HSH_INTERVIEW: Jonathan Kaspar [Crosstown Rebels / Objektivity]

The unique and eclectic productions of Jonathan Kaspar have already graced the rosters of some of electronic music’s most credible labels, including Crosstown Rebels, Upon You, Objektivity, Pets Recordings & Poker Flat.

> For the people reading this who haven’t heard your music before, how would you describe your style, and the key elements that define it?

My music is raw, deep and percussive with long build-ups, mostly with a darker mood.

> You had a huge track ‘Zarun’ on Crosstown Rebels late last year, and now your ‘Boson’ EP has just dropped on their sister imprint Rebellion.. how did that collaboration come about and will you be working more with this team moving forward?

Actually, I met Damian Lazarus at Sonar 2016 and we have stayed in touch since then. I used to send him my music and after a little while he picked ‘Zarun’ for their ‘Spirits’ compilation, plus ‘Boson’ and ‘Sonder’ for the EP. I love to work with him and his team, as everything is really professional and really well done.

> Could you talk us through your creative process for the Boson EP, and list any specific equipment you use to bring sounds to life?

I made both tracks right after each other and immediately felt that they are pairing up really nicely. Luckily Damian saw the same connection between those tracks after I sent him both demos. I remember starting the `Sonder` track with just collecting noises and recordings to create a warm, raw and dirty mood throughout the whole track.

> You have also released on world class labels such as Objektivity and Pets Recordings. Do you think there has been a key moment, gig, or release, that has been the turning point in your career so far?

Actually no. I think every single release or gig is important and a little part of a huge puzzle or picture that you draw as an artist. But yes, same as with Crosstown Rebels, I was a huge fan of Objektivity and PETS - So becoming an artist of both labels somehow closed the circle.

> Could you give some advice or words of wisdom to any aspiring producers who would look to your music for inspiration?

Just do the things that you like, try to work without pressure and be patient, really really patient!

> Do you have any other big projects you are currently working on, or exciting tours or shows in the pipeline?

I finished remixes for Catz ´N Dogz, Chloé and Hyenah. Really looking forward to all of them being released actually. I’m also selecting tracks for my next EPs right now – but it’s too early to talk about it. Then additionally, I am collecting sounds and field recordings at the moment, as I am working on a Sample CD - but this will also take some time until it will be released.

> What can people expect from you when they come to one of your gigs?

I love to play new music and I’m a DJ who is playing for the crowd, I could never ‘just do my thing’ if the crowd is not into it. I think in this part I’m more of a classic DJ, who want the guests to have a good time together!

> Thanks for taking the time to speak with us today, we like to finish our interviews with a couple of questions that are a little bit light hearted.. without getting too personal, could you tell us something most people won’t know about you?

I grew up on a farm, my brother will be a famous rapper and history professor, I am a doctor.

> You don’t need to mention names, but what’s the most “outrageous” thing you have ever seen in a club… was it something outrageously brilliant, like a blindfolded DJ mixing seamlessly and scratching with their elbows, or something outrageously cringe-worthy, like some embarrassing drunken raver urinating on the dance floor?

What happens in the club, stays in the club!

> Jonathan’s Boson EP is out now on all platforms. Buy/stream it HERE

> You can follow him on Soundcloud HERE and Beatport HERE

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