The 185nd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Jonnas B.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 25 now. I live in Medellin, Colombia and I’ve been producing since 2011 with only two releases that year lol. Djing since 2010 approximately.
2. Where do your musical roots lie, what are your first memories of electronic music and when did you know you wanted to pursue it seriously? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself ‘this is what I want to do.”
I have some videos of me dancing disco music when I was a child. From that moment, everybody could see which would be my music taste, but I don’t know exactly which tracks I danced. For me, Daft Punk and some pop artists like Michael Jackson who used to produce their music with electronic arrangements, were very influential. I also loved the ‘old’ Tiësto with his great classic trance productions, and later, I put my eye on legendary progressive artists as Sasha, Bedrock and Nick Warren, I loved their melodic and strong productions that made me fly.
3. How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning? Did you take any Audio Engineering programs or production courses to help you out or are you pretty much self taught? And did anyone give any advice early on that really helped?
The most difficult thing for me was that I didn’t know that every single sound you use passes for a lot of processes as compressors, EQ’s, reverbs, delays, etc. It was really difficult to understand each process, so I began to search help to my buddies (Cut Knob and Ethereal Mist) who have cleared all my doubts. Sometimes I also watch some video tutorials on youtube that really help me.
4. What parts of the production process do you find the most difficult and what comes easiest for you? When you do hit a creative block what helps you through it?
The most difficult process is building a proper bass. The bass is the base of the track, it gives the groove that make us dance or gives the feeling that make us fly (depends of the genre). Bass process is not too simply and sometimes it breaks my head.
The ‘’non too difficult thing’’ for me (because nothing is easy producing), is doing the drums (kick, snares, hats and other perc).
When I’m blocked, I usually take a break and try again the next day, because it’s not really a good day for me and this is why I stop producing. During the breaks, I usually listen to music of Bvdub, lying at bed and with my eyes closed.
5. What’s a normal day like for you? Do you have a job outside of electronic music? And what do you like to do when you’re not working on music?
A normal day for me (I call it routine) is going to college at 6am and later to my job till day ends. It’s very difficult to produce when you have other responsibilities to care about, but I try to do my best and I’m happy about what I’m doing, but well, I really expect more. The things I enjoy the most to do is playing football with my friends, watching movies and playing xbox with my bro (Andrés).
6. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic? and do these genres or artists have a direct effort on your own productions?
Spanish is the language of my country, but I love music in english, I think it sounds better, so I like genres as rock, pop, bossa nova, and others, but beyond the genre, I like music that makes me feel something special, music that I consider is well worked and transmits different feelings. The feeling is the most important thing when I choose a track as favourite. These genres have not really been inspiration for me, but someday will be.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first was an album of Evanescence called ‘’Fallen’’. I was a rock lover child. The last was ‘’Michael’’ of Michael Jackson, an album released in 2010 after his death.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I’m Type 1 diabetic since 2002 (when I was 12), so I have a restricted life in some aspects.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
My friends Cut Knob, Ethereal Mist and NuFects. I think they have been doing a great job but they don’t receive what they deserve. All they live here in Medellin (it’s maybe a reason) hahaha
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I have been inspired overall by DC Project, Matias Chilano and Isaak Escamilla. I’ve always got music of them in my bag since I started to play. Other inspiration resources come from listening piano solos.
11. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own unique sound, what advice do you have for them?
I’m not the one to advice people and give recommendations, but I can say one thing: Keep doing what you like, awards will come someday. This is what I’m doing, I know someday I’ll be on top doing what I like. I don’t know when, but it will happen.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
It would be this epic dance floor breaker:
Shiloh – Cafe del Mariachi (Original)
Arsevty ‘Wake Up’ (Jonnas B remix) is out now on Aethereal, you can purchase the release: here