Earlier this year ThaWobbler got a chance to go on tour with Jantsen and watch him destroy crowds up and down the Coast of Northern California. So, we are stoked to bring you this exclusive mix and a little insight into a producer who’s worked with some of the biggest DJ’s in the Bass World and produced everything from breaks to Moombahton. Jantsen just released the first part of his two part EP and we are anxiously awaiting Part 2. While we wait check out Jantsen Exclusive mix and the interview below!
1. You have been in the scene for awhile now, what have been the major evolutions in bass music that you have noticed?
In this order : jungle/ drum n bass, nu skool breaks , glitch hop , dubstep
2. Colorado is becoming such a hot bed for bass music with producer from all over the US moving there to get in on the action, can you give some insight into what this has meant for the music scene in CO?
Im not sure about producers that have moved here but colorado continues to have such a solid and diverse scene thanks to the people that have been pushing it forward over the last many years . colorado didn’t always have the reputation it does now and theres nothing particularly special about this place/scene other than the people who have stayed invested in it . most of the prominent producers , djs and promoters in colorado that i know of are natives or have lived here for 10 + years
3. We know you are a big fan of popping & breaking, even though this has almost faded out of the scene, do you see it coming back?
i think it started fading out when dance music started moving into the mainstream with the help of electro house , dubstep and now trap , its literally come from dirty underground clubs/ raves into the top 40 . i can def see EDM moving back into the underground and more trap sounding stuff staying in the mainstream . if that happens i think popping and breaking will make a comeback . its a style of dancing that was tailored for more faster technical dance oriented music like Breaks and DnB , where as trap and dubstep is slower and people just wanna throw their hands up and grind on each other .
4. As electronic bass music has evolved and new/renewed sub genres like juke, trap and moombahton have emerged, how has this affected you production (if at all)? And what is your personal feeling about Juke and Trap? we know you destroy with moombahton production…
All new styles and genres affect me because my main goal is to make people dance and to do that you hafta stay up on whats current and fresh and put your own spin on it . i usually try to incorporate as much of everything as i can into my production and dj sets , whether it be styles from 1940 or 2012
i have a total Love/Hate relationship with trap . ive always loved crunk, top 40 etc . or anything with booty bass so obviously i was stoked when this style of music started being embraced by EDM culture but at this point i think its gotten a bit out of hand . shows that use to be filled with a variety of EDM sub-genres are now just filled with trap djs that all play the same 15 tracks . trap has become a platform for producers to become extremely lazy and still get noticed . i think a few producers do it really well but for the most part there is a serious lack of creativity and soul . the scene to me just seems kind of stale right now but i think its probably whats necessary for people to start exploring again .
The music is becoming out of touch with its roots , most producers don’t care enough to research where this music came from . what made this music so exciting to me in the first place was how rich it was with flavor , soul and sounds of the past but it still had a cutting edge twist , it drew inspiration from funk , jazz , latin , reggae , hip hop etc and you just don’t hear that very often anymore
5. What have been some of the memorable shows thus far in your carear? are there venues that you can’t wait to return too?
Sonic bloom is fun , i always look forward to playing that festival . steve emmerich/Fresh Bakin from Reno/Tahoe always throws great shows . Double D is alright too ; )
6. What is the ideal show for you? big festival stage? cool lighting? packed with people? abundance of bass?
All of the above : )
7. In your career thus far, what are some of the major jump in popularity that you have had? and what lead to these? i.e. (booking agents, collaborations, beatport charts, EP releases)
i haven’t really gotten many “lucky” breaks , with every release and every show i gain a few more fans but there hasn’t really been any major jumps . i just joined with mammoth management and circle talent agency and they have been doing some big things for me tho , they just got me on the eoto tour which should be huge and hopefully things will start moving along more quickly for me now.
8. Any collabs, releases or shows in the works?
A few random collabs , stuff with lorin (Bassnectar) , Dirtmonkey etc .
I’ve got my Part 2 release on Rottun coming out next week and a single on amorphous with a remix from Bassnectar coming soon as well.
As i mentioned above I’ll be doing this fall/winter tour with eoto starting now basically . that should get announced officially very soon!
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