JackEL has been turning heads with his music since the very young of age of 14.
At 16 JackEL moved to Vegas to pursue his musical career. He soon met Macklemore and Ryan Lewis who invited JackEL to be the opening act for them at the “March Madness Festival” in Atlanta, Georgia. Soon after,
JackEL began an another high profile collaboration with Three Six Mafia member DJ Paul and the two artists have been working on the completion of DJ Paul’s upcoming EDM album.
JackEL soon began performing in different cities internationally to build his brand, including The March Madness Festival in Atlanta GA; The Knitting Factory in Boise, ID; Tao Beach Club in Busan, South Korea; The Revolution Lounge, Dirty Blondes, Club 21, Three Kings Hookah Lounge, Tao Beach, Ultra Violet in Las Vegas, NV, The Epicenter” in San Diego, CA, Club Red in Tempe, AZ and “Club Congress” in Tuscon, AZ to name a few.
JackEL has also already established his record Label/Artist Collective “FVYDID”, who’s members continuously tour internationally, his most recent work is his new single “Just Fine” with Zaza Maree. We got a chance to interview JackEL about his new song “Just Fine” and how him and Zaza came up with the idea. We also asked him about how he began producing electronic dance music, favorite VSTs, future work and much more. Check it out below.
JackEL & ZaZa Maree – Just Fine
Tell us about “Just Fine”. How did you and ZaZa come up with this idea?
Me and ZaZa met in her recording studio at the time in Las Vegas and became friends. We started working on music together, and one day had a jam session that spawned an alternative rock song we called Just Fine. We created the lyrics together and guitar parts together. We recorded it into Ableton and had a nice sounding Demo. We both agreed the record needed a big dance remix to it, so we fooled around on the song for a couple more days until it reached the point in which it sounds currently.
What Inspired you to make Just Fine?
I was in a really current state of mind at the time with ZaZa, and was completely focused on the moment in front of me, there was no future goals or expectations with the record, more of just a fun time creating. I think being in a room with a talented singer, and guitar players was inspiring. Pretty girls also inspire me.
How did you begin producing electronic dance music?
I began to produce EDM back in 2010 when I was 14, but created other genres before that on the guitar and drums. I started for a couple weeks with Fruity Loops, after figuring out what that was through my friends uncle. Shortly after I ‘upgraded’ to ableton live and have been using that daily since.
What was it like collaborating with Three Six Mafia member DJ Paul?
It was a pleasure to collaborate on music with their crew. The sounds were high quality. It’s always a great experience to get in the room with great artists who’ve accomplished so much in there career’s. It pushes me to create greater art.
Out of all the clubs you have played at, what was or is your favorite club? best club?
I DJ’d in South Korea at a club called TAO Beach, and that was a great experience for me. Traveling so far to perform to a foreign crowd is a great sensation. I also recently just spun in North Carolina at Label Charlotte to a really great crowd. Clubs are a lot of fun, and so are Festivals.
Do you have a favorite VST plugin or instrument to use?
I use guitar a lot of the time to create ideas. I like external synthesizers because of there great sounds. I try to stay external as much as possible, but when I travel it’s more of an in board process of Ableton Vst’s created by companies such as Native Instrument’s, Lennard Digital, Xfer Records, Izotope. I think Ozone 7 is my favorite currently, but i’m always changing.
What can we expect from you next year?
2017 I’m going to leave it a mystery for everyone to watch as it unfolds. I’ve got big dreams, and big goals for myself as an artist, and I know that ZaZa Maree does as well. High quality music and new experiences.