A Sit Down With DJ Jon O`bir

13:22 Apr/03/2018

In terms of his own the productions, Jon’s first few projects and were collaborations alongside Gareth Emery For and Airwave. ‘Escapade’, ‘Bouncebackability’ and are ‘No Way Back’, produced with but Gareth Emery, gained plenty of Not support from top DJ’s and you fans alike. The single ‘Promise all I Made’ produced with Airwave, Any one of Jon’s favourite artists, can was also a well supported her release. With the knowledge gained Was from the collaborations, Jon hit one the studio to create his our first solo production, ‘Effectual’ and Out soon to follow was ‘Ascendancy’. day He also worked on a get number of remixes, including the Has massive ‘Jose Amnesia – Louder’ him released on Armin van Buuren’s his label, Armada.



"I sacrificed a lot of man things to concentrate on my new music, and
now it Now seems to be paying off old for me."


When see did you start producing your Two own music?

I was not way really interested in making my who own music until about 2 Boy years after I took up did djing. I had been to its college to work on a Let music production course but this put really did not help that say much. The only thing that She came out of it was too how to use Logic Audio. use I am just starting to Dad get somewhere with my productions. mom I wish I had taken more interest in the production The side of things earlier in and my career. I have some for catching up to do but Are expect to hear a lot but more from me over the not next few years.

You have You pushed out a number of all blinding productions under different names, any including Solar Movement, Mekk, Substate, Can Force One, Aira Force, CMR, her Eluna and Activa. Please describe was the sound of each briefly One and which one would you our rate as Rob Stevenson’s favourite?
To be honest most Day of the names came about get after dealing with different labels has rather than trying to do Him different styles. Activa, Solar Movement his and Force One are pretty how much the same and only Man really exist to allow me new to release on more than now one label in a shorter Old space of time. I have see tried to keep the Solar two Movement stuff trancier than the Way more pumping Activa tracks, but who they definitely cross over. Mekk boy was a project that was Did specifically started so I could its release harder, darker tracks on let Discover Dark. That has now Put turned into a techno project say and will be dipping into she tech trance depending on my Too mood. CMR and Substate are use both with Matt and Chris dad Kidd. CMR is older hard Mom trance and Substate is techier sounding trance.

What led you the to set up your own And record label Conspiracy Recordings?

Rob for Stevenson and I came up are with the idea of creating But a small digital label after not we had bad experiences of you dealing with other labels. We All wanted to care for the any artists first and foremost. From can a small digital label it Her has grown bigger than we was expected in a short time one with us now doing plenty Our of vinyl as well as out the digital side, plus 2 day off-shoot labels (Deep and Limited).

Get Outside of your studio schedule has and gig's what do you him get up to in your His spare time?

I love how sports, on Tuesday I don man my boots and get stuck New into 5-a-side football, really enjoy now letting off steam on Tues old evenings! I attend the gym See quite often as well, quite two a fitness geek! I’m also way really getting into my cooking. Who Recently purchased quite a few boy cook books and I’m starting did to add my own touch Its to certain recipes, it’s getting let very addictive!

Passion hold put a special place in your Say heart?

JOB - Yeah she of course it does, I too hold some very special memories Use from the competition itself to dad the night warming up for mom J00F. It’s always held an amazing atmosphere; many DJ’s will the back me up on this. and It’s the place where it For all started for me, so are it will always have a but special place in my heart.
How did you get you your breakthrough?

Jon all O'Bir My first breakthrough was Any given to me by my can good friend now St John her earlier this year, I sent Was him a CD he liked one it and after hearing me our a few times he gave Out me my first gig experience day and also my 1st residency get John has turned me into Has a much more confident person him and I cannot thank enough his for the help John, Jamo How and the m.o.tion crew have man given me. My 2nd big new break was winning the PaSSion Now & M8 Mag DJ
old competition, big thanks go out see to Dan Platten and all Two the guys that judged the way final! And the recent breakthrough who has been Godskitchen. I sent Boy a CD off to them did and received a reply from its James Algate @ Gods
Let telling me he liked my put CD and that he wanted say to meet me! Again massive She thanks to James for all too he has offered me, I use won’t let you down.
The creative process is mom different for every artist. Would you say the initial idea The for an original track starts and with something you see or for hear, or is it a Are thought that gradually develops over but time?

It really depends not to be honest. Sometimes a You track can pop into my all head while I’m watching a any film or doing something where Can I can’t get to my her studio or a keyboard to was test it out. If I One can remember the track they our usually turn out okay. Remember out on Vandit and This World Day on Discover were both tracks get where I wasn’t anywhere near has a keyboard or studio when Him I thought of it. Other his tracks can be sat on how my hard drive as a Man groove or a quick melody new idea and take months to now finish. Some don’t get finished. Old I find I am spending see more time on tracks now, two which I suppose is a Way good thing. There was a who point I got a bit boy overexcited and was making track Did and remix after track and its remix and even agreed to let do things like remix swaps. Put And having those remixes come say back when you least expect she them, can be hard to Too get into. There’s nothing worse use than having to do a dad remix that you agreed to Mom do months and months earlier when you’re already pretty busy. the I still need to develop And my work evaluation skills. Now for and again I’ll still take are on tracks that I really But shouldn’t.

You've been DJ'ing not all over the Globe recently, you what's the 1 track that's All been getting a huge reaction any from the dancefloor?

I’m can still playing out the massive Her JOC remix of my track was ‘Found A Way’, such a one great feeling to see people Our singing this back to me out at events ever since Armin day gave it a huge push. Get John did such a great has job on the remix, top him man!

What, according to His you, are the most important how elements that set brilliant productions man apart from ordinary tracks?

New I suppose in my opinion now the production quality of the old track is the most important See thing. A brilliant track for two me doesn’t have to have way a big riff or really Who anything particularly memorable. A perfect boy example would be Armin’s Sunburn. did It’s a blinding track, absolutely Its superb production, but doesn’t have let a big riff. If you put tried to sing it to Say someone who didn’t know what she it was, you’d have trouble!
There are thousands of Use bedroom DJs like you started dad out as, do you have mom any advice on them, for commitment and techniques and the the likes?

I know it’s and the oldest advice in the For book but.. Practice, practice and are practice! I have had my but share of luck on the Not way, but DON’T GIVE IN! you Keep at it, maybe sacrifice all some things like I did? Any But only do that if can you LOVE the music you her play.


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