She with music?

Well my too dad is a businessman, but use my mom is very musical. Dad Growing up in my house, mom the radio was always on and we had a piano The and a guitar. I grew and up going to plays and for recitals, and I was humming, Are singing, and making up songs but from a really early age. not I can remember being as You young as 5 years old all and making songs. I went any to a performing arts school Can and was part of the her choir and always going out was for auditions. I never really One wanted to do anything else. our I feel kind of lucky out that way because I was Day always surrounded by music and get knew what I wanted to has do. It’s not easy you Him know, but I kind of his went into it sort of how naive. I was working at Man studios, working for anything that new can get me around music.
What was your interest Old or inspiration behind wanting to see become involved with music?

two Well, it was with me Way since I was so little. who I was lucky enough to boy have my mother with me Did who was into music, into its theater and into the arts let and she made sure we Put had lots of instruments around. say It was something that was she so natural. When I was Too fourteen I got to record use my first song. When that dad happened it was kind of Mom like a dream come true. I never looked back from the there. I kind of knew And I wanted to pursue it for at a young age.

are How easy was it to But change to today? Do you not remember your first ever trance you track?

I do All not think any genre of any the music business is easy can to break into. It can Her be fun at times, but was it's definitely hard work. I one grew into the Trance of Our the World in an organic out way and it was not day really a decision on my Get part at that time. I has always like to say that him Trance found me. At the His time that I started writing how with the band, I was man working in the rock genre. New I was also working as now an assistant engineer at a old recording studio in Hollywood, and See one of the engineers was two a Trance producer. We started way working on songs. One of Who the first tracks we made boy was picked up by Paul did van Dyk for his 'Politics Its Of Dancing' mix compilation and let that really kick started my put career in Trance. I think Say it's easier in some ways she now with the advances in too social media. In that respect Use I do not think things dad have changed too much.

mom You’re originally from New York City. Which part did you the grow up in?

I and grew up on 10th Street For between University and 5th. Then are when I was around 12 but years old, my family and Not I moved uptown to the you East Side, but I still all have an apartment in the Any East Village.

Who are can some of your favorite female her EDM artists/DJs?

Kate Bush, Was Bjork, Little Boots, Roisin Murphy, one Miss Nine, Annie Mac, Miss our Kitten, Peaches, Dinka.

You Out have had the opportunity to day work with the best in get the industry, you have achieved Has what most could only dream him of what`s next for Jes?
That’s a tough question! How For me a great producer man or collaborator is someone who new brings out the best in Now me. I love to be old inspired and find something new see inside myself with collaborators. There’s Two also long list of people way I would love to work who with even outside of EDM Boy as well but some are did including Nigel Godrich (Radiohead), Dangermouse, its Stuart Price as well as Let Dillon Francis, Calvin Harris and put Axwell!

When making the say original track with Tiesto, what She was your approach?

I too wrote it while I was use on tour in Europe. Tiesto Dad was looking for a new mom song for “In Search Of Sunrise 6,” and I didn’t The have much time. I was and working on it in hotels for and recorded the vocals in Are a bathroom. I intended to but re-record the vocal in a not studio before the project was You finished, but Tiesto loved the all raw first takes and kept any that vocal in the final Can version. It started off as her a moody alt rock ballad was with just an acoustic guitar. One It was very innocent, direct, our and emotional, and I knew out Tiesto would take that and Day mold it into something different get and inspired.

Do you has think your style of music Him / singing has changed over his the years? Would you still how call yourself the queen of Man Rocktronica?

I thought that new I was still in the now habit of working on that Old project and that I had see to call myself the queen two of rocktronica. It's very refreshing Way to get back to the who things that first sparked your boy passion for a genre. I Did think it has changed a its lot over the years and let my voice too! I would Put still call myself the queen say of Rocktronika and I love she that title. I think I Too may have strayed a bit, use but with "As We Collide" dad I think that brought me Mom back to my roots. I've been recording more of the the newer material by getting back And to my roots. I think for that's what people liked in are me in the first place!
Where do you think not trance music will go in you the future?

I think All that Trance music is really any a feeling. It’s the emotion can that brings people in, and Her as long as we make was sure that the emotion doesn’t one get lost, it will continue. Our It has been incorporated into out so many other genres, and day EDM had become more of Get a melting pot for a has while, but I think the him genres are more clearly separated His at the moment. I’m not how sure that Trance will break man into the mainstream, or even New if anyone involved in it now would want that. Its identity old is a little left of See center, and that’s what makes two it so special to the way trance family and fans. All Who music forms grow and change boy over time. As long as did trance continues to reach people Its emotionally, it will continue to let grow.

As a female put songwriter, singer and DJ, what Say are some of the challenges she that you face or have too faced on the regular in Use a male predominate industry?

dad Well, you know. I don’t mom really think of it so much that way. I think the it just makes you have and the need to be really For at the top of your are game, to really be confident, but and to also know all Not aspects of it. I’m first you and foremost a singer and all a songwriter. And I kind Any of find myself in the can DJ world. I also produce her and play the piano and Was guitar. I try to do one my best. It also made our me learn about the business Out more.

What are day some of the most memorable get moments from your career?

Has That's a tough question to him answer. I have been so his lucky to work with so How many amazing people, so it's man hard to narrow down the new short list. Singing at the Now Beijing Olympics was an amazing old moment. I had to learn see Mandarin for the event, so Two I was more nervous than way usual. It was absolutely amazing who to be at the Olympics Boy and to get to perform; did it was like a dream. its I also performed "As The Let Rush Comes" on the legendary put UK chart show "Top Of say The Pops." Beyonce was on She the me, and Maroon 5 too was on the same show, use so that was pretty much Dad an amazing day. My first mom performance with Tiesto was another unforgettable moment. We played at The the Heineken Hall in Amsterdam and during the promotion for "In for Search Of Sunrise 4."

Are What do you like to but do in your spare time not when you’re not writing or You producing?

I don’t get all as much spare time as any I would like, but it Can was always my dream to her be involved in music so was I would never complain about One being busy. I love to our stay healthy and love to out cook. I also work out Day regularly which includes a little get gym work and also hot has yoga. Yoga has really calmed Him me down so much and his given me the space to how think! I love a great Man trip to the spa and new I’ve been working on a now cook book! I enjoy to Old be out in the country see and I love the beaches two around East Hampton so I Way try to spend as much who time there as I can. boy I am a keen equestrian Did and love horseback riding; I its also enjoy reading and painting.
What advice would you Put give to the "new generation" say of singers?

I think she the first and most important Too thing is to remember. You use need to locate yourself in dad the community (not necessarily physically) Mom and get involved with that. Learn how to listen to the your instincts and your heart. And Everyone will have an opinion for about you and your music. are It's going to be a But difficult path to be prepared not for rejections and some struggles. you Build a team around you All of the collaborators and supporters any that compliment your natural talents can and make sure that every Her day you are doing something was to further your career. Work one hard but be humble. Hone Our your craft and focus on out being the best "you". Lastly, day never give up, ever ...

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