Owen Jay Interview

Read on for some insights from Owen Jay in this exclusive interview.

1) Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I am an early bird, normally waking up around 6.30am unless I was out the previous night. For Gauss, a project together with Natan H, I used to work on tracks at night between 3 to 6am, since it is more peaceful for me and it works best for Natan due to time difference as it is evening in L.A.

2) What is your home city and what makes it special?
My home town is Mosta in Malta, located in the centre of the island and the main attraction is a church with the third largest unsupported dome in the world. I am not into churches but its really an amazing building and it was all built by hand.

3) The term DJ’s DJ gets thrown around a lot these days, who is your DJ’s DJ?
In that respect, my fav DJ’s are Jay Daniel (Detroit), XDB (Metrolux), Dam Funk (Stones Throw), Lawrence (Dial) and Matt Pond (Deepsystems).

4) What first comes to mind when you think of electronic music in Australia?
Australia to me is :

Marcellus, a good friend of mine and a DJ based in Melbourne. I am sure he is doing a good thing when it comes to disco and related music.

Ewan Jansen since we both have releases on Moods & Grooves and Inner Shift Music, plus I followed his label Red Ember from the start.

In recent years Albrecht La’Brooy since I love their peaceful atmospheres, deep house and dub injected productions.

Nightime Drama Label since they release quality club tracks and bring together many artists which I love; Luke Hess, Eric Cloutier, Trinity & Steve Tang.

5) What has been the stand out track that you’ve playing this month?
I will mention a few tracks actually.

If I had to choose one it has to be the electro track from Kiddmisha – Healing taken from Palette EP (BBR15) which I also included on my mix. I might be biased since it my own label but i really like it and its the first electro track on the label.

A deep techno track from Fluxion titled ‘The Meeting’ from the album Ripple Effect. I love this album, I feel it is outstanding with its cinematic feel and depth. It was actually released earlier this year but only discovered it recently. Love playing it since it gives a sense of mystery and suspense but needs to be done with attention depending on the venue and atmosphere.

A forthcoming compilation on Verdant Recordings. It includes Stojche, Life Recorder, Subsequent, Bluetrain, Gauss , XDB and more. It’s an outstanding compilation for sure.