By: Jenna Melanson
This week’s featured artist for EDM Wednesday is Dartmouth, Nova Scotia based producer, JonBob. To find out more about this groundbreaking underground artist, continue reading.
What made you decide that EDM music is what you wanted to pursue?
I’ve always been musical, was in bands and played instruments growing up. I was always composing in my head music that I didn’t have the technical ability to perform. When I discovered electronic music it removed the barriers of technical skill and opened up a world of possibilities.
At what age did you start with music?
As a child I would drum on just about everything, always the enjoying the different tones they made. I’d say that counts. In terms of Electronic music I started when I was 13 or so, I’m 25 now.
What can fans expect from you in the future?
More original vocals, a live show with guitar/keys, more videos, and hopefully a cross canada tour next summer.
Up until now in your career, what has been your biggest accomplishment? And what is your biggest goal that you have yet to reach?
This is actually kinda tough. Honestly I think never having to compromise on my music to get booked for gigs has been the biggest accomplishment, the support and encouragement I’ve had from the Halifax and Canadian electronic music scene has been amazing. Biggest goal I haven’t reached: I’d love to perform at Shambhala. Those sound systems…. Dreamy.
Out of all the songs you’ve released, which one is your favorite and why?
They’re all my babies but Ima go with Unseasonable, Released by LaserSquid Music on my HustleBunnies EP (http://lasersquid.bandcamp.com/album/hustlebunnies-ep)
It’s the perfect blend of groovy and noisy, fast and slow, cute and gangsta. I love mashing together contrasting elements, and this song just seemed to hit all the right spots. Also, the triplet breakbeats in the second half might just be some of my favorite breaks in a song I’ve made.
Do you prefer doing remixes of existing tracks or original tracks?
I prefer making an original from the ground up but I enjoy remixes as a way to jumpstart the creative process. The pieces are all there, it’s up to you what to do with them.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are some of your favourite Canadian bands/artists?
Venetian Snares is a huge influence on my music, He’s one of the artists that really showed me how many rules you could break in electronic music. Homesick is a juke/jungle producer from out west who’s killing it right now. Raw records outta montreal has been supporting some really interesting tunes. There’s also tons of talented artists on the east coast making awesome music, Acid Reflex, P-80, Dartmouthian, so many more.
If you could put together a tour with any Canadian bands/artist including yourself, who would headline and who would the openers be?
Celine Dion and a zombie Stan Rogers would warm up the crowd, then me and Acid Reflex would hit em with J-pop influenced Hardcore and Jump up DNB.
Seriously, that’s all I got.
These next questions will help your fans get to know you better, What is the one website you make sure to check daily?
Soundcloud for sure, such a good way to connect with artists and hear new works, even tracks in progress.
If you had to listen to one album for a year, which album would you listen to?
Daft punk, discovery.
What is your current favorite song?
Daft punk,Digital love (from discovery, of course)
What is your favourite passtime?
Just… making stuff. Can be music, design, drawing. Art is how I stay happy.
Do you have any hidden talents?
And lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
I commend each and every one of you for your excellent taste in music. Don’t stop rockin’.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.