Interview: Jaymo & Andy George

We first heard about  Jaymo & Andy George, when they had started throwing the Moda night in London, which became a huge success, they were drawn to the attention of BBC Radio 1, who did an essential mix with them, and now they have their own show broadcasted to millions around Europe, they are doing amazing remixes and releasing their own tracks and they are the new taste makers! We took an interview with them, so that we can all find out more about the British kid wonders.

LSD: How did you start djing?

Jaymo: when I was in my early teens all the older kids were listening to rave music on the school bus. I had an older sister and she got me some tapes and I just got hooked – the sound of these raves was like nothing I had ever heard. I couldn’t afford decks at the time, so I just collected tapes and flyers. As soon as I got a bit older and a bit more money I started buying vinyl and practicing at Tom Staar’s house. We used to have massive parties in his garage when his Mum went away.

Andy: I was more into Indie sounds at that point. It was really when I saw people like Erol and 2manydj’s bringing dance and indie together that I started getting more into dance music. But from there I just wanted to consume as much as possible.

LSD: How did you guys meet up?

We actually didn’t know each other until about 5 years ago. We both wanted to start a party in our hometown and the manager of the club we had approached said we should probably get together and maybe do something between us – a few months later Moda was born.

LSD: When and how come did you decide to start playing together?

The Moda line-ups were so packed and we were both playing really similar music, so we thought we’d try DJing together and it just worked. Now there are very few occasions we don’t play together – it just feels weird not to. Having had different musical upbringings we both bring something different to the table, whether it be for a DJ set or our radio show.

LSD: How would you describe your sound?

Everything we do is based around House & Disco (which go together like soul mates), pushing towards more Techno sounds. But we’ll throw in tools and edits of anything from old funk tracks to Italo disco or French House. It’s that meeting of a house party feel with a genuine attention to detail and quality electronic music. Don’t expect every track to be a banger – anyone can play a set of anthems. You need curveballs, peaks and toughs and different emotions. The entire set should always be building into a final climax, rather than one per track. I’ll spare you a sex based analogy, but you probably get my point.

LSD: Is the fact that you are very young to your advantage or was it hard to be taken seriously?

It’s hard to get taken seriously when you’re trying to buy a bottle of wine from the supermarket, but away from that we’ve always been ok. It depends how you look at it I suppose – we were really young when we did our Radio 1 Essential Mix – I think that raised a few eye brows.

LSD:  Where do you find the music you play generally?

We often end up becoming friends with a lot of producers because we’ll meet them when we’re DJing or maybe have them on the show etc. But initially it’s a mix of us finding people on Soundcloud or blogs and obviously people sending us music. It’s so easy to put music out thesedays (ain terms of just whacking it on Soundcloud and sending the link out) that there’s mad amounts to go. A lot of people send the first track they ever make out to Djs – which I don’t think is a great move unless you’re a music genius and smash it first time. I think it’s important to really hone your skills and then make a grand entrance, so everyone is like ‘who the hell is this guy? He’s sick!!’

LSD: You have a very successful show at BBC Radio 1. How did you start?

After Moda started getting big, Radio 1 asked if we’d like to do a live Essential Mix from one of our nights. Obviously we said yes and from there we started meeting some people who worked at Radio 1. In fact, the first time we met them we made a joke about covering for Pete Tong – and now that’s exactly what we do! There’s an element of good timing involved, but the fact of the matter is we saw an opportunity and we went for it hard.

After they found out we were interested in doing a show they let us submit a demo for In New DJ’s We Trust. We were playing records that no one else on the station was playing and they seemed to like our energy and presenting style – and we managed to make it through and get a show of our own.

LSD: Do enjoy more producing or djing? And what came first?

Textbook answer I’m afraid – we DJ’d first, but as always it lead into producing.

Thing is, our worst trait is not being able to say no. We love music, so naturally we want to do as much music based things as possible – hence why we run parties all over the world, have a record label, make tracks ourselves, present radio shows and and often write articles too. We’re addicts.

LSD: What is your favorite city to play at?

We honestly don’t have one – some times it’s where all your friends are, sometimes it’s where the craziest crowds are and sometimes it’s the curveball places that you think are gonna be quite chilled but end up being totally nuts.

That said, we DJ’d to a ridiculously big crowd on a beach in Tokyo last year which, to look back on, was like a weird dream. The entire weekend is a bit of a blur.

LSD: Your favorite djs?

Erol Alkan has always been a great inspiration to us, in terms of both music and as a person. He will always offer advice and obviously makes incredible music.

For the deeper side of things, Jamie Jones is pretty dope – his DJ sets, his own productions and his Hot Creations label are all pretty untouchable. He’s taken what was becoming an overly minimal scene and brought it back to something that is far more to our tastes, adding elements of disco and funk.

LSD:  How is the scene in your eyes at the moment?

Well we could moan about the amount of commercial noisy bassline electro meets American Pop Hop stuff that seems to wind a lot of people up, but whilst a lot of people who become attracted to that sound may never actually go any deeper, a percentage of people will do. And hopefully we convert a lot of people with our radio show.

LSD: How do you see the scene 5 years from now?

I think you’d need to brake this down country by country. The UK scene, for example, is quite different to the scene in America. But here music is part of the fabric of life and I think there will always be a big underground scene. There’s obviously been a tricky transitional period since digital formats became prominent, but now that’s all dealt with and dynamics have shifted everyone seems to got more settled again.

LSD:  What kind of music do you prefer listening to when at home?

Anything from other peoples radio shows, to podcasts, to demos for the label to old 70’s, 80’s 90’s tracks, in search for samples or inspiration.

We also listen to a lot of albums, Foster The People, Tom Vek and Metronomy are getting heavy rotation at the mo!

LSD:  Your current favorite track?

Jaymo – Russ Yallop & Wildcats – System Crank
Andy – robert rodriquez – i got

LSD:  Summer anthem for 2011?

Jaymo & Andy George – Inhaler (self indulgent, huh?)

You should definitely check out Moda Volume 1, which is out now on Moda Music.

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